Along Craig Daly: IBF/WBA super bantamweight champion Murojon Ahmadaliev (11-0, 8 KOs) is said to take place next spring against his #1 IBF ranked contender Marlon Tapares (36-3, 19 KOs). are defending in battle. usa.
Ahmadaliev will make his fourth defense of the IBF and WBA belts he won three years ago. Ahmadaliev has defeated Ronnie Rios, Jose Velázquez and Ryosuke Iwasa in his three previous title defenses.
He won the IBF/WBA 122-pound belt in January 2020 with a narrow split decision in 12 rounds against Daniel Roman. In his three years in which Ahmadaliev has held his IBF and his WBA titles, he has failed to increase his popularity significantly.
It could be argued that the lackluster opposition Ahmadaliev faced in his three title defenses held him back. Stephen FultonWBC/WBO Champion.
Unfortunately, Fulton (21-0, 8 KOs) will relinquish the title after his next defense and move up to featherweight, so it’s too late for that fight now.  Start your campaign in that weight class. what a shame.
Boxing fans wanted 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Ahmadaliev to take on former three-division world champion “Monster” Naoya Inoue Next up isn’t the lesser-known 30-year-old Tapales.
It is unclear why Ahmadaliev’s management is following the path of Tapares instead of Inoue. Because the Japanese star is interested in winning all four of his titles at 122 as soon as possible, he is likely to jump at the chance to snatch Akhmadaliev’s IBF and his WBA super bantamweight belt. immediately from him.
Is “Monster” Inoue in trouble trying to get a title shot against Ahmadaliev and WBC/WBO Champion Stephen Fulton? It may be in Naoya’s best interest to go after IBF champion Luis Alberto Lopez, WBC champion Rey Vargas, or WBA belt-holder Lee Wood.
ESPN’s Mike Coppinger said: “The Unified Junior Featherweight Championship bout will probably take place outside the United States in early spring.
Tapares joins the fight with Ahmadaliev’s victories over the last three contests against unnamed opponents. His wins were against Eden Sonsona, Hiroaki Teshigawara and Jose Estrella.
For some reason, the IBF felt that the win was enough for Tapales to rank number one in the organization. In December 2019, Tapales lost to Ryosuke Iwasa in the 11th round.