The heavyweight division is stacked at present, which means that some of the fighters that are currently outside the title picture may be looking to take on other challenges in order to further their reputation. One fighter that has seen his reputation reach new heights over recent years has been Arslanbek Makhmudov.
The Russian’s promoter has recently come out and said that his fighter is looking to challenge for the heavyweight title this year, but will be willing to listen to other offers should the current champions have huge fights of their own planned this year.
Boxing News: Makhmudov Could Look At Joe Joyce
Makhmudov is one of the fastest growing talents in the heavyweight division, as his eleven knockout wins in a row haven’t gone under the radar. However, his promoter is aware that he will need to beat a credible name in the heavyweight division to earn his title shot, and a name that has been muted as a next opponent for the Russian has been Joe Joyce. Joyce is in a strong position for a future title opportunity after claiming the biggest win of his career at the end of 2020 after stopping Daniel Dubois.
There have been talks that Joyce could now be the next in line for a title opportunity after the unification bout between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury, but Makhmudov wants his name to be added into the mix. A victory over Joyce would certainly be enough to get the attention of the two current heavyweight champions.
Boxing News: Makhmudov’s Incredible Knockout Record
It’s fair to say that Makhmudov does stand out from the crowd when it comes to the heavyweight division, and that isn’t just down to his 6 ft 5 exterior. The reigning WBC-NABF heavyweight title holder has knocked out every fighter that he has came up against. The 31-year-old made his professional debut in 2017 with a first round knockout success against Jaime Barajas.
During his career so far, he has won eight of his eleven fights in the opening round. The furthest that he has gone in a fight came in a 2019 contest with Jonathan Rice, as he eventually managed to wear down his opponent to knock him out in the seventh round. That was the fight that saw him win the WBC Continental Americas heavyweight title. His most recent fight took place in October, as he knocked out Dillon Carman in the opening round.