Banner Promotions is pleased to announce to the signing of top junior welterweight prospect Jamshidbek Najmitdinov (14-1, 11 KOs) to a co-promotional deal with Uprising Promotions.
Najmitdinov of of Yashkent, Uzbekistan is looking forward to getting started and moving up the ranks of the 140-pound division.
"I am very pleased to able to sign Jamshidbek, and to work with Ronson Frank and his company, Uprising Promotions. Jamshidbek is a very talented fighter who is television friendly, and we feel has the capability to be a real player in the 140 pound division, I saw his fight with Postol, and he won that fight in my opinion. He should have been credited with three knockdowns, but only got one. He is undefeated an fighter in my mind. " said Banner Promotions President Artie Pelullo.
"I am very happy to sign with Banner Promotions. I am looking forward to fighting in America. Fans will love my style, as I try to take after Roy Jones and Manny Pacquiao. I was inspired by with my countryman Murodjon Akhmadliev who won the unified super bantamweight world championship. I been getting good sparring with (IBF Number-one ranked welterweight) Kudratillo Abdukakhorov," said Najmitdinov.
"We are very excited to work with Banner Promotions. Artie Pelullo has been in the game a long time and has the ability to help get Jamshidbek to the highest level. He is very talented fighter with one disputed loss to a world champion. we are excited for this partnership that will create a lot of opportunities to be seen nationally on all the major platforms out there," said Ronson Frank, President of Uprising Promotions.
Najmitdinov on July 25, 2013 with a unanimous decision over Botir Nosirov. Najmitdinov won his first nine bouts before facing former world champion Viktor Postol.
That bout, which took place on September 16, 2017 saw Jamshidbek drop Postol three times but was denied those two of the knockdowns, due to Postol fighting in front of his home-country fans. Jamshidbek pushed the action, and established himself as one of the top-140 pounders in the world. Since that fight, Jamshidebek has won five in a row, which includes his last bout when he won the WBC CIS and Slovac titles with a 1st round stoppage over Giorgi Khutsishvili on October 6th in Uzbekistan.
"Against Postol, it was a fight that I took on short notice. I wasn't in the best of shape. I want to fight him again. I hope that he beats Jose Ramirez, because I want to fight him for the world championship when I get the rematch. I just want to tell my fans, that the best is yet to come from me, and I am looking forward to getting started in the United States," said Najmitdinov.
Mohamed Mimoune has respect for his #GoldenContract rivals outside the ring but will gleefully flick that switch off for the semi-finals.
France’s top super-lightweight (22-3, 3 KOs) climbed off the canvas to stop the dangerous Darren Surtees in the last eight and now heads back to York Hall on February 21 alongside Ohara Davies, Tyrone Mckenna and Jeff Ofori to battle it out for a place in the final.
With much expected of him and the event broadcast on Sky Sports in the UK in association with Matchroom Boxing and on ESPN+ in the US in association with Top Rank, ‘The Problem’ is eager to please.
Mimoune said: “I was surprised during a lapse of concentration when I was knocked down but I have worked on it with my team and it won't happen again.
“The three other fighters left in the #GoldenContract are all good opponents who I respect but in the ring it will be a war without respect.
“I am very excited to return to London and fight for all my English fans with the magnificent ambience they create at York Hall.
“I’ll also have people travelling over from France who will be present in London as they are in the rest of the world. They follow me everywhere. It gives me even more strength and yes, it will get noisy.
“I have the ability to adapt to fight all types of fighters so I will be able to vanquish all three potential opponents. I don't have a particular choice - it's my coaches who will select my opponents.”
Mimoune and the 140lb hopefuls fight for glory on the same night the #GoldenContract featherweights – Leigh Wood, Ryan Walsh, Tyrone McCullagh and Jazza Dickens – battle it out.
The all-important draws for both divisions take place on February 18.
Josh Wale has praised the Barnsley public as he prepares for a bill-topping, homecoming show at the town’s Metrodome on February 21, where he will face Tanzania’s Iddi Kayumba.
‘The Outlaw’, who will be having his 44th pro fight, hasn’t fought at home for almost a year and on that occasion he lost a British Super Bantamweight Title fight to Midlander Brad Foster. This time around the 31-year-old is hoping that a win against his African opponent could pave the way for a world title eliminator bout, with another Metrodome show already being lined up in June for the fan favourite.
The former British Bantamweight Champion, 30-11-2 (14), seemingly has a new lease of life since moving up to the featherweight division. The amiable Yorkshireman has had three bouts up at nine stone, culminating in three wins and one title, winning the International Boxing Organisation (IBO) International Title in his last fight, in November.
Heading into the bout, Josh knows he cannot afford to overlook unacclaimed Kayumba. The southpaw has lost just twice in 16 bouts, with seven of his wins coming by KO. But the African has only fought outside his home country once previously, losing in five rounds to Britain’s Prince Patel for the African Boxing Union Bantamweight Title in Cairo, last August.
“I’m Barnsley’s premier boxer, and have been for a while,” said Josh. “I’ve been British champion and defended it, and I’ve had six British Title fights, which is double what any other Barnsley fighter has had.
“I’m really proud of where I’ve come from. I’m flying the flag for Barnsley boxing, and I have done for many years. After the next couple of years, I’ll have to hand the mantle over, but at the minute I’m still the top boy and the Barnsley people come out for me.
“I’ve always had fantastic support throughout my career, it’s been brilliant, and this will be another great night for Barnsley boxing on February 21st.”