ShoBox has been hitting a stride, as a full fledged feeder from Triple A to the bigs. Often, their prospect vs prospect clashes spur greater anticipation than some more high profile dustups involving big name guys in against showcase foes.
Bakhtiyar Eyubov, a 31 year old Kazakh, is a ShoBoxer who is chomping at the bit to obtain that fight which will prove to be a graduation ceremony. On Jan. 12, Eyubov, promoted by Dmitriy Salita, was on the undercard of a ShoBox topped by Claressa Shields v Tori Nelson, and Jesse Hernandez-Ernesto Garza and Shohjahon Ergashev-Sonny Fredrickson rounded out the slate. Eyubov’s tango against 14-13 Maurice Chalmers didn’t make air and ended in round one, a NC after an accidental butt caused a gash on Chalmers. The Kazakh is very much craving a most meaningful tango for his next rumble, it is clear. We touched base with the welterweight after the Chalmers scrap.
Give me assessment of latest outing, I asked him What did you do well? What could you do better?”
“I felt great, my conditioning was excellent,” Eyubov (13-0 with 11 KOs) said. “I stay in the gym and always look for the knockout. This guy I hit and he was looking for a way out. That’s what happens, I want someone that will fight back.”
Where are you as a prospect right now. Who are you targeting? Why?
“I want to fight the best! I know Yves Ulysse is considered a difficult opponent and fighters are avoiding him. I would run him out of the ring, stop him and get respect in the division. I am too strong and too hungry, he can’t survive my tenacity! I will stop him if that fight ever happens. I am no Cletus Seldin, I promise you that! I hope he doesn’t get intimidated by my confidence and is a real man that likes a challenge. But I don’t know.”
Promoter Dmitriy Salita agrees, that Ulysse v Eyubov would be a solid matchup. “Ulysse is an avoided fighter and Bakha wants to show the world that he will dominate, particularly versus the fighters that are avoided,” Salita said. “Bakha’s physical strength, speed, power and tenacity will just be too much. This is the hungriest I have seen him. He is focused and ready!”
More from Eyubov: “I had a challenging year but it made me stronger, more serious and focused on my career. Having my Shobox fight August 4th in August fall off because of a stomach virus made it difficult. That was going to be my third nationally televised fight. However I am back in gym more focused than ever, looking forward to a big fight opportunity. I know that every fight I get is most important of my life. I’m in the gym and am waiting for my chance.”