Israil Madrimov Might Be “The Next Superstar in the Sport”



Israil Madrimov Might Be “The Next Superstar in the Sport”

Update: I posted a story touting Israil Madrimov on March 13 and want to fire up an update.

On Friday, March 15, I chatted with Madrimov's trainer, Joel Diaz, and his stated level of certainty about how good this kid is, well, it got me charged up to follow up.

I told Diaz that Madrimov seems ultra confident, that he could handle some of the champs at 154, right now. What does Diaz think of that assertion?

“I can tell you one thing…put Madrimov in with Jaime Munguia, and Munguia will not last six rounds,” said Diaz. “Right now!”

With over 475 amateur fights tucked into his belt, Diaz (below) says this kid has plenty enough seasoning to grab straps ASAP.


Trainer Joel Diaz thinks VERY HIGHLY of prospect Israil Madrimov.

Trainer Joel Diaz thinks VERY HIGHLY of prospect Israil Madrimov.

More Diaz: “He's very awkward, he's tricky from every angle, and it's every punch thrown with bad intentions. Don't blink on this kid. Madrimov is the next superstar in the sport, I guarantee.”

This from a guy with decades in the sport…who full well knows that life comes with no money-back guarantees in matters like these. So…I think we should pay heed to Diaz' take here, and really keep two eyes on this young gun who maybe we shouldn't even term “prospect”…Madrimov is I think right now a contender.


Many, many folks who attended the Saturday fights at Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY, for a card topped by a Dmitriy Bivol light heavyweight title defense against Joe Smith came away mightily impressed by a low on the card prospect.

Israil Madrimov entered 1-0, but left with another W, and a load of new admirers who watch live and on DAZN.

I reached out to the hitter, who hails from Uzbekistan, to get a sense of who he is, where he comes from, and where he’s going.

First off, I wanted to get a sense of his demeanor…so I asked, do YOU think you won the weekend, of all the fighters?

“I don’t think so because Dmitry Bivol, my teammate was in a very important fight and defended his world title,’ said the 24 year old, who campaigns netween welterweight and junior middleweight. He debuted as a pro in November, winning a TKO6 against 10-2 Vladimir Hernandez in Atlantic City.

On Saturday, Madrimov, with ample power in each hand, bested Frank Rojas (24-3, 23 knockouts), a Venezuelan power puncher. The power was most evidenced by the Uzbek, who flurried and dropped Rojas, and then picked up where he left off to drop him hard to the mat. Game over, 1:56 of round two. He dropped him lefty and finished him off righty, for the record.

“I was very comfortable in the ring using footwork and distance,” Madrimov told me. “Not trying to be cocky but I knew I could knock him out in the second round either with a hook to the head or a body shot. I used the first round to get warmed up.”

The prospect took up fighting at 11 years old, when he went to a gym near his hometown of Khiva, Uzbekistan. “Once I started boxing I felt great and within two years I was a national champion. My goal is to become a world champion, hopefully that will happen within the next year.”

I recommend you get this guy on your watch list; he’s gunning for top names, sooner rather than later…

“I want to fight any of the champions at 154, Jaime Munguia, Jarrett Hurd or Tony Harrison,” Madrimov declared. “I’m ready for them right now.”

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Founder/editor Michael Woods got addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the then-impregnable Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist has covered the sport since for ESPN The Magazine,, Bad Left Hook and RING. His journalism career started with NY Newsday in 1999. Michael Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and for Facebook Fightnight Live, since 2017.