Russian heavyweight expert Arslanbek Makhmudov is targeting WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO champion Anthony Joshua after scooping his 11th straight knockout win on Saturday, according to promoter Camille Estephan.
The 31-year-old extended his professional record to 11-0 when he defeated Dillon Carman by just 27 seconds in the first round to defend his WBC-NABF heavyweight title.
“Arslanbek is going to scare the heavyweight division, I think,” his promoter Estephan told Sky Sports ahead of the fight
Before turning pro, ‘Lion’ was a top contender in the World Series of Boxing, where he had a winning streak of 12 fights.
While competing on that series, he recorded a one-punch knockout from Mihai Nistor, KO Joshua’s final amateur fighter.
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Estephan and the fighter’s trainer, Marc Ramsay, believe the fighter has what it takes to challenge the world’s top heavyweights like Joshua, Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder.
“Marc Ramsay, his coach, is usually very conservative in his assessments, but said to me a few months ago: ‘Camille, we are ready for everyone in the top 5. Each of the champions, we are ready. We may need two or three fights, a little bit of experience under the light, and we’re ready. ‘
“You have a handful of great prospects. You’re talking about [Daniel] Dubois, you’re talking about it [Filip] Hrgovic, you talk about it [Efe] Ajagba.
“I think Arslanbek is probably the best prospect in the mix in my opinion and if you use him against Joshua, Fury or Wilder it will be an uphill battle for everyone.”
After defeating Carman, one Twitter user agreed with Estephan’s assessment that the Russian was superior to his competitors, while another suggested he could beat Wilder.
Makhmudov beats Dubois and Hrgovic
– Invocacionydanza (@noneedtofite) October 11, 2020
Makhmudov has the firepower to beat Wilder, imo.
– Tommy Boxeo (@tommyboxeo) October 11, 2020
Makhmudov has made practically every fighter he has faced since his professional career easy.
Of his eleven fights, he finished eight in the first round.
The only fighter to have made it through the third round against him is Jonathan Rice, who made it through the seventh round when he battled in the ring for the vacant WBC Continental Americas heavyweight title last year.
Of the top heavyweights currently competing in the division, Estephan said Joshua was the one he would most like to face.
“You will see him wherever there is a belt we can take,” he said.
“We would like to fight in England.
“Absolutely, that would be that [Joshua] Fight we’d want. If you asked me who would we like to fight between Wilder, Fury and Joshua? Joshua, his marketability, I honestly think Makhmudov knocks him out. “
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He added, “I think it’s going to be a fight we’ll see in the future soon.”
Joshua holds four heavyweight titles while Fury has the WBC and The Ring belts.
The former won his titles back last December after losing them in shock to Andy Ruiz Jr. six months earlier.
He will next put them on the line against the IBF’s mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev. The fight is expected to take place in December after being postponed from June due to the pandemic.
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