Prospect Watch: Israil Madrimov Takes Next Step on Garcia-Vargas Undercard

By Jon Uddin

A man who has created some buzz as the next big thing at Junior-Middleweight will be in action Saturday night on the Mikey Garcia-Jessie Vargas undercard at The Ford Center at the Star in Frisco, Texas. Uzbekistan’s 🇺🇿Israil “The Dream” Madrimov (4-0-0, 4KO) looks to stay undefeated and continue his rapid climb up the division in a ten round bout against Venezuela’s 🇻🇪Charlie Navarro (29-9-0, 22KO).

Madrimov set’em up and knocked’em down in 2019, kicking the year off with a second round knockout of Frank Rojas in March. He would follow that performance up in June by breaking down the rugged Norberto Gonzalez over the course of six rounds. Madrimov wrapped up his year in October by battering Alejandro Barrera, eventually stopping the 33 year old ring veteran in the fifth round.

There has been high praise for the 24 year old Uzbekistan native early on, and his performances so far have shown why. Just looking at Madrimov sparks up comparisons to Kazahk star Gennadiy Golovkin, but the power he carries in both hands adds fuel to that fire. Madrimov moves smoothly in the ring and comfortably switches from orthodox to southpaw, not losing an ounce of his knockout potential in doing so. Count his trainer Joel Diaz in as the biggest believer in his abilities as he hasn’t been shy in expressing how good he thinks Madrimov can be, evidenced by his statements last year.madrimov-westcott

“His boxing ability is above level. He has the confidence, the power and movement, and he has the maturity. He’s ready to compete with the top 154 pounders out there. When he came from Uzbekistan, he told me he wanted to make his pro debut against Munguia, and honestly I think he would have hurt Munguia in less than six rounds.”

“He’s tricky, awkward, and throws with bad intentions. Don’t blink on this kid, he’s the next big star of the sport, I guarantee it.” – Joel Diaz

Madrimov’s opponent Saturday night is Charlie Navarro. A sixteen year pro, this marks the first the first time the Venezuelan will fight on U.S. soil. He fought just once in 2019, getting a split decision in Panama. Navarro is on a four fight win streak, albeit against lower level opposition. His last loss came in 2016 in back to back knockouts to David Avanesyan followed by Carlos Ocampo.

Israil Madrimov vs Charlie Navarro will take place on the preliminary portion of the DAZN broadcast beginning at 6pm ET/3pm PT.

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