pro late, at thirty-one, in July of 2017, easily
disposing of Cavarius Haskins in one round at
the Uptown Live in Charlotte, North Carolina,
next two fights he was upset by journeymen
Patrick Pierre and Ruslan Rodzivich, losing
six-round decisions to both.
entered 2018 at 1-2, but since then he has not
looked back and won ten straight fights inside
the distance, fighting in Russia, Mexico and his
October of 2019 he captured his first pro title,
stopping Azerbaijani Kazim Umodov for the vacant
IBA Asia Cruiserweight belt.
months later he added the WBC and WBA Asia titles
to his collection, scoring a fourth round stoppage
of Uzbekistan´s Mukhitdin Rajapbaev.
In his most
recent outing, on December 11 in Almaty, he won
the UBO Inter-Continental title with a first round
blast-out of previously undefeated Hamza Gunes
(11), Kozhamberdiyev is knocking on the door of
potential world title fights, and has the power to
be a danger to anyone in the division.
losing to Pierre (1-2) and Rodzivich (14-24)
people could have been forgiven for writing him
off at the end of 2017. But he is still here, and
is living proof that a few early set-backs is not
the end of the world.