On the undercard to Dimitry Bivol's unanimous decision win over Joe Smith Jnr, Uzbekistan's Israil Madrimov scored a stunning 2nd round knockout of Venezuela's Frank Rojas (24-3-0) for the vacant WBA Inter-continental Super-Welterweight title.
Marinov, nicknamed "The Dream", has been wrongly reported as having made history by participating in a 10 round title bout in his pro debut, but of course, Vasiliy Lomachenko also turned pro by beating Jose Ramirez (25-3-0) in a WBO International Featherweight title bout in October 2013, also over the 10 round distance. Even more shocking is 1956 American Olympic gold medallist, Pete Rademacher who challenged World Heavyweight title holder, Floyd Patterson, over 15 rounds in his professional bow in August 1957.
Madrimov, was a decorated amateur who is now managed by Vadim Kornilov who also manages Dimitry Bivol and co-promoted by World of Boxing and Matchroom Sports USA. Madrimov will have his fights televised by DAZN in the USA and Sky Sports in the UK.
The similarities in the early career paths of Lomachenko and Madrimov are obvious, although World of Sport have allowed Madrimov to challenge for an Intercontinental title rather than full world honours. We have to remember that Lomachenko challenged Orlando Salido, a seasoned world title campaigner for the WBO Featherweight title in his 2nd outing as a pro, whereas Madrimov beat a good journeyman in Rojas.
Vladimir Hernandez (10-3-0), a resident of Denver, Colorado via Mexico was the opponent for Madrimov in his pro debut. Reported as for the vacant WBA Inter-continental super-Welterweight title, in the telecast of the bout, the MC Thomas Treiber calls the belt strapped around the winner's waist as "The WBA Regional Title", and BoxRec doesn't recognise the bout as for a title. So, did Magminov fight for the Inter-continental strap in his debut or fight number 2?
Here's an even bigger question: Does anyone actually care? It's still impressive when a boxer fights 10 rounder's in his early fights against good opposition, especially when he scores a KO such as in the Rojas fight.
This looks like another top-level professional boxer in the making in the same mould as the great Lomachenko.