When a Pro heavyweight caused uproar with ‘criminal’ KO of amateur boxer

Bakhodir Jalolov is a rising Uzbekistani heavyweight contender. It seems like he will not be featuring on the anticipated Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk undercard scheduled for May 18.

Originally slated for a spot on the undercard of the Fury vs Usyk showdown, Jalolov’s absence comes as a surprise to many. He is promoted by Top Rank, the same company co-promoting Fury in the USA.

Due to this, he was originally given a position on the undercard of the February 17 bout between Fury and Usyk.

But due to a cut sustained by Fury during practice, the undisputed heavyweight world championship match was rescheduled for May 18.

While most of the undercard bouts transitioned to the rescheduled date, Jalolov’s name didn’t make the cut.

In an unexpected turn of events, Jalolov is now set to face Agron Smakici. He is the very individual who inflicted the cut on Fury. This is on a separate show slated for April 14.

This may be the case since he has to concentrate on his intentions to box at the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris following this.

Although Jalolov is now more well-known for his amateur matches, he is 14-0 (14 KOs) in his professional boxing career.

The 28-year-old hopes to hold onto the Olympic gold medal in super-heavyweight competition that he earned in Tokyo 2020. But it was at a heated incident during the AIBA World Championships in September 2019 that he garnered the most media attention.

Pro boxers have been allowed to compete in several events that were previously reserved for amateurs since the 2016 Olympics. This has sparked continuing debates over safety and the removal of head guards.

After a 2019 super-heavyweight World Championship quarterfinal, this discussion heated up.

At the time, Jalolov was 6-0 (6 KOs) as a budding professional and had just defeated highly regarded American talent Richard Torrez. After the match, Torrez had to be carried out of the ring on a stretcher.

Different people reacted differently to the situation. Some were angered at the competition, while others supported it.

Now that Jalolov is returning to competing amateurs in Paris 2024, he could stir up trouble once again.