Azerbaijan's Magomedrasul Majidov has signed a long-term promotional deal with Matchroom Boxing USA. Compiling a pro record of 12-3 exclusively in the World Series of Boxing, Majidov will dive into the bustling heavyweight mix, with the former three-time world amateur champion appearing on Friday September 13th at the Hulu Theater in New York, live on DAZN in the US and on Sky Sports in the UK. Majidov won his first World crown in 2011, edging out Anthony Joshua in the final in Joshua's homeland, following that triumph up two years later with victory in Kazakhstan and making it a hat-trick of amateur world titles in Germany in 2017.
The 32 year old, who also landed gold in the 2013 European games in Belarus and Olympic bronze in London 2012, will be in a rush to rise through the rankings and get into line for major fights and title shots, and renew rivalries with the likes of Joshua and former undisputed world cruiserweight king Oleksandr Usyk, whom he met in the World Series of Boxing in 2013.
“I want to thank my management BoxingStar and promoter Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing USA for this opportunity,” said Majidov. “I’m excited to fight in New York City where champions are made. I will like to let everyone know don’t be fool by my age. I’ll bring in entertainment with my style.”
“Magomedrasul is a fantastic addition to the pro game,” said Hearn. “The Heavyweight scene is as bright as it’s ever been right now and if Magomedrasul can translate his amateur success into the paid ranks, he can become a force. I am sure he’s going to want to move fast but we’ll manage his career correctly and look to get him into line for some huge fights.”
Majidov’s traditonal pro debut is part of a huge night of action topped by a New York City debut for Las Vegas' Devin Haney who takes on unbeaten Zaur Abdullaev in a WBC lightweight final eliminator...
Record-breaking seven-weight champion Amanda Serrano challenges WBO featherweight champion Heather Hardy in an all-Brooklyn affair. Serrano (36-1-1 27 KOs) conquered her seventh weight class in January when the Puerto Rican destroyed Eva Voraberger inside the opening round to claim the vacant WBO 115-pound title.
Serrano held the WBO featherweight strap in 2016 before vacating it then her sister Cindy picked it up later that year. Hardy (22-0, 4 KOs) was next in line to win the vacant title in October in a rematch against Shelley Vincent. Hardy put boxing on hold to return to MMA in June with an outing at Bellator 222 at Madison Square Garden but returns to boxing to go head-to-head with her fellow Brooklynite.
The heavyweight landscape remains a hot one and there’s a great 50-50 clash on the card as Michael Hunter challenges Sergey Kuzmin. Hunter (17-1 12 KOs) KO’d Alexander Ustinov in Monte Carlo in November and follewd up with a second round KO of Fabio Maldonado in Maryland in May.
Kuzmin (15-0 11 KOs), from Russia, had a big win in London in September against David Price and then saw off LaRon Mitchell and Joey Dawejko in a successful Stateside campaign.