Shohjahon Ergashev could be the next junior welterweight star
Boxing is a sport where getting your name out is prevalent. If fans do not have a clue as to who you are, then your career will be in obscurity. Moreover, this sentiment is amplified when competing in a hot division. This is what is happening to undefeated Shohjahon Ergashev (18-0, 16ko), an Uzbekistan power puncher fighting out the famed Kronk Gym in Detroit.
Furthermore, his trainer is Javan “Sugar Hill” Steward, the man behind WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (30-0-1, 21ko) knocking out Deontay Wilder (42-1-1, 41ko) back in February.
FIGHTING AGAINST A STACKED DECK
In the junior welterweight division, the boxing community is patiently waiting for unified champions Jose Ramirez (26-0, 17ko) and Josh Taylor (17-0, 13ko) to battle for undisputed. Moreover, other quality names are getting good shine in the division; names like Regis Prograis, Jack Catterall, Alex Saucedo, and WBA “regular” champion Mario Barrios. Further, everyone knows the names of Jose Zepeda and Ivan Baranchyk by now after the brutal back and forth war they had on October 3, 2020.
Let us not forget how the networks are pushing their guys like Lewis Ritson, Tyron Mckenna, and Paul “The Punisher” Kroll.
So it is an uphill battle for the undefeated Kronk fighter. Although boxing is not looking in his direction right now, all that can change. He simply has to keep winning and take advantage of the opportunity when it comes.
Being a southpaw fighter also hurt him, as it is difficult to look good against them; even more so when they are good boxers to go along with it. Ergashev road blocked some undefeated prospects careers before, detouring the momentum of Sonny Fredrickson (21-3, 14ko) and Mykal “The Professor” Fox (22-2, 5ko).
Yes, “The Professor” was first defeated by Ergashev, long before suffering a second defeat to Lucas Santamaria, who coincidentally, following that victory, was defeated in another high prospect talent fight with “The Punisher”.
The undefeated prospect is also ranked #6 and #7 respectively by both the WBA and IBF. Therefore, a chance at a championship, or the very least a mandatory fight, is not too far behind.
Ergashev is a hidden gem in the sport and when the time comes, the Kronk Gym boxer will be ready to seize the moment.
By: Garrisson Bland