Mario Barrios Vs Batyr Akhmedov Ordered By The WBA
As first reported by Boxingscene, the WBA has ordered a fight between No. 1 ranked Mario Barrios (24-0, 16 KOs) and No. 2 Batyr Akhmedov (7-0, 6 KOs) for their vacant “regular” junior welterweight title.
The current super champion in the division is Regis Prograis, who is currently hooked up with a World Boxing Super Series tournament final fight with IBF Super lightweight champion Josh Taylor.
Barrios has been a top fighter for a while now, knocked out his last eight opponents and in his outing in May was able to knocked Juan Jose Velasco in the second round.
Enter your email address:
Delivered by FeedBurner
Akhmedov was so successful in his amateur days but has blown away six out of seven opponents in the ring, running on a 4KO streak which involves getting off the floor to stop Ismael Barroso in August.
During his Amateur days, Akhmedov competed under the name Batuhan Gozgec and got a gold medal at the 2015 International Kadyrov Tournament held in Grozny, Russia.
He earned a bronze medal at the 2016 European Boxing Olympic Qualification Tournament, which also gave him a slot in the Olympics. The Olympics didn’t didn’t go as planned, as he didn’t win any medal.