Bektemir Melikuziev continues to sharpen his fangs in the super middleweight division. / Photo: Instagram @bektemirmelikuziev
INDIO – Boxer who won silver at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Bektemir Melikuziev continues to sharpen his fangs in the super middleweight division. In an effort to test his abilities, the 27-year-old boxer from Uzbekistan will fight against Alantez Fox.
The duel between Melikuziev and Fox will take place at The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas, United States, on October 7. The duel was the undercard of the Golden Boy Promotions title fight which staged the cruiserweight match between Gilberto Ramirez vs Joe Smith Jr.
After scoring 3 consecutive KO/TKO wins since his decision victory over Sergei Ekimov, Melikuziev recorded another victory via judges’ decision against Gabriel Rosado last April. The victory was an arena for revenge for Melikuziev, who in the June 2021 meeting suffered a surprising third-round knockout defeat to Rosado.
Melikuziev (12-1, 9KO) looks like he will have to bring all his skills when he meets Fox. The reason is, Fox (28-4-1, 13KO) is a boxer with smooth and strong technique.
The two boxers also have quite striking body differences. Fox has a posture of 193 cm or 16 cm taller than Melikuziev. Apart from that, Fox also has a reach of 201 cm, which is 22 cm longer than Melikuziev.
“I feel good after my big win against Gabriel Rosado. I am very happy to finally be back. We are ready for all the big fights in this division. Gabe is a very important fight for me. I am now in world title hunting mode,” said Melikuziev, as quoted by Boxing Scene.
“My team has done their homework on my opponent. It doesn’t matter to me who I play. I know he’s very high for our division, he’s very unique, tough and always fights well. I don’t underestimate my opponents “This will be a very interesting fight,” explained the boxer nicknamed Bully.
In another corner, Fox returned to the ring after two consecutive defeats in his last fight. In this appearance, the 31 year old boxer will face a boxer who is on the rise.
Before losing by majority decision to Erik Bazinyan last February, Fox also suffered a fourth round TKO defeat when challenging David Morrell in a duel for the WBA super middleweight world title, December 2021.