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Israil Madrimov targeting world title fights, wants to bring big boxing event to Uzbekistan

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The 25-year-old Madrimov has trounced the opposition to date, and returns on Saturday.

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Top junior middleweight prospect and emerging contender Israil Madrimov is set to return on Saturday’s DAZN card, and he’s got his sights set on doing big things in boxing, including bringing a major event to his home country.

Madrimov (5-0, 5 KO) says he’s had talks with Matchroom about doing a big show in his native Uzbekistan, something he sees as more likely with friend and former teammate Murodjon Akhmadaliev having won a world title already (two, in fact).

“There have been talks over doing an event in Uzbekistan with Eddie Hearn, and it’s easier to do now with MJ as a world champion, it would be a huge event,” said Madrimov. “Our people are crazy boxing fans and would fill up any venue in the country, we have support from the government, so I am sure that it would be a sold-out stadium success and people would remember it for years.

“MJ made history and we’re happy for him as our friend, brother and teammate, it’s unbelievable what he achieved, unified champion in eight fights — but I still have time to beat him!”

The 25-year-old Madrimov will face Eric Walker (20-2, 9 KO) on Saturday’s card, and isn’t trying to get ahead of himself before dealing with the 37-year-old American first.

“Right now, the focus is Eric on Saturday, not looking past that. As soon as business is taken care of, we move on and we want to fight the champion, whoever that is. Rosario and Charlo are fighting each other, whoever has the belts I’m ready to fight them,” he said.

“Every fight for me is very important. They are all important and they keep getting bigger. This is a final eliminator and that’s big for me because win this and the next fight should be for a world title, the champion cannot avoid me then. I don’t call people out, I just want to be in a position to fight for titles. I want to build my own legacy and history by becoming world champion and I want to break records.”

Bad Left Hook will have full coverage of the Braekhus-McCaskill broadcast on Saturday night starting at 8 pm ET.