Israil Madrimov and Michel Soro complied with their weight for their World Boxing Association (WBA) super welterweight eliminator fight, which will take place this Friday in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
Madrimov weighed in at 153.8 pounds, while Soto stopped the scales at 153.4, both below the division’s 154-pound limit which qualified them ready for their fight.
The 26-year-old homegrown fighter is ranked second in the WBA rankings. He had a good amateur career and excelled in several continental competitions.
Since moving up to the professional ranks he has shown strength and has emerged as a genuine contender for a world title. Now he has the opportunity in front of him and wants to continue his way to the top.
However, he will have to face Soto, one of the most interesting fighters in the division, who has an advantage in experience and has faced renowned opponents such as Brian Castano, to whom he lost by split decision. The 34-year-old Frenchman knows what it takes to win this type of fight and intends to prove it in the ring.
The winner of the bout will become the WBA’s next mandatory challenger in the super welterweight division.