Thursday, March 28, 2019

Anvar Yunusov: Ready to Translate Success into the Paid Ranks

By Luis A. Cortes III

Tomorrow night, Kings Promotions returns to the SugarHouse Casino with a stacked card that will feature a former three-time Olympian in the main event.  Throughout the past several years, it has been noted that Kings Promotions, which is ran by boxing lifer Marshall Kauffman, has continued to put on entertaining shows for local crowds throughout Pennsylvania.  With his base of operations being in the Northeast part of the state, Kauffman has also established his promotional company along with other companies as a reliable source of competitive fights.  From the looks of the latest offering, on paper, tomorrow night's action looks to be no different. 

Highlighting the card will be the aforementioned three-time Olympian Anvar Yunusov (6-0)(3 KOs).  When speaking to Kauffman about the upside of Yunusov, the southpaw boxer-puncher from Tajikistan, he understands time is not really on the side of his fighter.  Yunusov, is already 32 years old, but like other former amateur standout stars from Eastern Europe, the hope is that all his international experience along with a lifetime in the sport will translate into a professional glory.  “He has the skills and the ability to be a World Champion, and after sparring with Tevin (Farmer), he got to see that he can compete with the best,” states Kauffman. “I hope to see him fight for a world title within the next year.” 

What Kauffman is speaking about is the fact that recently the current IBF Super Featherweight champion Tevin Farmer was preparing for his world title defense against Anthony Carroll also a southpaw from Ireland.  Yunusov was a key member of the camp as he got Famer prepared for the challenge of Carroll.  Yunusov did such a great job, that during the post-fight press conference, Farmer pointed at him and mentioned to all the members of the media that he played an important part in Famer's success that night.

Yunusov has relocated to the Philadelphia area, creating a new home base in the Northeast section of the city, which has a large Russian and Eastern European population.  He spends his time with his Russian manager, who likes to go by the name Russian Bill.  Yunusov knows limited English, so it’s Bill that tells the stories of how Yunusov loves to train and enjoys his mornings chopping wood and running through the woods.  If you listen to Bill enough, you get the sense that his fighter is ready to challenge anyone in the world, and that it’s a matter of time before he does just that.

Currently, Yunusov works with the same team that he always has, except for the addition of Rashiem Jefferson as an assistant trainer.  Jefferson works closely with many young amateur fighters and was himself  a hot prospect after a celebrated amateur career.  Jefferson is a great addition to the team as he has gained plenty of training experience working closely with Raul “Chino” Rivas out of TKO Fitness in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.  Along with getting accustomed to the professional world of prize fighting, Yunusov is working hard on getting his children to join him in America.  While that personal situation gets sorted out, Yunusov will continue to develop as a professional fighter, with fights like tomorrow against Carlos Colon of Puerto Rico.  Once his personal life can truly be in order, with continued success, Kauffman’s idea of a world title fight may not be that far off for the super featherweight. 

As for the rest of the card, Brandon Robinson (11-2)(8 KOs) returns for the first time since losing late last year.  It was a tremendous fight, that has since gone on to win fight of the year honors for the Briscoe Awards (which is a local award ceremony for the Philadelphia fight scene).  Robinson is always in an entertaining fight, which can also be said about jr. welterweight Anthony Mercado of Puerto Rico.  Both fighters will fight in an eight round contest.  Mercado, like Robinson, had a great fight against Victor Vazquez of Yonkers New York, winning a close decision.  Undefeated Philadelphian Mark Dawson (5-0-1)(3 KOs) also will be in action in a welterweight fight. 

Tickets are still available and can be purchased at SugarHouse Casino website.

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