At the age of 26, Fayzi is a sensational young prospect at 135 pounds. Before his debut, he was an elite amateur at the international level – a two-time Olympic representative for his native Uzbekistan who won the gold medal at 141 pounds at the 2016 Olympic Games. He also won silver medals at the 2015 Asian Championships and World Championships.
He has fought three times in his first five months as a pro.
Fayzi made his pro debut on April 22 in Carson, California, in a scheduled eight-round bout on a triple world championship event and won by second-round knockout.
He was back in the ring a month later on May 20 in New York and won an eight-round unanimous decision against Agustine Mauras.
Boxingscene.com’s Keith Idec reported from ringside [excerpts]: Fazliddin Gaibnazarov continued the impressive start to his pro career.
Gaibnazarov picked apart Agustine Mauras throughout an eight-round, 140-pound bout at Madison Square Garden. All three judges scored each of the eight rounds for Gaibnazarov (80-72).
Gaibnazarov knocked Mauras off-balance with left hands several times in the first round, a sign of what was coming over the next seven rounds. A confident Gaibnazarov spent rounds two through eight peppering Mauras with straight left hands and occasional right hooks, and won his second fight in four weeks. [End Idec item]
In his last fight on September 22 in Tucson, Arizona, Fayzi won an eight-round unanimous decision against Victor Rosas.
ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael reported from ringside [excerpts]: Gaibnazarov, a 2016 Olympic gold medalist from Uzbekistan now fighting out of Los Angeles, pasted Victor Rosas of Mexico with every shot in the book for eight rounds en route to a shutout decision.
Gaibnazarov, a southpaw, won 80-72 on all three scorecards … hammering with clean punches nonstop. [End Rafael item]
Fayzi said through an interpreter, “I moved to Oxnard, California, on January 24, 2017. I like California a lot, but I’m really concentrating on my boxing.
“I train at my manager’s gym – it’s called Boxing Laboratory. Abror Tursonpolatov has been my trainer since I first started boxing.
“The training is very different here compared to Uzbekistan. It’s more professional here and more amateur there. I’m getting better and better.
“My style is aggressive – I’m more attacking than defensive.”