At the age of 26, Fayzi is a one-year pro. A sensational young prospect at 135 pounds, he was an elite amateur at the international level before his debut – a two-time Olympic representative for his native Uzbekistan and the 141-pound gold medalist at the 2016 Olympic Games. He also won silver medals at the 2015 Asian Championships and World Championships.
He is a stablemate of three-division world champion and rising young superstar Vasiliy Lomachenko, who was voted the Boxing Writers Association of America’s “2017 Fighter of the Year,” top light heavyweight contender Oleksandr Gvozdyk, welterweight prospect Alexander Besputin, and super lightweight prospect Maxim Dadashev. All are managed by Egis Klimas, the Boxing Writers Association of America’s “Manager of the Year” in 2016 and 2017, and promoted by Top Rank.
After signing with Top Rank in 2017, Fayzi fought five times in his first 15 months as a pro.
In his last fight on July 14, 2018, in New Orleans, he won an eight-round unanimous decision against previously undefeated prospect Kevin Johnson.
ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael reported from ringside [excerpts]: Lightweight Fazliddin Gaibnazarov, a 2016 Olympic gold medalist from Uzbekistan, took over in the second half of the fight to outpoint fellow prospect Kevin Johnson, of Las Vegas. All three judges score it 78-74 for Gaibnazarov, a southpaw, who found himself in a tough fight through five rounds before taking over.
In the seventh round, he pinned Johnson along the ropes and landed many hard punches and he also won the eighth round against Johnson, who had never been past six rounds and appeared to be tiring. [End Rafael item]
In his post-fight interview, Fayzi said, “He was a very tough, young fighter. He saw very good what I was trying to do. I hit him very hard in the liver and to the head, but he took all of my punches very well.”
In an earlier interview, 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.”