A much appreciated honour highlighting a decade of existence

09/01/2022 - No comments

Eye of the Tiger celebrated its 10-year anniversary in 2022, a year punctuated with success upon success and crowned by its being named Promoter of the Year at the North American Boxing Federation’s (NABF) convention on September 8–11 in Las Vegas. Top honours were also bestowed upon Arslanbek Makhmudov (14-0, 14 KOs), who received the “Champion of the Year” award in the wake of his recent stellar and convincing defence of the NABF heavyweight title he earned in 2019.

As Camille Estephan, EOTTM’s president, points out, this very timely honour highlights the effort and hard work of the past years, and marks the beginning of a brand-new chapter. “I am honoured to accept this trophy. We have worked relentlessly and passionately to showcase our athletes, keep them active in spite of the pandemic, and present top-notch fights that meet the expectations of the most discerning boxing fans. All this work has led to NABF titles for several of our athletes: Erik Bazinyan, Artem Oganesyan, Steven Butler and Arslanbek Makhmudov. This award is greatly appreciated and allows us to kick off a new decade with a bang as we look to make professional boxing history for years to come.”

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Arslanbek “The Lion” Makhmudov has been the NABF heavyweight titleholder since his victory over Julian Fernandez at the Cabaret du Casino de Montréal on September 28, 2019, and has defended his title five times since then. His powerful and commanding performances have allowed him to shine on the international stage, and his NABF award will doubtless motivate him to maintain his winning streak in further important bouts in his quest for a world championship fight in the short term.

Arslanbek Makhmudov will defend his NABF and NABA titles Friday, September 16 at the Casino de Montréal against American Carlos Takam (39-6-1, 28 KOs). This will be “The Lion’s” first fight since EOTTM’s partnership with Top Rank. The event will be broadcast on ESPN+ in the USA, as well as on www.punchinggrace.com starting at 7:00 pm. For more information, please follow EOTTM on Facebook or on Instagram @eottm_boxing as well as on Twitter @eottm11, or subscribe to the #EOTTMARMY ICI newsletter.

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Heavyweight Knockout Artist Arslanbek “Lion” Makhmudov Signs Co-Promotional Pact with Top Rank

Heavyweight knockout extraordinaire Arslanbek “Lion” Makhmudov has signed a multi-year co-promotional contract with Top Rank, who will work in conjunction with Camille Estephan’s Eye of the Tiger. Makhmudov, born in Russia and now residing in Montreal, Canada, has knocked out all 14 of his professional opponents, including 10 in the first round.

The co-promotional agreement will see Makhmudov fight on Eye of the Tiger-promoted shows in Canada and on Top Rank on ESPN cards.

Makhmudov will defend his NABF belt against Carlos Takam on Friday, Sept. 16, at the Cabaret du Casino de Montréal. Makhmudov-Takam headlines a loaded fight card that will stream live and exclusively in the U.S. on ESPN+.

“I’m fortunate to work with the top promoters in the world,” Makhmudov said. “This represents an important step toward achieving my goal of becoming a world champion.”

Estephan said, “I am very pleased and look forward to a long-term partnership with Top Rank, a force for decades in boxing. We look forward to adding to the legacy with high-level shows in Canada on ESPN+ and crowning world champions together.”

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“Arslanbek Makhmudov has true heavyweight knockout power, and at 6’6 and 260 pounds, he is a force of nature inside the ring,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. “I look forward to working with Camille and his team at Eye of the Tiger to help Arslanbek achieve his dream of becoming heavyweight champion of the world.”

Makhmudov turned pro in December 2017 with a first-round stoppage over Jaime Barajas. He knocked out six of his first seven foes in the opening round, and in 2019, he became the first man to stop noted spoiler Jonnie Rice. Later that year, he iced former world champion Samuel Peter in just 2:23, which started a streak of four consecutive first-round knockouts. He last fought in February in Montreal, where he broke down former world title challenger Mariusz Wach in seven rounds. Makhmudov is currently ranked No. 6 by the WBC and WBA.