All you need to know about Otabek Kholmatov vs. Raymond Ford

Get ready for an electrifying showdown as the featherweight division takes center stage in New York on March 2. The highly anticipated bout between Otabek Kholmatov and Raymond Ford for the vacant WBA featherweight title will be broadcasted exclusively on ESPN+ in the U.S.

Otabek Kholmatov, a standout from the 2016 Youth World Championships where he clinched bronze, transitioned to the professional arena in 2021. The 25-year-old Uzbekistani sensation boasts an impressive record, winning two fights in 2023, including a notable TKO victory against Balam Hernandez Acosta in December. Kholmatov’s fighting style is marked by his formidable knockout prowess, having secured victory in all but one of his bouts through knockout.

His challenger, Raymond Ford, brings his own impressive credentials to the ring. A two-time National Championships silver medalist, Ford entered the professional ranks in 2019. His most recent outing saw him secure a convincing unanimous decision victory against Jessie Magdaleno in April. With a record of 14 wins, no losses, and one draw, Ford has proven himself to be a formidable force in the division, with seven of his victories coming by way of knockout.

In addition to the WBA title clash, the IBF featherweight title will also be contested as Luis Alberto Lopez defends his belt against Reiya Abe. Lopez, who claimed the IBF title with a victory over Josh Warrington in 2022, will be looking to further solidify his championship status with a successful defense against Abe, who boasts a formidable knockout record of ten wins.

The fight card promises an action-packed evening of boxing, featuring a lineup of compelling matchups across various weight divisions. From welterweights Brian Norman Jr. and Janelson Figueroa Bocachica to middleweights Troy Isley and Marcos Hernandez, fans can expect a night filled with thrilling bouts showcasing the talents of rising stars and seasoned veterans alike.

To catch all the action live, tune in to ESPN+ for the main card broadcast, with the undercard exclusively available on the same platform. Don’t miss your chance to witness history in the making as these elite athletes go head-to-head in pursuit of championship glory.

So mark your calendars and prepare for a night of high-stakes boxing at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, New York, where the atmosphere will be electric and the competition fierce.