Lightweight contender, Rustam "The Mongoose" Nugaev (25-6-1, 15 KOs) has been impressive since his return to the ring after a two year layoff due to personal issues.
In his first fight back Nugaev destroyed undefeated Peruvian star, Jonathan Maicelo (20-1, 12 KOs) by means of an 8th round KO. The fight was nationally shown on ESPN "Friday Night Fights", the first televised fight of Nugaev’s career.
"When I fought Maicelo, I wanted to show the world that I’m a fighter who is ready to take the lightweight division by storm," said Nugaev. "I was so excited to showcase my skills to a national audience. I wasn’t going to let the opportunity pass me by. There was nothing Maicelo could have done to defeat me. I was determined to come out victorious and I did so with a powerful knockout."
Promoter Gary Shaw was very impressed with Nugaev’s victory against Maicelo as he stated, "Rustam Nugaev showed he has the talent to compete against any of the top lightweights in the world. Maicelo is a very good fighter, and for Nuegaev to knock him out the way he did is very impressive. Rustam has a great chin and he’s relentless with his pressure style."