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Q&A: Ismayl Sillakh

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Hot power punching prospect Ismayl Sillakh (11-0, 10 KOs) hits the mitts with his trainer Shadeed Suluki in preparation for his bout against veteran Daniel Judah (23-4-3, 10 KOs) this Saturday in Las Vegas. The bout is scheduled for 12 rounds and is for the NABF light heavyweight title. Sillakh, who recently was signed with Roy Jones Jr’s. Square Ring Inc. Promotions will battle Judah on the undercard of the Roy Jones Jr.-Bernard Hopkins rematch on pay-per-view. Sillakh is from the Ukraine but is currently based and training out of Southern California. Fightnews caught up with Sillakh as he is just days away from his toughest test to date as a professional.

You had a very extensive amateur career. How many fights did you win approximately?

I began boxing as an amateur when I was seven-years-old. I won more than 300 amateur fights.

How has your adjustment been from the Ukraine to living in the United States?

I miss the Ukraine for sure but I’ve become very comfortable here in Southern California. My trainer Shadeed Suluki is more than just my trainer. He is like family to me. He has a wealth of experience and has taught me a lot in our time working together.

You recently signed with future hall-of-famer Roy Jones Jr’s. Square Ring inc. How excited are you about the signing?

I’m thrilled about it and the opportunity to fight on the undercard of such big event. I’m definitely ready to take advantage of this opportunity.

Daniel Judah is without a doubt your stiffest test to date. How ready are you for this step up in competition?

I’m more than ready for the step up and look forward to showing it on Saturday.

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