Montenegro native Arben Markasheviq has faced setbacks due to the COVID-19 pandemic, disrupting the typical rhythm of a burgeoning fighter's career. Despite turning pro in 2021 and notching a record of 2-0-1 with 1 KO, Markasheviq found it challenging to secure consistent fights in a world still grappling with the pandemic.
Markasheviq's frustration with the stop-and-go nature of his career was evident. Following his pro debut against Joshia Villion, the 28-year-old spent significant periods on the sidelines, punctuated by sporadic victories and extended breaks. However, this Friday night at the Melrose Ballroom in Queens, New York, Markasheviq faces Victor Hugo Exner with an unwavering determination.
Expressing his desire for a knockout, Markasheviq views this fight as an opportunity to make a statement and overcome the obstacles that have hindered his progress. Despite his relatively young age, Markasheviq recognizes the urgency of his situation in the boxing world and aims to expedite his climb up the ranks in the super middleweight division.
Acknowledging that he might be entering his prime sooner than expected, Markasheviq embraces the prospect of skipping the traditional ladder climb. With only a handful of fights under his belt, he is prepared to jump into the fast lane of competition. While some caution against rushing, Markasheviq asserts that he possesses the strength, heart, and skills to compete at a higher level.
"I’m at the point where I don’t mind rushing things," Markasheviq stated confidently. "I got the strength, I got the heart, and I got the skills. I can bang with anybody. I’m just taking it step by step, but we will get there."
As he looks to secure victory against Exner, Markasheviq sets his sights on a future that promises a swift ascent in the super middleweight division, undeterred by those who advocate for a more measured approach to his career.