Earlier today Kazakh fighter Firuza Sharipova (10-1, 5) [фируза шарипова] announced she was ending her sports career and retiring from boxing.
The fighter revealed the reasons for her decision over social media, making a post on Instagram explaining why she was retiring and thanking her team.
The jist of her post was that she wanted to thank her coaches, managers and team for the excellent work they did with her career, but the finances promised to get her a WBC world title fight were never delivered, despite numerous promises. She explained that she doesn't see her efforts being rewarded and she's not willing to spend her life waiting on things that won't happen.
The 25 year old former IBO and WBC Silver female Super Featherweight champion has had a frustrating year so far, fighting just once. There had been a lot of talk and bluster from her team at the start of the year, though it began to feel very much like her press team were talking to keep her name in the press rather than really building towards anything. Her retirement somewhat backs that up.
Earlier in the year she had spoke about going to the 2020 Olympics but this announcement seems to end those plans, however she's not made it clear what her future brings.
We'd like to wish Sharipova all the best in whatever she does next.
(Image courtesy of Sharipova's press team)
Kazakh fighter Firuza Sharipova (9-1, 4) [фируза шарипова] has been in the headlines every few weeks this year, yet she's not actually been in the ring for a fight since September 2018, which was her only fight in 2018.
The latest story to do with Sharipova is that she has been stripped of the female IBO Super Featherweight title.
The fighter, speaking to Vesti.kz, revealed that:
"Honestly, I myself only today learned about it from the media. We have not yet received official statements from the organizations. But in general, this is normal and we absolutely expected. According to the rules of the organizations, I had to hold a defense during the year. We were planning a unification bout with Eva Walstrom, who holds a full-fledged WBC title. They asked for help in financing, including sending letters to Akimats and the Ministry of Culture and Sports. But unfortunately, the funds for this was not found."
She also added:
"Our team is now working to ensure that I become the world champion in the third weight category. We are sure that everything will work out for us, but the issue of financial support is still acute. Every day we send letters and business proposals, even prepared a letter to the President of Kazakhstan. We are waiting for support from the Ministry of Culture and Sports and Kazakhstani businessmen."
It seems clear now that whilst Sharipova gets a lot of attention, people aren't putting up the money to bank roll her career. This could well explain why she's been so inactive. She has had injuries, but this level of inactivity seems to be more telling than just the injuries.
It's also interesting that she's talking about winning a world title in a third division. It's hard to imagine her making a mark at 140lbs, and moving down to 126lbs also won't be easy. In fact it's going to be very tough, given the seeming lack of financial backing, to get a world title bout. Maybe, finally, she'll have to concentrate on being a boxer and not just playing the media.
(Image courtesy of the press service of Firuza Sharipova)
Earlier today Kazakh fighter Firuza Sharipova (9-1, 4) [фируза шарипова] continues to tease the media with yet another press release that seems to suggest she's great, despite still not having a fight arranged.
The fighter revealed to the press that she had been given two offers to compete at the 2020 Olympics for countries other than Kazakhstan.
She refused to name names, but revealed that one country is a former Soviet country and the other was in Asia, with the Asian country offering to to financially compensate Sharipova with $1,000,000 to fight for them.
She also revealed that she has turned both offer down, and suggest that she would only fight for Kazakhstan, despite a recent public spat with a high ranking member of the Kazakh amateur squad.
We do need to give Sharipova credit for remaining in the press, and this story wasn't just in the Kazakh press but also the Uzbek press, but it does very much seem like Sharipova and her team need to begin sorting out her next bout. It's become a bit of a joke that we are just days away from the start of March and we're yet to really see anything actually being scheduled by her.
Kazakh hopeful Firuza Sharipova (9-1, 4) [фируза шарипова] has been in the press a lot more than actually fighting recently, and it's fair to say that it has rubbed some up the wrong way, especially with various things be flat out wrong.
Today a Kazakh betting company have started a Special market in regards to Sharipova and have seemingly mocked her in some ways with the markets available.
The site, https://www.tennisi.kz, has offered the following options:
"Will call for a fight with Vladimir Putin, Ramzan Kadyrov or Habib Nurmagomedov (at least one of the three) to the ring Yes at odds of 3.50
Once again will take part in "Let They Speak" or in the "Live" by Andrei Malakhov at odds of 2.00
Will win a place at the Olympic Games in Tokyo at odds of 10.00
Receive more than 5 minutes of airtime on any American TV series at odds of 3.00
Filmed in a candid photo shoot for PlayBoy or Maxim at odds of 3.00
Become an absolute world champion (unite WBC, WBA, IBF, WBO belts) at odds of 50.00"
Whilst it does seem like more press time for Sharipova, it is good to see a funny side and for a company to begin to mock her after so many comments to the press from her press team. It would have made more sense for her to fight than to have just had press release, after press release, and hopefully things like this will actually push her back in the ring, and away from more pointless press releases.
The press team of Kazakh hopeful Firuza Sharipova (9-1, 4) [фируза шарипова] appear to have change the direction in keeping their fighter in the Kazakh press.
The fighter had long been linked to a fight with Finnish boxer Eva Wahlstrom (22-1-1, 3), with her manager suggesting that a bout was close to being a done deal back in January. Today however the focus from Sharipova appears to be the 2020 Olympics.
Sharipova is quoted in the Kazak press as saying "I have long stated my desire to perform at the Olympics in 2020. The example of Christina Hammer inspires me even more. If Christina wants to represent Kazakhstan, then I simply have to do it. But before that, of course, I want to become the absolute world champion in professionals. In this regard, Christina and I have similar plans. I will be rooting for her in a fight with Claressa Shields" [Translated]
Unfortunately for the Kazakh it does seem that her team are releasing more stories to the media than actually agreeing fights and it really does seem like her career is getting frustrating for fans who want see her in the ring, rather than just having stories in the media.
(Image courtesy of the press service of Firuza Sharipova)
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