Earlier today it was revealed that the highly anticipated female bout between Kazakh fighter Firuza Sharipova (9-1, 4) [фируза шарипова] and unbeaten Finnish boxer Eva Wahlstrom (22-0-1, 3) has been postponed after Sharipova suffered an injury in training.
The two fighters were set to fight in Russia on December 22nd, though the injury of the Kazakh will keep her out of training for around a month, forcing the bout to postponed, at the very least though could cause it to be cancelled all together.
Sources in Kazakhstan stated that they will be looking to re-organise the fight for a later date, expected to be in early 2019, and will offer the Finn compensation for her training costs, as well as suggesting she doesn't take an interim fight, and risk an injury herself. It will however be up to Wahlstrom as to whether or not she's happy to wait. Given she has fought just once this year there is a chance however that she does look else where for her next bout.
The bout was supposed to see the IBO title, held by Sharipova, and the WBC title, held by Wahlstrom, being unified and the two had gone face to face to help build the anticipation after Sharipova's last bout, back in September.
Over the last few weeks there has been a lot of talk in female boxing circles about a clash between Kazakh fighter Firuza Sharipova (9-1, 4) [фируза шарипова] and Finnish boxer Eva Wahlstrom (22-0-1, 3), with the bout been originally pencilled in for December 1st.
Today we saw the official details of the bout being released confirming a date and venue.
The bout has been shifted backwards 3 weeks from the original date, going from December 1st to December 22nd, likely to avoid some of the effects of a very busy day in the world of professional boxing and to give Sharipova a little bit longer to recover following a damaged nose in her last bout. The bout will take place at the Sibur Arena in St Petersburg, and it was always speculated that the Russian city would host the bout.
On the line for the two fighters will be the WBC female Super Featherweight title, currently held by Wahlstrom, and the IBO title, held by Sharipova, with the winner coming away as a unified champion.
(Image courtesy of the press team of Firuza Sharipova)
Earlier this month Kazakh boxing queen Firuza Sharipova (9-1, 4) [фируза шарипова] successfully defended her WIBA Lightweight title, with a win over the previously undefeated Yuliya Kutsenko (7-1-1, 3). Following that win she was immediately linked to a December show down with Finnish boxer Eva Wahlstrom (22-0-1, 3), with the Fin stating on Instagram that a deal had been signed for the two to fight on December 1st in Russia.
At the time of Wahlstrom's instagram post there was some worries about whether or not Sharipova would be deemed fit to fight in December, given she had suffered a nose injury in her win over Kutsenko. Thankfully the injury seems to have been less serious than some had expected, despite being the 6th time Sharipova had suffered the injury.
Since the bout Sharipova has revealed that the bout with Wahlstrom is indeed on, with an announcement on the specific venue set to happen in the next 2 weeks.
The bout between the two will be the biggest of Sharipova's career, by far, and looks to be something she is very eager to have. Sadly for her however, she would be the very clear under-dog with Wahlstrom being far more experienced and far more proven in the professional ranks, with wins over the likes of Dahiana Santana and Melissa St Vil. Despite being the under-dog Sharipova will be the younger fighter and will almost certainly be the "home" fighter for the bout against the talented Finn.
(Image courtesy of sports.kz)
We're expecting this bout to be confirmed, or rescheduled, when more is known about Sharipova's injury, which we've been told is a fracture to her nose. Typically the recovery time is 2 weeks, so it shouldn't cause a rescheduling but this is not the first time Sharipova has suffered a nose injury and it may be that she and her team push the bout back to allow her some extra healing time. We'll just have to wait and see.
-A huge thanks to PÃ¤ivi Ahola and Mikko Marttinen for bringing Eva's instagram post to our attention!
Yesterday Firuza Sharipova (9-1, 4) [фируза шарипова] successfully retained the WIBA Lightweight title. The female Kazakh star managed to take a 10 round decision win over Yuliya Kutsenko (7-1-1, 3), though today it was revealed that she suffered in the process.
The Kazakh, who was a massive step up in class for the previously unbeaten Russian fighter, fractured her nose during the bout, which could explain who she didn't manage to instill her style in some of the later rounds.
Sharipova went on to win 96-94, twice, and 98-92 and likely knew what she had to over-come given that this isn't the first time she had damaged her nose. She actually damaged it back in March 2017, when she defeated damaged Yuliya Chernoborodova and also back in December, when she defeated Djemilla Gontaruk.
It seems clear that this is a type of injury that will plague her career going forward, and we do wonder if she will be able to fight through when she begins to take on a high class of opponents. For now however she continues to reign as the WIBA Lightweight champion and we wish her a speedy recovery.
(Courtesy of the press service of Firuza Sharipova)
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