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)
Popular Kazakh female fighter Firuza Sharipova (9-1, 4) [фируза шарипова] was in the media again this week to speak about several things.
The talking point that has surprisingly grabbed some in Kazakhstan is that the fighter has divorced her husband, and has actually been divorced for around 18 months. The news had been well hidden and was only revealed during a recent interview, but it appears to have come some time after she was named "Kazakhstan's sexiest athlete".
She joked about the situation by suggesting their should be a new project “Marry Sharipov”, which we suspect could be a successful Kazakh spin off of the "Bachelorette".
On a more boxing focused note it was also revealed that Sharipova would be facing Finnish boxer Eva Wahlstrom (22-1-1, 3) in their long spoken about showdown. The bout is now planned for the Spring, with an agreement to fight in March, though the location and more specifically the venue hasn't been agreed.
A quote given by the Kazakh press from Sharipova's manager, Sergey Zavileysky, stated "We agreed to hold the battle in March. We discussed the date and arena. Next week we will finally decide."
Sadly there was also talk about Sharipova fighting in a stay busy bout before the March date, something that seems to be playing with fire given the injuries that Sharipova has already had causing this long protracted bout to be delayed in the past. They were supposed to fight in December before Sharipova suffered an injury in November, in training, having also suffered a nose injury in September. We understand her wanting to shake some ring rust, but she does need to be careful.
It now appears that Wahlstrom's team haven't actually agreed to the bout, and have got other offers on the table, and haven't accepted any offer from the Kazakh's team. Suggesting that Zaileysky isn't being totally honest with his quotes to the Kazakh press, or is assuming that Wahlstrom's team will agree to their offer on principle, rather than having agreed in fact.
In what may go down as the "What the fuck?" story of the day Kazakh fighter Firuza Sharipova (9-1, 4) [фируза шарипова] has publicly challenged UFC queen Amanda Nunes to a fight.
Reports in the Kazakh press quote Sharipova as saying:
"Roy Jones Jr. is a good friend of UFC President Dana White. We are currently working with Roy Jones' team, and I will ask them to help us organize a fight with 2-weight UFC champion Amanda Nunes. I want to knock her out. Congratulations to Amanda with a victory over Christian Justino. She showed excellent boxing techniques and ended the fight with a clean knockout ahead of time. I was really looking forward to this fight because I wanted to meet the winner. Now I will ask my team to organize this fight in 2019. "
She also added that she would want to have this fight after the long spoken about contest with Finnish boxer Eva Wahlstrom (22-1-1, 3), who recently lost her unbeaten record to Katie Taylor.
Nunes shocked the MMA world only hours before Sharipova made her comments, following an opening round KO over Chris "Cyborg" Justino at UFC232, a win that really showed how good Nunes' striking was. It does however feel like an attempt to get Sharipova's name in the headlines off someone else's achievement. Still we've seen weirder things in boxing and MMA in recent years and the bout can't be completely written off as attention seeking from the Kazakh.
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)
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