Kazakh Heavyweight hopeful Izim Izbaki (1-0, 1) [Изим Избаки] has had a frustrating time since making his professional debut last November.
Since his first pro bout he has had two bouts cancelled on medical ground, both in the US, once due to his opponent and once due to himself failing medicals. Now however it seems like things are ready to get going at last.
According to Vesti, who have spoken with the fighter's promoter, Izbaki is looking like he will make his US debut in August, as part of the under-card for Claressa Shields (9-0, 2) bout with Ivana Habazin (20-3, 7) in Flint, Michigan. Although Vesti didn't report on an opponent, boxrec list Izbaki as being on the card against Troy Albring (0-2).
The promoter also suggested that Izbaki might be in the ring even sooner than that, with the potential to fight in July in Kazakhstan, though didn't go too much into detail on what the details were for that bout, and whether that would prevent the US bout, which would be taking place on August 17th. What was made clear is that the Kazakh bout has no contract yet, and time is clearly running out on a July date.
Yesterday inn the US there was a scheduled bout with Kazakh Heavyweight hopeful Izim Izbaki (1-0, 1) [Изим Турсунулы Избаки] facing off with Matt Foster (0-3), who had been stopped in all 3 of his defeats. That bout was however cancelled after Foster failed to pass his medical.
Izbaki revealed not only why the bout was off, but also that he will be fighting in April, explaining on Instagram “Unfortunately, I'm not fighting today, because my opponent has not passed a medical examination. We’ll wait for April now,” [Translated]. At the moment however no real details of the April bout have been revealed.
The show yesterday did go on to feature a Kazakh in action, though it was a disappointing result, with Bakhtiyar Eyubov (14-0-1-1, 12) [Эюбов Бахтияр] being held to an unexpected draw over 8 rounds with Mexican foe Jose Luis Rodriguez (25-12-1, 13), in what will go down as a notable upset result for the once touted Bakha Bullet.
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