Unbeaten 24 year old Kazakh Abay Tolesh (1-0, 1) has become the latest fighter from the Central Asian country to sign with MTK Global, who are really signing a lot of talented Kazakh fighters as the lead into their big show on Capital City Day in Nur-sultan.
The unbeaten Tolesh made his professional debut in April, fighting in Bangkok and scored a quick win over a Thai novice. He will be making his MTK debut on July 6th as part of the big Nur-Sultan card.
At the moment his opponent for July hasn't been announced, but a number of announcements are expected about that card in early June, including opponents for Zhankosh Turarov (22-0, 15) [Жанкош Тураров], Viktor Kotochigov (9-0, 4) [Виктор Коточигов] and WBC Bantamweight champion Nordine Oubaali (15-0, 11).
A few weeks ago MTK Global announced they would be doing a show in Kazakhstan to celebrate Capital City Day. At the time little was known about the show, other than that it would take place on July 6th in Kazakhstan.
Today we got a burst of information about the card, and whilst it left us with a lot of questions that are unanswered it did give us some answers.
Firstly the card will take place in the Kazakh capital of Nur-Sultan, formerly known as Astana, and will feature not only Kazakh fighters but others from the MTK Global stable.
In regards to Kazakh fighters on the card the most notable is Zhankosh Turarov (22-0, 15) [Жанкош Тураров], who hasn't fought since September 2017 and will be looking to make a successful return following injury woes. Others include Viktor Kotochigov (9-0, 4) [Виктор Коточигов], who made his MTK debut earlier this year.
Whilst the Kazakh fighters will be the local draw the big international attraction will be WBC Bantamweight champion Nordine Oubaali (15-0, 11), who will be making his first defense of the title he won earlier this year. His opponent hasn't yet been announced, though their will be interest in this bout from Japan with Takuma Inoue (13-0, 3) [井上 拓真] set to face the winner later in the year.
Interestingly at the weekend Oubaali was rumoured to be heading to Morroco to defend the title, but him appearing on this show is better yet, given it will have ESPN and IflTV showing it, giving a sizable audience for the bout, and it also gives the card a credible draw at the top level. It is worth noting however, that he hasn't had his opponent for the show announced, yet. There are several really interesting options in the WBC rankings, and hopefully he will face one of the better contenders, rather than just facing the easiest or cheapest foe.
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