Fight fans who were expecting to see Kazakhstan hopeful Nurtas Azhbenov (4-0, 1) [Ажбенов Нуртас] fight yesterday would have been hugely disappointed to not see him in action on an MTK Global card. It's now been revealed that his bout with Hamo Aperjan (2-1, 2) was cancelled on the day of the fight with Aperyan deciding not to fight.
According to Vesti the reason for Aperjan not fighting is still unclear, though the bout being cancelled was confirmed by Azhbenov's coach Angel Fernandez.
At the moment there is speculation that the bout will be rescheduled, though we suspect that MTK Global won't be in a rush to use Aperjan again given the short notice pull out. Interestingly this would have been the Armenian born Czech's second bout in the UK, following a November clash with Craig MacIntyre in Glasgow.
Had this bout taken place this would have been Azhbenov's third bout of the year, showing his hectic schedule and the type of activity his team are trying to deliver for him.
Yesterday in Wales fans had the chance to see Kazakh prospect Nurtas Azhbenov (4-0, 1) [Ажбенов Нуртас] record his 4th professional win, as he over-came the tough but limited Chris Adaway (8-51-4, 1) in a 6 round bout.
The bout was Azhbenov's second contest in a week and impressively saw him going 6 rounds for the first time, taking a shut out over over his English foe, who lost a decision for the 45th time in 63 bouts.
Despite dropping Adaway in the second round Azhbenov was unable to stop his man, who ha a reputation as being a tough and reliable journeyman. Whilst few will doubt Adaway's toughness, given his reputation, we do need to wonder whether Azhbenov will be heldd back by his lack of power, and he's only scored a single stoppage in his first 4 bouts. It may be a case that he's wanting to get some rounds early in his career but there is a feeling that he just lacks that real nasty power, despite being a very, very talented young fighter.
Yesterday MTK Global announced that their unbeaten Kazakh pairing of Nurtas Azhbenov (2-0, 1) [Ажбенов Нуртас] and Sultan Zaurbek (3-0, 2) [Заурбек Султан] would be back in action on March 1st in Cardiff, to begin their 2019's.
Originally both men had been pencilled in for bouts on February 22nd in Bethnal Green though those plans have clearly changed.
The two men, who debuted last year after having had stellar amateur careers, havne't yet had their opponents named Vale Sports Arena, though it it known that the bouts will be shown on IFL TV.
We're hoping that both get put in with durable opponents, as they've not yet managed to really rack up rounds, or opponents coming to fight, as they've both had things their own way inside the ring so far. Both are too talented to waste time against low level opposition for much longer.
(Image courtesy of MTK Global)
Earlier this week it was revealed that unbeaten Kazakh pairing Nurtas Azhbenov (2-0, 1) [Ажбенов Нуртас], and Sultan Zaurbek (3-0, 2) [Заурбек Султан] would be back in action on February 22nd, with both men stepping up to 6 round bouts for the first time.
The two fighters, managed by MTK Global, impressed last year following successful debuts in October, and are expected to fly thought the ranks following very impressive amateur careers.
At the moment neither man has had their February opponents named, though both are likely to face relatively limited but durable opponents, as they look to develop their professional styles and build on the early promise they've shown.
Like the other bouts the two have fought in the UK these bouts will take place at York Hall in Bethnal Green. For Azbhenov that's the only venue he's fought professionally at whilst Zaurbek managed to squeeze in a November bout in Monaco last year.
(Image of Zaurbek courtesy of MTK Global)
Earlier today at the legendary York Hall fight fans had the chance to see two very highly regarded Kazakh prospects score their latest wins, and do so within a round each.
The first to pick up a win was Nurtas Azhbenov (2-0, 1) [Ажбенов Нуртас], who took out Croatian Anton Nakic (1-18) with a body shot. This was Azhbenov's first bout since he shut out Eligio Palacios in October, on debut, and he showed more killer instinct here than he did against Palacios, who was there just to survive. Sadly though Nakic had no right to be in the ring with Azhbenov, and this was his 8th stoppage loss in 19 fights, making us wonder why MTK Global put the Kazakh in such a mismatch.
The second Kazakh to score a win was Sultan Zaurbek (3-0, 2) [Заурбек Султан] who made light work of Romanian Stefan Nicolae (2-14), who was taken out with a body shot. Zaurbek showed some real class, despite taking a shot or two himself, and it's clear that he's also in need of a step up, just like Azhbenov. Interestingly this was the third bout in 2 months for Zaurbek, who fought in November in Monaco. For Nicolae this was his 6th loss this year.
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