Earlier this year we saw both Nurtas Azhbenov (1-0) [Заурбек Султан] and Sultan Zaurbek (1-0) [Заурбек Султан] make their debuts, taking decision wins on the same card. Today it was revealed that the two would again feature together on a show, with both men returning to the ring on December 14th at the legendary York Hall in the UK.
At the moment neither man has had their opponent for the show confirmed but both are expected to be up against more testing opponent than their debut foes, neither of whom really tested the Kazakh's. Both will also be looking to record their first stoppages, after their debut opponents both survived the distance.
For UK fight fans the bouts will be televised on Boxnation as they continue their relationship with MTK Global.
Kazakh hopeful Nurtas Azhbenov (1-0) [Заурбек Султан] successfully made his debut earlier today as scored a points win against Spanish based Nicaraguan journeyman Eligio Palacios (7-32-5).
From the opening bell it was clear that Azhbenov was a well schooled fighter as he applied constant but controlled pressure on his opponent. Although the action was controlled in the first round one of the only real noteworthy shots of note was a low blow late in the round from the Kazakh. In round 2 the debutant picked up the pace and began to really thud home shots to the head of Palacios, with the journeyman's nose visibly bleeding by the end of the round. The third was another strong one from Azhbenov, who looked very good, but Palacios always through shows back to keep the Kazakh honest and stop him from taking risks he didn't to take.
The final round again saw Palacious fighting back when he needed to, and moving around, making life awkward for the Kazakh debutant, who continued to hunt his man but struggled to ever pin his man down.
At the end of the fight there was no doubting the winner, though we suspect Azhbenov would have wanted to leave a better impression than he did here. He won all 4 rounds against a tricky man, but did look one paced and, at times, a touch predictable.
Our Kazakh sources have informed us that recent MTK Global signings Sultan Zaurbek (0-0) [Заурбек Султан] and Nurtas Azhbenov (0-0) [Нуртас Ажбенов] will both debut on October 26th in London.
The two former Kazakh amateur standouts, are both very highly regarded. Zaurbek is a 2014 Youth Championships silver medal winner whilst Azhbenov has an extensive amateur background with over 240 amateur bouts. Both are expected to make a serious impression as MTK look to build a central Asian following.
At the moment neither man has had their opponent named but both are expected to be matched softly to begin with before getting a chance to prove themselves in their coming bouts.
(Image courtesy of sport.inform.kz)
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