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.
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.
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