Unbeaten Canadian based Kazakh hopeful Nurzat Sabirov (10-0, 9) [Нурзата Сабирова] has been pencilled in for his next bout on February 21st Le Centre Financiere Sun Life, in Rimouski, Quebec, as part of the under-card for David Lemieux's bout with Poland's Robert Talarek.
The unbeaten 26 year old had shown real promise in 2017 an 2018, fighting 4 times in both years, but saw his career slow down in 2019 when he only managed 2 fights due to an injury. That injury, which was suffered in training, forced him to cancel a bout scheduled for September against Mexican foe Brundo Sandoval and has kept him out of the ring since.
At the moment the name of Sabirov's opponent is unknown, though given his lengthy break from the ring we do expect a relatively easy win for the Super Middleweight hopeful, before bigger bouts later in the year.
Although the main event between David Lemieux (41-4, 34) and Robert Talarek (24-13-3, 16), doesn't look a great one on paper, it is worth noting that it should be an entertaining one, even if it ends up being 1-sided. Lemieux is a faded force, and was made to look really bad last time out, whilst Talarek is known among hardcore fans for his bizarre 2019 bout with Patryk Szymanski, which featured 10 knockdowns. Talarek might be limited, but the guy has heart, and is there to be hit...and boy can Lemieux still punch!
Sadly for Sabirov this injury has scuppered what would have been his most significant bout to date. Thankfully though the 25 year old has time on his side, and has time to recover from his injury before fighting again.
The talented Sabirov has already fought twice this year, picking up TKO wins in March and June, though it is disappointing that his injury has come so close to fight night.
Fingers crossed Sabirov will have a speedy recovery, though it is worth noting that the severity of the injury hasn't been documented, so it's hard to speculate on when he may be back in the ring.
Earlier today we were informed that unbeaten Kazakh hopeful Batyrzhan Jukembayev (16-0-0-2, 13) [Батыржан Джукембаев] would be returning to the ring on September 26th, in Montreal, to take on his most notable opponent to date.
The Canadian based Kazakh will be looking to secure his 17th professional win as he takes on former IBF Lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez (41-8, 15), who will be fighting for the first time since he was flat our robbed in the UK against Ohara Davies, in one of the worse decisions of 2019.
For the unbeaten Jukembayev the bout is a fantastic step up in class, a real test and a chance to him to answer some really serious questions. He's not been matched incredibly easily but this is a clear step up for him and a move in the right direction, something his last few fights haven't been. In fact it's not been since Jukembayev beat Cosme Rivera back in 2017, that he's shared the ring with someone with experience at the higher levels of the sport.
Over the last few years Vazquez, who was an avoided champion, has become a really in demand gate keeper recently. In the last two 2 years he has gone in with Josh Taylor, Thulani Mbenge, Ghislain Maduma and the aforementioned Davies, and put in very credible efforts, win or lose. A similar performance here could well see him showing too much for Jukembayev in what is a very, very well matched contest.
Jukembayev is set to be 1 of 4 Kazakh's on this card, along with Sadriddin Akhmedov (9-0, 8) [Ахмедов Садриддин], Nurzat Sabirov (10-0, 9) [Нурзат Сабиров] and Aman Kazankapov (0-0-1) [Амана Казанкапова], though none of this trio have yet had their opponents announced.
Last night fight fans in Canada had the chance to see a trio of Kazakh fighters in action.
The most impressive was Sadriddin Akhmedov (9-0, 8) [Ахмедов Садриддин], who made very light work of Mexican foe Daniel Vega Cota (14-4-1, 11). The heavy handed Akhmedov pressed the fight from the opening moments. Cota was dropped around 90 seconds into the bout and whilst the fight did continue he was hurt only moments later before the referee stepped in and stopped him.
It was also a short night for Nurzat Sabirov (10-0, 9) [Нурзат Сабиров], who stopped Hungarian foe Laszlo Toth (7-1, 6) in the second round of their bout. A right hand to the body dropped Toth who tried to beat the 10 count, but failed due to the pain and agony he was in.
The card also featured the professional debut of youngster Aman Kazankapov (0-0-1) [Амана Казанкапова], who battled Mexican Ismael Molina Moreno (2-1-1, 2) and was surprisingly held to a 4 round draw.
The Kazakh was making his debut after an excellent run in the amateur ranks, including a gold medal at the 2016 Asian Youth Championships, and was tipped to become one to watch. This draw however will be a mark on his record and time will tell to see whether it was a blip, a case of not Moreno being better than expected or maybe Kazankapov not being as good as hoped.
This coming weekend a trio of Kazakh hopefuls will be in action in Canada, with the touted trio of Sadriddin Akhmedov (8-0, 7) [Ахмедов Садриддин], Nurzat Sabirov (9-0, 8) [Нурзат Сабиров] and the debuting Aman Kazankapov (0-0) [Амана Казанкапова] all in action on the same show.
Today it's been confirmed that Kazakh TV will air at least two of those bouts, with "Khabar" revealing they will be showing Sabirov's bout against unbeaten Hungarian Laszlo Toth (7-0, 6) and Akhmedov's bout with Mexican foe Daniel Vega Cota (14-3-1, 11).
The channel will air the bouts on a broadcast that begins at 7am on June 30th in Nur-Sultan, the capital of Kazakhstan, and it seems like both contests will be shown live on the channel.
Sadly it seems unlikely for the Kazakh channel to air the debut of Kazankapov, who faces Mexican Ismael Molina Moreno (2-1, 2), though their is a chance that the bout may be included if time permits.
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