Two unbeaten Kazakh hopefuls saw action earlier today in Cardiff, Wales, though neither bout really saw the Kazakh fighters shine, despite both picking up early victories over their opponents.
The first of those was Sultan Zaurbek (7-0, 5) [Заурбек Султан], a very highly touted Super Featherweight hopeful. Zaurbek was up against the under-sized Sergio Gonzalez (10-16-5, 7), a Spanish based Nicaraguan journeyman. Gonzalez, who had been stopped in 5 of his previous 15 losses, never looked in the bout but it took a whilst for Zaurbek to really open up, as he instead went through the motions and bagged the rounds. Thankfully Zaurbek did manage to go through the gears later on, and picked up the stoppage in round 8, with just seconds of the bout left.
The other was Zhankosh Turarov (23-0, 16) [Жанкош Тураров] who scored a really strange win over Ghana's Richmond Djarbeng (29-4-1, 23). Turarov did what he wanted for the first 2 rounds with Djarbeng have no success at all, before pulling out of the bout, citing stomach pains. Although Turarov was bossing things the end really denied Turarov a chance to shine, in what was his first bout since September 2017.
Whilst neither man showed what they could really do today it is worth noting that both are pencilled in to fight again on July 6th in Nur-Sultan as part of a big MTK Global card to celebrate Capital City Day in Kazakhstan. We're hoping that both show what they can do on that show
Earlier today fight fans watch the MTK Global show from Dubai got the chance to see a number of Asian fighters in action.
One of the most notable was 2016 Olympic gold medal winner Shakhobidin Zoirov (1-0, 1) [Шаҳобиддин Зоиров], though his role was little more than a "blink and you miss it" cameo, as he took out hapless Indonesian Anthony Holt (5-5-1, 3) in less than 30 seconds. The bout had hardly started by the time Zoirov landed his first left hand, it was essentially the only real connect of the fight, with Holt dropping from a glancing follow up. He would stay down in what was a joke of an effort against a real talent.
The loss for Holt, or rather the complete none effort, shouldn't have been any surprise given how he looked when he fought Jin Minamide last year and gave an equally inept performance.
Following Zoirov's performance we then saw Kazakh prospect Sultan Zaurbek (6-0, 4) [Заурбек Султан] put on a show case against the limited but tough Chinese fighter Chenghong Tao (7-6-1, 5). The Chinese fighter was left with a bloodied nose by the end of the opening round and was never really in the fight before being taken out with a brutal left-right in round 5, and falling in very eye catching fashion.
This was as good from Zaurbek as we've seen and it's clear he is in need of better tests, not just record padding wins. As for he gave the fight a go, but was totally out of his depth, and that was clear from the opening seconds.
Earlier today MTK Global announced a card set for April 5th in Dubai. By it's self that isn't huge news, but there are a number of Asian fighters set to feature on the show, with the most interesting being 2016 Olympic gold medal winner Shakhobidin Zoirov (0-0) [Шаҳобиддин Зоиров], who will be making his professional debut.
Zoirov, from Uzbekistan, was the Olympic champion at Flyweight and had also taken silver medals at both the Asian Games, and the Asian Amateur Championships. He's a bit older than some of the recent Uzbek's to turn professional, at 26, but is expected to be fast tracked as a result and we wouldn't be surprised to see him up against world ranked fighters at some point in the next 18-24 months.
As well as Zoirov this card will also feature unbeaten hopeful Sultan Zaurbek (5-0, 3) [Заурбек Султан] among others. At the time of writing, neither man has had their opponent confirmed for the show.
This past Saturday Sultan Zaurbek (5-0, 3) [Заурбек Султан] was in action, as part of a Matchroom Sports card.
The unbeaten Kazakh, who was fighting for the second time in just over a week, took on Spanish based Nicaraguan Lesther Cantillano (4-25, 3), and took a clear 6 round decision win, with the referee scoring the bout 60-54 to the Kazakh fighter.
Despite Cantillano having 25 losses on his record, he is a tough journeyman and he showed his toughness here in surviving some tricky moments.
The talented Zaurbek is expected to take a big step up in class later this year, and is said to be wanting to chase titles before the end of 2019. This experience of going 6 rounds won't do him any harm, though he will clearly be wanting to put on better performances in the near future.
(Image courtesy of Matchroom Boxing)
Yesterday in the UK unbeaten Kazakh prospect Sultan Zaurbek (4-0, 3) [Заурбек Султан] recorded his third straight stoppage win, as he took out stopping Bulgarian journeyman Lyuben Todorov (6-4, 2) in the 4th round of a scheduled 6 round bout.
Zaurbek, who is also pencilled in to fight in March, dominated his man, dropping him in round 3 before scoring 2 more knockdowns in round 4, this time keeping Todorov down for the count with the final knockdown.
The impressive thing from Zaurbek was his body punching, with a fantastic left hand to the body late in round 3 really becoming the start of the end. Todorov would go down for the second knockdown due to a delayed reaction to a body shot, before being dropped a third time by another left had to the mid-section.
Zaurbek went 4 rounds on his debut, against the gutsy Jose Aguilar, but since then has reeled off 3 stoppages and will be looking to score another in early March, though his opponent for that bout is yet to be announced.
It should be noted that Todorov isn't the first victim of Zaurbek's body shots and it seems like he is gaining a real reputation for his gut busters, which are proving to be a very reliable weapon in his arsenal.
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