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.
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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.
Unbeaten Kazakh prospect Sultan Zaurbek (3-0, 2) [Заурбек Султан] has confirmed to Kazakh media that he will be fighting twice in just over a week.
The former amateur stand out told the media that he had pushed MTK Global, his management team, to allow him to fight on both February 22nd and March 1st.
The talented fighter told Vesti.kz that he doesn't think it's difficult to arrange two fights at once, and actually pushed MTK to allow both fights, though they were originally against it, likely seeing the possibilities for injuries scuppering plans.
Sadly Zaurbek isn't clear who either of his opponents will be as of yet, but has been preparing with 6 round spars and seemed confident of winning both bouts.
He explained that the reason for fighting twice in such a short time was that he needed to box more often because he wanted to fight for titles this year, likely realising that professional experience and development are key to that happening.
Although MTK Global have proven themselves fantastic as a management team it is great to see a fighter demanding more fights, and getting them. It seems, from the comments made by Zaurbek, that he wants to be active in the direction of his career, and this is exciting to see from a youngster who knows how good he is.
For those interested in the interview that's available here, in Kazakh.
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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.
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