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) [Заурбек Султан], 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.
Kazakh novice Sultan Zaurbek (2-0, 1) [Заурбек Султан] returned to the ring earlier today for his second professional bout, and scored his first stoppage as a professional.
The talented youngster, who is part of the MTK Global stable, was up against Spanish based Nicaraguan prospect Edwin Tellez (12-45-5, 6) and Zaurbek looked like the talent he's been touted as.
From the opening bell the Kazakh took control and in round 3 he dropped his man. Tellez, who has shown good survival instincts in the past against recognisable names such as Devis Boschiero and Stephane Jamoye, wasn't able to recover as Zaurbek closed the show in style.
The talented Kazakh had previously been a stand out amateur, winning the Youth World Championships in 2014, and it seems like he is going to be fast tracked given his amateur pedigree and his very advanced skill set.
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.
Every so often you get a debut where your attention is taken immediately and you're instantly filled with excitement for what a prospect is set to do during his career. The latest example of this was the debut of Kazakh talent Sultan Zaurbek (1-0) [Заурбек Султан], who gave Jose Aguilar (16-53-4, 6) a really nasty going over in the UK.
Zaurbek, who is on of MTK Global's latest signing, was in no mood to mess about and quickly found his timing, range and tempo. Those things saw him control the bout and show off his brilliant range of shots, his exciting hand speed, his jaw dropping combinations, slick footwork and his great ring IQ.
From the first round to the last Zaurbek dominated, doing as he pleased, when he chose. The only issues were that he took some shots a little necessarily and that he looked just a tad like he was trying too much to impress. It was however a sensational debut and one that only lacked a knock out for the Kazakh, who took the referees' decision 40-33.
We're looking very excited to see where Zaurbek goes from this, but the expectations is that he will go a very long way.
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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