Earlier today MTK Global announced that they had signed unbeaten Kazakh prospect Viktor Kotochigov (8-0, 4) [Виктор Коточигов], who will be making his UK debut on April 26th at the York Hall in London..
At the moment details of Kotochigov's opponent haven't been announced though we would expect someone relatively testing for the Kazakh.
This signing with MTK Global should help Kotochigov remain active. He fought just once in 2018 and has fought once this year, hopefully with MTK Global behind him he can fit in 3 or 4 fights this year and get his career really rolling.
Unbeaten Kazakh prospect Viktor Kotochigov (8-0, 4) [Виктор Коточигов] was in action last night in Poland as he took on Piotr Gudel (9-3-1, 1) in a bout for the Republic of Poland International Super Featherweight title, and left a statement by stopping Gudel in 6 rounds.
Although unbeaten the 25 year old Kotochigov has been a bit of an under-the-radar prospect, having debuted in China, in 2015, and never really managing to put down any boxing roots. Through his career has fought in China, Russia, Germany, Georgia, Kazakhstan and now Poland, with no where to call his boxing home. Not only has he lacked in terms of a steady audience but he has also had really battles with activity, and fought only once in 2018, keep him from really making a mark.
Thankfully for Kotochigov his win over Gudel was impressive. He was steadily beating the Pole to the punch before closing the show with a left hook high on the head that sent Gudel staggering, and then dropping to the canvas.
With this win Kotochigov has now claimed his first title and hopefully, fingers crossed, began a year that puts him on the map. He's too good to be a hidden journeyman travelling for occasional fights, and hopefully a promoter will put money behind him, as he really is a brilliant young fighter who could achieve much, much more.
Earlier today Kazakh prospect Viktor Kotochigov (7-0, 3) [Виктор Коточигов] extended his unbeaten record, as he defeated Thai foe Patomsith Pathompothong (16-11, 6) [ปฐมสิทธิ์ เกษตรพัฒนา], aka Aekkawee Kaewmanee, in 4 rounds.
Prior to the stoppage the Thai had been down, towards the end of round 3.
The 25 year old Kazakh, who debuted in December 2015, was fighting in a pro ring for the first time since December last year, and ended a run of 3 straight decisions wins. The finish came when Kotochigov unloaded on the Thai, who was pinned on the ropes, a series of shots around the guard sent Patomsith to the canvas where he took the 10 count lying on his front.
Whilst it was an impressive win after some time out for the Kazakh it was a very disappointing loss for the Thai, who has now been stopped 5 times in total, and this was the 4th stoppage loss in a row for him. Amazingly this was his first bout since July 2017, when he was stopped by Albert Pagara, and other losses have come to the likes of Ryosuke Iwasa and Juan Martin Elorde.
(Image courtesy of Kotochigov's facebook/Vesti)
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