We've known for a while that unbeaten Kazakh hopeful Zhankosh Turarov (23-0, 16) [Жанкош Тураров] would be in action on the July 6th Kazakh card in Nur-Sultan, to celebrate Capital City Day.
Whilst we've known about Turarov appearing on the card, his opponent was an unknown. That was until earlier today, when MTK Global revealed who Turarov would be facing off with.
The unbeaten Kazakh will be up against Argentinian veteran Mauro Godoy (31-4-1, 16), in what is a pretty good looking test Turarov.
During his 36 fight career Godoy has only been stopped once, by Xavier Luques Castillo with that later being avenged. However he has gone 2-3-1 in his last 6, and will be expected to put in a good effort but lose to the Kazakh, who will be hoping to take another step towards a really big fight in the near future.
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
Unbeaten 24 year old Kazakh Abay Tolesh (1-0, 1) has become the latest fighter from the Central Asian country to sign with MTK Global, who are really signing a lot of talented Kazakh fighters as the lead into their big show on Capital City Day in Nur-sultan.
The unbeaten Tolesh made his professional debut in April, fighting in Bangkok and scored a quick win over a Thai novice. He will be making his MTK debut on July 6th as part of the big Nur-Sultan card.
At the moment his opponent for July hasn't been announced, but a number of announcements are expected about that card in early June, including opponents for Zhankosh Turarov (22-0, 15) [Жанкош Тураров], Viktor Kotochigov (9-0, 4) [Виктор Коточигов] and WBC Bantamweight champion Nordine Oubaali (15-0, 11).
A few weeks ago MTK Global announced they would be doing a show in Kazakhstan to celebrate Capital City Day. At the time little was known about the show, other than that it would take place on July 6th in Kazakhstan.
Today we got a burst of information about the card, and whilst it left us with a lot of questions that are unanswered it did give us some answers.
Firstly the card will take place in the Kazakh capital of Nur-Sultan, formerly known as Astana, and will feature not only Kazakh fighters but others from the MTK Global stable.
In regards to Kazakh fighters on the card the most notable is Zhankosh Turarov (22-0, 15) [Жанкош Тураров], who hasn't fought since September 2017 and will be looking to make a successful return following injury woes. Others include Viktor Kotochigov (9-0, 4) [Виктор Коточигов], who made his MTK debut earlier this year.
Whilst the Kazakh fighters will be the local draw the big international attraction will be WBC Bantamweight champion Nordine Oubaali (15-0, 11), who will be making his first defense of the title he won earlier this year. His opponent hasn't yet been announced, though their will be interest in this bout from Japan with Takuma Inoue (13-0, 3) [井上 拓真] set to face the winner later in the year.
Interestingly at the weekend Oubaali was rumoured to be heading to Morroco to defend the title, but him appearing on this show is better yet, given it will have ESPN and IflTV showing it, giving a sizable audience for the bout, and it also gives the card a credible draw at the top level. It is worth noting however, that he hasn't had his opponent for the show announced, yet. There are several really interesting options in the WBC rankings, and hopefully he will face one of the better contenders, rather than just facing the easiest or cheapest foe.
Back in April MTK Global announced that they had signed unbeaten Kazakh prospect Zhankosh Turarov (22-0, 15) [Жанкош Тураров], who hasn't fought since September 2017. Now MTK Global have gone further and revealed Turarov's next bout will take place on June 1st at the Vale Sports Arena in Cardiff.
At the moment the full details are unclear, for example who the unbeaten hopeful will be up against, but it seems like Turarov will have his bout shown on both ESPN+, in the US and IFL TV in the UK, as is becoming the stand for the MTK Global cards.
We're expecting the opponent, length of bout and weight class to be announced in the coming days, though we're really glad to see that Turarov's career will get the chance to continue after so long out of the ring.
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