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.
Unbeaten Kazakh prospect Zhankosh Turarov (22-0, 15) [Жанкош Тураров] was pencilled in as fighting in April, with comments in the Kazakh press back in February stating he was looking for a new promoter. New whilst a bout in April seems highly unlikely, the search for a new team appears to be over with powerful management team MTK Global inking the Kazakh hopeful.
MTK revealed the signing of Turarov earlier today, adding him to their growing number of Kazakh prospects.
Turarov sadly hasn't fought in well over a year, in fact he's been out of action since September 2017. Part of that long break was a hand injury he suffered in his September 2017 bout, a win over Bruno Leonardo Romay in Kazakhstan.
Although not yet confirmed it does seem likely that Turarov will appear on the MTK global card in Kazakhstan on July 6th, as part of Capital City Day. Details on that card are expecting in the coming weeks, though it is set to feature a world title bout, and will be a big show for MTK as they make their Kazakh debut.
The Kazakh boxing scene has been rather quiet recently, with more focus on Gennady Golovkin's future TV deal and fighters planning returns from injury than any actual fights being announced. Earlier today however trainer Sagatbek Musakhanov confirmed that 3 of his hopefuls would be back in the ring on April 20th in Austin, Texas.
The most notable of those prospects is Iskander Kharsan (5-0, 4) [Искандер Харсан], a 21 year old Super Bantamweight who won the WBC Youth Intercontinental Super Bantamweight title last year. The only thing confirmed about his bout is that it will be an 8 round contest. He will be joined by hard punching pair Askat Zhantursynov (3-0, 3) [Аскату Жантурсынову] and Dias Tastemirov (3-0, 3) [Диасу Тастемирову], though no details about their bouts have been confirmed at all.
Musakhanov revealed that the opponents will be confirmed shortly, though if we're being honest none of them will be facing anyone too testing, instead looking to improve their records as they develop their skills, and move towards bigger bouts at the end of the year.
It's worth noting that the trainer also works with Zhankosh Turarov (22-0, 15) [Жанкош Тураров], and he too is now expected to return to the ring in April, though there are no concrete plans and he is just talking to various promoters and will weigh up his options.
Just a few hours ago Vesti reported that unbeaten Kazakh hopeful Zhankosh Turarov (22-0, 15) [Жанкош Тураров] is planning his return to the ring following injuries, injuries that have kept away from the ring since his September 2017 win over Bruno Leonardo Romay.
The unbeaten fighter didn't really reveal many details about his next bout, other than that his hand injury, which had been the cause of his "long break" had healed and that he is working under the Sagatbek Musakhanov, his first coach.
It should be noted that Turarov and Kanat Islam (25-0, 20) [Ислам Канат] have often cards together and Islam is himself talking about making a return to the ring in March, so it could be that both men share a card once more.
At 28 years old "Da Kazakh Kid" can likely bounce back from his injuries, but they have certainly stopped the momentum that he had previously been building, and he will probably have to have a few fights to shake some ring rust before taking on a serious test.
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