Earlier today we were informed that unbeaten Kazakh hopeful Zhankosh Turarov (24-0, 17) [Жанкош Тураров] had withdrawn from MTK's upcoming Golden Contract tournament due to an injury.
Turarov was supposed to be one of the fighters taking part in the tournament, which sees the fighters competing for a large value 2 year contract, with 5 fights. Sadly though he pulled out on November 16th and has since confirmed it was due to an injury he suffered.
Unlike many tournaments in boxing the Golden Contract tournament only sees the fighters become aware of who they are fighting on the week of the fight. This adds a sense of randomness to the process and can cause some very interesting scenarios.
Sadly Turarov was one of two fighters to pull put, along with Anthony Yigit, though the remaining fighters do appear well matched and we expect the tournament will be compelling, even if it does lack two of it's more notable competitors.
The first round bouts for the tournament will take place this coming Friday at the York Hall, in London.
Earlier today we were informed that unbeaten Kazakh hopeful Zhankosh Turarov (24-0, 17) [Жанкош Тураров] would be back in the ring on November 22nd as part of an MTK Show at York Hall in England.
At the moment no opponent has been named for Turarov, but it's interesting to see him rebuilding his career after a very frustrating break from the ring.
Turarov had managed to move to 22-0 (15) between 2009 and 2017, fighting in Kazakhstan, the US, the Dominican Republic and Colombia. Sadly though he he didn't fight at all from September 2017 to June 2019, due to injuries. This however will be his third bout since the start of June. So far this year he has notched early wins over Richmond Djarbeng and Mauro Maximiliano Godoy, though it very much feels like it's now time for a step up.
Notably this will be Turarov's second bout in the UK, where he also stopped Djarbeng in a bout which felt really under-whelming as the man from Ghana pulled out after just 2 rounds and hadn't really put up much of an effort before aborting the bout. Fingers crossed this is more testing for Turarov than that bout.
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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).
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