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.
Kazakhstan fighter Zhankosh Turarov (22-0, 15) [Жанкош Тураров] hasn't been seen in a professional ring since September 2017, when he defeated tough Argentinian Bruno Leonardo Romay over 10 rounds in Astana. It seemed like the bout was going to be a launch pad for the talented Kazakh Welterweight, who was gradually stepping up the level of his competition and climbing up the world rankings. Sadly after the win he seemingly vanished from the boxing world.
In late August it was revealed that Turarov was preparing for his ring return and was in training for that return, which is expected to take place in the US.
He explained that the reason he had been out of the ring for, at the time 11 months, was due to suffering a broken hand in his win over Romay. The left hand of the Kazakh appears to have been very badly broken given how long he's been out, but it's better for him to be out for a year now than to run the risk of permanently injuring the hand and forcing his early retirement. Now however the hand is fully recovered and he's been cleared to fight, whilst just waiting for his team to sort out his next contest.
Turarov stated to Vesti.kz that he will be travelling to the US when he his next bout is set.
The Kazakh who has fought multi-bouts in Kazakhstan, Dominican Republic and the US as well as a single bout in Colombia is seen as one of the nations most promising professionals. Sadly the now 27 year old hasn't managed to kick on with things in the way he would have hoped, following a February 2009 debut, but he stated his intention is still to win a world title. Sadly his inactivity leaves him with a lot to do to get back to where he once was.
Interestingly he is still ranked by the WBA, who have removed Kanat Islam from their rankings earlier this week. Islam also had his last fight on the same September 2017 show and was presumably removed for inactivity whilst Turarov remains #13 at Welterweight.
(Image courtesy of Turar Kazangapov)
Earlier today fight fans in Astana, Kazakhstan, had plenty to celebrate as a number of Kazakh fighters picked up wins, with some really shining in impressive fashion, and other being forced to work hard for victory in an interesting card
The card was shown, in part, on Fite.TV, who broadcast the show in English on a very affordable PPV model. The Fite.TV portion of the show featured 5 bouts in total.
The first of those was a show case for Nursultan Zhanabayev (3-0, 2), as he stopped Brazilian Alex Sandro Duarte (13-2-1, 10) in side a round. The Brazilian was down within seconds, and was bullied and beaten until the bout stopped.
The second bout was also a mismatch as Ruslan Myrsatayev (4-0, 4) battered the under-sized Andres Matias (5-1, 5) into submission. The visitor showed little in terms of out put but had little quit in him, until finally being worn down but the pitbull like Myrsatayev in round 4.
Heart was the order of the day and that was proven when Zhanibek Alimkhanuly (2-0, 1) spent 6 rounds using Gilberto Pereira dos Santos (14-6, 10) as a human punch bag. dos Santos showed his toughness and refused to ever go down, but was out boxed, out moved, out punched and out-everything but the former amateur standout, who tried everything to get the stoppage.
In an entertaining scrap Zhankosh Turarov (22-0, 15) over-came Argentinian puncher Bruno Leonardo Romay (21-5, 18) in a fun fight, but one thta seemed to show that Turarov was a long, long way from being the next star of Kazakh boxing. The unbeaten fighter showed touches of genius, but then followed those up by dropping his hands, eating shots he should have avoided and failing to build on his better moments. It was a clear win, with all 3 judges scoring it 97-93, but it could, and perhaps should, have been a shut out.
In the main event Kanat Islam (25-0, 20) did a demolision job on the gutsy and insanely tough Brandon Cook (18-1, 11), who was finally saved by the referee in round 9. Cook had been dropped in the opening round, as well as rounds 5 and 8, he had suffered nasty facial swelling from early in the contest and had taken a beating until the eventual stoppage, having proven himself as an incredibly tough man, but one who lacked the fire power to get Islam's respect.
Away from the Fite.TV broadcast were wins for Ali Akhmedov (9-0, 7), Aidos Yerbossynuly (7-0, 6), Meiirim Nursultanov (4-0, 3) and Dimash Niyazov (12-0-3, 5), with only Niyazov being taken the distance.
Last night fight fans at the Boca Raton Hotel & Club in Florida saw a couple of unbeaten, and promising, Kazakhs in action.
The first of those was was the heavy handed Zhankhozh Turarov (21-0, 15) [Жанкош Тураров] who extended his perfect record with his first win of the year, stopping Gustavo Garibay (13-9-2, 5) at the very end of round 3. Garibay had come to win and was happy to let his hands go, but the Kazakh showed some lovely movement to slip shots and counter. Sadly for Garibay his failure to ever make an impact on Turarov showed again in round 3 before the Kazakh began to open up a but more, dropping Garibay mid way through the round. Having had his man down Turarov went for the finish and unloaded on Garibay who was shipping some solid shots whilst the referee looked closely at him. Right on the bell Garibay was dropped again, the result of a right hand on the button. He recovered to his feet and looked like he was heading to the corner whilst the referee waved the bout off.
The other Kazakh in action was Kanat Islam (24-0, 19) [Қанат Ислам], who got a genuinely decent work out against Mexican veteran Norberto Gonzalez (23-9, 13), in a bout for two regional baubles. Gonzalez brought the pressure but lacked the foot speed and movement to cope with Islam who eased himself into the bout and began push Gonzalez back with a consistent and busy jab. A clash of heads in round 4 let Gonzalez in some minor discomfort but the following round the right eye was cut, with the fighter claiming a head clash. The blood flowed freely from the cut but was handled very well by his corner. Sadly for Gonzalez he never looked capable of making a mark on the Kazakh, and was again angered by an apparent headbutt in round 8. In the final round Islam was deducted a point, for using the elbow, but by then it was clear Gonzalez was going to need a KO to claim a victory, and he had never looked like he was going to get one.
The scores were announced after the 12th round, and there was no surprise when Islam was announced as the winner.
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