We rarely get the chance to talk about shows in Kazakhstan, partly because they are usually quite small and unremarkable and partly because the detail of the cards isn't made public until too close to the show. Thankfully however we have been made aware of a card set for September 24th which looks pretty interesting and is almost 3 weeks away!
The card is set to take place at the Baluan Sholak Sports Palace in Almaty will be televised on Kazakhstan TV Eurasia 1 and feature both title action, with a trio of title bouts, and several unbeaten prospects, making the card interesting on both levels.
One of those title bouts comes at Cruiserweight and sees Issa Akberbayev (17-0-0-1, 12) defending his GBC Cruiserweight title against big punching German challenger Maik Kurzweil (17-6, 17). Akberbayev will be making his third defense of the title that he won last year and will bve returning to Kazakhstan for his first bout there in over 6 years. The well travelled "Bumblebee" has picked up passport stamps from the US, Germany, Russia and Ukraine since he last fought at home.As for Murzweil the fighting outside of Germany for the first time since an opening round defeat to Mateusz Kaniecki in April 2012,one of 4 opening round losses on his record. With those opening round losses against him, 2 of which came relatively recently, we suspect he won't be seeing the distance here.
A more interesting title bout comes at Middleweight as Yernar Yeshenov (3-0, 2) faces Ibrahim Maokola (11-5-1, 8) for the WBC Youth Intercontinental Middleweight title. The 21 year old Kazakh is stepping up for this fight but has looked solid so far not dropping any of his 6 career rounds. His last 2 bouts, both away from home have ended with opening round KO's and there is clearly belief that he can step up in class here. Maokola, from Tanzania, is a national champion at 154lbs and will be moving up in weight for this bout. Notable he is 0-1 outside of his homeland, losing to Francesco Lezzi in Italy last year, and has been out of the ring for a year. Despite the inactivity he certainly has the edge in experience with 17 career fights and 75 career rounds.
The third of the title bouts will see Alexandr Zhuravskiy (12-2,10) face Thai veteran Patomsuk Pathompothong (33-4-1-1, 10) [ปฐมศึก เกษตรพัฒนา] for the WBO Oriental Welterweight title. The 31 year old Kazak has lose 2 of his last 4 bouts, including a decision loss to Teerachai Kratingdaenggym,but has since claimed the WBU and PABA interim titles at Weltweight and is looking for another title win here. As for the Thai the bout is a chance to get a win on the road after going 0-3 outside of Thailand. He has held various regional titles but they came against poor opponents and this is a much stiffer test.
Also on the show will be Aidar Sharibayev (2-0, 2), Ali Akhmedov (2-0, 2), Ruslan Madiev (7-0, 3) and most notably Medzhid Bektemirov (17-1, 12), who fights outside of the US for the first time.
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