It's not often that we talk about Russia on this site, mainly due to the fact that in terms of boxing, we feel Russia is more "Europe" than "Asia" though where fighters from Asian countries are fighting there we do tend to include the country. Thats the case on June 4th as several fighters appear on a card in Barnaul.
The card at the "Sport Palace" features 5 bouts with 4 of those featuring fighters from Asia.
In the 10 round main event Kazakhstan's Mikhail Krinitsin (11-3-2, 7) takes on former world title contender Dmitry Sukhotsky (19-2, 14). Sukhotsky is still very highly (#10 IBF) despite a loss 2 fights back to Cornelius White. In all honesty it's hard to see this as being anything but Krinitsin is being sent over as fodder for the hard hitting Russian,
Krinitsin is one of two fighters from Kazakhstan on the card with his compatriot Meirbek Sabirov (2-3, 1) taking on Artem Merzlikin (1-0-1, 1). For Sabirov this task seems impossible despite the fact Merzlikin is pretty untested himself. Sabirov takes a 3 fight losing streak in to this fight all by stoppage including a loss last time out to teenage prospect Roman Zhailauov.
As well as the two fighters from Kazakhstan, there is also 2 fighters from Uzbekistan on the card. One of those, Bekzod Yunusov (6-1, 3) returns to the country where he suffered his sole career defeat and faces Pavel Mamontov (6-1-1). Yunusov actually has a real chance of scoring an upset here in what looks to be a well matched bout.
Yunusov's countryman Elyor Gulomov (8-1, 7) is probably the only Asian who goes in to this card as a favourie. Gulomov faces Ivan Serbin (2-1) and although Serbin is in his home city Gulomov has the power and experience edge. Interestling both men come in to this bout on the back of their only loss.