Just moments ago we saw the end of a show from Kazakhstan, shown live from Almaty from IFL TV. The card was certainly not the most exciting or competitive, but it was one with several noteworthy bouts on it.
One of the first bouts of real note saw Kazakh fighter Abay Tolesh (7-1, 5) [Абай Толеш] score a brutal KO win over Russian Vasily Shtyk (2-3, 2). The bout had been fairly competitive until Tolesh hurt Shtyk in round 5, and then dropped him. Surprisingly Shtyk got to his feet quickly, and it was probably too quickly with Tolesh going after him, and finishing in highlight reel fashion. Sadly whilst the KO it's self was fantastic questions need to be asked of the referee who should have stepped in earlier and saved Shtyk from the final few shots.
Another bout of note saw talented youngster Talgat Shayken (4-0, 2) [Талгат Шайкен] battle against Russian fighter Evgeny Pavko (18-4-1, 13). This one started with drama as Shayken was shaken within seconds, though he recovered very well and by the end of round 3 he looked in control of his more experienced foe. Despite looking super aggressive in his first 3 bouts, he showed real calmness here, and boxed well, dictating the bout with his boxing skills, and easily took the 8 rounds decision.
The chief support bout saw unbeaten Kazakh Nurtas Azhbenov (11-0, 4) [Нуртас Ажбенов] take on once beaten Russian fighter Evgeny Smirnov (13-2-3, 3) in a 10 rounder for the WBC Asian Boxing Council Continental Lightweight title. On paper this looked a really interesting match up, and it proved to be competitive, though not the most exciting. The skilled Azhbenov used his skills on the outside to take an early lead, but it was the pressure of Smirnov that made the fight, especially in the second half as he forced Azhbenov to work. Sadly two of the judges failed to give Smirnov any credit for his work, scoring it wide for Azhbenov, but in reality he was forced to work for this win.
Despite the win we're still unconvinced that the 26 year old Azhbenov has the tools to go all the way. He's clearly a skilled fighter but he lacks power and he lacks intensity, and we suspect those issues will cost him sooner rather than later.
In the main event Kazakh standout Kamshybek Kunkabayev (3-0, 3) [Камшыбек Кункабаев] scored his latest win, as he over-came Server Emurlaiev (23-2, 8), who was a late replacement for Northern Irish fighter Steven Ward (13-1, 4), and claimed the WBO Asia Pacific Crusierweight title.
From the opening round Kunkabayev dictated pretty much everything behind his sharp jab and his composed boxing. There was a feeling that he was fighting well within himself and was wanting rounds, rather than wanting to impress, and he seemed to remain in first gear through the first 5 rounds. In round 6 he finally rocked his man and then hurt him again on the bell. After the 6th round Emurlaiev and his team decided enough was enough and pulled out of the corner before the start of round 7.
Earlier today MTK Kazakhstan announced that a trio of former Kazakh amateur standouts would be making their professional debut later this month on a major card in Kazakhstan.
Among the debutants are Tursynbay Kulakhmet (0-0) [Турсынбай Кулахмет] and Talgat Shaiken (0-0) [Талгата Шайкена], who were both originally scheduled to debut in March, before having their debuts pushed back to July and then pushed back again, to this new date.
Of those two Kulakhmet is the more promising fighter, and his amateur shows suggest he could be a true professional sensation. His style is really suited to the professional ranks, he's very easy on the eye and has a very polished style. His success in the amateurs included a gold at the 2019 Asian Championships and a Bronze medal at the World Championships.
Although not quite as highly regarded Shaiken is not one to ignore either. His style is very much a rough and tough one. He's really young but physically very imposing and could give us some very fan friendly bouts going forward.
The third of the notable debutants is former Super Heavyweight amateur standout Kamshybek Kunkabayev [Камшыбек Кункабаев], who recently announced his singing with MTK. He is a former 2-time World Amateur Silver medal winner and is known for his amateur rivalry with Bakhodir Jalolov.
Details of their opponents haven't been confirmed but we are really looking forward to all 3 men making a statement in the professional ranks. previous Kulakhmet and Shaiken were matched really tough for their July dates, so fingers crossed they get a similar level of opponent this August date.
Although full details of who will the trio will be facing have yet to be confirmed there are now details of when and where the three men will fight.
Other fighters announced for this card include Abay Tolesh (5-0, 3) [Абай Толеш], Victor Kotochigov (11-0, 4) [Виктор Коточигов], Ray Seitzhanov (2-0) [Рай Сейтжанов], Issa Akberbayev (20-1-0-1, 15) [Иса Акбербаев], Saparbay Aidarov (4-0, 2) [Сапарбай Айдаров],Nurtas Azhbenov (9-0, 4) [Нуртас Ажбенов], Nurdos Tolebay (2-0, 1) [Нурдос Толебай] and Sagadat Rakhmankulov (6-1, 4) [Сагадат Рахманкулов].
The show will take place on August 23rd and will be promoted by MTK Kazakhstan in Almaty. The show will be held behind closed doors but will be made available world wide for viewers courtesy of IFL TV, ESPN+ and QAZSPORT
Yesterday MTK Kazakhstan announced more details of their previously announced show set to take place in Kazakhstan in July. The card, which previously had little more than a date, July 18th, a location, Almaty, Kazakhstan, and broadcasters, now has fighters listed, though no matches have yet to be confirmed.
The card will feature a number of promising and unbeaten fighters, including Dauren Yeleussinov (8-0-1, 7) [Елеусинов Даурен], the brother of Olympic Champion Daniyar Yeleussinov in one of the shows main bouts. This will be his Kazakh debut, after fighting his first 9 professional bouts in the US and Mexico.
Another of the main bouts will see the heavy handed Arman Rysbek (7-0, 6) [Рысбек Арман] fighting for the fifth time in Kazakhstan, where he has already scored 4 wins in a combined 6 rounds of professional action.
Other unbeaten prospects set for this card include Abay Tolesh (5-0, 3) [Абай Толеш], Berikbay Nurymbetov (5-0, 1) [Берикбай Нурымбетов], Ray Seitzhanov (2-0) [Рай Сейтжанов], and Nurdos Tolebay (2-0, 1) [Нурдос Толебай].
As well as the men who have already got pro experience under their belt the card will also feature the professional debuts of the highly regarded Tursynbay Kulakhmet [Турсынбай Кулахмет] and Talgat Shaiken [Талгата Шайкена]. The two men recently turned professional after success amateur careers that saw both men shining on the international stage.
As mentioned there are broadcasters set up for the show, with ESPN+ carrying the event in the US and IFL TV covering it for most of the rest of the world, though their youtube platform.
We expect opponents for the confirmed fighters to be announced in the coming weeks.
Earlier today we were informed that the "Nauryz Fight Night" show, set to take place on March 28th in Almaty, Kazakhstan, will be taking place place behind closed doors due to Coronavirus.
The event organisers have been quoted as saying that the event will definitely go ahead, despite the lack of fans.
Kazakhstan recently announced that they would be stopping mass gatherings, which seemingly would have effected this show. Rather than cancelling, something that MTK Kazakhstan heady Askar Salykbaev was dead set against, the event will be fought behind closed doors, though is still expected to be shown through ESPN, IFLTV and QazSport TV.
The card is set to feature Zhankosh Turarov (24-0, 17) [Жанкош Тураров] taking on Alexander Duran (20-0, 7), Muhammad Waseem (10-1, 7) battling former European champion Ryan Farrag (20-4, 5) and bouts featuring Abay Tolesh (5-0, 3) [Абай Толеш], 2016 Olympic gold medal winner Fazliddin Gaibnazarov (8-1, 5) [Фазлиддин Гаибназаров] and the debuting Tursynbay Kulakhmet [Турсынбай Кулахмет]. It's a shame the venue will be empty, but we're glad that the event will still be shown.
Earlier today MTK Global announced their next Kazakh show, which will take place on March 28th in Almaty.
The main event of the card will see unbeaten Kazakh hopeful Zhankosh Turarov (24-0, 17) [Жанкош Тураров] take on Alexander Duran (20-0, 7), from Panama.
This will be Turarov's first bout since last July, when he stopped Mauro Maximiliano Godoy, whilst Duran will be looking to build on his December win over Barnie Arguelles.
In a really interesting bout set for this show we'll see former world title challenger Muhammad Waseem (10-1, 7) take on former European champion Ryan Farrag (20-4, 5) in a really good looking test, and one that Waseem will have to take serious. The Pakistani fighter didn't look great last time out and will need to be at his best here.
Others set for the show include Abay Tolesh (5-0, 3) [Абай Толеш], 2016 Olympic gold medal winner Fazliddin Gaibnazarov (8-1, 5) [Фазлиддин Гаибназаров] and the debuting Tursynbay Kulakhmet [Турсынбай Кулахмет].
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