Over the weekend news broke from Kazakhstan regarding the return of the once beaten Yerzhan Zalilov (11-1-1, 5) [Ержан Залилов], who we now know will be back in the ring on March 7th.
The talented Zalilov will have his return to action at the RCC Boxing Academy in Ekaterinburg where he will take on unbeaten Tajik fighter Asror Vokhidov (6-0, 3) in an interesting looking 6 rounder.
Zalilov made his debut in 2015 and went unbeaten in his first 11 bouts, including a draw with Arnold Khegai, and a win over the experienced Henry Maldonado. His unbeaten run came to an end in April 2018, when he lost a close one against Ionut Baluta. He would bounce back from that loss with a win in Moscow against Alexander Saltykov, back in September 2018. That was his last bout and his comeback bout will be his first in around 18 months.
Vokhidov on the other hand has had a very odd career so far. He debuted back in October 2016, had his second pro bout 10 months later, then was out of the ring for 33 months before fought 4 times in the space of 6 months. He's unbeaten since his debut, but his competition so far has been very poor, and it's hard to really know how good he is.
This bout will come as part of a stacked RCC show, featuring a number of interesting bouts, including a mouth watering match up between Muhammadkhuja Yaqubov and former world champion Tomas Rojas and a solid match up between Mark Urvanov and Akzhol Sulaimanbek Uulu.
Yesterday in Russia fight fans saw local favourite Denis Lebedev pick up an easy win over Hinzi Altunkaya. On the same card was Russian based Kyrgyzstan fighter Akzhol Sulaimanbek Uulu (12-0, 6), who picked up his 12th straight victory.
The unbeaten 27 year old was facing off with 37 year old Colombian veteran Aristides Perez (31-12-2, 17), being stopped in 4 rounds.
Uulu, defending his WBA Asia Super Featherweight title for the first time, completely dominate the bout, using his southpaw jab excellently early on before breaking down Perez with intense pressure and work rate. About a minute into round 4 the referee stepped in, and stopped Perez, who looked completely out of his depth.
Although a long way from a world title fight the man from Kyrgyzstan is edging up the rankings and if he continues to look as good as he did against Perez he will start to march up the rankings and get himself bigger and better fights.
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