Earlier today MTK announced that unbeaten Kazakh Cruiserweight hopeful Ali Baloyev (10-0, 7) [Али Балоев] would be returning to the ring on February 27th for his first bout of 2021. Not only was the date of Baloyev's next bout announced but so to was his opponent and the details regarding the show he would be featuring on.
The unbeaten Baloyev will be taking on Russian 39 year Denis Tsaryuk (12-4, 10), with the bout featuring in the MTK show in Almaty at the end of the month.
The promising Baloyev is a 27 year old who has been a professional since 2017 and has shown the potential to be developed into a very good Heavyweight. Sadly however he has been remarkably inactive recently, with just a single bout in 2019 and a single bout in 2020. That inactivity has slowed his progress horribly and seen him unable to kick on and climb the rankings like he probably should have.
It's fair to say there are no real expectations on Tsaryuk, who is 39 years old, has lost his last 4, hasn't scored a win since 2015 and he's also a natural Light Heavyweight. Sadly he's another opponent that Baloyev will learn little from beating, and is very much an opponent that will do little for Baloyev's career.
On one hand this should be a very, very easy win for the unbeaten Kazakh, but on the other hand it's good to see him being active, and hopefully a quick win here will be followed by a more meaningful bout later in the year for a man who needs a genuine test sooner rather than later.
Earlier today the MTK Global announced that they had signed unbeaten Kazakh fighter Ali Baloyev (8-0, 7) [Али Балоев], adding him to an ever growing stable of Kazakh fighters.
The hard hitting Cruiserweight has already had a pretty interesting career, fighting in Poland, the US, Kazakhstan and Russia. Although not regarded as a top level prospect he has shown exciting power, a willingness to travel and has slowly stepped up his level of competition since debuting in March 2017.
The 26 year was last seen in the ring in December, stopping Idris Afinni in Moscow and hopefully with MTK Global behind him he'll be kept busy and given proper developmental fights, something he deserves.
He is now the 6th Kazakh to join MTK Global, who are planning a big Kazakh show later in the year, and he may well appear on that card, which will take place in July.
Yesterday in Moscow fight fans had the chance to see Kyrgyzstan born Kazakh puncher Ali Baloyev (8-0, 7) [Балоев Али] score a sensational 8th round KO win against Nigerian Idris Afinni (6-2-1, 5), who was a late replacement for Ecuadorian Jean Carlos Mina (6-1, 2).
Afinni had shown plenty of toughness by going into the 8th round, though had failed to win any of the 7 preceding rounds in what was a one sided bout. With less than 2 minutes of the fight left however Baloyev landed a brutal straight right hand that knocked out the Nigerian, who sat with his head resting on the bottom rope.
The win was Baloyev's 5th win of 2018, a year which has seen him scoring 4 straight T/KO wins. Sadly though his level of competition has been dire and he desperately needs a step up in class.
(Image courtesy of Vesti.kz)
Yesterday we reported that Nursultan Zhangabayev (5-0, 4) [Жанабаев Нурсултан] would be back in the ring on December 23rd in Moscow to take on Filipino tough guy Arnel Tinampay (25-22-1, 11) in a bout for a WBC Asia title. Today we saw more details of that card emerge, with several more Kazakh fighters being added to the show.
One of those fighters is Aidos Yerbossynuly (9-0, 7) [Айдос Ербосынулы], who will be fighting for some minor WBO title. The unbeaten Yerbossynuly will be facing off with Belgian Super Middleweight champion Ilias Achergui (12-3-1, 6). Our source reports this will be for the WBO "Global" Super Middleweight title, and so the winner should be able to find themselves on the verge of a WBO world ranking.
The 27 year old Yerbossynuly began his career in October 2015 and fought his first couple of bouts in Ukraine. Since then he has fought in Kazakhstan and and the US whilst stepping up his level of competition. Archergui on the other hand is a 25 year old, who debuted on April 4th 2015 and will be fighting outside of Belgium for just the second time in his career. Sadly his competition so far has been terrible and it's hard to know just what he's bringing to the table to battle against the Kazakh.
Another bout set for this card with see Kyrgyzstan born Kazakh Ali Baloyev (7-0, 6) [Балоев Али] take on Ecuadorian Jean Carlos Mina (6-1, 2) in a well matched bout on paper. From what we understand this bout will be fought at Heavyweight, though both are more natural Cruiserweights. The Kazakh is a 25 year old who has been a professional for less than 2 years but has already had fights in Poland, USA, Kazakhstan and Russia, picking up international experience very early in his career. Mina on the other hand will be fighting for the first time away from Ecuador, having made his debut in the capital Quito back in August 2016. His only loss came to 2012 Olympian Ytalo Perera.
Also announced for this show is debutant Konstantin Brusensky (0-0) [Константин Брусенский], who will be fighting at Lightweight. His opponent however has not yet been announced though will be shortly.
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