Last year US based Kazakh Dimash Niyazov (13-1-3, 6) [Димаш Ниязов], who works as a policeman, created some headlines when he protested the release of the second Borat movie, as he was part of a rally trying to get people to not watch the movie. Now he's looking to make headlines back in boxing with the fighting announcing he was set to return to the ring, almost 3 years after his last bout.
The New York based 32 year old last fought in April 2018, when he lost his unbeaten record to Angel Sarinana. He is now set to fight again February 20th as he takes on the very limited Jonatan Hernan Godoy (5-7), from Argentina, with the bout taking place in Miami.
The fighter himself took to instagram to announce his return, stating "Guess who's back? February 20, Miami. Let's Go!"
Niyazaov began his career in 2011 and won his first 4 bouts before having back to back draws in 2013. He re-found his winning form in 2014, scoring two more wins, before a third draw saw his record stand at 6-0-3 (4). After that third draw he went on the best run of his career, winning 7 in a row including a 6 round decision win over Eduardo Pereira Dos Reis in Kazakhstan, before losing to Sarinana in 2018. It seemed that loss would be the end of his career, but now with this bout set it's good to see Niyazov back in action.
Godoy on the other hand is a "win some, lose some" fighter who is 2-5 in his last 7. On paper he shouldn't be a problem for Niyazov, however we do wonder how the long lay off for the Kazakh will affect him, especially given that Godoy has fought 11 times since Niyazov was last in action!
It's fair to say that US based Kazakh Dimash Niyazov (13-1-3, 6) [Димаш Ниязов] isn't a big name fighter, and in regards to boxing he's not fought in over 2 years. Despite that he has been in the news over the last few days for a rather interesting protest he's taking part in.
Niyazaov, who currently lives in New York and currently works as a full time police officer, has organised a rally against the second Borat movie in Times Square, protesting the movie and it's portrayal of Kazakhstan.
Niyazov was quoted by tengrinews.kz yesterday as stating:
“At first, many passers-by did not understand what was at stake. They thought it was just a movie, but they did not understand why we were protesting. And many came up, asked, took pictures, and we explained to them that this film humiliated our culture and our people, our country. And they realized that "Borat" was a fake, and supported us in this. In general, I think the rally had a positive effect,
The movie is set to be released later this month on Amazon prime and is a sequel to the 2006 movie that saw Sacha Baron Cohen play the role of Kazakh journalist Borat Sagdiyev. Reportedly the movie will see the titular character investigate politics in the US ahead of the presidential elections, and see him fight the coronavirus pandemic with a frying pan.
(Image below - instagram.com/dimash.niyazov)
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