The planned boxing return of Kazakhstan's Firuza Sharipova (10-1, 5) [фируза шарипова] has had to be delayed from July 4th, when she was supposed to fight in Russia against the woman that beat her Sofya Ochigava (3-0, 1).
Sharipova revealed that she had been unable to make her were to Kazan for her training camp due to the on going global situation, and as a result has had to pull out of the contest further extending her break from the ring, with her last fight coming in April 2019.
Despite being unable to get to Kazan for this training camp Sharipova did actually appeal on social media for help getting to Kazan in the future.
This is now the second time the bout between the two has been postponed, with a June 19th date being pencilled in originally, before the global situation forced that date back.
Interestingly Ochigava beat Shraipova in what was both women's professional debut back in 2006. Since then Sharipova has been active, scoring 10 wins, but also a frustrating figure to follow with more press time dedicated to her looks and her general media comments than her fighting. In fact some Kazakh bookmakers even took a special bet market on her not too long ago due to the stories she was linked to. Ochigava on the other hand has notched just 2 professional wins since beating Sharipova.
Earlier this week news broke from Kazakhstan that former boxer Firuza Sharipova (10-1, 5) [фируза шарипова] has had a child.
The fighter, who has certainly been an interesting one to follow from the Kazakh news stories about her, had announced her retirement from boxing last year, back in September, before announcing this past April that she would be continuing with her career. It seems that somewhere in that time window she had a child, though it appears that no one has yet to reveal or announce the details of the child's birth or gender.
The fighter has also set a date for her next bout, which is expected to come on July 4th against against Russian fighter Sofya Ochigava, in a bout for the lightly regarded IBA female Lightweight title, which Ochigava won this past March.
Whilst Sharipova can be a fun fighter to mock, due to the never ending stream of tabloid like stories that do come out regarding her, it's still good news to see that she does seemingly have her head back on boxing and it'll great to see her back in the ring. She has the type of profile in Kazakhstan to help inspire a generation of female fighters, and we really do hope that she uses that platform for positive, not just to get herself in the Kazakh newspapers.
Earlier today Kazakh fighter Firuza Sharipova (10-1, 5) [фируза шарипова] announced she was ending her sports career and retiring from boxing.
The fighter revealed the reasons for her decision over social media, making a post on Instagram explaining why she was retiring and thanking her team.
The jist of her post was that she wanted to thank her coaches, managers and team for the excellent work they did with her career, but the finances promised to get her a WBC world title fight were never delivered, despite numerous promises. She explained that she doesn't see her efforts being rewarded and she's not willing to spend her life waiting on things that won't happen.
The 25 year old former IBO and WBC Silver female Super Featherweight champion has had a frustrating year so far, fighting just once. There had been a lot of talk and bluster from her team at the start of the year, though it began to feel very much like her press team were talking to keep her name in the press rather than really building towards anything. Her retirement somewhat backs that up.
Earlier in the year she had spoke about going to the 2020 Olympics but this announcement seems to end those plans, however she's not made it clear what her future brings.
We'd like to wish Sharipova all the best in whatever she does next.
(Image courtesy of Sharipova's press team)
Kazakh fighter Firuza Sharipova (9-1, 4) [фируза шарипова] has been in the headlines every few weeks this year, yet she's not actually been in the ring for a fight since September 2018, which was her only fight in 2018.
The latest story to do with Sharipova is that she has been stripped of the female IBO Super Featherweight title.
The fighter, speaking to Vesti.kz, revealed that:
"Honestly, I myself only today learned about it from the media. We have not yet received official statements from the organizations. But in general, this is normal and we absolutely expected. According to the rules of the organizations, I had to hold a defense during the year. We were planning a unification bout with Eva Walstrom, who holds a full-fledged WBC title. They asked for help in financing, including sending letters to Akimats and the Ministry of Culture and Sports. But unfortunately, the funds for this was not found."
She also added:
"Our team is now working to ensure that I become the world champion in the third weight category. We are sure that everything will work out for us, but the issue of financial support is still acute. Every day we send letters and business proposals, even prepared a letter to the President of Kazakhstan. We are waiting for support from the Ministry of Culture and Sports and Kazakhstani businessmen."
It seems clear now that whilst Sharipova gets a lot of attention, people aren't putting up the money to bank roll her career. This could well explain why she's been so inactive. She has had injuries, but this level of inactivity seems to be more telling than just the injuries.
It's also interesting that she's talking about winning a world title in a third division. It's hard to imagine her making a mark at 140lbs, and moving down to 126lbs also won't be easy. In fact it's going to be very tough, given the seeming lack of financial backing, to get a world title bout. Maybe, finally, she'll have to concentrate on being a boxer and not just playing the media.
(Image courtesy of the press service of Firuza Sharipova)
Earlier today Kazakh fighter Firuza Sharipova (9-1, 4) [фируза шарипова] continues to tease the media with yet another press release that seems to suggest she's great, despite still not having a fight arranged.
The fighter revealed to the press that she had been given two offers to compete at the 2020 Olympics for countries other than Kazakhstan.
She refused to name names, but revealed that one country is a former Soviet country and the other was in Asia, with the Asian country offering to to financially compensate Sharipova with $1,000,000 to fight for them.
She also revealed that she has turned both offer down, and suggest that she would only fight for Kazakhstan, despite a recent public spat with a high ranking member of the Kazakh amateur squad.
We do need to give Sharipova credit for remaining in the press, and this story wasn't just in the Kazakh press but also the Uzbek press, but it does very much seem like Sharipova and her team need to begin sorting out her next bout. It's become a bit of a joke that we are just days away from the start of March and we're yet to really see anything actually being scheduled by her.
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