Earlier today in Moscow once beaten Kazakh female fighter Firuza Sharipova (12-1, 6) [фируза шарипова] scored her latest win, as she over-came Serbian fighter Sara Marjanovic (7-8, 3).
The bout, scheduled for 8 rounds, went the distance but did see Sharipova looking in control through out. She was the better, more energetic and more skilled fighter from the opening round. She landed the cleaner shots through the contest, though Marjanovic continually gave an honest and fair account of herself.
Thankfully Marjanovic did significantly better than Happy Daudi, who Sharipova fought last time out. Daudi looked completely inept in the ring, and had nothing to offer, at all. Marjanovic had plenty to offer, gave a great effort, but was too slow, too sloppy and couldn't get Sharipova to respect her at any point, allowing the Kazakh to pick her spots and do what she what she wanted most of the time.
After 8 rounds we went to the score cards, and whilst the scores weren't read Sharipova was announced as the unanimous decision winner.
Sadly even with this win it's clear Sharipova should not be considering a world title fight any time soon. There is a huge gulf between herself and the top fighters in the division, all of whom would be very strongly favoured against her.
Earlier today in Kazan Kazakh female fighter Firuza Sharipova (11-1, 5) [фируза шарипова] scored her latest win, and claimed the very lightly regarded IBA female Light Welterweight title. The talented, although often frustrating, Kazakh claimed the title by defeating Happy Daudi (8-7-1, 4), in what was widely regarded as a massive mismatch.
From the off Sharipova looked too good for Daudi, who looked terrible. Even then Sahripova didn't look great, just better than her terrible opponent.
Round after round Sharipova was landing when she wanted and making Daudi miss, with Daudi deciding in round 5 that she had taken enough, and signalled the referee that she wanted to end the contest.
From the moment the bout was announced the Kazakh press were downplaying Daudi and with good reason. from her 15 previous bouts the 33 year old had never beaten a fighter with a winning record, with 5 of her wins coming against opponents believed to be making their debuts, she had never fought outside of Tanzania and she had never gone more than 6 rounds. She had also been stopped in 4 of her 6 previous losses.
For Sharipova the win marks her returns after 16 months out of the ring, in which time she has retired, had a child and returned to the sport. This was her 11th straight win though it's likely she needs to take on stiffer competition if she is to be taken seriously in the sport.
As for the IBA, questions need to be asked of them sanctioning Daudi as a participant in "world" title fight. If they want to be taken seriously they need to stop with ridiculous title bouts like this. Sharipova wasn't great but Daudi was absolutely terrible and should never have competed for any form of a world title fight, even one as badly regarded as the IBA title.
Tomorrow in Kazan once beaten Kazakh female fighter Firuza Sharipova (10-1, 5) [фируза шарипова] will be taking on Tanzanian fighter Happy Daudi (8-6-1, 4) in a bout for the IBA female Light Welterweight title.
The bout, which was originally scheduled for earlier this month, will see Sharipova fighting for the first time since April 2019, since which she has retired, had a child and announced her return to the sport. It will also be Daudi's first bout outside of Tanzania, where she has has faced some dire competition.
Today the fighters took part in their weigh in, and whilst we don't have the weights from that we have been told that both fighters have made weight and that the IBA title will be up for grabs for both women.
More interestingly we now know that the bout will be aired in Kazakhstan with Khabar TV airing the bout live from 23:00 local time, in Nur-Sultan.
Although Sharipova isn't a well known name of female boxing in terms of international recognition she is a star at home and is also a very, very clear favourite. In fact our good friends at Polish betting website STS don't allow you to bet on Sharipova outright, having the odds on the Kazakh priced at 1.00, odds that oddsconverter.co.uk convert as "0/1", for fractional odds, and "-Infinity" for US odds. Essentially "you can put bets on, but you'll only get your stake back.
If you do want to back Sharipova, she is 1.15 to win by stoppage and 6.0 to win a decision.
Daudi is a huge 18 to win by any method, 22 to win by stoppage and a truly massive 50 to win a decision.
Given the odds on a Sharipova stoppage it's no surprise to see this is not expected to go long, and the over/under is set at 2.5 rounds. The under is priced at 1.4 and the over is 2.70.
(Image courtesy of Sharipova's Instagram)
There are few fighters quite like Firuza Sharipova (10-1, 5) [фируза шарипова]. The Kazakh fighter seems to be in the press a lot more than she actually fights. In fact in the last few years she has been one of the most spoken about fighters in Kazakhstan with the media running stories about her on a regular basis.
Last September Sahirpova announced she was retiring before announcing she was returning to the ring in April, before announcing a return bout. That never took place due to her inability to train properly. Also in 2019 her team released articles about her potentially fighting Eva Wahlstrom, and there was even a Kazakh betting company taking bets on her fighting Putin.
Basically when it comes to Sharipova the Kazakh boxing media love her and report a lot about her, even though she's rarely actually in the ring.
The latest story regarding Sharipova is that the 25 year old Kazakh will be facing off with Tanzanian fighter Happy Daudi (8-6-1, 4) on August 15th in Sochi, Russia in a 10 round bout for the IBA female Light Welterweight title.
Given Sharipova has been out of the ring since April 2019 we can understand her having an easy bout, but this might be a bit too easy. Daudi has never been in a bout scheduled for more than 6 rounds, she has never previously fought outside of Tanzania and she has been stopped in 4 of her 6 losses. She has also, notably, never beaten an opponent with a recorded win.
Having seen the recent bout between bout between Seniesa Estrada and Miranda Adkins it's easy to see we have some awful mismatches in female boxing. Sadly this appears to be another with Sharipova, a media darling in her homeland, continuing to be matched softly.
Her career promised a lot in 2018, when she beat Yuliya Kutsenko, but since then it has become a joke and this is the next step along in that joke.
(Photo - press service of Firuza Sharipova)
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.
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