Later today we'll see female boxing sensation Katie Taylor (19-0, 6), defending her WBA, WBO, WBC, IBF and Ring Magazine female Lightweight titles as she battles Kazakh challenger Firuza Sharipova (14-1, 8) [фируза шарипова].
Yesterday the two women took part in their weigh in for the contest, and both fighters made weight with no issues at all.
On the scales Sharipova was 134.25lbs, which is comfortably under the 135lb limit. Notably this is somewhere in the middle of her usual range for fights, which runs from around 130lbs up to 140lbs. Sadly for her however this is not her usual type of fight, and for the first time in her career she's taking on a legitimate world class fighter, and not some novice taking the fight on short notice.
As for Taylor she was slightly heavier, at 134.75lbs, which is pretty much her standard weight. Taylor, one of the best female boxers of all time, is expected to win this bout without struggling in the slightest though at the age of 35, after a long amateur career and a punishing professional one so far, it's going to be interesting to see just how much longer can remain at the top of the sport.
For fans wanting to watch this one, it will be aired on DAZN.
Related - Taylor defends unified crown against Sharipova
Earlier today British promoter Eddie Hearn announced the next defense for Irish female boxing star Katie Taylor (19-0, 6), who will be risking her WBA, WBO, WBC, IBF and Ring Magazine female Lightweight titles on December 11th, at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, as she takes on Kazakh challenger Firuza Sharipova (14-1, 8) [фируза шарипова].
For the now 35 year old Taylor this will be her third fight of the year, and follows a tough fight with Natasha Jonas in May and a wide, but hard fought, win over Jennifer Han in September. Although she has started to show some signs of slow down, she is still, clearly, one of the elite female fighters on the planet, and maybe even the best pound-for-pound female boxer out there.
During her 19 fight career Taylor has not just unified all 4 major world titles, but has beaten a genuine who's who, with wins over Viviane Obenauf, Anahi Ester Sanchez, Jessica McCaskill, Victoria Noelia Bustos, Eva Wahlstrom and Delfine Persoon
As for the challenger, who's 27, she was once touted as a bright hope for Kazakhstan, though in recent years her career has become a joke. She has had a lot of press inches, but a lot of it seemed to be the press covering her more as an attractive celebrity rather than a boxer. This lead to a Kazakh betting website putting up some special bets regarding her, including her fighting Vladimir Putin, Ramzan Kadyrov or Habib Nurmagomedov and featuring in Playboy. They also gave her odds of 50/1 to become an undisputed world champion, something she now has the chance to become.
Coming into this she has won 14 bouts in a row, but they have been over some dreadful competition, including Happy Daudi who looked like she was in a fight for the first time in her life. The reality is that she is almost as much a celebrity in Kazakhstan as she is a boxer, and she is being thrown to the wolves here, as Taylor and Eddie Hearn scrape the barrels looking for Lightweight challengers.
Firuza Sharipova picks up latest win!
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)
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