Kazakhstan's singing boxer Ibragim Iskandarov (6-0, 6) [Ибрагим Ескендир] was in action on Saturday, in what was his first title fight.
The Kazakh, who has a career as a singer as well as a boxer, was up against Anar Abdullayev (2-6, 2) in Moscow, and scored an opening round win to claim a relatively lowly regarded CIS title.
Details of the bout haven't been made widely available but this was Iskandarov's 6th win in just over 12 months, and whilst that looks good on paper his opponents have had a combined 4 wins between them, suggesting a step up in class is needed sooner rather than later. Sadly however due to his career as a singer we're not expecting to see him being tested in the ring any time soon. Instead we're expecting more easy wins as he develops slowly.
(Image courtesy of masterofmusic.ru)
Earlier today in Kazakhstan fans had the chance to see unbeaten hopeful Ibragim Iskandarov (5-0, 5) [Ибрагим Ескендір] continue his perfect to professional boxing as he defeated Kyrgyzstan born Russian based debutant Knzhr Satymbayev (0-1) inside a round.
The 32 year old Iskandarov, who debuted last December,went on the offensive almost immediately and never let his foe settle before scoring the victory, his 3rd opening round win in 5 starts.
Given his age it's clear that Iskandarov will be looking for stiffer tests in the near future. Sadly however we don't expect him to go on to become one of the faces of the countries' boxing scene. His competition so far has been dire, with Dmitriy Antipov being his most notable foe, and he was a career loser who has currently got 2 stoppage losses against his name. Also Iskandarov has not been schedule for anything longer than 4 rounds, which perhaps suggests his team isn't too confident in his stamina, something that has been totally untested so far in his career.
Fighting between Russia and Kazakhstan Iskandarov doesn't appear to have the financial backing to get testing opponents so far, so it would seem like bouts of this ilk, to pad a record, will be thee plan until his following grows and they can market him towards more sponsors. Sadly though he doesn't have too much time to waste, and anything more than 12 months of mismatches from now will be too long, even 12 months might be longer than he can afford if we're being honest.
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