Earlier today we had an MTK show from Kazakhstan featuring some of the most notable emerging Kazakh talent in the pro ranks, including a talented but forgetten Heavyweight giant, and several very exciting prospects.
After more than 2 years away from the ring we saw the, long over-due, return to action for Kazakh Heavyweight giant Ivan Dychko (10-0, 10) [Дычко Иван], sadly however he was required for little more than a cameo as he easily stopped veteran Denis Bakhtov (39-19, 26).
Dychko found his jab almost instantly, not looking at all rusty, and landed a big right hand early on. Bakhtov took it well before a brilliant 1-2 from Dychko dropped the Russian veteran, and the referee quickly waved off the bout, with Bakhtov's legs twitching on the canvas. Thankfully Bakhtov quickly regained control of his body, but this was his 11th stoppage loss, and it seems clear that he should hang them up at the age of 41.
As for Dychko he now needs an actual test. Fights like this do nothing for his development, and he needs a genuine fight, especially given he is now 30 years old and has been a professional for around 4 years!
In an impressive, and fan friendly, performance talented youngster Talgat Shayken (5-0, 3) [Талгат Шайкен] stopped Russian fighter Alexander Sharonov (12-6-2, 6) in the 7th round. Shayken looked really good at times, and like a potential star of the future, but at other times his inexperience showed through, and it's clear he's a work in progress. In saying that however he looks like he has the tools and the building blocks to develop from and in 3 or 4 years there's a real chance he'll be on the fringes of a world title fight.
Sadly for Nurtas Azhbenov (11-1, 4) [Нуртас Ажбенов] he failed to build on a good start as he was knocked out in 3 rounds by Isa Chaniev (15-3, 7). In round 1 Azhbenov managed to dropped his man, but in round a massive right cross from Chaniev caught him hard on the chin, and sent the previously unbeaten Kazakh fighter down hard. In many ways it was a loss that seemed inevitable for Azhbenov who has often looked like someone who hasn't really adapted to the professional ranks, though we're genuinely surprised by just how brutal this KO was from Chaniev, who is unlikely to ever land a better shot.
In the chief support bout we saw the hugely skilled Tursynbay Kulakhmet (4-0, 3) [Турсынбай Кулахмет] picked up his latest win as he stopped the tough and rugged Aleksei Evchenko (19-15-2, 8).
This looked like it was going to be a quick day at the office for Kualkhmet, who dropped his man in opening 90 seconds, but Evchenko gritted it out, toughed out some real hard moments, and showed why he has been one of the most notable journeymen in Europe. Round after round Evchenko would take punishment, withstand it, and fire back whilst being tagged at will. The Russian was losing pretty much every minute of every round, but doing enough to survive. That was until late in round 10, when the Kazakh fighter let his shots go, hurting Evchenko and forcing the referee to jump in and save the brave 38 year old Russian.
For Evchenko this is just his second stoppage loss, and for Kulakhmet it was the perfect performance, as he got rounds under his belt and got a stoppage against a very determined and experienced opponent.
The main event then saw Sultan Zaurbek (11-0, 7) [Султан Заурбек] battle against Scotland's Ronnie Clark (21-5-2, 10) in a bout for the WBO European Super Featherweight title.
The bout saw the talented Kazakh fight within himself for much of the fight, out boxing the game but outclassed Clark for much of the fight. Things were made harder for Clark when an eye injury saw him taken to the ringside doctor, though the doctor saw no issues and allowed the bout to go on after a very brief inspection. Clarke continually proved he was tough, but he lacked the sharpness and the speed of Zaurbek who really did run up the rounds without many problems.
In the final round Zaurbek seemed to go for a stoppage, but Clarke's toughness prevented a finish and instead Zaurbek was happy to hear the final bell and take a very, very clear decision win over the game "Shark".
Unbeaten Kazakh contender Kanat Islam (27-0, 21) [Ислам Канат] hasn't been seen in the ring since October 2019, when he defeated Walter Kautondokwa. Now however he appears to have a date for a ring return.
According to Boxrec the unbeaten Kazakh is pencilled in to fight on February 20th at the Doubletree Miamimart Hotel, in Miami on a show being put together by Nelson Lopez Jr. Sadly however no opponent is named for Islam.
The 36 year old Kazakh was once on the verge of a world title fight, but inactivity and injuries, including a reported broken arm against Kautondokwa, have killed all the momentum his career once had. As a result he has gone from being on the verge of something big to becoming an old man, with a battered and broken body.
Although a talented fighter, in his prime, he has only fought twice since the start of 2018 and his career is pretty much hanging by a thread.
Interestingly this card has also been linked to potentially hosting a fight featuring Kazakh Heavyweight hopeful Ivan Dychko (9-0, 9) [Дычко Иван], though nothing has been confirmed in regards to Dychko's involvement.
Earlier today Vesti.kz spoke to Ziya Aliyev, the manager of Heavyweight hopeful Ivan Dychko (9-0, 9) [Дычко Иван], who reported the plans for the now 30 year old Kazakh.
Dychko, who hasn't fought since scoring a 2nd round KO win over Nate Heaven in July 2019, has been offered two dates and Aliyev appears to have confirmed that Dychko will be taking both.
The first of those will be in February, in Miami, and the second will be in March, in either Texas or Arizona. Sadly however no specific details about what date, opponents or who the promoter of the shows will be was released.
What is mentioned in the article is that the February bout will be regarded as a "warm up" bout and it's implied that the March bout is a more serious one.
As we write this Dychko isn't currently in the US, though will get there on January 19th to begin a training camp for the February bout.
Interestingly Boxrec do currently have 1 show scheduled for Miami in February, and that's a card on February 20th at the Doubletree Miamimart Hotel. That may, potentially, be the show for the Miami bout, though again nothing was announced or confirmed.
Likewise there is also a single show on Boxrec for March in Arizona, with that being a March 10th show at Tradiciones in Phoenix, Arizona. Though like the Miami show this may not be the one that Dychko will be on.
Given various other dates that have fallen through for Dychko in the past it's hard to get too excited about the former amateur standout. It's a shame, as he turned professional with huge expectation on his shoulders but has already fallen well behind the likes of Joe Joyce and Tony Yoka, who also claimed Olympic medals at Super Heavyweight in the 2016 Rio Olmypics.
Earlier today boxing manager Ziya Aliyev had comments posted on Kazakh sports news website Vesti.kz in relation to unbeaten Kazakh Heavyweight hopeful Ivan Dychko (9-0, 9) [Дычко Иван].
Dychko, who hasn't been in the ring since July 2019, has had one of the most frustrating careers. He turned pro with big expectations but has yet to really come close to showing what he can do in the ring, or being tested. In fact the 30 year old has fought just 9 times in his first 3 years as a professional.
Thankfully it appears thins are set to change for the Kazakh giant, with Aliyev telling Vesti that there is a chance to potentially see him in action twice before the end of the year.
When asked when we will see Dychko back in the ring Aliyev is quotes as saying:
"We are trying to deliver it in October-November. Maybe even in Kazakhstan. And one more fight - in December in the USA. We can say that we already have the December battle, but we want it to warm up."
Aliyev is also quote as saying "We took it from the promoter and will announce something soon" ,suggesting that more news will be forth coming in regards to Dychko's career.
It had been reported, in recent months, that Aliyev was trying to get Dychko signed with Matchroom. If that happens he would be yet another addition to a strong Heavyweight stable under Eddie Hearn, who also promotes Anthony Joshua, Dillian Whyte, Dave Allen and Chinese Heavyweight hopeful Zhang Zhilei, among others.
Yesterday boxing manager Ziya Aliyev, who is in charge of Ivan Dychko (9-0, 9) [Дычко Иван], spoke to Vesti about his giant Heavyweight charge and revealed that Dychko may be on the verge of changing promoters. A move that would undoubtedly save his career, which has struggled to get off the ground.
Speaking about Dychko, Aliyev said:
“He didn’t box for a simple reason: we were negotiating to end relations with one promotion and conclude an agreement with another. When this process goes on, everything else stops.
There were times when we did not agree with the promoter, and therefore we want to change it . Now we are completing this process. Most likely, it will be a Matchroom"
The move would see him moving away from The Heavyweight Factory, who have done a truly terrible job with a man as experienced, talented, agile and big as Dychko.
Of course a move to Matchroom wouldn't guarantee success for the Kazakh giant but it would certainly open up a lot of options for him. Matchroom do have the ability to open doors that other promoters don't especially at Heavyweight. A move to the Eddie Hearn headed organisation would see Dychko signing with the promoter of amateur nemesis Mahammadrasul Majidov (2-0, 2), unified Heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (23-1, 21), Filip Hrgovic (10-0, 8) and leading contender Dillian Whyte (27-1, 18).
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