Kazakh Heavyweight hopeful Izim Izbaki (2-0, 1) [Изим Избаки] has had a stop-start professional career, with several scheduled bouts falling through since his debut in November 2011. Despite the issues he has received some hype from his homeland, with many in his native Kazakhstan tipping him as a genuine prospect, albeit one that will not be fast tracked.
Today saw the next bout in Izbaki's career being announced, with the Kazakh added to the October 5th card in Flint, which will be headlined by Claressa Shields facing off with Ivana Habazin.
Whilst it's good to see Izbaki on the card it's unfortunate that the unbeaten Kazakh is sadly being very softly matched on the show. The 24 year old Kazakh is pencilled in to face off with the win-less Troy Albring (0-2) in a 6 rounder.
Whilst this will be Izbaki's first 6 round bout it's worth noting that Albring has been stopped in the first round of both of his bouts so far, so the 6 round schedule isn't expected to be needed her for Izbaki, especially given that Albring is a blown up Light Heavyweight who who hasn't fought in over 2 years.
Hopefully a quick blow out win for Izbaki here will mean he's back in the ring before the year is out, and will be in a step up, as this is almost certainly going to be a waste of time for the talented Kazakh hopeful
Kazakh Heavyweight hopeful Izim Izbaki (1-0, 1) [Изим Избаки] has had a frustrating time since making his professional debut last November.
Since his first pro bout he has had two bouts cancelled on medical ground, both in the US, once due to his opponent and once due to himself failing medicals. Now however it seems like things are ready to get going at last.
According to Vesti, who have spoken with the fighter's promoter, Izbaki is looking like he will make his US debut in August, as part of the under-card for Claressa Shields (9-0, 2) bout with Ivana Habazin (20-3, 7) in Flint, Michigan. Although Vesti didn't report on an opponent, boxrec list Izbaki as being on the card against Troy Albring (0-2).
The promoter also suggested that Izbaki might be in the ring even sooner than that, with the potential to fight in July in Kazakhstan, though didn't go too much into detail on what the details were for that bout, and whether that would prevent the US bout, which would be taking place on August 17th. What was made clear is that the Kazakh bout has no contract yet, and time is clearly running out on a July date.
Yesterday inn the US there was a scheduled bout with Kazakh Heavyweight hopeful Izim Izbaki (1-0, 1) [Изим Турсунулы Избаки] facing off with Matt Foster (0-3), who had been stopped in all 3 of his defeats. That bout was however cancelled after Foster failed to pass his medical.
Izbaki revealed not only why the bout was off, but also that he will be fighting in April, explaining on Instagram “Unfortunately, I'm not fighting today, because my opponent has not passed a medical examination. We’ll wait for April now,” [Translated]. At the moment however no real details of the April bout have been revealed.
The show yesterday did go on to feature a Kazakh in action, though it was a disappointing result, with Bakhtiyar Eyubov (14-0-1-1, 12) [Эюбов Бахтияр] being held to an unexpected draw over 8 rounds with Mexican foe Jose Luis Rodriguez (25-12-1, 13), in what will go down as a notable upset result for the once touted Bakha Bullet.
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