The last few months have, of course, seen a lack of fights taking place with the reason being an obvious one. Thankfully though it does appear events are no being planned for the new normal that the world is about to see.
One of those events has now been pencilled in to take place on July 18th in Almaty, Kazakhstan and will be the MTK show in the country.
At the moment details regarding who will be on the show haven't been disclosed, but the reports are that it will be primarily Kazakh fighters taking part in the event which will be fought behind closed doors.
Despite the closed door, no-fan nature of the event it will actually be made available to fans, with the plan being for the show to be televised in the US on ESPN, and a free stream will be made available in the UK through IFL TV. The plan is also to sort out domestic TV broadcasts with QazSport in Kazakhstan.
It should be noted that Kazakhstan has been one of the big markets that MTK have made in roads in and they are promising big things for the country, so fingers crossed they do provide some good action here as, for the most part, their Kazakh events have been showcases rather than anything too memorable. The quality of fighters from the country that MTK are signing are promising, but have, so far, been brought along very slowly rather than being moved aggressively, something they have the talent and financial backing to do.
Earlier today MTK Global announced their latest signing, that of 19 year old Kazakh hopeful Talgat Shaiken, joining the growing number of Kazakh fighters managed by the company.
MTK issues a press release regarding their new signing explaining that he had had an "incredible amateur career" before listing his successes in the unpaid ranks, which included a silver medal at the Youth Olympics and becoming the Youth Asian Champion.
From what we could find the Kazakh youngster fought as an amateur under an alternative spelling of his surname, Talgat Shaykenov and he really was an excellent young amateur winning numerous medals at international level.
The release from MTK has a quote from the fighter:
“I am really pleased to be signing with MTK Global. They are the best management company in the world and I am very excited for the future.
“I am looking forward to making my professional debut really soon and becoming the latest proud fighter from Kazakhstan to go on and win titles.”
Given the current uncertainty around the world it's no surprise to learn that there is no set date, venue or opponent for Shaiken's professional debut, though it would seem likely to come later this year, we would assume in either the UK or Kazakhstan.
As he has such strong amateur pedigree we'd love to see Shaiken fast tracked, but MTK haven't shown a willingness to do that with their other Kazakh fighters, sadly, so it could be a slow rise through the ranks for Shaiken, but one that should see him being a very active fighter.
Earlier today we were informed that the "Nauryz Fight Night" show, set to take place on March 28th in Almaty, Kazakhstan, will be taking place place behind closed doors due to Coronavirus.
The event organisers have been quoted as saying that the event will definitely go ahead, despite the lack of fans.
Kazakhstan recently announced that they would be stopping mass gatherings, which seemingly would have effected this show. Rather than cancelling, something that MTK Kazakhstan heady Askar Salykbaev was dead set against, the event will be fought behind closed doors, though is still expected to be shown through ESPN, IFLTV and QazSport TV.
The card is set to feature Zhankosh Turarov (24-0, 17) [Жанкош Тураров] taking on Alexander Duran (20-0, 7), Muhammad Waseem (10-1, 7) battling former European champion Ryan Farrag (20-4, 5) and bouts featuring Abay Tolesh (5-0, 3) [Абай Толеш], 2016 Olympic gold medal winner Fazliddin Gaibnazarov (8-1, 5) [Фазлиддин Гаибназаров] and the debuting Tursynbay Kulakhmet [Турсынбай Кулахмет]. It's a shame the venue will be empty, but we're glad that the event will still be shown.
Earlier today MTK Global announced their next Kazakh show, which will take place on March 28th in Almaty.
The main event of the card will see unbeaten Kazakh hopeful Zhankosh Turarov (24-0, 17) [Жанкош Тураров] take on Alexander Duran (20-0, 7), from Panama.
This will be Turarov's first bout since last July, when he stopped Mauro Maximiliano Godoy, whilst Duran will be looking to build on his December win over Barnie Arguelles.
In a really interesting bout set for this show we'll see former world title challenger Muhammad Waseem (10-1, 7) take on former European champion Ryan Farrag (20-4, 5) in a really good looking test, and one that Waseem will have to take serious. The Pakistani fighter didn't look great last time out and will need to be at his best here.
Others set for the show include Abay Tolesh (5-0, 3) [Абай Толеш], 2016 Olympic gold medal winner Fazliddin Gaibnazarov (8-1, 5) [Фазлиддин Гаибназаров] and the debuting Tursynbay Kulakhmet [Турсынбай Кулахмет].
Earlier today MTK Global announced that they had signed up former amateur stand out Tursynbay Kulakhmet [Турсынбай Кулахмет].
The 26 year old Kulakhmet won Bronze at the AIBA World Championships last year, and a gold at the 2019 Asian Championships.
Along with his success last year Kulakhmet had actually been one of the very top Kazakh's for years and won an Asian Youth Championship way back in 2013 and a silver medal at the 2014 World University Championships.
That 2013 Asian Youth Championship is notable for having also given us the likes of Kosei Tanaka, who won a Silver medal, Israil Madrimov and Murojdon Akhmadaliev.
In a press release from MTK Global released earlier today Kulakhmet is quoted as saying:
I’m really happy to be joining MTK Global. They are the best management company in the world and I am very pleased to be turning professional under their guidance.
“They already have many Kazakhstan stars doing fantastic things, and I’m ready to join them and have a successful career. I can’t wait to get started.”
At the moment no details on his professional debut are known, though we wouldn't be surprised at it coming in late Spring or early Summer.
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