Earlier today saw the announcement of the next Tukeshov Boxing promotions show, set to take place at the Tynyshpayev Academy of Transport and Communications in Almaty. The show isn't a stacked card, despite having a total of 13 bouts on it, but will be one of the longest shows for January, and does feature some notable names, as well as a tasty looking main event between two unbeaten hopefuls.
One of the notable under-card fighters is the once touted Dastan Saduuly (3-1, 3) [Дастан Садуулы], who was last seen being battered by Russian novice Vildan Minasov in September. The teenager will be looking to bounce back from that loss as he takes on the win-less Assylbek Tastulek (0-2) [Асылбек Тастулек], who was stopped twice last year by debutants. Saduuly excited the Kazakh press when he turned professional at the age of 16, and after scoring 3 wins he was expected to move forward with his career, until Minasov made it clear he was a boy fighting against a man for the first time.
Thankfully the main event does look a much better bout as the unbeaten pairing of Ray Seitzhanov (5-0, 2) [Рай Сейтжанов] and Nurbol Berdimuratov (2-0) [Нурбол Бердимуратов], who clash in an 8 rounder. On paper this one looks good, but in reality it's a massive step up in class for Berdimuratov, who has only fought debutants and in 4 rounders.
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Earlier today MTK Kazakhstan shared the poster for the next show in the "Rotunda Rumble" series, and announced that the card would feature unbeaten Kazakh Victor Kotochigov (12-0, 5) [Виктор Коточигов] going up against unheralded Englishman Maxi Hughes (21-5-2, 4) in the main event.
The show, set to take place at The Rotunda at Ceasars Palace in Dubai, will take place on October 9th and will see Kotochigov defending the WBC International Lightweight title against Hughes, with the winner taking a huge step towards getting involved in the WBC world title picture.
The unbeaten Kazakh has been a fighter who has shown glimpses of real potential but at times has been a frustrating man to follow. He's a genuine talent and is well schooled but at times his performances can very much feel like a man going through the motions, rather than a man looking to impress. Thankfully he did look very good last time out, stopping Andrei Isayeu in 3 rounds, but that was his first stoppage in 4 bouts after some rather dreary decisions wins.
As for Hughes he comes into the bout on the back of a big upset win against former world title challenger Jono Carroll. He's often been one of the over-looked men of British boxing, and despite having 5 losses to he's name he's a handful on the British scene. We suspect he will be the under-dog against the unbeaten Kazakh, but should be regarded as a very live under-dog here.
For fans wanting to watch this it will be aired on ESPN+ in the US and on IFL TV for the rest of the world.
On August 23rd MTK Kazakhstan will be putting on a show from Almaty, Kazakhstan, featuring a number of notable Kazakh hopefuls.
Today we saw the opponent for unbeaten Kazakh Victor Kotochigov (11-0, 4) [Виктор Коточигов] being announced as Belorussian veteran Andrei Isayeu (30-17, 9).
On paper this doesn't look an awful bout for Kotochigov who's been out of the ring since December 2019, but in reality it's not a bout that will move the 27 year old much further forward. Isayeu is a 40 year old who is without a win since November 2016, and has now lost 10 in a row. Whilst he has faced some decent fighters in that losing run Akzhol Sulaimanbek Uulu and Erzhan Turgumbekov they were both earlier in their career's than Kotochigov is right now, and both were naturally smaller than the unbeaten Kazakh.
This is one of two 10 rounders set for the card which is set to feature a trio of notable debutants.
One of those debutants is Kamshybek Kunkabayev (0-0) [Камшыбек Кункабаев], who will be facing Issa Akberbayev (20-1-0-1, 15) [Иса Акбербаев] in an 8 round bout at Cruiserweight. This is regarded as a solid test for the 2-time World Amateur Championship silver medal winner, but a test he should pass with flying colours,
Another debutant is Tursynbay Kulakhmet (0-0) [Турсынбай Кулахмет], who we now know will be up against Sagadat Rakhmankulov (6-1, 4) [Сагадат Рахманкулов] in a genuine baptism of fire for an excellent amateur fight. The third of the debutants is Talgat Shaiken (0-0) [Талгата Шайкена], who will be facing the unbeaten Berikbay Nurymbetov (5-0, 1) [Берикбай Нурымбетов]. Both of these bouts are scheduled for 6 rounds at Light Middleweight.
For fans wanting to watch this event it will be shown on IFL TV, ESPN+ and Qazsport, in Kazakhstan, and will be the first show in Kazakhstan since February.
Yesterday we reported that MTK Kazakhstan had announced that former amateur standout Kamshybek Kunkabayev (0-0) [Камшыбек Кункабаев] would be making his debut on August 23rd in Almaty. At the time however there was no opponent confirmed for the 2-time World Amateur Silver medal winner.
Today that has chanced with Kunkabayev having his opponent named as the once beaten Issa Akberbayev (20-1-0-1, 15) [Иса Акбербаев], in what looks like a really solid professional debut for a man who is still eyeing a potential Olympic medal at the Tokyo games.
As a full time amateur Kunkabayev was one of the top names in the Super Heavyweight division. He is a 2-time World Amateur Silver medal winner, as mentioned, and a 2-time Asian Championships silver medal winner. Unfortunately for him he kept clashing with Mahammadrasul Majidov and Bakhodir Jalolov in the finals.
Once tipped as a genuine hopeful himself Akberbayev never really saw his career go the way many had hoped. He was very highly regarded until he was stopped by Anthony Ferrante in 2013, and despite that bout being changed to a No Contest he never really recovered. Last year he was stopped by Olympic champion Evgeny Tishchenko in 6 rounds, and we assumed that would be the end of his career.
Reportedly this bout will see Kunkabayev fighting as a Cruiserweight, and will be the show's main event. Sadly other bouts for the show, including the debut opponents for Tursynbay Kulakhmet (0-0) [Турсынбай Кулахмет] and Talgat Shaiken (0-0) [Талгата Шайкена], haven't yet been confirmed, though are expected to be announced very shortly.
Kazakh sources have reported that Kunkabayev is taking this fight, and plans another, as a way to "keep fit" ahead of the Tokyo games, and doesn't plan to abandon the amateur fight game until after the Olympics.
Earlier today MTK Kazakhstan announced that a trio of former Kazakh amateur standouts would be making their professional debut later this month on a major card in Kazakhstan.
Among the debutants are Tursynbay Kulakhmet (0-0) [Турсынбай Кулахмет] and Talgat Shaiken (0-0) [Талгата Шайкена], who were both originally scheduled to debut in March, before having their debuts pushed back to July and then pushed back again, to this new date.
Of those two Kulakhmet is the more promising fighter, and his amateur shows suggest he could be a true professional sensation. His style is really suited to the professional ranks, he's very easy on the eye and has a very polished style. His success in the amateurs included a gold at the 2019 Asian Championships and a Bronze medal at the World Championships.
Although not quite as highly regarded Shaiken is not one to ignore either. His style is very much a rough and tough one. He's really young but physically very imposing and could give us some very fan friendly bouts going forward.
The third of the notable debutants is former Super Heavyweight amateur standout Kamshybek Kunkabayev [Камшыбек Кункабаев], who recently announced his singing with MTK. He is a former 2-time World Amateur Silver medal winner and is known for his amateur rivalry with Bakhodir Jalolov.
Details of their opponents haven't been confirmed but we are really looking forward to all 3 men making a statement in the professional ranks. previous Kulakhmet and Shaiken were matched really tough for their July dates, so fingers crossed they get a similar level of opponent this August date.
Although full details of who will the trio will be facing have yet to be confirmed there are now details of when and where the three men will fight.
Other fighters announced for this card include Abay Tolesh (5-0, 3) [Абай Толеш], Victor Kotochigov (11-0, 4) [Виктор Коточигов], Ray Seitzhanov (2-0) [Рай Сейтжанов], Issa Akberbayev (20-1-0-1, 15) [Иса Акбербаев], Saparbay Aidarov (4-0, 2) [Сапарбай Айдаров],Nurtas Azhbenov (9-0, 4) [Нуртас Ажбенов], Nurdos Tolebay (2-0, 1) [Нурдос Толебай] and Sagadat Rakhmankulov (6-1, 4) [Сагадат Рахманкулов].
The show will take place on August 23rd and will be promoted by MTK Kazakhstan in Almaty. The show will be held behind closed doors but will be made available world wide for viewers courtesy of IFL TV, ESPN+ and QAZSPORT
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