Earlier today it was revealed that unbeaten Kazakh Tursynbay Kulakhmet (3-0, 2) [Турсынбай Кулахмет] would be returning to the ring on July 10th, in Almaty, Kazakhstan, where he will face 32 year old Ukrainian Stanyslav Skorokhod (20-2, 17).
The talented Kulakhmet, one of the standout Kazakh amateurs of recent years, made his professional debut last August. Since turning professional he has looked both brilliant, as he did on his debut, and frustratingly limited, as he did in his second professional bout, though it's clear he's a work in progress and is developing his professional style.
Skorokhod on the other hand is a 22 fight veteran who has a very nice looking record, at least on paper. In fact there's a genuine argument that he could have won both of the bouts he lost, including one in the 2015 ESPN Boxcino tournament to John Thompson. Sadly though there is little of real substance to his record, and his best wins have been against the likes of Artem Karpets and Michael Moore.
The bout will headline a notable MTK card in Almaty which will also feature the likes of Sultan Zaurbek (10-0, 7) [Султан Заурбек], who takes on Scotland's Ronnie Clark (21-4-2, 10), Talgat Shayken (4-0, 2) [Талгат Шайкен], who faces Russian fighter Alexander Sharonov (12-5-2, 6), and a string of other promising Kazakh prospects, who are yet to have their opponents for the show confirmed.
Earlier today MTK announced that unbeaten world ranked Middleweight contender Janibek Alimkhanuly (9-0, 5) [Жанибек Алимханулы] would be back in the ring on February 27th in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
The talented Kazakh, who was last seen scoring a brilliant KO over Gonzalo Gaston Coria on a Top Rank show last October, is currently the WBO "Global" champion at Middleweight and is banging on the door for a major bout. In fact as we write this he is world ranked by all 4 title bodies, and in the top 5 of both the WBO and WBC rankings.
Sadly at the time of writing Alimkhanuly's opponent for his February bout hasn't been announced though if we're being honest it does seem to make sense to give him a bit of a stay busy fight. That's not to suggest he gets an easy one, but the mind set will be that he's on the verge of something big and it'll be better for him to tick over and keep ring rust off whilst continuing to knock on the door of a world title fight. After all he has been calling for a major fight and it's unlikely he'll manage to lure a world champion of to Kazakhstan for this bout.
Incidentally this bout will see Alimkhanuly return to a Kazakh ring for the first in over 3 years. He debuted at home in 2016 and fought his second bout in Kazakhstan, but since then he has fought entirely in the US. Since those early bouts he has genuinely developed into a very good professional and recent performances against Coria, Albert Onolunose, Stuard McLellan and Cristian Olivas, have been impressive.
For fans wanting to watch it will be shown on ESPN+ in the US and streamed worldwide on IFL TV.
Earlier today it was announced that fast rising Kazakh hopeful Kamshybek Kunkabayev (2-0, 2) [Камшыбек Кункабаев] would be getting his first title bout on February 27th in Almaty, on an MTK Kazakhstan show.
The talented Kunkabayev will be up against Northern Irish fighter Steven Ward (13-1, 4), with the two men battling for the WBO Asia Pacific Crusierweight title, a title that should see the winner moved to within touching distance of a WBO Cruiserweight world title fight.
Kunkabayev, a 2-time World Amateur Championship silver medal winner, has been matched aggressively since beginning his professional campaign last August, when he debuted against Issa Akberbayev, and to see him fight for a title so early in his career is incredibly exciting, and a statement of intent. What makes it more impressive was the fact that he began to fight professionally to stay in shape for the Tokyo Olympics!
As for Ward he has been a professional since 2016 and won his first 12 bouts, claiming the WBO European Light Heavyweight title along the way. In 2019 however he suffered his first professional loss, losing inside a round to the under-rated Ricards Bolotniks. This will be his second bout since that loss, and he will be entering as a very clear under-dog for his first fight outside of the UK.
For fans wanting to tune in to this bout it will be streamed worldwide on IFL TV and shown in the US on ESPN+.
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.
(Image credit - MTK Kazakhstan)
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.
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