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 put on their latest show in the Middle East, with Dubai playing host to the show which featured an eclectic array of talent, including several fighters from Asia.
One of the notable names was OPBF Flyweight champion Jayr Raquinel (12-1-1, 9), who dispatched Indonesian journeyman Jack Amisa (21-47-3, 14) inside a minute, in what was little more than a stay busy fight. For Raquinel this was a second KO this win, but pales in significance compared to his 8th round win over Takuya Kogawa, which saw him become the first man to stop Kogawa.
Another of the Asian fighters on the show was once beaten Pakistani fighter Muhammad Waseem (10-1, 7), who scored his most meaningful win to date, as he over-came former world champion Ganigan Lopez (36-11, 19) in an 8 round bout.
From the opening round Waseem seemed too fresh, too quick and too sharp for the Mexican veteran, but to his credit the 38 year old Lopez refused to go away and made Waseem work for every round. The work out was what Waseem needed, but probably not what he wanted, given that Lopez had been stopped in 3 of his previous 5, and he looked very much like a fighter who hadn't prepared to fight 8 rounds.
A third Asian of note was unbeaten Indian Vijender Singh (12-0, 8), who looked very solid as he dominated 42 year old veteran Charles Adamu (33-15, 26). Singh dropped his man in round 2, though Adamu courageously got to his feet and fought on.
Adamu was dropped again in round 6, from a huge right hand, and his face was showing clear signs of swelling, yet again his stubborn toughness kept him in the bout. Another big shot saw the referee give Adamu another count in round 7, and Singh seemed on the verge of a stoppage, before Adamu some how saw out the round, and then saw out a brutal beating in round 8.
After 8 rounds there was no doubting the winner, with Singh taking a clear decision, though questions need to be asked of the referee who allowed Adamu to take a really unnecessary beating in the later rounds.
According to the fantastic people at RealFight PH OPBF Flyweight champion Jayr Raquinel (11-1-1, 8) will returning to the ring on November 22nd to take on Pakistani foe Muhammad Waseem (9-1, 7) in a WBC world title eliminator!
According to RealFight PH's facebook account the fight will take place in Dubai, though other details, such as the specific venue, are scarce.
For the 22 year old Raquinel the bout would be a great way to build on his brutal KO win over Takuya Kogawa from back in August and would move towards his first world title bout. It's hard to believe that just over a year ago he stunk up the joint with a very poor effort against Wulan Tuolehazi in China, but could end 2019 on the verge of a world title fight. He has proven to be dangerous, heavy handed and exciting, but this will be his biggest bout so far and be against the most rounded skilled opponent, with Waseem being a very good fighter.
As for 32 year old Waseem this would open the door to a second world title fight, after his close 2018 loss to Moruti Mthalane in an IBF title fight. Given his age this is probably a must win for him, as he'll be 33 next August and it's hard to see him having success at Flyweight at such an age. A loss to Raquinel will be very hard to rebuild from at this stage of his career, though he will likely feel confident of beating the Filipino given his age and amateur experience. Despite the confidence the bout is a dangerous one, and Raquinel showed what he was capable of doing when he left Kogawa needing to be removed from the ring on a stretcher.
In theory the winner of this would be in line for a shot at the title which is currently vacant, but will have a champion crowned shortly. The WBC recently ordered Cristofer Rosales (29-4, 20) to take on Julio Cesar Martinez Aguilar (14-1-0-1, 11) for the recently vacated title, and the winner of this eliminator would shoot up the rankings towards the winner of that title. It seems very unlikely that Raquinel Vs Waseem would be a final eliminator, and would instead be the next step towards a title fight for the winner.
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