Over the weekend news broke from Kazakhstan regarding the return of the once beaten Yerzhan Zalilov (11-1-1, 5) [Ержан Залилов], who we now know will be back in the ring on March 7th.
The talented Zalilov will have his return to action at the RCC Boxing Academy in Ekaterinburg where he will take on unbeaten Tajik fighter Asror Vokhidov (6-0, 3) in an interesting looking 6 rounder.
Zalilov made his debut in 2015 and went unbeaten in his first 11 bouts, including a draw with Arnold Khegai, and a win over the experienced Henry Maldonado. His unbeaten run came to an end in April 2018, when he lost a close one against Ionut Baluta. He would bounce back from that loss with a win in Moscow against Alexander Saltykov, back in September 2018. That was his last bout and his comeback bout will be his first in around 18 months.
Vokhidov on the other hand has had a very odd career so far. He debuted back in October 2016, had his second pro bout 10 months later, then was out of the ring for 33 months before fought 4 times in the space of 6 months. He's unbeaten since his debut, but his competition so far has been very poor, and it's hard to really know how good he is.
This bout will come as part of a stacked RCC show, featuring a number of interesting bouts, including a mouth watering match up between Muhammadkhuja Yaqubov and former world champion Tomas Rojas and a solid match up between Mark Urvanov and Akzhol Sulaimanbek Uulu.
Earlier today it was revealed that Uzbek Lightweight hopeful Ravshanbek Umurzakov (6-0, 5) [Ravshanbek Umurzoqovning] would be back in action on February 22nd in Ekaterinburg.
The unbeaten Uzbek, who was last seen stopping Kelly Figueroa in 6 rounds, will be up against Filipino foe Rimar Metuda (12-4-1, 7). in a bout scheduled for 8 rounds.
The touted Uzbek made an impressive start to his career, scoring opening round wins in his couple of bouts before stepping up in class and taking care of the then 5-0 Merab Turkadze in 4 rounds and Eden Sonsona, in just 58 seconds.
Metuda, a 24 year old from the Philippines, has never been stopped in his 17 fight career, and actually fought to a draw with Nihito Arakawa last year though is yet to pick up a win outside of the Philippines, with notable losses on Russian soil against Mirzhan Zhaxylykov and Isa Chaniev.
Notably this card will feature a number of other Asian fighters on it, including Stanislav Kalitskiy (6-0, 3) [Станислав Калицкий] and Muhammadkhuja Yaqubov (12-0, 8) [Мухаммадхуча Якубов]
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