Lets all be honest and point out that some of the fights we've had so far have been awful mismatches, and bouts that don't further anyone's career. Some have been good, but at this moment in time boxing needs more meaningful bouts, at every level of the sport.
Thankfully it appealing meaningful bouts will be the order of the day on July 18th in Almaty for the MTK Kazakhstan show that will see boxing resume in the country.
There are now 3 bouts known for the show.
The main event will be a clash of unbeaten men, with Dauren Yeleussinov (8-0-1, 7) [Елеусинов Даурен] and Arman Rysbek (7-0, 6) [Рысбек Арман] clashing in a potentially mouth watering bout. Although neither man is a big name in the sport both are unbeaten punchers, and both will know this is a great chance to move their career forward, significantly. Whilst neither fighter is tipped to be a future world champion both are very capable, and neither man likes to hear the final bell. With that in mind we're really excited for this one.
Another bout confirmed will be the debut of Tursynbay Kulakhmet (0-0) [Турсынбай Кулахмет], who faces off with Sagadat Rakhmankulov (6-1, 4) [Сагадат Рахманкулов], in what appears to be a genuine test for Kulakhmet straight off the bat. The young novice is tipped for big things and a win here could see him being pushed very quickly.
Another debutant on the show will Talgat Shaiken (0-0) [Талгата Шайкена] who will be up against the unbeaten Berikbay Nurymbetov (5-0, 1) [Берикбай Нурымбетов] in another tough looking debut.
There are bouts still to be announced, but this is 3 bouts we're actually interested in, something that is quite rare for these MTK cards in Kazakhstan, that tend to be very top heavy and rather uninspiring further down the card.
Yesterday MTK Kazakhstan announced more details of their previously announced show set to take place in Kazakhstan in July. The card, which previously had little more than a date, July 18th, a location, Almaty, Kazakhstan, and broadcasters, now has fighters listed, though no matches have yet to be confirmed.
The card will feature a number of promising and unbeaten fighters, including Dauren Yeleussinov (8-0-1, 7) [Елеусинов Даурен], the brother of Olympic Champion Daniyar Yeleussinov in one of the shows main bouts. This will be his Kazakh debut, after fighting his first 9 professional bouts in the US and Mexico.
Another of the main bouts will see the heavy handed Arman Rysbek (7-0, 6) [Рысбек Арман] fighting for the fifth time in Kazakhstan, where he has already scored 4 wins in a combined 6 rounds of professional action.
Other unbeaten prospects set for this card include Abay Tolesh (5-0, 3) [Абай Толеш], Berikbay Nurymbetov (5-0, 1) [Берикбай Нурымбетов], Ray Seitzhanov (2-0) [Рай Сейтжанов], and Nurdos Tolebay (2-0, 1) [Нурдос Толебай].
As well as the men who have already got pro experience under their belt the card will also feature the professional debuts of the highly regarded Tursynbay Kulakhmet [Турсынбай Кулахмет] and Talgat Shaiken [Талгата Шайкена]. The two men recently turned professional after success amateur careers that saw both men shining on the international stage.
As mentioned there are broadcasters set up for the show, with ESPN+ carrying the event in the US and IFL TV covering it for most of the rest of the world, though their youtube platform.
We expect opponents for the confirmed fighters to be announced in the coming weeks.
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.
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