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 announced that they had signed up former amateur stand out Tursynbay Kulakhmet [Турсынбай Кулахмет].
The 26 year old Kulakhmet won Bronze at the AIBA World Championships last year, and a gold at the 2019 Asian Championships.
Along with his success last year Kulakhmet had actually been one of the very top Kazakh's for years and won an Asian Youth Championship way back in 2013 and a silver medal at the 2014 World University Championships.
That 2013 Asian Youth Championship is notable for having also given us the likes of Kosei Tanaka, who won a Silver medal, Israil Madrimov and Murojdon Akhmadaliev.
In a press release from MTK Global released earlier today Kulakhmet is quoted as saying:
I’m really happy to be joining MTK Global. They are the best management company in the world and I am very pleased to be turning professional under their guidance.
“They already have many Kazakhstan stars doing fantastic things, and I’m ready to join them and have a successful career. I can’t wait to get started.”
At the moment no details on his professional debut are known, though we wouldn't be surprised at it coming in late Spring or early Summer.
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