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.
Kazakh fighter Yerzhan Zalilov (11-1-1, 5) [Залилов Ержан] was in action yesterday in Russia, where he took on Russian veteran Alexander Saltykov (12-55-3, 7) in a scheduled 8 round contest.
Unsurprisingly the bout wasn't a tough one for the talented Kazakh, who was looking to rebuild his confidence following an April loss to Ionut Baluta.
Zalilov started the bout well and seemed fully aware that he wasn't in with a particularly good, or durable foe. He was looking in control of the bout through the first 4 rounds, with Saltykov deciding at the end of the round that enough was enough and he pulled out of the bout.
The pull out really should be no surprise. It was the 43rd time he had been stopped, and the 22nd time he had recorded an retirement loss, meaning 1 retirement in every 3 bouts almost and this was his 6th successive retirement loss, making us wonder what he's still doing in the sport.
The 25 year old Zalilov has scored much better wins than this, including a victory over Henry Maldonado and a draw with Arnold Khegai, and even his loss was a controversial one. He doesn't need to go back to the drawing board or rebuild his confidence, instead he should be matched against people who can go rounds with him and be competitive. He's too good to waste his time with bouts like this.
(Image courtesy of Zalilov's VK page)
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