Last week Suleimen Promotions announced a show set for July 26th in Minsk. At the time they announced a couple of debutants set for the card, though didn't reveal their opponents, who weren't named until today.
The debutants in question were Yeveniy Pavlov [Евгения Павлова] and the very highly regarded Bek Nurmaganbet [Бек Нурмаганбет].
Today Pavlov's opponent for the show has been named as Georgian southpaw Jaba Memishishi (8-13, 1). Whilst we would have hoped for someone slightly better for Pavlov, it is interesting to look at some of the fighters that Memishishi has been in with.
The Georgian has shared the ring with the likes of Vicent Legrand, who is eyeing up a potential world title fight, recent world title challenger Anthony Settoul, former world title challenger Thomas Mason and the UK's divisive Prince Patel, who could only manage a 6 round decision over him. Coming in he has lost his last 6 with 3 of those losses coming inside the distance.
On paper the 22 year old Nurmaganbet is facing an equally limited fighter, as he takes on Zura Mekereshvili (11-23-1, 7), also from Georgia. Whilst Mekereshvili is also limited he has got a bit of momentum coming into this bout, having avoided defeat in his last 3, and he's only been stopped in 5 of his 23 losses.
In reality we expect to see stoppages from both Pavlov and Nurmaganbet, who are both expected to be moved relatively quickly, following in the footsteps of stablemates Aidos Yerbossynuly (13-0, 9) [Айдос Ербосынулы] and Nursultan Zhangabayev (8-0, 5) [Жанабаев Нурсултан], who will be in the main event and chief support bouts.
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