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Earlier today we were informed that unbeaten Kazakh hopeful Zhankosh Turarov (24-0, 17) [Жанкош Тураров] had withdrawn from MTK's upcoming Golden Contract tournament due to an injury.
Turarov was supposed to be one of the fighters taking part in the tournament, which sees the fighters competing for a large value 2 year contract, with 5 fights. Sadly though he pulled out on November 16th and has since confirmed it was due to an injury he suffered.
Unlike many tournaments in boxing the Golden Contract tournament only sees the fighters become aware of who they are fighting on the week of the fight. This adds a sense of randomness to the process and can cause some very interesting scenarios.
Sadly Turarov was one of two fighters to pull put, along with Anthony Yigit, though the remaining fighters do appear well matched and we expect the tournament will be compelling, even if it does lack two of it's more notable competitors.
The first round bouts for the tournament will take place this coming Friday at the York Hall, in London.
Earlier today we were informed that unbeaten Kazakh hopeful Zhankosh Turarov (24-0, 17) [Жанкош Тураров] would be back in the ring on November 22nd as part of an MTK Show at York Hall in England.
At the moment no opponent has been named for Turarov, but it's interesting to see him rebuilding his career after a very frustrating break from the ring.
Turarov had managed to move to 22-0 (15) between 2009 and 2017, fighting in Kazakhstan, the US, the Dominican Republic and Colombia. Sadly though he he didn't fight at all from September 2017 to June 2019, due to injuries. This however will be his third bout since the start of June. So far this year he has notched early wins over Richmond Djarbeng and Mauro Maximiliano Godoy, though it very much feels like it's now time for a step up.
Notably this will be Turarov's second bout in the UK, where he also stopped Djarbeng in a bout which felt really under-whelming as the man from Ghana pulled out after just 2 rounds and hadn't really put up much of an effort before aborting the bout. Fingers crossed this is more testing for Turarov than that bout.
(Image courtesy of MTK Global)
We've known for a while that unbeaten Kazakh hopeful Zhankosh Turarov (23-0, 16) [Жанкош Тураров] would be in action on the July 6th Kazakh card in Nur-Sultan, to celebrate Capital City Day.
Whilst we've known about Turarov appearing on the card, his opponent was an unknown. That was until earlier today, when MTK Global revealed who Turarov would be facing off with.
The unbeaten Kazakh will be up against Argentinian veteran Mauro Godoy (31-4-1, 16), in what is a pretty good looking test Turarov.
During his 36 fight career Godoy has only been stopped once, by Xavier Luques Castillo with that later being avenged. However he has gone 2-3-1 in his last 6, and will be expected to put in a good effort but lose to the Kazakh, who will be hoping to take another step towards a really big fight in the near future.
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