Scandals in boxing are nothing new, in fact without scandals in boxing some news websites would really be lacking in content. Though it's rare we see them come from Central Asia, at least it was until this week, when an interesting scandal was unearthed in Kazakhstan.
We don't suspect many involved in boxing will be familiar with Zhantil Omirbay (2-0, 2) [Жантил Омирбай], even the most hardcore of hardcore fans likely wouldn't recognise him or his name. Amazingly however he's a world champion. At least that's what he's been introducing himself as and marketing himself as.
The situation was brought to the fore by former Kazakh amateur standout Merey Akshalov [Мерей Акшалов], who asked the Kazakh boxing community if they know Omirbay and criticised him for wanting to put himself on par with the 4 Kazakh world champions, Gennady Golovkin, Beibut Shumenov, Vasiliy Jirov and Zhanat Zhakiyanov.
Akshalov's doubt on Omirbay's achievements were echoed by Viktor Demyanenko, the vice president of the Kazakhstani Federation of Pro Boxing. In fact Demyanenko went as far as to say Omirbay wasn't even licensed by the Kazakh federation and called out the fraudulent claims of Omirbay:
"He has only two incomprehensible fights in Russia. He declares that he is a world champion. I know that Vasily Lomachenko became an Olympic champion and interested Bob Aruma. This is a bright story. The boxer, whom you named, does not even have serious achievements in amateur boxing. Does he at least have the first rank?"
In regards to his amateur experience and achievements the Kazakhstan Amateur Boxing Federation have also got involved, and stated that Omirbay has no experience of amateur boxing in Kazakhstanm and that no bouts are recorded for him in any of their registers.
In his defence Omirbay's representatives have explained that the fighter won the WFA, World Fighting Association, Light Heavyweight title in his second professional bout, a 52 second win against Ruslan Rodzivich. We'll admit details on the WFA were scare to say the least and certainly shouldn't be taken as a legitimate world title.
Having not fought since September 2018 it's hard to take anything Omirbay or his representatives seriously here. In many ways he is seemingly the Kazakh equivalent to British fighter Prince Patel or American Charlie Zelenhoff.
Earlier today in St Petersburg fight fans had the chance to see fast rising Kazakh hopeful Zhantil Omirbay (2-0, 2) [Жантил Омирбай] score his second win in the spaces of weeks, as he took out Ruslan Rodzivich (15-27, 14) inside first round, of a scheduled 10.
The powerful Kazakh dropped his Belorussian opponent early on with a counter right. Rodzivich got to his feet but was dropped again soon afterwards with the referee then waving the bout off as he got to his feet.
Given that Omirbay only debuted on the 19th of August it's hard not to be impressed by today's result. On debut, against fellow debutant Viktor Seleznev, that bout also didn't last long with Seleznev being stopped after just 99 seconds. It's clear for those results that Omirbay is very heavy handed, and today's performance showed just how hard he hit, dropping Omirbay with pretty much every right hand he connected with.
As for Rodzivich this was his 27 loss in 42 fights, and his 11th loss inside the distance. Today's performance, more than any other, perhaps made it clear that he has to consider hanging them up.
It's unclear when Omirbay will be back in the ring, but we're not expecting to see him out for long, especially given how short today's bout was.
(Image below courtesy of Vesti)
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