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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