This coming Friday we'll be turning our attention to Russia for the IBF/IBO Light Welterweight title fight fight between Eduard Troyanvosky and Keita Obara. It is however not the only bout in Russia to feature an Asian fighter with Filipino Rimar Metuda (10-0, 5) battling against Mirzhan Zhaksylykov (9-1, 4) in a great looking bout in Chelyabinsk.
For Metuda the bout will be his second this year and see him making his international debut. Although relatively unknown outside of the Philippines he has been matched well and already holds wins over two other fighters who had been on the rise, Jerry Castroverde and Jason Tinampay. The win over Tinampay netted the 22 year old Metuda his first title, the WBF Asia Pacific Featherweight title and he'll be looking to add to that on Friday as he goes for the WBC Asian Boxing Council Silver Super Featherweight title.
Once beaten Kazakh Zhaksylykov began his career way back in 2008 and began with 9 straight wins, including a win for the PABA Featherweight title and a bout in the US. He was however beaten last time out, losing to novice Shavkat Rakhimov in February, in what was his first bout in almost 6 years. Although once showing signs of being a very promising fighter Zhaksylykov is now 31 and his 6 years out of the ring totally derailed what had once seemed like a career going places.
Metuda arrived arrived in Japan a couple of days ago and has been quoted as saying that he's excited for his first international fight. On the other hand it's fair to say the Kazakh will be hungry to get his career back on track after his recent loss.
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