Earlier today MTK Global announced they had signed a deal to advise unbeaten Kazakh fighter Batyrzhan Jukembayev (18-0-0-2, 14) [Батыржан Джукембаев], who they also announce is now going to be managed by Rick Mirigian.
The world ranked Kazakh built his name as a professional with Eye of the Tiger Management in Canada, who got him into the world rankings with the IBF, WBC and WBA and seemed to have him on the verge of something big. Despite that he had been speaking about wanting to fight in the US for a while, and that seems to be the plan for his future with MTK.
In the press release to announce the signing the 29 year old Jukembayev was quoted as saying:
"I am glad to be joining forces with Rick Mirigian and a big brand like MTK Global for the the next stage of my career. I’ve had great fights so far and now I feel ready to showcase my skills on the world stage.
“I’m a crafty southpaw from Kazakhstan who is 18-0 with 14 knockouts, so I promise to give exciting fights to the fans. Follow me to see some great boxing.
“I’ve come to America to fight the best. I’m confident that with my team and MTK Global behind me we will get a title shot soon.”
It seems that it's not just the fighter with big plans as his new manager, Rick Mirigian also quoted in the press release, stating:
“Batyr has flown under the radar but at 18-0 with 14 KOs and ranked in the top 10 across the board at 140lbs, his time has come for the big stage.
“He now lives in the USA, trains with coach Manny Robles, has MTK Global on board as his advisors and I look forward to working with them all, and with Camille and Eye of The Tiger who developed him and have done an incredible job to secure him some big fights soon.
“I think we have a possible Triple GGG here on our hands in the future.”
Interestingly it appears from the comments by Rick Mirigian that Jukembayev will continue to work with Eye of the Tiger Management, with MTK adding to the team that are guiding the unbeaten Kazakh.
As for his next bout, it's yet to be announced, though there have been rumours that he will be on a ShoBox card at some point in 2021. That would be the ideal way for Jukembayev to announce himself to a US audience.
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