Production Park Studios, South Kirkby, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
This coming Wednesday attention turns to the UK, where we have a talented Kazakh fighter in action as he looks to move his career forward.
The most notable of the Kazakh's in action is the incredibly talented Tursynbay Kulakhmet (1-0), who we see fighting for the second time as a professional. The Kazakh was very impressive on his debut, back in August when he beat Sagadat Rakhmankul, and will be looking to replicate that type of a performance here. In the opposite corner to Kulakhmet will be unbeaten British fighter Macaulay McGowan (14-0-1, 3), in what looks like a very stiff step up in class. On paper this a big ask for a man in his second bout, but McGowan really hasn't got too much substance behind the numbers on his record, and we dare say a win for him would be the best of his career so far. Interestingly the WBC International Light Middleweight title will be on the line here, and the winner will be taking strides towards a WBC world rankings, meaning there is plenty on the line for this bout.
We had also expected to see a second Kazakh on this show, with unbeaten Sultan Zaurbek (9-0, 7) being scheduled to take on Jeff Ofori (10-3-1-3). Sadly however this bout now appears to have been cancelled.
Please note - As we try to get all of these done well in advance we have been unable to get the full MTK Kazakhstan card which still wasn't announced a week before the event. As a result we've only been able to go on the one announced bout and some of the names announced for the card.
In Kazakhstan MTK will be putting on a card full of notable fighters, including a trio of talented debutants.
At the time of writing the only announced bout for the show will see 2-time World Amateur Championship Silver medal winner Kamshybek Kunkabayev (0-0) take on veteran Issa Akberbayev (20-1-0-1, 15). On paper this looks an extremely tough bout for the former amateur stand out but in reality Akberbayev isn't as good as his record suggests, he hasn't scored a win in close to 3 years, and was stopped last time out by Evgeny Tishchenko. This is one of those smart bits of match making where a prospect in a bout that looks tough, but really isn't, with Kunkabayev really expected to shine.
The other debutants on this card are the sensationally talented Tursynbay Kulakhmet (0-0), who looks like he could be fast tracked to the top, and the exciting but rather unpolished Talgat Shaiken (0-0). At the time of writing neither of these men have had their opponents named, but both are expected to take on solid domestic opponents.
Also scheduled for this show are Abay Tolesh (5-0, 3), Victor Kotochigov (11-0, 4), Ray Seitzhanov (2-0), Saparbay Aidarov (4-0, 2), Nurtas Azhbenov (9-0, 4), Nurdos Tolebay (2-0, 1) and Sagadat Rakhmankulov (6-1, 4). As with the debutants their bouts haven't been announced, though we suspect at least one of these fighters will take on one of the talented debutants.
Fenghuang street commercial plaza, Changsha, China
As well as the Kazakh card we also have a show in China. Sadly this is another of the new regular Chinese shows that feature nobody of note on it, and a lot of novices and debutants. In total we are expecting 6 bouts on this card, featuring a total of 6 debutants and 9 fighters with less than 3 bouts.
Despite most of the card being scheduled for 4 rounds we do have one longer bout pencilled in for the event. That bout will see the light punching pair of Dacong Wang (5-1-1, 1) and Yajie Ding (4-4-1) face off in a bout that appears set for 10 rounds. The 22 year old Wang has gone unbeaten in 6 but has been out of the ring since April 2019, when he beat Weizhen Ni. Ding on the other hand has lost 3 of his last 4 and it's hard to know what he really offers here. His last bout was a win, but that was way back in June 2019. Although this is the main event it's certainly not a bout that has us too excited.