Although the names aren't big there are a number of Central Asian fighters competing in Russia.
In one bout we'll see unbeaten Russian based Armenian hopeful Radik Grigoryan (6-0, 1) take on Uzbek foe Mukhammadsalim Sotvoldiev (5-2-1, 2), in what will be a rematch of a contest the two men had in October. In their first bout Grigoryan won a clear 8 round decision and will be looking to repeat the act again here. Sotvoldiev is 2-2-1 in his last 5 and the Uzbek has had a super busy scheduled recently with this being his 6th bout since May last year.
In another bout we'll see another Uzbek in action, with Ali Turgunaliyev (0-1) going up against Mukhiddin Dadashev (0-2), who's originally from Kyrgyzstan, in a bout that will likely see someone score their first win. Interestingly neither man has heard the final bell, with all 3 combined losses coming inside the distance! Sadly not much else to say here, but it's interesting to note that this is scheduled for 6 rounds, despite neither man having a win to their name.
Another man from Kyrgyzstan on this show is Shokhrukh Zakirov (0-4), who has been stopped in the opening round of everyone of his fights so far. Sadly for Zakirov it seems likely he'll be stopped early again here as he takes on Armenian puncher Rafayel Simonyan (7-0, 6), who has stopped 3 of his 6 stoppage victims in the first round.
Staying with Central Asian fighters we'll also see US based Tajik Anvar Yunusov (8-1, 4) in action, as he takes on the unbeaten Martino Jules (9-0, 2) in a bout for a WBA regional title. This will be Yunusov's first bout since suffering a loss to Hector Luis Garcia last July whilst Jules is stepping up massively. The 33 year old Yunusov, a multi-time Olympian, needs a big year if he's to build on his amateur reputation but this is certainly not a gimme for him.
Stanmore Bay, New Zealand
In New Zealand, of all places, we'll see a number of Indian fighters in action. Sadly most of them are very obscure, but there is the notable inclusion of Neeraj Goyat (11-3-2, 2) on the show, with Goyat to face David Zauska (0-0-1). Goyat is best known for being the original opponent for Amir Khan last year, before Goyat was injured and replaced by Billy Dib. We suspect Goyat will have too much for his inexperienced foe, but this is still a weird bout against a Slovakian opponent who has been out of the ring for almost 4 years.
Other Indian fighters set for this card are Ranjeet Singh (3-0) and Harman Singh (0-0), both of whom will be regarded as under-dogs against local fighters.