This coming Friday we'll, potentially, be getting an Indian show that was first scheduled for mid-April before being postponed. And sadly it could well be postponed again given how things currently are in India, and where boxing really should be put on the back burner until the country can get on top of the current situation.
If the card goes ahead the main event will see former Indian amateur standout Nutlai Lalbiakkima (1-0, 1) take on fellow professional novice Sandeep Singh (1-0-1) in a bout for the WBA Intercontinental Minimumweight title. As an amateur Lalbiakkima was a solid, if often over-looked, fighter who scored numerous notable wins including a big one at the 2018 President's Cup against Hasanboy Dusmatov. He's expected to be moved quickly through the professional ranks and it seems that a win here will secure him a minor title and potential WBA world ranking. Singh on the other hand is a 17 year old who debuted as a professional in 2019 and despite being unbeaten is expected to be easy prey for Lalbiakkima.
In a supporting bout the once beaten Vimal Punera (4-1, 4) looks to score a 5th straight stoppage win as he takes on Hans Raj (2-3-1, 1). Punera lost his debut in 2018, in Australia, but since then has scored 4 quick wins, including an opening round TKO win over Raj in 2019. As for Raj he has struggled for victories, but won last time out and will be looking to avenge his prior to Punera. Interestingly the very lightly regarded IBA Asian Flyweight title is supposed to be on the line here.
We need to make it very clear however, this card is not one we expect to be taking place in May given the current situation in India.
KRK “Uralets”, Ekaterinburg, Russia
As well as the Indian show there is also set to be some Asian interesting on a card in Russia, which is being promoted by RCC Boxing Promotions.
One of the Asian fighters on this card is Kazakh 29 year old Berikbay Nurymbetov (7-2-1, 2), who takes on unbeaten Russian Ivan Nikonov (4-0, 1) in a 6 rounder. Coming in to this Nurymbetov is unbeaten in 3, though those 3 fights have cine at a very low level after back to back losses to bright prospects, Talgat Shayken and Ray Seitzhanov. The 24 year old Nikonov has shown some real promise since making his debut in 2019, but has had a bit of a stop-start career and only fit a single bout into 2020, losing some of the moment he was building. Even with the inactivity in mind he should have far too much for the Kazakh man.
In a second bout of note for us we'll see rough and tough Filipino Alphoe Dagayloan (14-4-6, 5) take on Tajik born Russian Zafar Parpiev (9-2, 2), in a Super Flyweight bout. The ugly record of Dagayloan hides the fact that he's an absolute nightmare to fight against, with a marauding style and under-rated power. In recent years he has scored more than his share of upsets and also given the likes of Ryota Yamauchi, Carlo Caesar Penalosa and Bienvenido Ligas a tough nights work. Parpiev on the other hand can't be over-looked and will be coming in to this one the back of a big win over Turat Osmonov in December. He also holds a notable win over Jake Bornea. Whilst not a bout that will get much attention this should be a really good fight. Sadly we suspect Parpiev's natural size advantage will be key, but he'll have to work hard for a victory.