Quiet Cannon Country Club, Montebello, California, USA
The main action for us this coming Thursday is in the US where we see a once touted Kazakh return to action for the first time since suffering his first professional defeat. That Kazakh is Ali Akhmedov (16-1, 12), who lost in a barn burner to Carlos Gongora last year. The hard hitting an exciting Akhmedov will be up against Peruvian fighter David Zegarra (34-5, 21). Zegarra won his first 30 bouts but has looked dreadful in recent years, going 4-5 and being stopped 4 times in those 5 losses, At the age of 36 he's pretty much heading to boxing's scrap head. On paper Zegarra has a nice looking record, but in reality this is very much expected to be an easy comeback win for Akhmedov, who will be looking to get a confidence building W on his record after 9 months out of the ring.
Attention also turns to Russia for a small card in Barnaul, featuring a few low key Asian fighters.
One of those Asian fighters is Dastanbek Imankaziev (2-3, 1), from Kyrgyzstan, who takes on once beaten Russian Tikhon Netesov (6-1, 2). Imankaziev started his career with back to back to wins, but has now lost his last three, and been stopped in his last two, suggesting that maybe his future in the sport isn't too bright. Netesov on the other hand won his first 4 bouts before suffering a loss in late 2020. Since his loss he has racked up two simple wins and will be expecting a third here. Not only does Imankaziev come in out of form, but he's also the much smaller man and should have nothing to test Netesov with.
Another fight from Kyrgyzstan who will be in action on this show is Sardar Atakishiev (7-1, 5), who will be up against professional novice Abubakar Abkhalimov (1-0). Atakishiev won his first 7, against some very limited opponents, but was upset last time out when he lost in a surprising bout against Evgeny Smelov. He'll be looking to bounce back from that defeat. As for Abkhalimov, he won his professional debut, but that was in 2019, and it's going to be interesting to see what sort of ring rust he has coming into this bout. On paper Atakishiev should be favoured, but in fairness he has not proven himself, at all, in his 7 wins so far.