The long-awaited return of the fearsome Zhankosh Turarov (22-0, 15 KOs) will lead a historic July 6 card in Kazakhstan that includes a world title fight.
The landmark event will take place at the colossal Barys Arena in the Kazakh capital of Nur-Sultan on the Day of the Capital City with 13,000 set to attend and witness boxing history.
ESPN, the biggest sports broadcaster in the world will broadcast the event to their 100 million subscribers across the US, Canada and Puerto Rico with iFL TV also on-hand to ensure viewership across the rest of the world.
Featuring alongside Turarov are international stars Nordine Oubaali and David Oliver Joyce, who defend the WBC world bantamweight title and WBO European featherweight title respectively.
In addition, a who’s who of elite Kazakh talent will look to capture the imagination on the night with the undefeated sextet of Sultan Zaurbek, Viktor Kotochigov, Ali Baloyev, Abilkhaiyr Shegaliyev, Nurtas Azhbenov and Abay Tolesh all in action.
“There are few nations developing as much great young talent as Kazakhstan,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. “July 6 in Nur-Sultan – live on ESPN+ – is the start of something special for Kazakhstan boxing, and Top Rank is proud to be working with MTK Global on this exciting venture.”
Head of MTK Kazakhstan Askar Salikbayev said: “This is phenomenal news for everyone – for the country of Kazakhstan, for MTK Global, for the fighters and for the fans.
“The Day of the Capital City, in Nur-Sultan in 2019 will go down as a night of true breakthrough for the sport of boxing in Kazakhstan and we are all very proud to be playing a part in it.”
Advisor for MTK M.E & Asia Ahmed A. Seddiqi added: “This is a special moment and the night itself will be even more special as some of the world’s leading talents put on a showcase in this boxing stronghold.
“The days of Kazakh fighters having to leave their homeland in search of glory and depriving their fans of joining them on the journey will end with this event. We are here to build something lasting.”
Zhankosh Turarov Signs With MTK
MTK Global is elated to announce the signing of elite Kazakh talent Zhankosh Turarov (22-0, 15 KOs) as he prepares for an assault on world titles.
The fearsome puncher – nicknamed ‘Da Kazakh Kid’ – joins an MTK Kazakhstan contingent that already includes Sultan Zaurbek, Nurtas Azhbenov, Viktor Kotochigov and Abilkhaiyr Shegaliyev.
Turarov, who is based in Florida and has already fought in the States, Colombia and The Dominican Republic as well as his homeland, was last in action in September 2017 when he outclassed Bruno Leonardo Romay.
Turarov said: “This is great news for me. I believe MTK Global is the best management team in world boxing and I can’t wait to get started working with them.
“I’ve heard from so many Kazakh fighters and trainers about what a bright future MTK Kazakhstan ensures for boxing in our country and I’m proud I can now play a part in that.
“While I’m grateful and enthusiastic over the chance to build boxing in Kazakhstan, I also want the world watching as I believe becoming world champion is something I’ll achieve sooner rather than later.”
MTK Kazakhstan’s Askar Salikbayev said: “It is a pleasure to welcome Zhankosh into the MTK family.
“He is one of Kazakhstan’s most talented fighters and we can’t wait to work with him to ensure he fulfils his potential.”
MTK Kazakhstan’s Ahmed A. Seddiqi added: “This is another landmark moment for MTK Global, MTK Kazakhstan and for Kazakh boxing as a whole.
“We believe Turarov is one of the most exciting fighters this country has produced and we welcome the opportunity to help him on the way to his destiny, which is becoming a world champion.”
First President’s Day in Kazakhstan
MTK Global in association with Top Rank, Inc., MTK Kazakhstan and ESPN+ is delighted to announce an extravaganza of professional boxing to celebrate First President’s Day in Kazakhstan on July 6th.
A world title fight will feature as MTK Global and Top Rank seek to promote the rising stars of the region and, for the first time in Kazakh history, all the action will be broadcast live on ESPN+.
Kazakhstan has long been revered as one of the globe’s top producers of amateur boxing stars. Since 1996 when the country first entered the Summer Olympics, Kazakhstan fighters have claimed an astonishing 7 gold, 7 silver and 8 bronze medals in the ring.
With MTK Kazakhstan now firmly established, MTK Global is fully committed to helping Kazakh boxers translate amateur medals into professional titles and to providing the Kazakh public with elite world level shows on their doorstep.
With Viktor Kotochigov, Sultan Zaurbek, Nurtas Azhbenov and Abilkhaiyr Shegaliyev already part of the MTK Global family, the race is on to become the heir to Gennady Golovkin’s throne.
MTK Kazakhstan is headed up by Ahmed A Seddiqi and Askar Salikbayev and both men have been instrumental in bringing this huge event to the region.
Salikbayev said: “This is very proud moment for me as a Kazakh. My country loves boxing and to be able to celebrate our First President’s Day with a professional world title fight is very special.
“We are building something great here. There is so much talent in my country but until now there has been nobody to nurture and guide that talent in the professional ranks.
“This show on the 6th of July are another indication that MTK Kazakhstan has arrived to fill the void. I truly believe we will produce many world champions in the coming years.”
Seddiqi said: “This will be a wonderful weekend for world boxing and in particular for Kazakh boxing. The region is so passionate about the sport and it is a pleasure to be involved in bringing big time professional boxing here.
“That it will be a world title fight and broadcast on ESPN+ in conjunction with Top Rank is the icing on the cake.”
MTK Global President Bob Yalen added: “This is another hugely exciting move for us. After the recent success of the historic show in Dubai, Kazakhstan is the next region that MTK, Top Rank and ESPN+ are committed to developing.”
Abilkhaiyr Shegaliyev Signs With MTK
MTK Global is delighted to confirm undefeated light-middleweight Abilkhaiyr Shegaliyev has signed for MTK Kazakhstan.
With the powerful Viktor Kotochigov joining fellow Kazakhs Sultan Zaurbek and Nurtas Azhbenov on the roster last week, another compatriot Shegaliyev (2-0-KO1) signs up ready to resume a rapid rise.
Shegaliyev said: “This is a proud moment for me and also means that now I can focus solely on improving as a fighter safe in the knowledge I have the best management team guiding my career.
“I’m pleased to be joining my compatriots Sultan, Nurtas and Viktor and together we can ensure a successful future for Kazakh boxing. I want to rise up the ranks quickly and win titles at the first opportunity.”
Ahmed A Seddiqi said: “This is another excellent signing for MTK Kazakhstan – Abilkhaiyr is one of the hottest prospects from the region and we are confident he’ll win titles sooner rather than later.
“With fighters of Abilkhaiyr’s quality joining a stable that already boasts huge quality, it’s another significant step forward for us, for him and for Kazakh boxing.”
Askar Salikbayev said: “We are proud to bring in another star of the future in Abilkhaiyr, who is a fighter we have admired for some time.
“Now the biggest names on the Kazakh boxing scene are choosing us, we move towards a brighter future with fighters such as Abilkhaiyr showing the younger generation what can be achieved.”