MTK Global links with Latvian boxing powerhouse

MTK Global is proud to confirm a partnership with the leading company in Latvian boxing, LNK.

LNK promotes and manages #GoldenContract semi-finalist Ricards Bolotniks among a host of Latvia’s most prominent names in a sport rapidly emerging as a source of national pride.

Already staging around five shows a year and operating four of the country’s leading gyms, LNK Boxing’s co-founder Vadim Milov is eager to take the next step with MTK Global.

Milov said: “We hope the collaboration with MTK Global will provide better opportunities for our boxers both in terms of participating in international events and training with the world’s best MTK Global fighters.

“We are also looking forward to co-promoting boxing events both in Latvia and in its neighboring countries.

“After Mairis Breidis’ exploits prompted a dramatic rise in the popularity of boxing here, we partnered with the WBSS to stage a show attended by 10,000 spectators at Arena Riga. Before that, only hockey enjoyed such popularity. There are many boxing talents such as Bolotniks, Nikolajs Grisunins, Arturs Gorlovs, Jevgenijs Aleksejevs, Oskars Grosmanis, Marcis Grundulis, Francis Rozentals, and more.

“Now, in partnership with MTK Global – a leading player in the world with more power and experience than LNK, we hope to bring a brighter future for Latvian boxing. We hope to raise new world champions, new national heroes, and great representatives of the sport.”

MTK Global Vice-President Jamie Conlan said: “We’re delighted with this deal and we welcome Vadim and his excellent team. We’re confident of doing some great work together.

“Latvian boxing has its figurehead in Mairis Breidis, but we saw from Bolotniks’ performance in the Golden Contract quarter-finals that Breidis is far from being the country’s only fighter with world-level potential. It’s exciting to have this opportunity to accelerate the rise of the sport over there.”

News of the first event yielded by the new partnership will be confirmed in due course.

MTK Global unveils three new locations worldwide

MTK Global is delighted to confirm a trio of new bases, taking its total of global locations to 15.

MTK Munich, MTK Denmark (based in Aarhus), and MTK Costa Brava are the three new strongholds under the respective guidance of Tim Yilmaz, Lolenga Mock, and Ignasi Caballero.

MTK Global President Bob Yalen said: “We’re very proud to be expanding our presence across the world once again.

“We look forward to working with the teams in Munich, Aarhus, and Costa Brava to provide more elite facilities, shows, and opportunities for top athletes and local enthusiasts alike.”

MTK Global Commercial Director Jack Johnstone said: “This is another significant announcement for the future of our company and the future of boxing in these three locations.

“We’d like to thank Tim, Lolenga, and Ignasi for their hard work and commitment to making this happen at this time, and we look forward to long and successful partnerships with all of them.”

A former successful amateur boxer, Yilmaz has built an excellent reputation since becoming a coach at the age of 29 in the wake of an injury, teaming up with A-Licensed head coach Kai Melder to mastermind the rise of Mariposa Boxing Club.

Mock is a man who needs little introduction – British boxing fans will remember him felling David Haye at York Hall in 2003. Born in Congo but enjoying most of his career in Denmark, Mock won the IBA world super-middleweight title in his last bout back in May 2019.

Caballero fought in Mexico, Spain, and Ireland as a professional boxer with 10 of his 11 career victories coming by way of knockout. The Catalonian is one of the top trainers and managers in Spain and oversees the careers of high-level fighters, including Argentinian super-lightweight Mauro Maximiliano Godoy.