Kazakhstan boxing is readying itself for a night that will go down in its illustrious history and broadcast around the world – Saturday’s world title #MTKFightNight in Nur-Sultan.
The foundation of MTK Kazakhstan and its rapid accumulation of the country’s leading young talent has already seen fighters such as Zhankosh Turarov, Sultan Zaurbek and Viktor Kotochigov delight audiences in places such as England, Wales, Dubai and more.
Now, thanks to the support and encouragement of Nurali Aliyev, a name synonymous with boxing in Kazakhstan, they’re all coming home to show their progress to fanatical compatriots on a bill topped by Turarov’s (23-0, 16 KOs) WBO Inter-Continental super-lightweight collision with high-class Argentinian Mauro Godoy (31-4-1, 16 KOs).
In addition, lightweight Kotochigov (9-0, 4 KOs) takes on Mexico’s heavy-handed Jairo Lopez (24-10, 16 KOs) for the WBC International belt and French visitor Nordine Oubaali defends the WBC world bantamweight crown against Arthur Villanueva.
Head of MTK Kazakhstan Askar Salikbayev said: “This is a very important evening not just for Kazakhstan boxing but for the country in general. We plan to showcase what is great about our nation.
“Nur-Sultan is a fantastic city and we will welcome visitors from all over the world this week. We know they will enjoy our culture and our hospitality.
“Having a world title bill here with so many other titles, champions and elite talents means everything to the Kazakh people. We’ve always had the talent and the commitment. Now we have the platform to put on these big shows ourselves.
“As well as giving the chance for the Kazakh people to come and watch the top fighters from their country in action, we are delighted that ESPN+ and iFL TV will be bringing the event to screens in all four corners of the planet. It’s so special.”
In addition to the three title fights, there’s Ireland’s WBO European featherweight king Davey Oliver Joyce (10-0, 8 KOs) and a host of hungry undercard stars looking to steal the show with Sultan Zaurbek (7-0, 5 KOs), Abilkhaiyr Shegaliyev (5-0, 4 KOs), Ali Baloyev (8-0, 7 KOs), Nurtas Azhbenov (5-0, 1 KO) Abay Tolesh (2-0, 2 KOs).
Tickets are NOW ON SALE for the huge event at the Barys Arena in the Kazakh capital of Nur-Sultan on July 6.
The long-awaited return of the fearsome Zhankosh Turarov (22-0, 15 KOs) headlines the event on the Day of the Capital City, with 13,000 set to attend and witness boxing history.
Hard-hitting Turarov has looked extremely impressive in his career so far, and looks destined for big things in the near future.
ESPN+ will broadcast the event live in the US, Canada and Puerto Rico, while iFL TV will also be streaming the event across 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, there are plenty of elite level Kazakh talent will look to capture the imagination on the night, with the undefeated 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.”