There were impressive victories for Nurtas Azhbenov and Talgat Shayken as the duo each won their fights on Wednesday’s huge #MTKFightNight event.
The event from Almaty, Kazakhstan was broadcast around the world live on IFL TV, and saw Azhbenov and Shayken both extend their unbeaten records.
Azhbenov (10-0, 4 KOs) went up against experienced Arkadi Harutyunyan (4-12, 1 KO), winning every round on the scorecard to earn a unanimous decision points win (100-90, 100-90, 100-90).
Shaiken (2-0, 1 KO) was just as dominant, securing a ferocious first round knockout victory over hard-hitting Bakhrom Payazov (22-14, 15 KOs).
The show also saw the launch of the MTK Kazakhstan Golden Contract tournament, as eight talented fighters competed in both the super-welterweight and super-featherweight divisions looking to earn a contract with MTK Kazakhstan.
Following the success of last month’s huge event, another action-packed #MTKFightNight will take place in Almaty, Kazakhstan next week.
The event will take place on Wednesday 23 September, and will be broadcast live on IFL TV, as some of Kazakhstan’s best stars return to the ring.
Unbeaten Nurtas Azhbenov (9-0, 4 KOs) returns as he takes on Arkadi Harutyunyan (4-11, 1 KO), while Talgat Shayken (1-0) looks to build on his impressive professional debut by taking on hard-hitting Bakhrom Payazov (22-13, 15 KOs).
A WBC and WBA Asia cruiserweight title fight takes place as knockout artist Yedil Kozhamberdiyev (9-2, 9 KOs) faces Mukhitdin Rajapbayev (12-7-1, 8 KOs), and Ray Seitzhanov (3-0) meets Berikbay Nurymbetov (5-1, 1 KO).
Elsewhere on the bill, Rakhat Seitzhan (1-0, 1 KO) meets Shavkat Halilov (7-2, 1 KO), and Zhansaya Rakhymberdi (1-0) also competes.
The show will also see the launch of the MTK Kazakhstan Golden Contract tournament, featuring eight talented fighters in both the super-welterweight and super-featherweight divisions.
Vyacheslav Salibayev, Assylbek Tastulek, Torgynbek Amirov, Nurbolat Bekbauov, Zamanbek Danabekov, Nurdos Zhumak, Nursultan Issakhan and Alimzhan Tursunov are the boxers in the super-featherweight line-up, while Miras Zhenissov, Daryn Imakhanov, Yerasyl Akranbek, Abylaikhan Bitimov, Nurbol Sultanbay, Zhanbolat Akimkul, Adilet Dameshov and Miras Yertanov are the super-welterweights.
Two big new MTK Fight Nights announced
MTK Global is delighted to announce details of the next two action-packed #MTKFightNights taking place later this year.
Following a triumphant run of three superb shows throughout the summer, #MTKFightNight will return to Production Park Studios in Wakefield for two massive events, live in the US on ESPN+ in association with Top Rank, and worldwide on IFL TV.
On Sunday 18 October, a fantastic clash of unbeaten fighters will take place, as world-ranked Michael McKinson (18-0, 2 KOs) goes up against the dangerous Martin Harkin (13-0, 5 KOs) in a welterweight contest.
In the co-main event, recent world title challenger Jay Harris (17-1, 9 KOs) looks to build on the fantastic showing he produced against Julio Cesar Martinez, when he defends his Commonwealth flyweight title in a brilliant match-up against Marcel Braithwaite (9-2).
Former IBF bantamweight world champion Paul Butler (31-2, 15 KOs) also makes his long-awaited return against Ryan Walker (11-2, 2 KOs), while undefeated Shaw boxer Jack Rafferty (12-0, 7 KOs) has his first bout under the MTK Global banner.
Rounding up the bill in October are the highly-anticipated professional debuts of two amateur sensations, as Jordan Reynolds and Paul McCullagh both enter the paid ranks, with opponents to be announced for those two respective fights.
Another star-studded card will then take place on Wednesday 11 November, and is headlined by an incredible showdown, as British and Commonwealth bantamweight king Lee McGregor (9-0, 7 KOs) challenges Karim Guerfi (29-4, 9 KOs) for his European bantamweight title.
Highly-rated Kazakhstan superstar Tursynbay Kulakhmet (1-0, 1 KO) will fight in the UK for the first time at the event, following a terrific performance in his debut last month.
The show will also see fellow Kazakh sensation Sultan Zaurbek (9-0, 7 KOs) square off with Jeff Ofori (10-3-1, 3 KOs), and Sahir Iqbal (8-0, 1 KO) go up against Jamie Robinson (10-4-1, 3 KOs).
Rising stars Inder Bassi (2-0) and Jack Martin (3-0) will collide with each other, plus highly-rated Hassan Azim makes his professional debut.
MTK Global Promoter Lee Eaton said: “I’m really excited for these two shows. Both cards are full of 50-50 fights.
“In October we have a double-header main event, with Michael McKinson fighting Michael Harkin and Jay Harris taking on Marcel Braithwaite. Those are two great fights and then there is a brilliant undercard too.
“In November we then have Karim Guerfi against Lee McGregor for the EBU bantamweight title. It’s a massive fight for both boxers, and there is a stacked undercard on that show as well.
“We have Tursynbay Kulakhmet making his UK debut, and we’re looking to secure a proper fight for him as he wants to make a statement.
“It’s two really good shows, so we’re looking forward to being back and continuing our tradition of 50-50 fights all the way through the cards.”