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Mammoth card confirmed as IBA Champions’ Night returns to Kazakhstan

April 24th, 2024 / Events, IBA Champions Night, IBA

Nine matches have been announced for the upcoming IBA Champions’ Night in Almaty as the series returns to Kazakhstan on 27 April with home favorite Talgat Shaiken facing Saidjamshid Jafarov of Uzbekistan over eight rounds for the IBA Asian Championship.

Competing at 71kg, the pair headline a mammoth card, with Shaiken having nine wins from nine professionally and Jafarov coming off a silver medal at the IBA World Championships 2023 and back-to-back Asian titles too.

The penultimate match sees 2019 world champion from the home nation, Bekzad Nurdauletov, take on the still undefeated Luis Antonio Tejeda (9-0-1) from Dominican Republic at 80kg.

Home boxer Ali Akhmedov, who has won 19 of his 20 professional fights, goes 10 rounds with Carlos Rivero (26-3-1) from Venezuela at 76.2kg in the first of three matches on the main card.

In the only match of the night not featuring Kazakh boxers, Ecuador’s Abel Mina (17-3-1) and Magomed Madiev (16-1-3) from Russia are to touch gloves at 75kg, following on from Kazakhstan’s Farukh Tokhtassunov’s (13-10) 71kg bout against Russian Yuri Osipov. Osipov has four wins from four professional fights. Asian Games champion Davlat Boltaev from Tajikistan will go six rounds with Kazakhstan’s Sagyndyk Togambay (39-10) in the 92kg weight division.

Kazakh boxer Bekman Soilybayev is to take on IBA Champions’ Night Dushanbe victor Davit Azizyan from Armenia at the 60kg weight, while the lightest fight of the night sees Kazakhstan’s 2021 IBA World Championships gold medallist Temirtas Zhussupov face Anvarzhan Khodzhiev from Kyrgyzstan as both are to make their professional debuts.

An eight-round fight will end the undefeated professional record of either Adlan Selmurzayev of Kazakhstan or Artush Hovhannisyan from Armenia in the 79.4kg contest to open the evening. Selmurzayev has won all six of his professional bouts in Almaty, while Hovhannisyan has five wins to his name, including four knockouts.

All funds raised from the tickets sales will be donated to the victims of floods in Kazakhstan.

Watch the live stream of the event at night.iba.sport