MTK Global promoted at the Bhulan Sholak Sports Palace in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and Sultan Zaurbek took a landslide ten round points win over Ronnie Clark in the main event to take the vacant WBO European Super Featherweight title.
Home favourite Zaurbek (11-0, 7 KOs) is a highly-touted prospect after a decorated amateur career, and the 25-year-old passed his latest test with flying colours. Clark (21-5-2, 10 KOs) was taking a significant risk in his first fight back since a February 2018 majority verdict win over Zelfa Barrett, in what was one of the domestic upsets of that year.
It was a risk that was just too big for the Dundee native, as Zaurbek won all ten rounds on two cards, and nine on the third, with a 100-90 (twice), 99-91 victory that moved the home fighter to 11-0 as a professional.
Another hot prospect is Tursynbay Kulakhmet, and he moved to 4-0 (3 KOs) with a tenth and final round stoppage of Aleksei Evchenko, who came in at short notice for this Super Welterweight affair.
Kulakhmet poured on the pressure in the final round, and a left-right combination had a tired Evchenko (19-15-2, 8 KOs) on the floor. He bravely beat the count, but further pressure from Klakhmet drove Evchanko towards the ropes, where a sustained assault forced the referee to step in.
Great win for @tursynbay_k in Kazakhstan tonight. A brilliant learning fight that will stand him in good stead for the future @MTKGlobal pic.twitter.com/reTdmHIaic
— Nigel Travis (@Nigel_Travis) July 10, 2021
There was a mild upset at Lightweight, where former world title challenger Isa Chaniev (15-3, 7 KOs) took the unbeaten record of Nurtas Azhbenov (11-1, 4 KOs), with a third round knockout victory. A massive right hand crumpled Azhbenov’s legs from under him, with the fight waved off immediately.
Double Olympic Bronze Medallist, Ivan Dychko, moved to 10-0 with as many knockouts, as he halted Denis Bakhtov (39-19, 26 KOs) inside a round of their Heavyweight meeting with a highlight reel knockout.
🇰🇿 A superb performance from Tursynbay Kulakhmet, who gets the stoppage in the tenth and final round over Aleksei Evchenko.
📺 Main event between Sultan Zaurbek and Ronnie Clark UP NEXT on IFL TV.
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— MTK Global Boxing (@MTKGlobal) July 10, 2021
At Super Lightweight, Yersin Nurkenuly (0-1) lost his professional debut, as Sagadat Rakhmankul (7-2, 5 KOs) forced him to retire after two rounds, while Kanagat Manatuly (6-1, 4 KOs) took a ten round decision win at Flyweight against Bekzhan Abubakir (2-3, 1 KO).
In two scheduled Welterweight eight rounders, Talgat Shayken (5-0, 3 KOs) stopped Alexander Sharonov (12-6-2, 6 KOs) in seven rounds, and Rey Seitzhanov (7-0, 4 KOs) retired Maxim Churbanov (8-9-1) after three sessions.
Super Middleweight: Dauren Yeleussinov (9-1-1, 8 KOs) RTD6 Arman Rysbek (7-2, 6 KOs).
Featherweight: Yerzhan Zalilov (12-3-2, 6 KOs) TKO7 Bagdat Uaydayev (5-1, 1 KO).
Super Lightweight: Rakhat Seitzhan (6-0, 3 KOs) UD6 Ruslan Baituov (0-2).
Featherweight: Aidos Medet (7-0, 5 KOs) RTD2 Kostiantyn Stadnyk (5-8-2, 2 KOs)
Welterweight: Nurbol Sultanbay (5-1, 2 KOs) TKO1 Umurbek Beknazarov (0-3).