By Alexey Sukachev
Forced postponement can be a huge setback for a pre-planned event but this is not the case for the upcoming “Ring Stars” boxing show, which was originally scheduled to take place on Dec. 19 at the sports arena of luxury Aquarium hotel inside the “Crocus City” megamall in Moscow, Russia. The whole tournament was removed a month and a half away from its original date following a hand injury, suffered by one of its headliners. Timur Ibragimov (26-2, 14 KOs), who is best known for a draw against Kevin Johnson in 2004 and a spirited win over Timo Hoffmann in 2007, is now healthy and fully prepared to deliver his best game when the fight time finally comes. The Uzbek heavyweight, an initial headliner of the show, promoted by Yuri Fedorov Sports Lab, faces Tanzanian Awadh Tamim (11-1, 6 KOs with the single NC) for a vacant WBA International title.
The biggest name on the card, however, will be another fighter. Middleweight hard-hitter Dmitry Pirog (14-0, 11 KOs), who is ranked #2 by the WBO, #4 by the WBC, #12 by the IBF and #15 by the WBO, is set to defend his WBO Asia Pacific belt against one of the world-ranked contenders. Rumors, which are widespread around Russian boxing community, have him fighting American WBO #14 slickster Ishe Smith (21-4, 9 KOs); however, Fightnews was well advised by Smith representatives that Ishe hadn’t signed a contract for this fight. “Negotiations are indeed under way, and as of now I cannot state if it will be Smith or not“, told Yuri Fedorov. Either Smith or another pugilist, if successful on Feb. 6, Pirog will be installed as an obligatory challenger for a title, currently owned by Kelly Pavlik. Pirog was earlier rumored to face Matthew Macklin for the Brit’s European title but that bout has fallen through when Team Pirog received more lucrative offers. Dmitry is coming off a shockingly one-sided drubbing of two-time world title challenger Kofi Jantuah in his last fight.
Another renowned fighter to make a step-up on Feb. 6 will be world-ranked (WBO #9, WBA #10, WBC #12) Kazakh welterweight Vitaly Demyanenko (17-0, 11 KOs), who debuted in States the last year. The 26-year old technician is penciled to defend his PABA, WBO Asia Pacific and WBC ABCO belts against dangerous Argentinean journeyman Jorge Daniel “El Chino” Miranda (34-7, 13 KOs), also 26. Miranda is clearly not a rookie in upsetting unbeatens as he had previously upset undefeated compatriots Hector David Saldivia (21-0) and Victor Manuel Purreta (23-0 at the time). In his last notable fight, Miranda was stopped in the twelfth round by future IBF titlist Jan Zaveck.
Also, 250lb destroyer Magomed Abdusalamov (6-0, 6 KOs), who is yet to hear the bell ending the first round, takes on Kenyan power-hitter Raymond Ochieng (19-9-2, 16 KOs) over six rounds. Former amateur standout ‘King’ Khabib Allakhverdiev (11-0, 6 KOs) is featured in another six-rounder against ever dangerous TBA. Two more fighters, including bantamweight Sahib Usarov (13-0, 6 KOs), can also be featured in the event in separate bouts. All contests are subjects of change.
The show will be promoted by Yuri Fedorov Sports Lab and bannered “RING STARS”. Ticket orders are available by phone: +74957817183 and at every ticket office and booking agency in Moscow. Media is advised to contact Mrs. Anna Fedorova via +79031162797. The event will be broadcasted live via http://www.ringstars.ru and by one of leading Russian TV channels.