By Leonid Yuryev (ringside) and Alexey Sukachev
Yesterday, Kazakh contender-turned-promoter Marat Mazimbaev stage his second local show this year in Almaty, Kazakhstan. In the main event of the evening Kanat Kartenbaev (9-3-2, 3 KOs) acquired the vacant interim PABA light welterweight title with a bloody sixth-round TKO over Indonesian Tia Koswara (16-9-2, 9 KOs). The loacal hero controlled the fight from the outset, finally dropping his opponent at the end of the fifth round. Koswara was able to survive the round but was decked again in the sixth; this time for the count.
In what seemed to be the most anticipated fight of the card, 2007 Asian champion and former Kazakh Olympian Mirat Sarsembaev (also 2005 WC bronze medalist) made his professional debut with a classy four-round unanimous decision ove Uzbek no-hoper Bakhyt Abdurahimov (1-4). Sarsembaev, 22, competing now in the bantamweight class, dropped his foe in round two.
Young lightweight Berik Kaliev (4-0, 2 KOs) was taken in deep waters in his pitch battle against much more experienced Kyrgyz Jahongir Abdullaev (17-3, 5 KOs) but finally got the better of him, scoring an unanimous decision over six rounds. Abdullaev lost his third straight. Middleweight Simeon Uporov (9-1, 5 KOs) scored his most important win so far outpointing Russian Alexey Chirkov (18-6, 11 KOs) also over six.