By Leonid Yuryev (at ringside) and Alexey Sukachev
Former super flyweight contender-turned-promoter Marat Mazimbaev came back with a bang yesterday in Almaty, previous Kazakhstan’s capital. Mazimbaev put on an eight-fight boxing show culminating in the first ever heavyweight national championship in Kazakh history between young gun Kanat Altaev (3-0-2, 2 KOs) and notable crowd-pleasing gatekeeper Talgat Dosanov (12-11-4, 5 KOs). After the even two rounds, much bigger Altaev started to press his opponent in the third heat. In the fourth stanza, Altaev continued to stalk Dosanov when suddenly Talgat found a soft spot in Kanat’s defense and connected with a picture-perfect right to the chin. Altaev was down badly and counted out by the referee. Dosanov, who is the new Kazakh heavyweight master, will be back on May 9 in Chimkent during the huge Shumenov-Berrio undercard. He is slated to face fellow journeyman Willie Chapman (21-29-4, 7 KOs).
Rising welterweight Vladislav Savchenko moved up to 10-0 with 6 KOs when his Thai opponent Somchai Nakbalee (12-8-1, 5 KOs) failed to answer the belt after the fifth round. Also, bantam Zhanat Zhakiyanov (6-1, 2 KOs) scored an eight-round unanimous decision over Russian veteran Alexander Fedorov (19-6-1, 12 KOs) and Yersin Jailauov (20-6-1, 7 KOs) outpointed Thai Narongnoi Or Muanklang (9-4, 5 KOs) over six.