By Aydin Kozhahmet (ringside) and Leonid Yuryev
Kazakh promoter Batyrkhan Zhaksybaev of KazBoxing and leading Uzbek boxing personality Shuhrat Haydarov of Favzul Munavvar unified their efforts to produce a nice-packed little show Saturday night in Chimkent, a near-border city in Kazakhstan.
Super middleweight Mikhail “El Khattab” Krinitsin (10-1-1, 5 KOs) barely got the better of Uzbek Murod Azimov (5-4, 1 KO) on points in an eight-rounder. Krinitsin hasn’t looked his best and most observers were ensured that the draw would have been a much more suitable decision.
Former Kazakh Olympian and rising bantamweight prospect Mirat Sarsembayev (6-0, 2 KOs), who has just come back from his training camp with Universum Box Promotions, scored a disputed split decision over unheralded Uzbek Ihror Rihsiev (now 0-4). Sarsembayev looked considerably better than his opponent; yet the Uzbek judge had the bout in favour of his compatriot.
Welterweight Alexander Zhuravsky (9-0, 7 KOs) proved he is one of the most entertaining Kazakh prospects with the fourth-round TKO over Uzbek Hurshid Madaminov (5-6, 1 KO). Zhuravsky dominated his foe with ease until Madaminov’s corner has thrown in a white towel to prevent further humiliation for their protégé.
Ex-EBA welterweight title challenger Sherzodbek Alimjanov of Uzbekistan moved up to 18-1 with 10 KOs after a thrilling six-round unanimous decision over compatriot Fayzullo Akhmedov (8-7, 4 KOs). Another Uzbek Zohid Hudayberdiev (15-0, 8 KOs) stopped Kazakh veteran Almaz Assanov (1-11) after two rounds of beating.
Kanat Altaev (4-2-2, 3 KOs) RTD 5 Avaz Rustamov (2-5, 1 KO)
Marat Suleymanov UD 4 Asror Sotivoldiev (3-7, 0 KOs)
Suleymanov is a younger brother of Sarsembayev. Scores were 40-37 (thrice).