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Tyson, Mayweather Jr., Pacquiao and Muhammad Ali’s daughter want to visit EXPO

5 May

Legends of world boxing are expected to come to Kazakhstan to the world specialized exhibition Astana EXPO 2017. The flag of the World Boxing Council (WBC) Convention has already been transferred to Astana, Informburo.kz reports.

From August 31 to September 9, Astana will host the 55th WBC Convention. The arrival of more than 500 delegates, including the current world champions, is expected.

"The WBC management has sent a list of boxers who have expressed a desire to come to Astana: Floyd Mayweather Jr., Manny Pacquiao, Mike Tyson, Muhammad Ali’s daughter Laila Ali. Wide range of celebrities and all the champions who have had and now have WBC belts. Among them, surely is Gennady Golovkin. Although at the time, he will be preparing for his fight, we will still negotiate about the possibility of his visit,” said the president of the Kazakhstan Federation of Professional Boxing Yerlan Bekkhozhin.

Let us remind, on the cycle-racing track "Saryarka" in Astana will be held a big evening of professional boxing with the participation of domestic and foreign stars. The main event will be a battle for vacant title of world champion under version WBC. The duel will be broadcast in more than forty countries. Zhanat Zhakiyanov, Beibut Shumenov, Zhankosh Turarov and a number of other famous fighters from Kazakhstan will perform at the international exhibition. For the WBA (Super) and IBO title holder Zhakiyanov, the fight will be unifying - the boxer also plans to take over other belts of the main organisations, such as WBC, IBF or WBO. The central match of the evening should be the battle of Kanat Islam. A professional boxer Dimash Niyazov, who is a New York city police officer will fly from the US to Astana to participate within the evening of boxing.

Firuza Sharipova, the star of female boxing, expressed the desire to take part in the event, however, the manager of Kazakhstan boxer Sergey Zavilevsky said that it is very difficult to contact the organizers of the world specialized exhibition EXPO 2017. Later, the Head of the Kazakhstan Federation of Professional Boxing,Yerlan Bekkhozhin said that negotiations with the representatives of the sportswoman have started.

It should be reminded, earlier, the main sporting event of the forthcoming Astana EXPO 2017 was called the next fight of undefeated world champion in professional boxing Gennady Golovkin, which was announced on June 17, but later in the media was named another date - June 10. GGG previously confirmed that after the meeting with an American boxer Daniel Jacobs in the US, which ended in favour of Golovkin, he intends to hold his next fight in Kazakhstan. The likely rival of a Kazakh boxer on the site of EXPO 2017 is called the Brit - Billy Joe Saunders, who immediately expressed his readiness for a fight with the GGG, saying that there was no better place for the battle than Golovkin's territory.

The Mexican Saul "Canelo"Alvarez is dreaming to enter the ring with a Kazakh boxer, whose champion belt went to Golovkin in 2016 without a fight. It became known earlier that Golovkin in case of victory this summer could move to another weight category, but later it was found out that the fight in the summer could not take place - Saunders stated about the disruption of negotiations. Later, there was an information in media that GGG refused to fight with the British in Astana, but manager of Gennady Golovkin, Oleg Hermann asked not to rely on unconfirmed official information. The president of the Kazakhstan Federation of Professional Boxing, Yerlan Bekkhozhin, later commented on the possibility of holding Gennady Golovkin's fight on the site of the world specialized exhibition and called it expedient to redirect the funds allocated for the GGG fight to other boxing matches.

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