The WBC Boxing Convention will be held from 1 to 6 October in Baku. Earlier it was planned to be held in Astana within the framework of the world specialized exhibition EXPO 2017, Today.kz informs.
The transfer of the WBC Convention to Azerbaijan was commented by the president of the Federation of Professional Boxing of Kazakhstan Yerlan Bekkhozhin.
The news was very unexpected. Mauricio Suleiman, the president of the organization of the World Boxing Council, seemed to be offered better conditions rather than suggested by our side. As far as I know, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev personally called Suleiman with a request to hold the Convention in Baku. As I understand, he could not resist", - Bekhkhozin said.
The head of the Federation of Professional Boxing of Kazakhstan stated that the news is not a great tragedy.
"We are not holding this convention. Not a problem. We will hold the next one. Of course, an it is unpleasant to hear about this decision", - he concluded noting that the transfer of the event will not affect the holding of a big evening of professional boxing within the EXPO.
Let us remind that "Saryarka" cycle track in Astana will host a big evening of professional boxing with the participation of domestic and foreign stars. The main event will be the battle for the title of WBC world champion. Bekman Soylibayev who owns the vacant WBC International title in the second lightweight division is considered as a likely contender for the belt from Kazakhstan. The fight will be broadcast in more than forty countries. Zhanat Zhakiyanov, Beibut Shumenov, Zhankosh Turarov and a number of other famous fighters from Kazakhstan will fight at the international exhibition site. For the WBA (Super) and IBO owner Zhakiyanov the fight will be unifying - the boxer plans to take over other belts of the main organizations such as WBC, IBF or WBO. The central match of the evening should be the battle of Kanat Islam. To speak at the evening in Astana from the US will arrive and professional boxer Dimash Niyazov who works as a police officer in New York. In addition, the ascending star of the women's professional boxing from Kazakhstan Firuza Sharipova dreams of fighting at the boxing arena. Among those wishing to attend the evening of boxing are the names of Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, Mike Tyson and the daughter of the legendary Mohammed Ali - Leila Ali.
Later the president of the Kazakhstan Federation of Professional Boxing Yerlan Bekkhozhin commented on the possibility of holding the Gennady Golovkin's fight on the site of the world specialized exhibition and called it expedient to redirect the money allocated for the GGG fight to other boxing matches.
According to the latest information, two separate evenings of boxing will take place in Astana during the international exhibition. One of them is scheduled for August 30, its organized by the Federation of Professional Boxing of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The second evening of boxing will be held on September 9 with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Sports of Kazakhstan.
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