ASTANA – Kazakh boxer Ali Akhmedov recently became the WBC Youth World Light Heavyweight champion by beating previously undefeated 23-year-old American Curtis Hill Jr. in Austin, Texas. Hill had won his previous 10 bouts, including five by knockouts. Akhmedov is undefeated with seven wins.
The Kazakh boxer knocked out his opponent in the fourth round.
“It all paid off. Everything that we prepared worked out well. I am incredibly happy that another champion belt comes to Kazakhstan. Most importantly, I am happy because I managed to make all those people worrying about me happy and to bring this champion belt home. I am flying home soon. I will be preparing for our Sept. 9 show in Astana to make our fans feel good and happy,” said Akhmedov.
Astana will host an evening of professional boxing Sept. 9 as part of an EXPO 2017 cultural programme.
During the evening, Akhmedov will face Justin Thomas from Louisiana. Other prominent Kazakh boxers, including Zhankosh Turarov, Zhanibek Alimkhanuly, Meiyrim Nursultanov, Ruslan Myrsatayev, Aidos Yerbosynuly, Dimash Niyazov and Nursultan Zhanabayev, will also participate in the event at the Saryarka cycling track stadium.
The main event of the night will be a fight between two undefeated boxers – Kanat Islam of Kazakhstan and Brandon Cook of Canada. Islam 24-0-0 (19 KOs) is the holder of WBA Inter-Continental and WBO-NABO titles in the light middleweight category.