Russian News: Chelokhsaev, Sirotkin Back, Batyrgaziev plan June comeback
After several weeks of relative hibernation, the Russian fight scene continues its activities in late April and early May with several local shows in Moscow and other regions of the state.
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On Monday, April 25, former IBF/WBO ranked light welterweight Georgiy Chelokhsaev (20-2-1, 13 KOs) returns for his second fight in three months. Chelokhsaev, 28, takes on undefeated Armenian Karen Margaryan (4-0-2, 1 KO) in eight rounds at Glavclub in Moscow, Russia.
“I saw Margaryan fights. He is a very good boxer. I can’t say he’s not on the level,” Chelokhsaev told Allboxing.ru. “He is determined and he loves to scold. I’ve heard him say in his recent interviews that he’s ready to bring it on and fight a blood-and-gut type fight.”
“But I don’t think he has enough experience for that; there aren’t enough fights on the resume for him to consider himself a bright prospect. It’s too early to say he has no blemish on his record because he has never faced a fighter of my level and stature,” added Georgiy.
Chelokhsaev is a distant fight of his own setback – a split decision loss to Belarusian Yevgeny Dolgolevets 3-0 in October 2020. Chelokhsaev vs. Margaryan is arguably the poster fight of the event, co-promoted by Al Siesta of Siesta Boxing and former heavyweight title challenger Alexander Zolkin of Art City.
Andrey Sirotkin (19-2-1, 7 KOs) is also back. On April 29, he takes on Belarusian fighter Victor Murashkin (4-2, 3 KOs) over eight rounds at the Mir Concert Hall in Moscow, Russia.
Sirotkin, 37, is best known for his victory over former unified welterweight champion Ricardo Mayorga in 2017. He was on a roll then but ran into the wall of John Ryder, who stopped the Russian in seven rounds in October 2018.
Andrey had built a great comeback story as a middleweight by winning four times in 2019 and 2020, including victories over 18-3-3 Apti Ustarkhanov and 15-2 Grant Dennis, before losing some steam in a draw against world-ranked Danny. Worthy. The real setback was after that. Sirotkin retired after five rounds in a one-sided loss to Kazakh prospect/candidate Meiirim Nursultanov in February 2022.
Now Sirotkin is planning a comeback against a fighter with a lackluster record but strong amateur credentials. Murashkin, 28, has worked as a journeyman since making his professional debut in 2018 and picked up his biggest victory in December 2021, knocking out powerful Ukrainian puncher Stanislav Skorokhod (20-2 at the time) in the fourth round. As an amateur, he was a bronze medalist in the European Junior Championship.
Murashkin is actually a replacement for Mexican fighter Juan Ruiz (27-6, 19 KOs), who was previously scheduled to fight Sirotkin but pulled out due to travel issues. Sirotkin vs. Murashkin headlines a small event, labeled “KO Kings #8” and promoted by YUKA Promotions’ Zyaki Yunisov.
In a featured fight of the night, light welterweight Andrey Maik (7-1, 1 KO) takes on Belarusian traveler Nadir Bakshiev (7-15-3) also on eight. In a battle of Armenian veterans, 42-year-old Artur Ter Israelyan (1-0, 1 KO) takes on 38-year-old fellow Karen Avetisyan (9-38-4, 4 KO), who was once Russian super champion -means. Also on the card is middleweight Yevgeny Terentiev (17-5, 8 KOs), whose next opponent is yet to be determined.
Russia’s only 2020 Tokyo Olympics gold medalist, Albert Batyrgaziev (6-0, 5 KOs), is planning his next fight for late June in Russia, his head coach and guide Eduard Kravtsov has said.
Batyrgaziev, who previously competed at the featherweight limit, jumped two weight classes above the thickest – the stellar lightweight division – in search of more exciting opportunities. In his first fight at 135 pounds, Batyrgaziev overcame tough resistance from 2012 Azerbaijani Gaybatulla Gadzhialiev (8-3-1, 3 KOs) and took a wide unanimous decision.
“We will start our camp for the next fight in early May,” Kravtsov told RIA Novosti. “A possible place for this fight is Khanty-Mansiysk. The other option is Moscow. It is too early to declare the status or the possible opponent for the fight to come”.
“I can’t say that under the current conditions we have no choice. We are not totally isolated: there are strong fighters in Asia, Latin America and Africa. We have a few options to choose from. Chances are Albert’s next opponent will be from Latin America. We need a solid and strong opposition,” Kravtsov added.
In another interview, Kravtsov also said that it is still possible to take Batyrgaziev abroad, to the United States, if the work visa is issued for this purpose.