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Kulakhmet eyes the elite of the 154lbs division

Kazakh hope Tursynbay Kulakhmet may have had less than a handful of fights, but he is already on a fast-track to a world title shot in 2022.

Former amateur star Kulakhmet (3-0, 2 KOs) battles Aleksei Evchenko (19-14-2, 8 KOs) on a MTK Fight Night at the Baluan Sholak Sports Palace in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on Saturday night with a blueprint to compete for a world title in just his seventh bout.

Having won the ranking-boosting WBC International super-welterweight belt in his second pro fight and defended it with a first round KO of the 20-0 Venezuelan Heber Rondon in April, Kulakhmet is currently rated No.20 by the WBC and eyeing the elite of the division. 

“The plan is to fight for a world title after just seven bouts in the professional ranks. That is a special achievement that very few people have succeeded in,” said Kulakhmet, who is coached by the Manchester training team of Jamie Moore and Nigel Travis.

“I hope that with God’s help we will be able to come to this, and leave our bright mark in the history of world boxing and strengthen the tradition of professional boxing in Kazakhstan.

“I would like to hold at least two or three more fights before the end of this year. There are a lot of strong and interesting boxers in my weight category, and meeting with each of them would carry a special status and significance. I can confidently say only one thing – I am ready for a battle with any opponent.

“Performing at home is always an exciting moment. After all, fans are always important and they are waiting to see a great victory. My next opponent is an experienced fighter with a good record. He is a well-trained, tactical, competent boxer and I think it will be a spectacular fight that fans will definitely enjoy.”

Main image: MTK Global.