Ural boxer Muhammad Yakubov (12-0-0) will have the first defense of the WBC international belt, which he won last August. The contender for the title was the ex-world champion WBA Mexican Manuel Lopez (29-9-1).
Another Russian boxer, the fourth number of the heavyweights rating Evgeny Romanov (11-0, 8 Ko) will meet with the NACA champion, the first number of Canada in the heavyweight Dillon Pocket (14-3, 13ko). The second number of the WBO ranking Zaur Abdullayev (10-0, 6 Ko) from Yekaterinburg will have an important fight. His rival will be Colombian Umberto Martins (33-8-2, 25 Ko), who has never lost since 2014. Abdullayev has ten fights in two years and the WBC silver belt, which makes him a contender for the World Champion title. Therefore, the fight with Martinez will be preparing for the fight with another contender for the world title Javier Fortuna (33-2-1, 22ko).
In addition, Yury Kashinsky is holder of the WBA Oriental belt (17-0) and winner of five WBC and WBA belts, WBO youth champion Magomed Kurbanov (16-0) will fight in the main card of the tournament. Kashinsky will fight at the ring versus the ex-IBO champion in two weight categories South African Thomas Ostuidzen (28-2-2, 16ko), and Kurbanov will fight with Walter Castillo (26-5-1).
It is also necessary to single out the fight of the Olympic champion - 2016 Yevgeny Tishchenko (3-0). He will have an eight-round fight against ex-Czech champion Václav Paysar (13-7).
The second title fight will take place between two Russian boxers Ruslan Kamilov (5-0, 3 ko) and Evgeny Smirnov (13-0-2, 3ko). At stake will be the WBA Continental title. For both athletes, a victory will mean getting into the top 15 rankings of the World Boxing Association and the opportunity to enter the race for the world title.
In addition, four Russian boxers Stanislav Kalitsky (6-0), Nikita Kuznetsov (9-0-2), Hasan Gimbatov (3-1, 2ko) and Mehdi Abdurashedov (5-0, 2ko), also Ravshan Umurzakov (6-0, 5ko) from Uzbekistan will have fights.
The tournament will take place on February 22 in Yekaterinburg in “Uralets” at 17.00