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MTK, Rick Mirigian sign world-ranked Kazakh Batyrzhan Jukembayev

Jukembayev is undefeated and boasts a wide decision win over Miguel Vazquez
Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

MTK Global’s efforts to fruther tak Kazakhstan’s boxing scene continued today with the signing of undefeated world-ranked super lightweight Batyrzhan Jukembayev.

The 29-year-old Jukembayev (18-0, 14 KO), born in Shu, Kazakhstan and presently training under Manny Robles, has thus far spent his career entirely in Quebec under Eye of the Tiger management. His biggest win to date came in 2019, when he all-but-swept tricky veteran Miguel Vazquez on the scorecards, and he was last seen knocking out Ricardo Lara in January of last year. He’s presently ranked eighth by the WBC and IBF and 14th by the WBA,

You can watch his third-most-recent fight, a first-round TKO of Luis Jesus Vidales, here.

Jukembayev said: “I am glad to be joining forces with Rick Mirigian and a big brand like MTK Global for the the next stage of my career. I’ve had great fights so far and now I feel ready to showcase my skills on the world stage.

“I’m a crafty southpaw from Kazakhstan who is 18-0 with 14 knockouts, so I promise to give exciting fights to the fans. Follow me to see some great boxing.

“I’ve come to America to fight the best. I’m confident that with my team and MTK Global behind me we will get a title shot soon.”

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