World Boxing Council world bantamweight champion Nordine Oubaali will meet the challenge of Arthur Villanueva on the landmark #MTKFightNight in Kazakhstan on July 6 – live on the streaming platform ESPN+.
France’s Oubaali (15-0, 11 KOs) makes his first title defense against the Filipino Villanueva (32-3-1, 18 KOs) on a huge night for Kazakh boxing that will see the names of national heroes Zhankosh Turarov and Sultan Zaurbek in action as well as WBO European featherweight king Davey Oliver Joyce.
With a huge night at the Barys Arena will also broadcasted on iFL TV outside of the United States, both fighters are proud to be part of the event.
Oubaali said in a press release: “I’m expecting this to be a huge night of boxing. There’ll be 10,000 people in the venue so it’s a beautiful night for boxing and for Kazakhstan.
“The fans can expect great entertainment because this collision with Villanueva has all the ingredients to be a really explosive fight.”
Kazakhstan boxing has its night of history.
— MTK Global ? (@MTKGlobal) June 4, 2019
Villanueva, who has previously challenged Zolani Tete for world honors added in the press release: “I’m expecting a very tough fight just like my previous world title fights.”
“I learned a lot from fights like the Tete fight, where I went the distance. Even though I wasn’t successful in winning the belt that time, I picked up things I can use against Oubaali.”
Oubaali won the title with against America’s Rau’shee Warren in Las Vegas back in January of this year; scoring a unanimous decision to fulfil his childhood dream of winning a championship.
As well in action on the card is Turarov (23-0, 16 KOs) and Zaurbek (7-0, 5 KOs) who both were in action on the Cardiff card. Other names that will be there are emerging Kazakh forces such as Viktor Kotochigov (9-0, 4 KOs), Ali Baloyev (8-0, 7 KOs), Abilkhaiyr Shegaliyev (5-0, 4 KOs), Nurtas Azhbenov (5-0, 1 KO) and Abay Tolesh (1-0, 1 KO).