Kai Robin Havnaa (14-0, 12 KOs) is the latest addition to an action-packed fight card at the Forum Horsens on June 22 headlined by Dina Thorslund’s WBO Female World Super Bantamweight title fight with April Adams.
The Norwegian cruiserweight star is back in action following a third-round knockout win over Rad Rashid, which saw the 30 year-old capture the IBO International title in front of his home fans at the SØR Amfi in Arendal.
Havnaa, who will face the big punching Levan Lukhutashvili (8-3, 8 KOs) in a ten-round contest, returns to Denmark, where he lived and trained at the start of his professional career and where he claimed his first six victories.
“I’m excited to get back in the ring and I’m looking forward to fighting in Denmark again,” said Havnaa. “I started my career in Denmark and had some very good fights there, so it’s great to come back to continue my journey.”
Having secured his first professional title against Rashid, Havnaa is eager to push on with his career and is targeting a big fight before the end of the year.
“It was an amazing experience to win my first title,” he said. “With the national anthem before the fight, the atmosphere was electric. I landed a solid body shot that we had been practicing a lot to end the fight, so everything turned out great.
“I knew it wouldn’t be long before a new fight, so I was straight back in the gym training and improving. I have big ambitions for this year so I’m very motivated.”
Havnaa joins Danish heavyweight hope Kem Ljungquist, rising featherweight star Frederik Hede Jensen, Vejle super middleweight Haris Dzindo and Horsens boxers Michael Nielsen and Amer Rasinlic on the undercard of Dina Thorslund's World title defence.
Zhankosh Turarov aims to move to 23-0, 16 KOs on Cardiff’s #MTKFightNight on Saturday and is relishing the environment.
The talented Kazakh makes a long-awaited return at Vale Sports Arena – live on ESPN+ in association with Top Rank and also on iFL TV – and is proud to have the chance to perform for the passionate Welsh boxing fans.
Turarov said: “I like Welsh boxing very, very much. The Welsh fight up until the end yet they do not fall. They’re all very strong and solid.
“On Saturday, I will see what it’s like to fight in the UK for the first time. I’m ready for anything and I trust the people over there will love watching me.
“I thank MTK Global for this opportunity. I’m very glad to be with them now and I believe they can lead me to world level where I will truly be able to prove everything that I’m able to do.
“I’m hoping to fight for a world title this year and I will do everything in my power to make that possible. First of all, I have a job to do on Saturday and I plan to do it in spectacular fashion.”
MTK Kazakhstan’s Turarov is joined on a stellar bill by his compatriot Sultan Zaurbek; another seen by many as a future world-level fighter and another keen to showcase himself to the Welsh public.
Kazakh sensation Sultan Zaurbek is back in Wales and eager to showcase his talent having previously been denied the chance by a no-show opponent.
The endlessly-talented Shymkent star has cruised to 6-0, 4 KOs since turning professional with MTK Global and having lit up arenas in London, Dubai and Monte Carlo, now heads to Cardiff to star on Saturday’s #MTKFightNight – live on ESPN+ in association with Top Rank and on iFL TV.
Zaurbek said: “This is going to be my second visit to Wales and this time I will get to fight!
“My first visit to Vale Sports arena in Cardiff was on the night of my friend Nurtas Azhbenov's fight night on the undercard of Akeem Ennis Brown’s IBF European super-lightweight title defence against Bilal Rehman.
“I was supposed to fight that night as well but my opponent did not show up. I remember the great atmosphere and boxing fans in Cardiff. It was an overwhelming experience.
“I have been travelling a bit and I enjoy visiting different parts of the UK and the world.
“My goal is to make boxing history and for people to remember my name, to become a world champion one day and be known for having an individual skill style of technical boxing.”