The long-awaited return of the fearsome Zhankosh Turarov (22-0, 15 KOs) will lead a historic July 6 card in Kazakhstan that includes a world title fight.
The landmark event will take place at the colossal Barys Arena in the Kazakh capital of Nur-Sultan on the Day of the Capital City with 13,000 set to attend and witness boxing history.
ESPN, the biggest sports broadcaster in the world will broadcast the event to their 100 million subscribers across the US, Canada and Puerto Rico.
Featuring alongside Turarov are international stars Nordine Oubaali and David Oliver Joyce, who defend the WBC world bantamweight title and WBO European featherweight title respectively.
In addition, a who’s who of elite Kazakh talent will look to capture the imagination on the night with the undefeated sextet of Sultan Zaurbek, Viktor Kotochigov, Ali Baloyev, Abilkhaiyr Shegaliyev, Nurtas Azhbenov and Abay Tolesh all in action.
"There are few nations developing as much great young talent as Kazakhstan," said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. "July 6 in Nur-Sultan - live on ESPN+ - is the start of something special for Kazakhstan boxing, and Top Rank is proud to be working with MTK Global on this exciting venture."
Head of MTK Kazakhstan Askar Salikbayev said: “This is phenomenal news for everyone – for the country of Kazakhstan, for MTK Global, for the fighters and for the fans.
“The Day of the Capital City, in Nur-Sultan in 2019 will go down as a night of true breakthrough for the sport of boxing in Kazakhstan and we are all very proud to be playing a part in it.”