A number of Chechen fighters, promoted by Ramzan Kadyrov-supported Akhmat Boxing, will be showcased in a huge local night of boxing, which is expected to take place on Thursday, April 8, in Grozny, Russia.
In the main event, WBO #4 rated light heavyweight Umar Salamov (25-1, 19 KOs) will warm up against tough but slowly fading Russian opponent Sergey Ekimov (18-2, 9 KOs) in a fight, which is scheduled for eight rounds. Salamov, who is presently on a roll, was scheduled to fight WBO #2 rated Maxim Vlasov in the WBO semifinal for the presently vacant title but that fight fell through for various reasons.
Vlasov ended up in a fight versus Joe Smith Jr. for the very same belt on Saturday night in Tulsa.
In the sole title fight of the night, WBO #6 and IBF #13 super middleweight Aslambek Idigov (19-0, 7 KOs) will risk his WBO and IBF European titles against upset-minded Latvian fighter Andreis Pokumeiko (20-15-1, 13 KOs).
Unstoppable WBO Youth middleweight titleholder Rizvan Elikhanov (11-0, 11 KOs) will try to preserve his perfect record against Tanzanian fighter Mfaume Mfaume (16-7-2, 7 KOs) in a scheduled eight-rounder. Hulking heavyweight Apti Davtaev (20-0-1, 19 KOs) collides with Belgian import Jack Mulowayi (9-2-1, 5 KOs) also over eight. Flyweight Mehdi Abdurashedov (8-1, 5 KOs) will continue his rebuild against veteran Ukrainian Olexander Gryshuk (16-3, 6 KOs). Also, Islam Edisultanov (10-0, 6 KOs) takes on Georgian Pele Sadoyan (8-2-2, 3 KOs) also over eight.
A number of other local prospects will take part in the show, including Abdulkerim Edilov (3-0, 3 KOs), Shamil Khataev (6-0,1 KO) and Saidhusein Musalipov (5-0, 3 KOs).