KZ Event Productions, the company headed by Beibut Shumenov and his brother, Chingis, had a very successful night on July 23, 2010. Two of its undefeated fighters, light heavyweight Gayrat Ahmedov (15-0-1, 10 KOs) and welterweight Ravshan Hudaynazarov (13-0, 11 KOs), both former amateurs standouts from Uzbekistan, now fighting out of Las Vegas, registered impressive, knockout victories in Lemoore, California.
Ahmedov and Hudaynzarov fought on the undercard of an ESPN “Friday Night Fights” show, presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions in association with KZ Event Productions, that was headlined by WBA and IBA Light Heavyweight World Champion Beibut Shumenov (10-1, 6 KOs), at Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino.
The Goossen Tutor-promoted Shumenov, who successfully defended his title belts by way of an aggressive, offensive-controlled 12-round unanimous decision (118-108 twice, 117-109) against the very dangerous mandatory challenger Vyachesklav Uzelkov (22-1, 14 KOs), instantly put his name alongside the other champions in the light heavyweight division with the victory.
“My brother and I are very proud of Gayrat and Ravshan,” Chingis remarked. “They have been improving with each fight, especially after moving to Las Vegas and training here. They both made statements with their impressive action-packed performances making new boxing fans along the way.”
WBA #9 world rated Ahmedov stopped his toughest opponent to date, Dallas Vargas
(22-5, 16 KOs), in the opening round after landing a perfectly placed left-hook to the body. Gayrat, the WBA Asian Boxing Council and interim PABA titlist, exchanged blows with Vargas until unloading a left hook to the liver. Vargas went down to both knees and, unable to make it to his feet, he was counted out by the referee.
“At the count of seven,” Gayrat explained, “I already knew what combination I planned to hit him with if he had stood up. He didn’t make it, though. Sparring with Beibut really helped me for my fight.”
One of the hottest prospects in boxing, Hudaynazarov followed his game plan to perfection, cracking Pavel Miranda’s body until he was unable to continue after five rounds. Fighting under the sun and 100-plus degree heat, Ravshan, a notoriously brutal body puncher, destroyed his experienced opponent who came into the fight with a 16-5-1 (8 KOs) record.
“I knew he was a tough Mexican fighter who could take a lot of punches,” Ravshan said. “I set him up in the first two rounds with a good body attack and took whatever he had. But he kept taking punches. I wasn’t surprised he quit on the stool after the shots I was landing.
“I really feel much better fighting as a welterweight. I’ve spoken with Beibut about getting me a regional title fight next.”
Head trainer Kevin Barry added, “Beibut has led the way to a world championship. I believe that, someday, Gayrat and Ravshan will also be world champions. They work very hard in the gym and do what they’ve been taught.”