Russian fighter Vladislav Tuinov said that Islam Murtazaev could win ahead of schedule in a duel with kickboxer Sergei Ponomarev. The athlete shared his predictions in an interview with Izvestia on February 9.
“I saw Murtazaev when he was training at the Varyag club. If I’m not mistaken, he still trains there, and I was at one of the events when he still won the Muay Thai title. Then I noticed him. Then I saw that he also tried his hand at Thai boxing, boxed in various organizations in China and always showed very beautiful Thai boxing and kickboxing, ”said the athlete.
Tuinov also noted that Murtazaev is an unusual fighter and always showed “very beautiful Thai boxing and kickboxing.” He also added that, despite the dangerous knees, Murtazaev was able to switch himself to the “K-1” style.
“The K-1 style, when you work without clinches, when you hit each of your kicks very, very hard, you pick up your opponent in your arms, so this is a very, very dangerous athlete for Ponomarev,” the source explained.
Despite the fact that Ponomarev is a fairly strong kickboxer, Tuinov is more inclined towards the victory of his opponent and suggests that the fight may end ahead of schedule.
On February 7, Murtazaev announced his intention to inflict the heaviest kicks in his life on Ponomarev. He also noted that he has a very interesting opponent, and their meeting in the ring will be a good challenge in order to prove himself.
The day before, the head of the promotional company Fight Nights Global, Kamil Gadzhiev, commented on the upcoming fight between Murtazaev and Ponomarev as part of the REN TV Fight Club. Super Series. In his opinion, Murtazaev and Ponomarev have equal chances to win.
The meeting in the ring between Ponomarev and Murtazaev will take place in Minsk on February 17 as part of the REN TV Fight Club tournament. Super Series.
Four fights will be held this evening, which will be fought according to the rules of kickboxing. One of the most anticipated events of the evening will be the fight between Piotr Romankevich and Saulo Cavalari.
Pop-MMA star Artem Tarasov and Armenian kickboxing champion David Khachatryan will also meet in the ring.
In addition, Gadzhi (Automatic) Navruzov and Fernando Rodriguez will fight in the battle.