Why does World of Boxing promotion prefer Uzbek boxers to Kazakhs? Manager Vadim Kornilov answered (interview)

SPORTS.kz interviewed a well-known Russian manager Vadim Kornilov. Among his boxers we can see number of Uzbek fighters Shakhram Giyasov, Murodjon Akhmadaliev, Elnur Abduraimov, Hasanboy Dusmatov, Bakhodir Jalolov, Israil Madrimov, Bektemir Melikuziev. It is noteworthy that Vadim Kornilov has never signed a contract with a Kazakh boxer. What is the main reason for this?

- Vadim, what is the state of professional boxing in America now? Did the situation worsen after the coronavirus?

- Everything is fine, I mean, but it's not. The situation is getting better. Fans are now allowed to attend events and celebrations in many states. Unfortunately, there are problems in providing boxers with the necessary fights.

- Will professional boxing be able to rise to the previous level?

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- I think it will not be easy. Now the pandemic is not the only problem. Boxing has to compete with other sports. Unfortunately, the fights of people who have never boxed have become a tradition. When high-ranking people come into contact in the ring, they attract everyone's attention. Classic boxing is out of our sight.

- You cooperate with many Uzbek boxers. In what ways did they attract your attention?

- There is no special reason for that. This is not a plan or strategy. We just signed a contract with one of them and started cooperation. First, we reached an agreement with Shakhram Giyasov. Taking his career to a new level, we met many other Uzbek boxers through Shakhram. From the beginning, they were a friendly and strong community. Now, this team is also showing results in professional boxing.

- Why didn't you sign a contract with Kazakh boxers?

- I wouldn't say that. Currently, we are studying different boxers in several countries. Boxing in Kazakhstan is very strong. If we have a choice, we have enough options. St Petersburg Governor's Cup was an opportunity for us to see some of Kazakhs.

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- The Olympics will start soon. What do you think about the Uzbek-Kazakh boxing confrontation? Which of them do you think is better to participate?

- Frankly, I do not watch amateur boxing. Nevertheless, the participation of the representatives of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan is remarkable. We have witnessed the formation of a wonderful school in recent years. I hope that everyone will achieve the desired goal.

- Daniyar Yeleussinov once defeated Shakhram Giyasov in amateur boxing. How likely is it that they will face each other again in professional boxing? Who will win this battle?

- I think it will be a wonderful matchup in professional boxing as well as in amateur boxing. I don't want to predict who will win. It is clear that fans will have the opportunity to watch fantastic boxing.

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