Belorussian veteran Yury Bessmertny ((41-20-2) suffered an injury and withdrew from his Tatneft Cup quarterfinal bout with Sergey Ponomarev scheduled for this Friday July 26. Promoter TNA Fights announced the news today.
Dmitry Baranov, another fighter from Belarus, has stepped in to face Ponomaryov.
In another late change to the fight card, China’s Li Xiaolong has been replaced. Li was scheduled to face Zhora Akopyan of Armenia in a -70 kg quarterfinal bout, but had “visa problems” according to the organization. Russia’s Janis Budagov accepted the bout on late notice and will face Akopyan.
Friday’s Tatneft Cup event is the first stage of the quarterfinal round. The action will be broadcast on Match TV in Russia, and internationally in the English language on FightBox HD. Fans without access to either channel can catch replays on the Tatneft Cup YouTube channel.
19 July 2019
Tatneft Cup: 1/4 Finals Stage 1
Tatneft Arena, Kazan, Tatarstan, Russian Federation
Promoter TNA Fights
Broadcast: FightBox HD, Match TV
Start Time: 19:00 Local Time
-70 kg Weight Category
Ilyas Boukyoua (Morocco) vs Ivan Kondratiev (Russian Federation)
Janis Budagov (Russian Federation) vs Zhora Akopyan (Armenia)
-80 kg Weight Category
Gauvenberg Mbamba (Belgium) vs Musa Sultaev (Russian Federation)
Dmitry Baranov (Republic of Belarus) vs Sergey Ponomarev (Russian Federation)
+80 kg Weight Category
Claudio Istrate (Italy) vs Valery Bizyaev (Russian Federation)
Francesco Xhaja (Albania) vs Igor Darmeshkin (Russia)