Fedor Papazov vs. Arslan Magomedov is Picked Up By ESPN+

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Russian junior welterweight contender Fedor “Knockout Man” Papazov hopes to add a signature win to his ledger this Saturday, Aug. 7, when he takes on countryman Arslan Magomedov in the 10-round main event from the RCC Boxing Academy in Yekaterinburg, Russia.

Papazov-Magomedov will headline a scheduled six-fight stream live and exclusively on ESPN+ starting at 10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT.

Papazov (22-4, 13 KOs), from Tuapse, Russia, is a 12-year pro who has never been knocked out. He holds a 2017 victory over Isa Chaniev, who challenged Richard Commey for a lightweight world title in 2019. Papazov last fought in April and lost a competitive decision to Yauheni Dauhaliavets, a rising prospect from Belarus. Magomedov (7-1-1, 5 KOs), from Makhachkala, Russia, is 6-0-1 since dropping a six-round decision in his second pro bout. Last October, he notched a career-best win over Zhora Hamazaryan, who is known to American fight fans for his two fights against Thomas Mattice.

In other streaming action on ESPN+:

Armenia’s Zhora Hamazaryan (10-3-2, 7 KOs) will face Erzhan Turgumbekov (8-2-1, 2 KOs) in an eight-round junior lightweight bout. Hamazaryan knocked out the previously undefeated Dmitry Yun in January.


Junior welterweight prospect Oganes Ustyan (6-0, 2 KOs), a one-time Russian amateur standout, will face Ukraine’s Oleksandr Abramian (5-1-1, 2 KOs) in an eight-rounder for the vacant WBO Asia Pacific Youth title.


Bantamweight prospect Narek Abgaryan (14-1, 6 KOs), who competed for Armenia at the 2016 Rio Olympics, will fight South African veteran Sabelo Ngebinyana (13-4, 10 KOs) in a bout scheduled for eight rounds. Abgaryan is hoping to bounce back from last December’s decision loss to Eduardo Baez.


In an eight-round duel of unbeaten middleweights, Vadim Tukov (4-0, 1 KO) will take on Mikalai Vesialou (11-0-1, 5 KOs), a former amateur star from Belarus.


The ESPN+ stream will kick off with an eight-round junior bantamweight battle between Zafar Parpiev (10-2, 3 KOs) and the unbeaten Artem Tkachenko (6-0-1, 4 KOs). 

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