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Saturday, July 2, 2022

Mikhael Ostroumov to Face Nikita Basin in Exhibition

Mikhael Ostroumov and Nikita Basin are scheduled to face each other in a four-round exhibition at Dizengoff Center in Tel Aviv, Israel on Monday, July 4. The fight is the main attraction of an event put on by former bantamweight world champion Hagar Finer. World title challenger Ran Nakash is helping out. Former pro boxer and Olympian Shlomo Niazov is set to be the referee of the main event.

Ostroumov is a 24 year old southpaw prospect. He went 3-0-1 with one KO to start his career in 2020 but suffered a knee injury which has slowed his progress. Ostroumov fought in the 2021 Israeli amateur championships but hasn't been in action since.

Basin is a 35 year old with a 4-2 record. Beginning in 2019, he won his first four fights by KO. After a 21 month layoff, Basin took a giant leap up in opposition.  He was stopped against former English light heavyweight champ Joel McIntyre and undefeated prospect Kyle Lomotey in his last two fights, both in England.

Ostroumov is younger, taller, and more skilled. Basin has been more active, is tough, and has power. Admission to the entire event, which starts at 7pm local time, is free. Since it's an exhibition, the result won't count on the fighters' official records. The point is to grow the sport of boxing in Israel, which currently has a few very dedicated fighters and coaches but not much of a fanbase.

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