Aslanbek Shymbergenov has enjoyed a successful debut season in WSB after winning two of his first three matches in the competition. The defending Welterweight (69 kg) Kazakh National Champion defeated both Brian Ceballo and Adam Nolan in the Regular Season, while he was beaten by AIBA World Championships bronze medalist Gabriel Maestre in a fight that he described as his toughest to date.

The tall Welterweight has been competing at the senior level since 2012, and enjoyed excellent tournament victories last year in the Kazakh Federation Team Cup Finals, and the Bocskai Memorial Tournament. Shymbergenov’s boxing style has translated well to WSB, where his excellent stamina enables him to work hard throughout every round of his fights.

Shymbergenov began his boxing career aged 13 after taking inspiration from his older brother who also boxed, and he admits he would have become a lawyer had he not found success in the ring. His sporting hero is Bakhityar Artayev who won a gold medal, and the prestigious Val Barker Trophy at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.

With similar aspirations to achieve an Olympic gold, Shymbergenov believes that discipline is an exceptionally important attribute in the life of a boxer. Away from his pugilism career, the talented fighter enjoys playing football, while his favourite food and drink is manti and apple juice.