24-year-old Nurdaulet Zharmanov has only competed once this season in a losing effort to Russia’s Eduard Yakushev, but the Light heavyweight (81 kg) is a tremendously talented fighter with many strong attributes.

A gold medal in the 2013 Kazakh National Championships was followed by silver a year later, which makes Zharmanov one of the most highly rated boxers in his weight class. He begins fights with great speed, as he attempts to use his height and strength to tire out opponents from the onset.

Zharmanov began boxing aged 12-years-old having always been a huge fan of the sport. With full support from his family, boxing is currently the most important part of his life, and he has future aspirations of becoming a coach of the National team.

Away from the ring, he enjoys eating beshbarmak and drinking shubat, which is fermented camel’s milk.