Aziz Kallah has been hailed as one of the future figures of kickboxing by Steven Wright and October 22nd just seemed like another fight for him. No one knew his opponent, everyone figured it would be a walk in the park for the Lucien Carbin pupil. It turned out to be anything but a walk in the park. Kallah just couldn't get off at all against the tall Russian opponent, Alim Nabiev, who used his height to throw Kallah off. Nabiev looked like a mixture of Yoshihiro Sato and Artem Levin in the ring, blasting step-up knees at Kallah and took a clear decision.
Not only did Nabiev beat a fighter who is supposed to be the next big thing, he did at at 17 years old. Yes, I repeat, Alim Nabiev is 17 years old. It's amazing how he already has such a great skillset at such a young age, even younger than Kallah. With this win, Nabiev really cemented himself as one to look out for in the future. I have a feeling we'll be hearing his name more in years to come. Who said kickboxing is dead?