Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 18. Chapters: Adilbek Niyazymbetov, Bakhtiyar Artayev, Bakhtiyar Tyleganov, Beibut Shumenov, Bektas Abubakirov, Bekzat Sattarkhanov, Birzhan Zhakypov, Bulat Niyazymbetov, Bulat Zhumadilov, Danabek Suzhanov, Daniyar Munaytbasov, Daniyar Yeleussinov, Dmitriy Gotfrid, Galib Jafarov, Gani Zhailauov, Gennadiy Golovkin, Ilyas Suleimenov, Ivan Dychko, Kanat Abutalipov, Konstantin Airich, Marina Volnova, Merey Akshalov, Mikhail Yurchenko, Mirat Sarsembayev, Mirzhan Rakhimzhanov, Mukhtarkhan Dildabekov, Natascha Ragosina, Nurzhan Karimzhanov, Nurzhan Smanov, Ruslan Myrsatayev, Saida Khassenova, Serik Sapiyev, Serik Yeleuov, Vassiliy Jirov, Yerdos Zhanabergenov, Yerkebulan Shynaliyev, Yermakhan Ibraimov. Excerpt: Vassiliy "The Tiger" Jirov (born 4 April 1974 in Balkhash, Kazakhstan) is a professional Kazakhstani boxer and former IBF cruiserweight champion, currently fighting out of Las Vegas under Thell Torrence. Jirov won the Olympic gold medal at Atlanta in 1996. Soon after, he moved to the United States, settling in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he married and began to train at the SAR Club's boxing gym. Jirov made his debut as a professional on 18 January 1997, with a two round knockout of Vince Brown in Las Vegas. He won eleven fights that first year, all by knockout, including wins over Exum Speight and Art Jimmerson. In 1998, he won eight fights, six before the final bell. On 5 May he won the WBC's regional cruiserweight title with a 12 round decision over Rich La Montaigne, who became the first boxer to last the full distance against Jirov. On 5 December he once again fought in Ukrainian territory. In his first fight as a professional in Ukraine, he beat Alex Vassilev in Kiev by decision in eight. In 1999, Jirov was given his first world title try: In front of an HBO Boxing audience, he beat IBF world Cruiserweight champion Arthur Williams by a knockout in seven rounds at Biloxi, Mississippi, to become that organization's world cruiserweight champion. For his first defense, he fought at the main supportive event at the Felix Trinidad-Oscar De La Hoya undercard on 18 September, retaining the crown with a ten round knockout of Canadian Dale Brown. In 2000, he beat Saul Montana by knockout in round nine to retain the world title on an Univision televised fight, and won two non-title bouts, including one over Esteban Pizarro at the Playboy mansion. On 6 February 2001, Jirov went to Kazakhstan to defend his crown in his home-country for the first time. There, he retained the title with a first round knockout of Álex González. He won three more fights that year, one a world title affair against Julian Letterlough (knockout win in 8). In 2002 Jirov, by then managed by the Suga
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