Newly crowned Asian champions Iraq have been pitted against Pakistan, while Uzbekistan will clash with Taiwan in the opening round of the Asian Zone qualifiers for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Australia won the Weifang Cup (U-18) here recently after recording a 1-0 win over Uzbekistan in their match finishing the tournament one point ahead of hosts China.
The draw for the first and second rounds of Asian qualification for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ has been held, throwing up a number of intriguing encounters.
World Boxing Association champion Ruslan Chagaev of Uzbekistan has pulled out of his world heavyweight unification fight with Sultan Ibragimov in October because of an upset stomach.
Forward of Olympic team of Uzbekistan and Mashal Mubarek Kamoliddin Murzoev joined Dynamo Kiev of Ukraine on loan.
On 13 October at the Ice Palace on Khodynskoye Pole, a heavyweight unification bout will take place for the first time in Russia. The two combats are WBO champion, Sultan Ibragimov and WBA champion, Ruslan Chagaev.
First, the good news. Iraq’s extraordinary victory in this Asian Cup captured worldwide attention. The story of a soccer team achieving so much against the backdrop of tragedy, chaos and despair in its home is a captivating one.
For the first time in Russian and International professional boxing history, fighters representing the post-Soviet countries will clash to unite the heavyweight world titles. It is also the first Heavyweight unification bout to ever take place outside the United States. The last heavyweight unification bout was held back in 1999, when the undisputed champion of the world was determined in a clash between Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield.