Meriirim Nursultanov kept his record clean after a unanimous decision victory over Cristian Olivas to hail as the WBC US-NBC middleweight champion.
The Kazakhstan native and the Mexican boxer opened the fight card for the Canelo-Kovalev light heavyweight duel at the MGM Grand Arena.
Nursultanov controlled the entire fight but no knockdown was recorded. Buddy McGrit the trainer of Sergey Kovalev was also the winner’s trainer.
“I was very surprised at how durable he was. But it was a good experience. He was very tough. I needed this to get rounds of experience,” he said after the fight.
All three judges scored the card 100-90 in favor of Nursultanov.
He is now 13-0 in pro record.
“I feel good. I prepared well for this opponent. I know this guy, tough guy. I was ready and prepared for all 10 rounds. Thank you everybody, I want to say thanks to those that support me. I want to say hello to Kazakhstan, I love you.”