Batu Khasikov was back in action in just his second fight of the year on Sunday in the far eastern city of Khabarovsk, Russia. The fight was more of a tune up to get ready for his big fight against Gago Drago on November 3.
Khasikov faced Mohamed Reza Nazari of Iran at 75kg, and he definitely didn't look out of place at that weight. Khasikov was leading the fight up until a knee in the third round that broke Nazari's jaw and rendered the Iranian unable to continue. However, Khasikov still doesn't look like the same fighter that beat Albert Kraus and Mike Zambidis. He still looked more like the one that should've lost to Warren Stevelmans back in May.
I don't know what it is, but Khasikov just hasn't looked the same since beating Mike Zambidis, even though that fight was really short, he still showed a lot more than he has in his past two fights. Although Gago Drago has fallen off dramatically over the past few years, with the way Khasikov has looked in his last two fights now, I wouldn't be surprised if Drago is able to make it a very close fight or even beat him barring a hometown decision of course, like the one Khasikov got against Warren Stevelmans.