Earlier today Vesti.KZ reported that unbeaten fighters Ablaikhan Khussainov (10-0, 7) [Хусаинов Абылайхан] and Batyrzhan Jukembayev (14-0-0-2, 12) [Батыржан Джукембаев] have now signalled thair intent to sign with the world famous Egis Klimas, and that deals are expected to be signed with the manager in the coming weeks.
It's unclear which promotional channel that they would be going down if Klimas ends up guiding their career's, but it's clear they are in reliable hands, joining a manager who looks after a real who's who of boxing, including Vasyl Lomachenko including Sergey Kovalev.
We're hoping to see both men in action in the next few months as they look to get their career on track.
For Khussainov it seems straight forward following his split from Eye of the Tiger, which happened at the end of 2018. Since splitting with their former Canadian promoter Khussainov has fought once, on a card in Kazakhstan.
Jukembayev on the other hand, hasn't fought at all, since a public falling out with Eye of the Tiger Management last year, in which they stated he was "no longer part of the family"
It has now been confirmed that Jukembayev is isn't as free as Vesti.kz have reported with Boxrec editor Philipe St-Martin, @boxrec_canada getting confirmation that Jukembayev is still with Eye of The Tiger Management
Tweeting "Got confirmation that this report is not true. Jukembayev still under promotional contract with @EOTMVD and manager is still Anna Reva"
It is worth noting that Reva is the former manager of Arthur Beterbiev, who was taken to court by Reva for trying to leave her and that Jukembayev wanting to leave her is no hidden secret in Canadian or Kazakh boxing circles, with the fighter previously reported as wanting to sign with Golden Boy Promotions.
(Image courtesy of Vesti)
Earlier today in Astana fans were able to see unbeaten Kazakh hopeful Ablaikhan Khussainov (10-0, 7) [Хусаинов Абылайхан] fight for the first time since leaving Canadian promoter Eye of the Tiger Management.
The unbeaten 27 year old, who had fought his last 8 bouts in Cananda, was in with the over-matched Ukrainian debutant Maksym Moroz (0-1) in a bout scheduled for 6 round, though the Kazakh only needed 3 rounds to see off his man.
Khussainov took the first round to see what Moroz had before scoring his first knockdown in the second round. From then on it seemed like a case of "when" and not "if" he was going to get a stoppage. It didn't take long for the Kazakh to turn the screw in round 3, dropping his man twice, as the bout concluded in a dominant win for Khussainov.
Interestingly this was the Kazakh's first bout in his native country, and at the moment he's a promotional free agent. It's unclear who is in the pursuit of his signature, though this show was promoted by the Astana Arlans and Kanat Islam, so it's possible that he he's being looked at as a potential face for boxing in Kazakhstan. If that is the case they will need to match him much tougher than this to build last interest, as this was far too much of a mismatch to really help Khussainov's development.
We've known about a December 16th Kazakh card for a while, though all we really knew was that there would be 5 fighters flying the flag for Kazakhstan.
Today the entire card card was released, and unsurprisingly it's not exactly full of competitive bouts. In fact sadly it's actually a really disappointing line up of visiting fighters, from Ukraine, in what appear to be little more than mismatches in favour of the men representing Kazakhstan.
The reveal of the card has seen:
Ablaikhan Khussainov (9-0, 6) [Хусаинов Абылайхан] being matched with Ukrainian debutant Maxim Moroz (0-0), over 6 rounds,
The once beaten Askhat Ualikhanov (4-1, 2) [Уалиханов Асхат] will be up against Yaroslav Yurov (2-0)
The hard hitting Aidar Sharibayev (7-1, 6) [Айдар Шарибаев] will be facing off with Artem Ayvazidi (11-13-1, 5),
Unbeaten Heavyweight hopeful Ruslan Myrsatayev (5-0, 5) [Руслан Мырсатаев] has been matched against Pavlo Krolenko (0-1)
and Chinese-Kazakh Yelieqiati Nihemaituola (14-0-1, 5) will be risking his unbeaten record against against Farid Aliyev (5-0, 5), from Azerbaijan
Over the last few years Canadian promoter "Eye of the Tiger Management" has worked alongside a number of touted Kazakh prospects. It now seems however that those relationships are falling apart, with Ablaikhan Khussainov (9-0, 6) [Хусаинов Абылайхан] reportedly leaving the promoter, the second Kazakh to do so in the space of weeks.
At the end of November we reported that Batyrzhan Jukembayev (14-0-0-2, 12) [Батыржан Джукембаевto] had essentially left, in the hope of fighting out of the US, and now Khussainov has also left.
Khussainov won't be out of the ring long however and instead he will be featured on the Kazakh card later this month, which will also feature the likes of Ruslan Myrsatayev (5-0, 5) [Руслан Мырсатаев] as well as Aidar Sharibayev (7-1, 6) [Айдар Шарибаев]. In fact Khussainov's image has been added to the poster over the last few days due to his addiction to the show.
This is an interesting development in what appears to be a pretty clear rift between the Kazakh fighters and the Canadian promoter.
Yesterday in Canada fight fans saw Ablaikhan Khussainov (9-0, 6) [Хусаинов Абылайхан] score his 9th straight win thanks to a perfectly placed body shot against the experienced Mexican Jesus Laguna (22-13-3, 19).
The talented Kazakh hadn't fought since March, when he narrowly defeated Gilberto Meza. Here however he looked sharp and much better than he had in recent bouts.
The finish came when Laguna landed a right hand to the body of Khussainov, who returned fire with a left hand to the mid-section of Laguna. The different in quality of the shots was huge and Laguna doubled over to the canvas as he took the 10 count, to suffer his 9th career stoppage loss.
The win will help Khussainov put a disappointing year behind him, and although he's not as far along with his career as he'd have hoped this KO does give him something to build off, and we hope he uses it as a launchpad of sorts as he continues to develop under Eye of the Tiger Management.
(Image courtesy of Eye of the Tiger management)
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