Earlier today in Kazakhstan local fight fans got a treat, with local hopefuls picking up a trio of wins in title fights.
The first of the locals to shine was Nursultan Zhangabayev (7-0, 5) [Жанабаев Нурсултан], who easily claimed the WBA Inter-Continental Welterweight title, as he stopped Venezuelan Ivan Matute (28-2, 23). The Kazakh was aggressive early on and Matute would retire in his corner at the end of round 2. It seemed even the unbeaten man was somewhat disappointed in Matute, and told the Kazakh press "It is very nice to win at home. In Almaty, it was very comfortable preparing. The rival was strong, you saw it. However, preparation was more difficult for me. I am happy to win and please all the fans. We will have big fights and new titles. We will go to them" [Translated]
Hard hitting prospect Sadriddin Akhmedov (8-0, 7) [Ахмедов Садриддин] claimed the WBC Asian Boxing Council Light Middleweight title with a clear decision win over tough but limited Indonesian John Ruba (17-6-1, 9). Akhmedov was in total control through out, but couldn't finish off Ruba, who was regularly taking big body shots on the ropes. In the end the judges had this 100-90, twice, and 99-91 to the Kazakh.
The third of the title bouts looked the best on paper, but ended up being a messy stinker, as Aidos Yerbossynuly (11-0, 8) [Айдос Ербосынулы] over-came Namibia's Lukas Ndafoluma (15-2-0-1, 6) in a very hard to watch bout. The opening few rounds were mostly wrestling, and it never really became an enjoyable fight to watch. Despite the messiness Yerbossynuly took the clear decision win to unify a number of regional titles. Sadly whilst he won Yerbossynuly didn't shine, or do his career any major favour with his performance.
Yesterday news broke from unbeaten Kazakh prospect Sadriddin Akhmedov (7-0, 7) [Ахмедов Садриддин] that he would be back in the ring on March 24th to fight for the WBC Asia title in Kazakhstan.
The talented Akhmedov made his debut in April 2018, in Canada, and raced out to 6-0 (6) by the end of the year, before claiming his first title earlier this year, when he stopped Abraham Juarez for the WBC Youth Light Middleweight title.
Regarded by many as one of the top prospects in world boxing Akhmedov is expecting to have a huge 2019 and although he's likely to be less active than he was in 2018 he will still be moving up and taking on better opponents than he did last year.
The fighter revealed the bout through Instagram, though didn't announce his opponent for the contest, however it appears to be on a card that also features Aidos Yerbossynuly (10-0, 8) [Айдос Ербосынулы] battling against Lukas Ndafoluma (15-1-0-1, 6) and looks set to be a celebration of Kazakh boxing in Almaty.
We've known for a while that Aidos Yerbossynuly (10-0, 8) [Айдос Ербосынулы] would be in action in March. We now have far more information on that bout.
The unbeaten Kazakh will be be fighting for minor titles from the WBA, WBC and WBO on March 24th in Almaty. His opponent for the bout will be Namibian fighter Lukas Ndafoluma (15-1-0-1, 6) who is actually a very decent opponent. Unlike many fighters from Namibia he has picked up wins outside of his homeland, beating Craig Cunningham in the UK in 2017 and picking up wins in South Africa and Uganda.
For Yerbossynuly this looks set to be one of his stiffest test to dates, and will see him in with a fighter who will be in the ring to win. Ndafoluma will know that if he picks up a win, and the titles on offer, he will find himself on the verge of a big pay day so will not be there to roll over to the Kazakh.
At the moment the undercard for this bout hasn't been revealed though we would expect to see Kazakh novices in action on the show.
According to Vesti Unbeaten Kazakh hopeful Aidos Yerbossynuly (10-0, 8) [Айдос Ербосынулы] will be back in action in March.
The only real details of the bout are that it will see him looking to unify the WBO Global title, that he won in December, with the WBC Asia and the WBA Inter-Continental.
At the moment full details are scarce however a full announcement is expected very shortly, including the name, specific date and venue, though it is known that the bout will be over 10 rounds.
(Image courtesy of Yerbossynuly's instagram)
This past Sunday in Moscow fight fans saw unbeaten Kazakh hopeful Aidos Yerbossynuly (10-0, 8) [Айдос Ербосынулы] face off with Belgian Super Middleweight champion Ilias Achergui (12-4-1, 6) in a bout for the newly created WBO Global title.
The bout began with Yerbossynuly looking to box behind his jab, pressing the shorter Belgian fighter backwards with calculated boxing. That worked well for the Kazakh who seemed to be in total control before being dropped by a left hook in round 4, earning the Belgian fighter a 10-8 round.
Sadly for the Belgian his highlight moment was just a brief moment of success and he would retire in his corner at the end of the round, giving Yerbossybuly the win by TKO, and the newly created title.
(Photo courtesy of Photo SP Boxing Promotions)
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