Unbeaten Kazakh Nursultan Zhangabayev (8-0, 5) [Жанабаев Нурсултан] extended his winning run earlier today as he out pointed the previously unbeaten Steve Gago (11-1, 4) in Sydney Australia. That was despite getting 3 points deducted during the 10 round scrap.
The bout, which was to unify the WBA Inter-Continental, WBO Oriental and IBF Pan Pacific titles, was pretty one sided over-all though deductions from Zhangabayev did see him risk with disqualification for low blows and closed up the score-cards, which were 95-92, twice, and 96-91 all in favour of the unbeaten Kazakh.
After the win Zhangabayev told Kazakh news sources that he had big plans ahead, and thanked his promotional company, whilst admitting it was a very difficult fight.
On the same card as Zhangabayev's win was a victory for fellow Kazakh Aidos Yerbossynuly (12-0, 8) [Айдос Ербосынулы], who out pointed Rocky Jerkic (17-2, 13) over 10 rounds. This was another pretty clear win for a Kazakh over a local fighter, but Yerbossynuly did have some shaky moments late on as his chin, which hasn't proven to be that solid, was checked. In the end though Yerbossynuly made it to the final bell and took a clear decision with scores of 98-92, twice, and 99-91.
With the win Yerbossynuly successfully defended his WBO Global, WBC Asian Boxing Council Continental and WBA International Super Middleweight titles whilst giving Jerkic his second loss in 4 bouts.
Tomorrow in Sydney the local fans will get a real treat as once beaten local warrior Rocky Jerkic (17-1, 13) takes on unbeaten Kazakh Aidos Yerbossynuly (11-0, 8) [Айдос Ербосынулы].
The bout isn't a big one for Western fans, but for fans in Australia, as well as those following Yerbossynuly's rise, the bout is a really interesting one and a chance to see if Yerbossynuly is really someone going places or not.
Earlier today the two men took part in their weigh in and both men made the Super Middleweight limit.
On the scales Yerbossybuly was bang on 168lbs and he looked in good shape. Jerkic was slightly lighter and if we're being honest he looked just a touch fleshy, as if he could easily habe made a lower weight. Jerkic was 167.5lbs which is 5lbs heavier than he was just 6 months ago, and 13.5lbs heavier than he was just a few fights ago, when he was beatenby Anthony Buttigieg
We've known for a few weeks that Kazakh pair Nursultan Zhangabayev (7-0, 5) [Жанабаев Нурсултан] and Aidos Yerbossynuly (11-0, 8) [Айдос Ербосынулы] would be back in the ring in the fall. Today we finally began to get some solid specifics for the the next bouts of the two men, who will both feature on the same show on August 14th.
The August 14th show has been confirmed for for Sydney Australia, though opponents for neither man have yet to be confirmed as of yet, with both expecting their rivals to be named in the coming weeks.
The unbeaten pairing have also had the news break that they will be defending their minor titles.
For Yerbossynuly the bout will serve as his next defense of a trio of lesser belts, including the relatively newly created WBO Global Super Middleweight title, whilst Zhangabayev will defend his WBA Inter-Continental title.
If both men are successful in August the hope, for both, will surely be to land a bigger and better bout before the end of 2019.
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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.
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