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.
(Image courtesy of Boxing Team)
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)
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