Earlier today in Krasnoyarsk, Russia there was an interesting show with a number of promising Asian fighters involved in it.
The most notable of those Asian hopefuls was Aidos Yerbossynuly (13-0, 9) [Айдос Ербосынулы] who stopped Venezuela Omar Garcia (15-3, 12), who was a relatively late replacement for Obodai Sai (35-3, 26). The talented Yerbossnuly had been in control through out, and in round 8 a hurt Garcia was saved by the referee, who stepped in and waved the bout off. Garcia was game but was outclassed through out and the stoppage was the right decision by the referee.
The debut of former Uzbek amateur stand out Odiljon Aslonov (1-0, 1) saw him defeat Varazdat Chernikov (11-15, 5), in what was a fun bout that showed the debutant to be a clinical body puncher. From the first round Aslonov's body attack was spiteful and he dropped his man part way through the opening round with some brutal shots to the mid section. Another knockdown at the end of the opening round secured the debutant a 10-7 round. The body sttack continued in round 3 and saw Chernikov being dropped a third time. He beat the count but the referee made the decision to stop the bout.
The show also saw the return of Rustam Tulaganov (2-0, 1), who scored a TKO win over Konstantin Piternov (21-24, 10). The talented Tulaganov had't been seen in a pro fight in over 2 years started relatively slowly but seemed in control part way through round 3. Then we saw Piternov hurt his right arm with a weird looping shot. It looked like the bout would be stopped with Piternov in clear agony but surprisingly the bout went on, with Piternov gritting it out but getting battered in round 4, where he offered little, was left busted up and seemingly decided enough was enough
Earlier today we were informed that unbeaten Kazakh hopeful Nursultan Zhangabayev (8-0, 5) [Жанабаев Нурсултан] would be returning to the ring on December 21st, when he will surface in Russian and face Venezuelan puncher Ernesto Espana (30-2-1, 25), in what looks like a brilliant match up.
The unbeaten Kazakh will be defending his WBA Inter-Continental WBO Oriental and IBF Pan Pacific Welterweight titles and looking to make a huge step towards a world title fight, something he may well be looking at in 2 or 3 years time. He looked impressive earlier this year, when he beat Steve Gago in Australia.
The 38 year old Espana may be beyond his best years but he's a very tricky fighter. He is a freakishly sized Welterweight who has nasty power, and showed that power late last year when he dropped Baishanbo Nasiyiwula and had the Chinese fighter running and spoiling. Although no world beater he's a very awkward fighter and will enter this bout every intention of taking the titles from Zhangabayev.
The bout will take place as one of the supporting bouts on a card headlined by a mouth watering showdown between Denis Lebedev and Thabiso Mchunu, in what looks almost certain to be a brutal battle at Cruiserweight. Also on this card will be a bout between Aidos Yerbossynuly (12-0, 8) [Айдос Ербосынулы] and Obodai Sai (35-3, 26), The debut of Uzbek Odiljon Aslonov (0-0) and the return to the pros of former amateur standout Rustam Tulaganov (1-0), who hasn't fought as a pro since 2017.
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Earlier today Kazakh sources confirmed that unbeaten Kazakh prospect Aidos Yerbossynuly (12-0, 8) [Айдос Ербосынулы] would be back in the ring on December 21st in Russia, where he faces Obodai Sai (35-3, 26).
The unbeaten Yerbossynuly is looking to build on his recent win over Rocky Jerkic, and will be favoured strongly.
The 28 year old Yerbossynuly has managed to claim a number of regional titles and is moving towards bigger and better bouts, with this one being the next step towards a potential future world title fight. He's still not particularly well know in the West, but he is carving out a niche fan base, and is well travelled with fights in Ukraine, Kazakhstan, USA, Russia and Australia. We suspect his upcoming bout will further help his international profile as the bout will take place on the under-card of Denis Lebedev's bout with Thabiso Mchunu.
Sai is probably best known by British fans for his 2011 loss to Jamie Cox, in a bout that saw Cox being deducted points twice for low blows and still getting a gift decision. Since then Sai's career has failed to reach the heady heights some expected, and now at the age of 32 it seems he's had his best days.
Despite Yerbossynuly being the clear favourite this should still be a good test for the Kazakh, who will be hoping to have a big 2020.
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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
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