Although Kazakh fighter Alexandr Zhuravskiy (13-5, 11) [Александр Журавский] isn't a big name he a genuinely excellent test for prospects, and has built himself a reputation in recent years as a fighter who will give a touted youngster some real questioning.
In the last 2 years or so Zhuravskiy has gone the distance with Stephen Danyo, Jasur Akhmadjonov and Mohammed Rabii and had also given Teerachai Kratingdaenggym one of his toughest bouts, back in 2016. Its now being reported that he will be back in the ring on June 8th to take on unbeaten South African hopeful Boyd Allen (4-0, 3). Reportedly the bout is set to be at Middleweight and will be an 8 round bout, which is strange given that Allen's last 2 bouts have been 12 rounders at Light Middleweight, and could be a very tough test for Allen.
This bout will be part of a big South African show headlined by an IBO Cruiserweight title fight between Kevin Lerena (22-1, 10) and Vasil Ducar (7-0-1, 6).
This past Sunday fight fans in France had the chance to see Kazakh fighter Alexandr Zhuravskiy (13-5, 11) [Александр Журавский] face off with former amateur standout Mohammed Rabii (8-0, 5).
The bout was a tough ask on paper for Zhuravskiy and he struggled to make a mark against the Morrocan, however he did more than just last the 8 round distance.
The 33 year old Zhuravskiy managed to win a couple of rounds again Rabii and again proved he was a decent test for any aspiring prospect, as he has shown in competitive bouts with Stephen Danya and Jasur Akhmadjonov. Sadly however this is a third straight decision loss for the Kazakh, who looks like he's becoming a high level journeyman.
For Rabii this is a good win, and saw him being made to work for the victory, but his class showed in the end and he was a clear winner, with scores of 79-74, 78-74 and 78-74.
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Earlier this week it was revealed that Kazakh fighter Alexandr Zhuravskiy (13-4, 11) [Александр Журавский] will be the next opponent for 2015 World Amateur champion Mohammed Rabii (7-0, 5), of Morocco.
The 33 year old Kazakh southpaw turned professional in 2007, and won his first 10 bouts before retiring due to injury, and become a trainer. He would return to active competition in 2015, and has since gone 3-4, losing competitive decisions to Teerachai Kratingdaenggym and Jasur Akhmadjonov.
Rabii is best known for his exploits at the 2015 World Championships, in Doha, where he beat Englishman Josh Kelly and Kazakh Daniyar Yeleussinov en route to a gold medal, but he also competed in the 2016 Olympics, losing in the semi-final to Uzbek Shakhram Giyasov. As a professional Rabii has already notched up wins in the Czech Republic, Germany and France.
The bout between these two will take place on December 8th in France, Palais des sports Marcel Cerdan, and will be one of the leading support bouts for the WBA "interim" Light Middleweight title fight between Michel Soro and Greg Vendetti, with Vendetti getting this shot off the back of a break win over Yoshihiro Kamegai earlier this year.
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