As part of the supporting-card for the Gennady Golovkin (38-1-1, 34) Vs Steve Rolls (19-0, 10) fight we had two unbeaten Kazakh fighters in action. Despite both being being unbeaten going in they had very different results.
The first in action was Welterweight Bakhtiyar Eyubov (14-1-1, 12) [Бахтияр Эюбов] who put up a brave effort but was made to look second best against the excellent Brian Ceballo (9-0, 4).
Ceballo, one of the best prospects in the US, was too quick, too smart and too sharp for Eyubov, racking up rounds with his movement and combinations, often getting his punches off before Eyubov could respond. When Eybuov did get moments he did look dangerous, but looked too basic too often to over-come Ceballo.
The other Kazakh was Ali Akhmedov (15-0, 11) [Али Ахмедов], who destroyed the previously unbeaten Marcus McDaniel (15-1, 2). It seemed like McDaniel was put into survival mode early on, before being taken out in round 3, from a nasty combination. McDaniel got up from a knockdown but was judged unfit to continue, in what was the rigth decision and save him from further punishment.
Tomorrow we'll see former Middleweight king Gennady Golovkin (38-1-1, 34) return to the ring for the first time since his loss Saul "Canelo" Alvarez last year. The Kazakh, who will be fighting under the guidance of Johnathon Banks, will be up against unbeaten Canadian Steve Rolls (19-0, 10) in a bout being fought slightly above the Middleweight limit.
A few hours ago the two men took part in their weigh in, and both men looked in great shape.
Golovkin hit the scales at 163lbs, a career high and the first time he's come in over 160lbs since his 2008 win over Malik Dziarra. Rolls was a touch heavier, at 163.75lbs, but still lighter than he has been in some recent bouts.
Of course it's worth noting that Golovkin isn't the only Asian fighter on this show, in fact there are two other Kazakh's and Uzbek, all of whom are unbeaten and in interesting bouts.
One of those is Bakhtiyar Eyubov (14-0-1, 12) [Бахтияр Эюбов] Brian Ceballo (8-0, 4). On the scales Eyubov was 148lbs whilst Ceballo was 147.5lbs, for the bout being fought just above the Welterweight limit. The other Kazakh is Ali Akhmedov (14-0, 10) [Али Ахмедов], who takes on who faces Marcus McDaniel (15-0, 2) in a bout for the WBC International Silver Super Middleweight title. On the scales Akhmedov was 167.5lbs whilst McDaniel was bang on the Super Middleweight limit of 168lbs.
The other Asian on this card is fast rising Uzbek Israil Madrimov (2-0, 2) [Исроил Мадримов], who takes on Mexican veteran Norberto Gonzalez (23-12,13). Madrimov hit the scales at 153.25lbs whilst Gonzalez was slightly lighter at 152.75lbs.
With just a week to go to the return of Gennady Golovkin (38-1-1, 34), as he takes on unbeaten Canadian Steve Rolls (19-0, 10), there is worry in Kazakhstan that the bout may not be aired locally, with no broadcaster yet announcing that they are showing it.
Golovkin, who was last seen losing in a very hotly contested bout to Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, is still big news in Kazakhstan and he is one of 3 Kazakh's on the show, with Bakhtiyar Eyubov (14-0-1, 12) [Бахтияр Эюбов] and Ali Akhmedov (14-0, 10) [Али Ахмедов] also in action, making the decision of Kazakh TV channels a very strange one.
There is a chance things will change and someone will pick up the fight in the coming days, but at the time of writing it seems the only way for a Kazakh fight fan to watch the bout will be going through an international feed, which would be a huge shame.
Later today we were hoping to see unbeaten Kazakh puncher Bakhtiyar Eyubov (14-0-1-1, 12) [Эюбов Бахтияр] take on Sonny Fredrickson (20-1, 13) in a Light Welterweight bout. Sadly however that bout now appears to be have been cancelled, yesterday when Eyubov was unable to make weight for the bout.
The Kazakh originally weighed in at at 142lbs. He was given a grace period to cut the extra weight but actually put on weight during that period, and was 143.5lbs when he had his second weigh in.
According to sources the bout is off due to the weigh in issues of Eyubov, rather than the bout taking place above the Light Welterweight limit.
The idea of Eyubov fighting at 140lbs seemed weird to begin with, given that his career has been fought between Welterweight and Middleweight, and he had never previously been under 142lbs, never mind 140lbs.
Yesterday inn the US there was a scheduled bout with Kazakh Heavyweight hopeful Izim Izbaki (1-0, 1) [Изим Турсунулы Избаки] facing off with Matt Foster (0-3), who had been stopped in all 3 of his defeats. That bout was however cancelled after Foster failed to pass his medical.
Izbaki revealed not only why the bout was off, but also that he will be fighting in April, explaining on Instagram “Unfortunately, I'm not fighting today, because my opponent has not passed a medical examination. We’ll wait for April now,” [Translated]. At the moment however no real details of the April bout have been revealed.
The show yesterday did go on to feature a Kazakh in action, though it was a disappointing result, with Bakhtiyar Eyubov (14-0-1-1, 12) [Эюбов Бахтияр] being held to an unexpected draw over 8 rounds with Mexican foe Jose Luis Rodriguez (25-12-1, 13), in what will go down as a notable upset result for the once touted Bakha Bullet.
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