Over the last few years Canadian promoter "Eye of the Tiger Management" has worked alongside a number of touted Kazakh prospects. It now seems however that those relationships are falling apart, with Ablaikhan Khussainov (9-0, 6) [Хусаинов Абылайхан] reportedly leaving the promoter, the second Kazakh to do so in the space of weeks.
At the end of November we reported that Batyrzhan Jukembayev (14-0-0-2, 12) [Батыржан Джукембаевto] had essentially left, in the hope of fighting out of the US, and now Khussainov has also left.
Khussainov won't be out of the ring long however and instead he will be featured on the Kazakh card later this month, which will also feature the likes of Ruslan Myrsatayev (5-0, 5) [Руслан Мырсатаев] as well as Aidar Sharibayev (7-1, 6) [Айдар Шарибаев]. In fact Khussainov's image has been added to the poster over the last few days due to his addiction to the show.
This is an interesting development in what appears to be a pretty clear rift between the Kazakh fighters and the Canadian promoter.
Earlier this week it was reported that Kazakh prospect Batyrzhan Jukembayev (14-0-0-2, 12) [Батыржан Джукембаевto] has essentially been dropped by Eye of the Tiger Management in Canada, with his final bout for them being on January 26th against unbeaten Canadian Mathieu Germain (16-0, 8). The boss of the Canadian promotional outfit stated that Jukembayev was no longer "part of the family", and seemed to suggest that there had been problems between the two sides leading to the split.
Today however it seems there may be more to it all, with Kazakh sources reporting that the cause of the split has been Jukembayev's wish to build his career in the US, and no longer fight out of Canada.
The source is reporting that after the January 26th bout Jukembayev will sign with American promoter Golden Boy Promotions, joining a stable that contains Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and Jamie Munguia. It's though that Golden Boy will guide the Kazakh towards more significant fights, with a potential top 15 ranked opponent later in the year, as he moves towards a possible world title fight.
It seems as if Jukembayev needs to beat Germain in January to keep those plans rolling, however a loss will still likely lead him to Golden Boy, who will hold him back slightly more than they would if he beats Germain.
Although Jukembayev isn't a major global star this is still big news for the Kazakh and Canadian scenes, with a number of Kazakh's currently under the Eye of the Tiger Management banner, all of whom will be following Jukembayev's journey, and may look to follow their countryman from Canada to the US in the future.
According to Nancy Audet of tvasports.ca there is a big bout set for January 26th in regards to unbeaten Canadian based Kazakh prospect Batyrzhan Jukembayev (14-0-0-2, 12) [Батыржан Джукембаевto], who has verbally agreed to face unbeaten Canadian Mathieu Germain (16-0, 8) in Quebec.
At the time of writing both fighters are technically under the management of Eye of the Tiger Management, though it sounds like Germain is the promoters preferred fighter, with the report suggesting that Jukembayev is out of favour with the promotional out. In fact the report suggests that the Kazakh and promotional team haven't seen eye to eye for a while, with Jukembayev regarded as being "out of the family", but they've put this bout together due to the request of Germain.
The head of Eye of the Tiger stated to Ms Audet that, "It's not at all in our philosophy (to oppose two of our boxers). This is a situation where one has a boxer who is part of the family and another who is no longer part of it. But we have a contract and we will respect it" making it clear that they are only going through the motions in regards to the Kazakh and his contract.
Interestingly it seems like the issues between fighter and promoter were the reason he was pulled from the November 24th card that saw countryman Sadriddin Akhmedov (4-0, 4) [Ахмедов Садриддин] pick up his win. Originally both men were reportedly on the show. It also seems like the problems may have something to do with Eye of the Tiger deciding to split from Stefan LaRouche, who had been training many of the Canadian based Kazakh's, including Akhmedov and Nurzat Sabirov (8-0, 7) [Нурзат Сабиров], who was also featured on the November 24th card.
The full report by Ms Audet can be seen here - https://www.tvasports.ca/2018/11/26/mathieu-germain-affrontera-batyr-jukembayev (Note those in the EU will not have access to the article due to data protection laws)
The boxing scene in Canada is full of promising imported fighters. Among those are Kazakh prospects Batyrzhan Jukembayev (14-0-0-2, 12) [Джукембаев Батыр] and Sadriddin Akhmedov (3-0, 3) [Ахмедов Садриддин], both of whom are with Eye of the Tiger management.
It's now been confirmed that both fighters will be in action on November 24th.
Neither man has had their opponent for the show named, though Jukembayev is expected to fight for a minor title whilst Akhmedov, who fights later this month, will be expected to take a small step up, as long as he over-comes Jesus Javier Mendoza on October 13th.
The show is supposed to be a pro-am card with more details being revealed in the coming weeks.
(Image courtesy of EOTTMBOXING)
Yesterday in Quebec Canadian based Kazakh prospect Batyrzhan Jukembayev (14-0-0-2, 12) [Джукембаев Батыр] got the stiffest test of his career so far, taking on tough Mexican Patricio Moreno (20-3, 14).
The Kazakh pressed the action early on, and despite not looking his best, he did look in control until eating a a clean hard shot that dropped him near the end of the round. It was a hard knockdown, but he couldn't capitalise due to how little time there was in the round.
Jukembayev score his own knockdown in round 2, from a brutal left hand. Amazingly Moreno got up from the knockdown, which looked fight ending at the time, and managed to battle back, putting on a very brave effort.
Despite being brave the Mexican was taking punishment and in round 7 a left hook to the body sent him down for the second time. This time he stayed down for the count in agony from the shot, being counted out at the time of 2:47 of round 7.
After the bout Jukembayev admitted the "fight turned out to be very competitive and difficult" but that his "experience, skill and character" were key.
Originally the bout had been scheduled for a WBC minor title, but on the day of the weigh in the title was removed from the bout. The fighter seemed unsure why but it seems clear he will be in a title bout next time out.
Notably this was the first time Moreno had been stopped and was Jukembayev's first bout since splitting with trainer Stephan Larouche, who left Eye of the Tiger management in September.
(Image courtesy of Eye of the Tiger Management)
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