Earlier today Eye of the Tiger Management announced that they would be running 2 shows on March 16th at the Montreal Casino, much like what Shinsei Gym did last December in Osaka.
One of those shows really caught our eye due to the names on the poster, and how it featured several Kazakh fighters.
The most notable name on the poster, in some ways, is Batyrzhan Jukembayev (14-0-0-2, 12) [Батыржан Джукембаевto] who now appears to have settled his differences with the promoter, and will be fighting in the chief support bout on one of the shows. His opponent hasn't been named, but we're just glad to see him back in action after having been out of the ring since October.
Another name on the poster worthy of note is Nurzat Sabirov (8-0, 7) [Нурзат Сабиров].
Despite Jukembayev's opponent being un-named Sabirov's opponent is listed on boxrec, , with that being Argentinian veteran Cesar Hernan Reynoso (15-11-4, 7), who is best known for being stopped in 6 rounds by Callum Smith in the UK back in 2016.
Unbeaten Kazakh Batyrzhan Jukembayev (14-0-0-2, 12) [Батыржан Джукембаевto] announced over social media yesterday that he would be back in the ring in March, though stated no other details in regards to who he will be up against or the exact date of his bout.
The talented and heavy handed Kazakh puncher has had a number of issues with his team in recent months, which has lead to a lengthy time out of the ring, though it appears talks have cleared the air and now Jukembayev will be able to resume his career.
The instagram post saw Jukembayev “The next fight will take place in March, Inshahlla! Pro opponent will report later. Good luck to everyone and thank you for your support! ” (Translated)
Last time out the Kazakh stopped Patricio Lopez Moreno in October 2018, that was his third fight of the year, and his third straight stoppage win.
With a return now set it'll be interesting to see who Jukembayev will be matched against, and what his performance looks like. It'll also be interesting to see who else will be on the card and how his relationship with his promoter is. Fingers crossed all issues are sorted as it would be a huge shame to see his career stall further, just as things were looking ready to really take off!
Earlier today Vesti.KZ reported that unbeaten fighters Ablaikhan Khussainov (10-0, 7) [Хусаинов Абылайхан] and Batyrzhan Jukembayev (14-0-0-2, 12) [Батыржан Джукембаевto] have now signalled thair intent to sign with the world famous Egis Klimas, and that deals are expected to be signed with the manager in the coming weeks.
It's unclear which promotional channel that they would be going down if Klimas ends up guiding their career's, but it's clear they are in reliable hands, joining a manager who looks after a real who's who of boxing, including Vasyl Lomachenko including Sergey Kovalev.
We're hoping to see both men in action in the next few months as they look to get their career on track.
For Khussainov it seems straight forward following his split from Eye of the Tiger, which happened at the end of 2018. Since splitting with their former Canadian promoter Khussainov has fought once, on a card in Kazakhstan.
Jukembayev on the other hand, hasn't fought at all, since a public falling out with Eye of the Tiger Management last year, in which they stated he was "no longer part of the family"
It has now been confirmed that Jukembayev is isn't as free as Vesti.kz have reported with Boxrec editor Philipe St-Martin, @boxrec_canada getting confirmation that Jukembayev is still with Eye of The Tiger Management
Tweeting "Got confirmation that this report is not true. Jukembayev still under promotional contract with @EOTMVD and manager is still Anna Reva"
It is worth noting that Reva is the former manager of Arthur Beterbiev, who was taken to court by Reva for trying to leave her and that Jukembayev wanting to leave her is no hidden secret in Canadian or Kazakh boxing circles, with the fighter previously reported as wanting to sign with Golden Boy Promotions.
(Image courtesy of Vesti)
A few days ago unbeaten Kazakh prospect Sadriddin Akhmedov (6-0, 6) [Ахмедов Садриддин] destroyed Mexican journeyman Eliud Melendez Rocha (14-11-2, 7) inside a round to continue his impressive run of destruction. Now it's been revealed that Akhmedov's next bout is already being arranged, and will see him back in the ring in January.
The hard hitting 20 year old will not only be returning for his first fight of 2019 in January but will also be fighting in his first title bout, as he competes for the WBC Youth Middleweight title.
At the moment the name of his opponent isn't known but we do know that the bout will take place on January 26th in Montreal, with Eye of the Tiger Management promoting the event.
During 2018 we've seen Akhmedov fight 6 times, staying incredibly active against low level competition. We're hoping this impending title fight will see the Kazakh step up his level of competition with quality really being more of a concern that quantity for the "Soldier of Q". Hopefully that improved quality of opposition begins here with this upcoming bout for the Youth title.
It should be noted that the card this bout will appear on had originally had a bout between Batyrzhan Jukembayev (14-0-0-2, 12) [Батыржан Джукембаевto] and unbeaten Canadian Mathieu Germain (16-0, 8) planned for it. That bout has now fallen through and Jukembayev has missed out on the chance, with Germain instead set to take on Steve Claggett (27-5-1, 17)
Tiger didn't massively want, as both fighters were under contract to them. It was assumed it was going to take place however as Germain had asked for the bout and Jukembayev was one his way out of the company.
The news of the bout being cancelled was broken by TVA Sports journalist Nancy Audit, who reported the news in French as per the tweet above.
At the moment it seems like Jukembayev is heading out of Eye of the Tiger Management regardless of this and is looking to join an American promoter in the hope of getting bigger bouts and climbing towards a world title fight, starting in 2019.
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