Earlier today we were informed that unbeaten Kazakh hopeful Batyrzhan Jukembayev (16-0-0-2, 13) [Батыржан Джукембаев] would be returning to the ring on September 26th, in Montreal, to take on his most notable opponent to date.
The Canadian based Kazakh will be looking to secure his 17th professional win as he takes on former IBF Lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez (41-8, 15), who will be fighting for the first time since he was flat our robbed in the UK against Ohara Davies, in one of the worse decisions of 2019.
For the unbeaten Jukembayev the bout is a fantastic step up in class, a real test and a chance to him to answer some really serious questions. He's not been matched incredibly easily but this is a clear step up for him and a move in the right direction, something his last few fights haven't been. In fact it's not been since Jukembayev beat Cosme Rivera back in 2017, that he's shared the ring with someone with experience at the higher levels of the sport.
Over the last few years Vazquez, who was an avoided champion, has become a really in demand gate keeper recently. In the last two 2 years he has gone in with Josh Taylor, Thulani Mbenge, Ghislain Maduma and the aforementioned Davies, and put in very credible efforts, win or lose. A similar performance here could well see him showing too much for Jukembayev in what is a very, very well matched contest.
Jukembayev is set to be 1 of 4 Kazakh's on this card, along with Sadriddin Akhmedov (9-0, 8) [Ахмедов Садриддин], Nurzat Sabirov (10-0, 9) [Нурзат Сабиров] and Aman Kazankapov (0-0-1) [Амана Казанкапова], though none of this trio have yet had their opponents announced.
According to Vesti.kz, who have a decent track record in general but a somewhat questionable one in regard as to some subjects, Batyrzhan Jukembayev (16-0-0-2, 13) [Батыржан Джукембаев] has left manager Anna Rivas, who he has been managed by since 2015.
They report that a source has informed them of the split, and that it will be officially announced shortly, with Jukembayev wanting to get a US based manager.
It should be noted that they ran a very similar story earlier in the year, though that with Jukembayev leave Eye of the Tiger Management, his promoter, which turned out to not be the case despite real friction between the fighter and promotional organisation. Back then it was suggested Egis Klimas was the man Jukembayev wanted.
This is still a developing story, and if Vesti are right developments will flood through in the near future.
For those interested in the Vesti article, that can be read here.
Unbeaten Kazakh fighter Batyrzhan Jukembayev (16-0-0-2, 13) [Батыржан Джукембаев] continued his rise yesterday as he scored an opening round over the limited Luis Jesus Vidales (13-7, 6), from Mexico. Albeit not with out some questions being asked of the referee.
Vidales had come to make an effort, and was pretty consistent with his jab through the first round. It was however a round that Jukembayev seemed to approach as a scouting mission. That was until late when he let his shots go and landed a a couple of body shots followed by one up top. Vidales was dropped from the shots but quickly beat the count.
Up on his feet and pacing around it looked like the bout could, and probably should, have gone on, but the referee was quick to wave the bout off. That was despite some complaints from Vidales who probably should have been allowed to continue if we're being totally honest.
The official time of the stoppage was 3:00 of round 1 and Vidales really can feel like he deserves to see the start of round 2.
Yesterday in Canada there was two notable Kazakh prospects in action, and they both notched up wins to maintain their unbeaten records and advance their careers.
One of those unbeaten prospects was Nurzat Sabirov (9-0, 8) [Нурзат Сабиров], who managed to score a pretty impressive stoppage win over Argentinian veteran Cesar Hernan Reynoso (15-12-4, 7).
The talented Sabirov became only the third man to stop Reynoso, breaking him down in 7 rounds. Whilst stopping a journeyman isn't an out and out massive achievement the performance from Sabirov was very impressive, and he looks set for big things in the future.
The other was Batyrzhan Jukembayev (15-0-0-2, 12) [Батыржан Джукембаев], who had to go 10 rounds to take a decision over the durable Gilberto Meza (10-6-1, 6), who was a late replacement for the Kazakh. Meza, who has never been stopped, went 10 rounds here, and even won a few rounds from the Kazakh, but was clearly the loser over the distance with Jukembayev being too good overall.
(Image courtesy of Eye of the Tiger Management)
The last few months have been weird ones for Batyrzhan Jukembayev (14-0-0-2, 12) [Батыржан Джукембаев], who went from essentially being disowned by his promoter to fixing that relationship to having a double booked opponent to now having a very late change of opponent.
Jukembayev, who fights tonight, was supposed to face Carlos Jimenez (14-9-1, 8) tonight, who had had been part of a scheduling faux pas having also agreed to fight Daniyar Yeleussinov one night earlier. That situation eventually worked out with Jukembayev Vs Jimenez being the bout that would go ahead. Jimenez however would fail to get a visa in time.
Instead of facing Jimenez the unbeaten Kazakh fight will end up facing very late replacement Gilberto Meza (10-5-1, 6).
Jukembayev is quote in Vesti.kz as saying:
“I was also told that Jimenez would not be able to enter, just a few days ago. He was not allowed to go to the border, because the Mexican had visa problems. They gave me such information,” says Dzhukembayev. “I’m not saying that I’m sorry, though there would be a good fight. My current opponent is also a good fighter. We will follow the original plan, we will fight and achieve a bright victory.
For me, this fight is very important because I’m watching large teleservices. Thanks to my promoter, he did a lot. The situation with Carlos is not their fault. This is a confluence of circumstances and personal problems of a Mexican. The caravan does not wait for those who have lagged behind. My mood is fighting, the weight reduction was successful, I am ready for the battle. Rakhmet to everyone for support."
Given this information it seems clear that the bout really was put together on short notice, but that Jukembayev is determined to put on a good performance and score a good victory.
It's worth noting that Meza has never been stopped and last year he gave Ablaikhan Khussainov all sorts of issues in Canada, albeit at Lightweight.
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