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.
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 Джукембаев] 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 Джукембаев] 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 Джукембаев] 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)
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