According to sources in Kazakhstan two top Canadian based Kazakh fighters are currently without a lead trainer after Eye of the Tiger promotions cut their ties with Stefan LaRouche.
The sources state that both Batyrzhan Jukembayev (13-0-0-2, 11) [Батыр Джукембаев] and Nurzat Sabirov (7-0, 6) [Нурзат Сабиров] have been left with out a mentor following the split with LaRouche.
The two men are currently looking for new trainers but are unlikely to be left waiting long given that both fighters will be fighting in October, with Jukembayev pencilled in for October 6th and Sabirov set to fight on October 13th.
A third Kazakh, Sadriddin Akhmedov (3-0, 3) [Садриддин Ахмедов], was also left without a trainer but has now joined up with Marc Ramsey. Akhmedov will also be in action on October 13th, along with Sabirov.
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According to the Kazakh sports paper's the fast rising Batyrzhan Jukembayev (11-0-0-2, 9) [Батыржан Джукембаев] is eyeing up a potential clash with former world champion Zab Judah (44-9-0-2, 30).
The sources report that the Canadian based Kazakh hopeful is looking to face Judah in Montreal in March, with Anna Reva, Jukembayev's manager, stating that they have made the offer to Judah, who fought this past Saturday.
Although the American isn't the big name he once was, and is very much a faded force, he does still have some name value and a win over him would elevate Jukembayev's profile in a notable way. It was also be a credible step up for the big punching Kazakh, who beat former Judah foe Cosme Rivera last April.
Whilst Jukembayev is relatively unknown outside of of Kazakh fans, and those who follow the Canadian scene there is a lot of expectations on his shoulders and the 26 year old does look like a very promising prospect with the potential to go far. He does need some step ups and some profile building contests, and a contest with Judah would certainly raise his profile in North America.
If the bout is to be made we expect it will be confirmed in the coming weeks. If the bout falls thourgh then we still expect to see Jukembayev in action in March, albeit againt a less notable opponent than Judah.
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