Kazakh prospect Daniyar Yeleussinov (5-0, 3) [Данияр Маратұлы Елеусінов] had long been pencilled in for the March 15th show in Philadelphia, though until today his opponent wasn't known.
Today that changed with the announcement that the 2016 Olympic Gold Medal winner will face Mexican Carlos Jimenez (14-9-1, 8), in a bout scheduled for 8 rounds.
The Mexican is a good step up in class for Yeleussinov, and has proven to be tough, rugged and a good test, even if he does typically come up short in his most meaningful bout. We expect to see Yeleussinov be tested, but continue his rise through the ranks, and his development to the professional ranks to continue, after a couple of very good performances recently.
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Today news from Kazakhstan broke that Daniyar Yeleussinov (5-0, 3) [Данияр Маратұлы Елеусінов] now has a date set for his first bout of 2019.
According to Kazakh media the the fighter's managed has revealed that the 2016 Olympic gold medal winner will be in action in Philadelphia on March 15th, though the opponent is yet to be named and the length of bout is also unclear at the moment.
Tipped as a major one to watch the 27 year old Kazakh is expected to have a huge 2019, and build on an under-rated 2018. It's hard to believe that Yeleussinov only debuted in April 2018, but was kept active through the year and after some early struggles finished 2018 with stoppage wins over Matt Doherty and Marcos Mojica. In those last 2 performances it seemed like Yeleussinov had began to adapt to the professional boxing scene, and was certainly showing more power and more intent on his shots than he had in his first 3 bouts.
Given the date and venue, it's apparent that Yeleussinov's bout will take place on a card headlined by the WBA/WBO/IBF Female Lightweight title unification bout between Katie Taylor (12-0, 5) and Rose Volante (14-0, 8), and it seems likely that we'll see several other notable fighters added to that card in the coming weeks.
This past weekend we saw 2016 Olympic gold medal winner Daniyar Yeleussinov (5-0, 3) [Данияр Маратұлы Елеусінов], score an impressive win over Marcos Mojica (16-3-2, 12). The performance was the most complete of his young career, despite some pretty harsh and uncalled for criticism from Sky commentator Matthew Macklin.
Today Yeleussinov's manager Ziya Aliyev has been quoted in the Kazakh press in regards to the performance and to Yeleussinov's future.
Firstly Aliyev has revealed that his charge went into the bout against Mojica with an injury, an injury that in all honesty he hid really well in the ring.
Secondly the plan is for Yeleussinov to move into title bouts, and 10 round contests in the new year. It seems likely that his next bout will end up taking place in either February and March and being either his final 8 round bout or a 10 round contest, though the details do still need to be arranged, such as specific date and venue. Aliyev also stated that one of those options would be in New York whilst the other would be in London.
After that Spring return the plan is to move onto a regional title fight in the Summer, though it doesn't seem like much has been put in place for that at the moment, with a hard announcement expected to be made in January or February. That one will certainly be a 10 round bout and it seems like Aliyev will be announcing that bout officially in Astana in the new year.
Although it wasn't made clear in the comments to the press it's likely that Yeleussinov will win a regional title and make a few defences before being moved into a world title bout, with that potentially being put off until 2020, depending on how much Yeleussinov develops and improves in 2019.
The professional development of former Kazakh amateur standout Daniyar Yeleussinov (5-0, 3) [Данияр Маратұлы Елеусінов], a 2016 Olympic gold medal winner, really moved up a gear today as he dominated Nicaraguan foe Marcos Mojica (16-3-2, 12), on route to a 3rd round TKO.
The opening round saw Yeleussinov easy himself into the bout. He out boxed Mojica, who was wobbled once but did survive without too much trouble. The second round however saw Mojica being dropped twice, once in the middle off the round and once right on the bell as Yeleussinov landed a series of left hands.
The Nicaraguan came out for round 3, but was dropped again relatively early in the round as Yeleussinov turned the screw and looked for a stoppage. To his credit Mojica climbed to his feet, but was stopped soon afterwards as Yeleussinov landed more clean shots, with Mojica proving no resistance to his offensive onslaught.
For Yeleussinov this was a second straight stoppage, and whilst there is clearly more fine tuning for him to do it's clear now that he is adapting to the professional ranks, something that was questioned after his first 3 fights. He's technical, as one would expect of an Olympic gold medal winner, but he's now using that technical ability to be aggressive and that's really exciting to see.
Sadly for a man with 20 fights under his belt Mojica looked awful, and we do wonder about the level of competition he's been beating so far.
This coming Saturday in Monaco fight fans will be able to see Olympic gold medal winner Daniyar Yeleussinov (4-0, 2) [Данияр Маратұлы Елеусінов] battle against Nicaraguan foe Marcos Mojica (16-2-2, 12) in an 8 round contest at Welterweight. On paper it looks to be a good step in the right direction for the Kazakh, taking on an ambitious fighter with a bit of power. The bookies however see the bout as another mismatch on Yeleussinov's march to professional success.
The Kazakh has been widely priced as a 1/100 favourite, whilst Mojica is a huge 16/1 to score the upset and the draw is even bigger at 33/1. Essentially the bout is a foregone conclusion in he eyes of the bookmakers who see the bout as being little more than a work out for the rising Kazakh.
Whilst there is no value at all in the "To win" market there is actually some potential interest in the method of victory market. The Kazakh is 1/2 to win by stoppage and 6/4 to win by decision, with most of the UK bookmakers. A Mojica win by stoppage is a massive 20/1 whilst the Nicaraguan taking a decision is available as high as 60/1, a freakishly high price.
The weigh in for the bout will take place later today and it will be shown on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the US as Yeleussinov looks to improve his standing in the sport and build on his impress performance in October against Matt Dougherty
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