Unbeaten 2016 Olympic Gold medal winner Daniyar Yeleussinov (7-0, 3) [Данияр Маратұлы Елеусінов] may have missed out on a chance to fight on card headlined by fellow Kazakh Gennady Golovkin but he's not missing out on being active!
Having just fought on May 25th it seems like his next bout is already set, and will take place on July 27th.
According to Kazakh sources Yeleussinov will be part of the recently announced "All or Nothing" show, headlined by a Light Welterweight unification bout between Jose Carlos Ramirez (24-0, 16) and Maurice Hooker (26-0-3, 17), who look to unify their WBC and WBO world titles. Not only is Yeleussinov set for this card in Arlington, Texas, but it's also expected that the Kazakh will be in a 10 round bout, his first over the distance.
At the moment there's not opponent named for the unbeaten Kazakh, though it would seem like it will be a big step up in class from his last bout, which was against Luis Norambuena in May. It's also worth noting that this will be his third fight in just over 4 months and it's clear that Matchroom Sports, who are promoting this card, do have plans for him, plans that may have grown after his former amateur foe Josh Kelly suffered his first set back, fighting to a draw on his US debut.
Later today we'll see 2016 Olympic Gold medal winner Daniyar Yeleussinov (6-0, 3) [Данияр Маратұлы Елеусінов] battle against 27 year old Chilean fighter Luis Norambuena (3-1-1), in Maryland, USA.
Yesterday the two men took part in their weigh in for the contest, and both came in above the Welterweight limit, as contractually agreed.
On the scales Yeleussinov, the taller man, was 150.2lbs and looked in great shape. Although he can make Welterweight it does seem like his future will end up at Light Middleweight at some point in the future. Norambuena was the lighter man at 149.2lbs, and looked really well built but like a fighter who fully hydrated and could easily be fighting at 140lbs if he wanted to fight at the best weight for his body.
The bout will be Yeleussinov's 4th bout in the US and a win here will likely lead to the Kazakh moving towards his first title bout.
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Yesterday we reported that 2016 Olympic Gold medal winner Daniyar Yeleussinov (6-0, 3) [Данияр Маратұлы Елеусінов] wasn't able to fight Miguel Zamudio (43-12-1, 27) tomorrow, as planned, due to the Maryland commission refusing to sanction Zamudio as an opponent at 150lbs.
Today we found out who has replaced the Mexican veteran, and as expected it's not a particularly great change of opponent.
Instead of fighting a guy with over 40 wins Yeleussinov 27 year old Chilean fighter Luis Norambuena (3-1-1), who lost in his US debut just over 2 weeks ago.
Although Norambuena is a more natural fighter at around 150lbs, regularly fighting just over the Welterweight limit, he is a novice, recent lost and has shown no power, with all 5 of his bouts going the distance. Although he's never been stopped it's still hard to get too excited about his chances against someone as good as Yeleussinov, especially given the fact he is such a late replacement, coming in on super short notice for the bout.
The 2016 Olympic Gold medal winner Daniyar Yeleussinov (6-0, 3) [Данияр Маратұлы Елеусінов] doesn't seem able to catch a break right now. He has seen his the scheduling of his 7th bout change date several times already, and has now seen scheduled opponent Miguel Zamudio (43-12-1, 27) being ruled out by the Maryland State Athletic Commission, just days before the contest was set to take place.
Kazakh sources have reported that Maryland have decided not to sanction the bout due, in part, to the fight taking place well above Zamudio's best weight, with the contracted weight being 150lbs, and coming so soon after his knockout loss to Shakhram Giyasov (8-0, 6) [Shahram G‘iyosov] last year.
Although Zamudio is out Yeleussinov is still pencilled in to fight on May 25th in Maryland, though his opponent for the card has't yet been announced and it does seem unlikely that the Kazakh will get a decent opponent at such short notice.
It should be noted that Zamudio wasn't the team's first choice, with that being Fernando Carcamo (23-9, 18), though issues with Carcamo's trainer prevent the bout from taking place this weekend.
Whilst we do, fully, understand the decision of the Maryland Commission, we do wonder if they will be consistent in the future on what they will, and won't, allow in their ring.
It's fair to say it's been a frustrating few weeks for Daniyar Yeleussinov (6-0, 3) [Данияр Маратұлы Елеусінов]. Originally he was pencilled in to fight on May 25th, as part of the Oleksandr Usyk Vs Carlos Takam card, which has under-gone multiple changes in recent weeks, then he was scheduled to fight on the June 8th card headlined by Gennady Golovkin battling Steve Rolls.
Now he has seen his bout shift back to the originally planned May 25th date.
Originally the hope had been for Yeleussinov to face Fernando Carcamo (23-9, 18), who was unable to make the May 25th date for reasons relating to his trainer. Instead Yeleussinov will now face Miguel Zamudio (43-12-1, 27), with the bout taking place in just over a weeks time.
On paper Zamudio looks like an interesting test, with over 40 wins and more than 50 bouts. In reality however he's a very, very limited fighter who has been stopped 10 times, including an opening round loss to Shakhram Giyasov last November, the same Giyasov that Yeleussinov beat in the 2016 Olympic final.
Given the bout has been put together on short notice it is better than nothing, but this isn't really great for his development and it's a shame he is wasting time facing someone like Zamudio at this point.
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