Earlier this evening a trio of Central Asian hopefuls each picked up stoppage wins in New York.
The first of those was Azeri Heavyweight Magomedrasul Majidov (1-0, 1) [Магомедрасул Меджидов]. The debutant Majidov, who has long been a dominant Heavyweight in the amateurs, was surprisingly dropped by Ed Fountain (12-7, 5) in the second round, but he came back and forced a stoppage of the American late in the 4th round. There has got to be some worries about Majidov, who turns 33 next week, but given his age he also needs to be fast tracked.
The second of the Central Asian trio to pick up a win was Murodjon Akhmadaliev (7-0, 6) [Ахмадалиев, Муроджон Кахарович], who scored an easy win over Wilner Soto (22-7, 12), also in the 4th round. Originally Akhmadaliev was pencilled in to fight for the IBF and WBA "super" Super Bantamweight titles, before Danny Roman suffered an injury in training. Rather than take the night off Akhmadaliev just used Soto as a human punch bag en route to just latest win in what is likely to be a tune up for his eventual world title bout.
The third of the trio was 2016 Olympic champion Daniyar Yeleussinov (8-0, 4) [Данияр Маратұлы Елеусінов]. Despite being the final of the hopefuls in action is performance was the most impressive, as he blew away the previously unbeaten Reshard Hicks (12-1-1, 6), inside a round. The unbeaten Kazakh has blown hot and cold, but today's performance was definitely a hot, and he dropped Hicks in the first 2 minutes, before forcing a stoppage soon afterwards.
Earlier today we were informed that unbeaten Kazakh fighter Daniyar Yeleussinov (7-0, 3) [Данияр Маратұлы Елеусінов] has finally had his next bout set, as he continues to develop his professional career and move towards bigger fights
The 2016 Olympic gold medal winner, who famously beat Josh Kelly and Shakhram Giyasov in Rio, had long been pencilled in for the September 13th card at Madison Square Garden Theater, which will be headlined by Devin Haney taking on Zaur Abdullaev in a world title eliminator. Whilst he was known as fighting on the card his opponent wasn't known until earlier today.
According to Vesti.kz Yeleussinov will be facing fellow unbeaten Reshard Hicks (12-0-1, 6), an American 34 year old who really lacks any win of major note but should be coming to win, and defend his own unbeaten record.
The Kazakh been hoping to fight for titles earlier in the year but for whatever reason that has failed to materialise, however this will be his third bout of the year is a very credible step up from his last two bouts, which really were against over-matched foes who were there to make up the numbers. Hicks may not be there to make up the numbers, but we do suspect he will be out of his depth against someone with the skills and experience of Yeleussinov.
Interestingly Yelussinov is the second Central Asian fighter to be confirmed for this card, alongside Uzbek Murodjon Akhmadaliev (6-0, 5) who faces Daniel Roman (27-2-1, 10) for the the WBA" super" and IBF Super Bantamweight.
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.
(Image courtesy of Vesti.kz)
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.
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