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
We've long known that the 2016 Olympic gold medal winner Daniyar Yeleussinov (4-0, 2) [Данияр Маратұлы Елеусінов] would be returning to the ring on November 24th as part on Matchroom Sport's boxing card in Monaco. Until today however the opponent and the length of the bout were unconfirmed.
Today saw Matchroom revealed that the Kazakh fighter would be up against Nicaraguan foe Marcos Mojica (16-2-2, 12) in an 8 round contest at Welterweight.
The Nicaraguan fighter is a 33 year old a millennial who debuted in 2010 and has never fought outside of Nicaragua. During his career so far he has faced two fighters of note, Oliver Flores and Jose Alfaro, who both beat him, decisively. Flores took a very clear decision over Mojica whilst Alfaro, a former WBA Lightweight champion, stopped him in 7 rounds.
On paper this is a step up for Yeleussinov but in reality it's not really much of a step forward, and instead it should be a bit of a showcase for the talented Kazakh.
After a couple of disappointing performances by Olympic champion Daniyar Yeleussinov (4-0, 2) [Данияр Маратұлы Елеусінов] there seemed to be a bit of doubt over his potential. Today however he made a good attempt to silence those doubters, as he impressively dispatched tough American Matt Dougherty (8-6-1, 4) inside the opening round.
The Kazakh finally looked like he had began to adapt to the professional style and sat on his punches, throwing them with bad intent and tried to hurt Dougherty, which he did with a solid body shot. A follow up attack had Dougherty in trouble until the referee, Arthur Mercante, stepped in and stopped the bout with just a few seconds of the opening round left. It should be noted that Dougherty did throw back as the referee stepped in, leaving to the feeling that he was still showing enough to be allowed to continue and that the stoppage was a touch quick.
After the bout it was confirmed that Yeleussinov was going to be fighting on the Matchroom promoted card on November 24th show in Monaco, something that had long been on the cards. He'll be hoping for another impressive outing there as he continues to adapt to the professional ranks.
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