On Friday night in the US unbeaten Kazakh Daniyar Yeleussinov (9-0, 5) [Данияр Маратұлы Елеусінов] scored his latest win, stopping Alan Sanchez (20-5-1, 10) in 5 rounds.
The talented Kazakh, who has shown real signs of development in recent bouts looked good through out with his sharp shots soon marking up Sanchez, who had clear swelling under his left eye as early as round 3. That swelling got worse as the fight went on and left him with a bit target for the unbeaten Yeleussinov. and Sanchez's left eye was pretty much closed by the the start of round 4.
Despite the swelling Sanchez passed a doctor's inspection and showed some hunger in the round, knowing he didn't go for the KO the bout was going to be stopped. The extra aggression from Sanchez brought out more from Yeleussinov, who found holes to counter him, and picked him off as Sanchez rushed in. Time and time again Yeleussinov would tag the swelling with a right hook before getting out of range.
Whilst the right hook was Yeleussinov's key weapon during round 4 he did show there was more just to him than just the one shot, often landing jabs, and opening up with his left hand on a number of occasions, whilst looking full in control and very relaxed.
Early in round 5 the doctor had another look at the eye and this time stopped the bout much to the annoyance and anger of Sanchez, who clearly wanted to continue.
Despite the win it's still hard to know just how good Yeleussinov is, and we hope that we see him given an actual test in 2020. As for Sanchez few can question his heart and determination, but he was very much out classed here.
Unbeaten Kazakh Daniyar Yeleussinov (8-0, 4) [Данияр Маратұлы Елеусінов], a 2016 Olympic gold medal winner, is now set to return on December 20th.
The talented, yet at times frustrating Kazakh, has been matched with American based Mexican born fighter Alan Sanchez (20-4-1, 10), who hasn't fought since being stopped in September 2018 by Alexander Besputin.
According to sources in Kazakhstan the bout still needs to get clearance from the local commission in Arizona, though it did appear that Yeleussinov's team were confident of getting that clearance despite Sanchez being out of the ring for over a year.
This will be Yeleussinov's 4th bout of the year, and on paper is a step up from the likes of Luis Norambuena and Reshard Hicks, though he is still a very long way from the big fights that his team were maybe expecting he'd be close to by now. On the other hand this is a good step forward and Hicks is no push over, with wins over the likes of Jorge Silva, Ed Paredas and Pablo Cesar Cano.
The bout will be on the same card as the controversial Daniel Jacobs v Julio Cesar Chavez Jr bout and the mouth watering WBC Flyweight title bout between Julio Cesar Martinez Aguilar and Cristofer Rosales.
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Earlier today we were informed that 2016 Olympic gold medal winner Daniyar Yeleussinov (8-0, 4) [Данияр Маратұлы Елеусінов], from Kazakhstan, would be returning to the ring on December 20th, as he looked to record his 9th professional victory and continue building his reputation.
The when and where is known but not the opponent
The bout, as mentioned, will be on December 20th and will take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, as part of the Danny Jacobs Vs Julio Cesar Chavez Jr card.
The bout will be Yeleussinov's Las Vegas debut though as mentioned previously his opponent hasn't yet been named for the show.
Given that Yeleussinov's team had expected him to be much further along this year, we can't help but feel that this is going to be a disappointing and frustrating year for the Olympic champion. The hope had been for him to have won his first professional title and be moving towards bigger and better fights.
At 28, and with his 29th birthday next March, he's still got time to develop and make a name for himself, though his career certainly seems to be progressing slower than hoped and and fingers crossed that 2020 will be a much more significant and impressive year for the talented "Kazakh Thunder".
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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.
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