The Kazakh boxing scene has been rather quiet recently, with more focus on Gennady Golovkin's future TV deal and fighters planning returns from injury than any actual fights being announced. Earlier today however trainer Sagatbek Musakhanov confirmed that 3 of his hopefuls would be back in the ring on April 20th in Austin, Texas.
The most notable of those prospects is Iskander Kharsan (5-0, 4) [Искандер Харсан], a 21 year old Super Bantamweight who won the WBC Youth Intercontinental Super Bantamweight title last year. The only thing confirmed about his bout is that it will be an 8 round contest. He will be joined by hard punching pair Askat Zhantursynov (3-0, 3) [Аскату Жантурсынову] and Dias Tastemirov (3-0, 3) [Диасу Тастемирову], though no details about their bouts have been confirmed at all.
Musakhanov revealed that the opponents will be confirmed shortly, though if we're being honest none of them will be facing anyone too testing, instead looking to improve their records as they develop their skills, and move towards bigger bouts at the end of the year.
It's worth noting that the trainer also works with Zhankosh Turarov (22-0, 15) [Жанкош Тураров], and he too is now expected to return to the ring in April, though there are no concrete plans and he is just talking to various promoters and will weigh up his options.
This past weekend unbeaten Kazakh prospect Iskander Kharsan (5-0, 4) [Искандер Харсан] claimed his first title, the WBC Youth Intercontinental Super Bantamweight title. Today his trainer Sagatbek Musakhanov spoke to the Kazakh press and reported that their plan for 2019 was a big step up in class, with the hope being to fight a top 10 ranked fighter by the end of the year.
Musakhanov revealed that Kharsan's recent fight, a clear decision win over Jorge Ramos Jr, was a tough one due to Ramos' style and experience. The win however was a tough one for the Kazakh youngster, who apparently lacks in terms of amateur experience and took to the sport at a later age than many.
The plan for the new year is to work on the flaws that Kharsan showed in his recent bout, the hope is that he will improve to the point where he can fight with top 10 ranked fighters by the end of the year.
The 21 year old Kazakh made his debut in July 2017 and quickly impressed by scoring 4 straight stoppages, though they all came against limited opposition with the match up against Ramos, this past Saturday, being a clear step up. That step up has shown how good he is, but also how much work there is for the youngster to do before facing higher calibre opponents.
Unbeaten Kazakh prospect Iskander Kharsan (5-0, 4) extended his unbeaten record on Saturday night, and became the new WBC Youth Intercontinental Super Bantamweight, as he took a decision over Jorge Ramos (6-1-1, 3).
The bout, which took place in Austin, Texas, was a step up in class for both men and an ultra-competitive one.
Coming in to the bout Kharsan had stopped his first 4 opponents in a combined 9 rounds but here he was up against a man unwilling with some amateur experience, and it showed. Ramos was patient, waiting for Kharsan to make mistakes, and forced Kharsan to work smartly to take the win. Ramos, a 19 year old, had scored some straight forward wins to begin his career, but was forced to work for a draw in July and it appears that experience was key to his performance here, but the extra power likely made the difference on the score cards with Kharsan a clear winner on the cards, despite being forced to work for the win.
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Earlier today Kazakh sources reported that young prospect Iskander Kharsan (4-0, 4) [Харсан Искандер] would be returning later this year to face off with Jorge Ramos (6-0-1, 3).
Not only are the two men fighting but the team behind Kharsan are said to be trying to get some form of WBC title on the line, with sources reporting that they are targeting the WBC "Silver" title. If they can't secure the Silver title they will look at other title options for the bout
From what we understand this bout will take place in the US on December 8th, though details on specific venue are still unclear at the moment, just like which specific title will be on the line.
Although relatively unknown Kharsan has been impressive since making his debut in July 2017 and he is strongly backed by those in Kazakhstan, who are tipping him heavily to be a success in the years to come. Ramos, aged 19, won his first 6, all against novices, but was held to a draw last time out by Eric Manriquez. That draw would likely have helped Kharsan's team pursue this contest.
(Image courtesy of Photo by Mario Rojas)
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