Unbeaten Kazakh fighter Madiyar Ashkeyev (12-0, 6) [Мадияра Ашкеева] might not be a big name, yet, but he has made a big splash following a recent interview for Kazakh program “Uakyt korsetedi” (“Time will tell”).
The unbeaten fighter was giving an interview for the program when the subject turned to the risk of injury in boxing, and more specifically the case Magomed Abdusalamov, who was injured back in November 2013 after being defeated by Cuban Mike Perez. With the conversation going down the line of injury's the present asked a question that was translated as-
"If you were in place of Magomed, would your wife not leave you?"
That was answered by the fighter ending the interview, though not until he had thrown a glass of water over the presenters face.
Notably Ashkeyev was happy to talk about personal issues earlier in the interview speaking about his arrested in, following an altercation in 2008, revealing. "...due to stupidity, childishness, I got into a fight in the city with the guys and ended up behind bars. They gave me three years, but after a year and eight months he was released for good behavior".
The back and forth, in regards to the injury question, begins at around 24:11 into the video with the fighter losing his temper with the question about a minute later.
Ashkeyev's next bout will be on July 5th against Estonian Pavel Semenov (24-11-2, 9), and we would suggest Semenov doesn't try to get personal about Ahekeyev's wife.
Last night in the US Kazakh prospect Madiyar Ashkeyev (12-0, 6) [Мадияра Ашкеева] took a big step up and claimed victory over tough 34 year old American Cecil McCalla (21-4, 8) in Arizona.
The bout went the 10 round distance, as was expected given McCalla's durability, but the decision was taken by Ashkeyev, who now holds the NABF Junior Super Welterweight title.
This was the second successive time that Ashkeyev has gone the 10 rounds, and the expectation has to be for the unbeaten man to secure better bouts in the very near future. With his 31st birthday taking place at the end of July there's no time for him to waste. Thankfully his last 2 wins, the one over McCall and one over Luis Hernandez, have been his best and it certainly seems like his career is going in the right direction, though he perhaps needs his put his foot on the gas if he is going to get a really big fight before it's too late.
Despite being informed of Ashkeyev's win, we haven't been given the official scores from the bout.
There's not been a lot of professional news out of Central Asia since the Asian Championships finished a few days a, however today we were informed of two small but notable bits of news.
Firstly unbeaten Kazakh prospect Madiyar Ashkeyev (11-0, 6) [Мадияра Ашкеева] will be back in the ring on May 23rd in a notable step up. The unbeaten Kazakh will be up against 34 year old American Cecil McCalla (21-3, 8), in what is a really good step forward for Ashkeyev. The Kazakh was least seen in action in January, beating Luis Hernandez over 10 rounds, and should be hoping to be kept busy through 2019 as he develops his skills and experience. McCalla on the other hand will be fighting for the second time since 2016. It's worth noting that he is 1-3 in his last 4, but losses have come to Chris Van Heerden, Ishe Smith and current world champion Tony Harrison, all by decisions. The American is tough and should give Ashkeyev a test.
The other thing we were informed of was that Israil Madrimov (2-0, 2) [Isroil Madrimov] has returned to the US to begin preparations for his next professional bout. The details are scarce at the moment, but he will be defending his WBA Inter-Continental Light Middleweight and the bout is expected to take place in Summer. More information on this is expected to be revealed in the coming weeks.
On Friday night in California fight fans had the chance to see a couple of unbeaten Kazakh hopefuls pick up their latest wins and remain unbeaten.
One of those fighters was Light Middleweight Madiyar Ashkeyev (11-0, 6) [Мадияра Ашкеева], who faced off with Puerto Rican foe Luis Hernandez (16-7, 9). The unbeaten 30 year old from Kazakhstan was forced to go the distance with Hernandez, who despite losing 7 of 23 bouts is still yet to be stopped, and has mixed with very good company in those losses. Ashkeyev will be happy to have gone 10 rounds for the first time, but it's hard to really see where he can go.
The other Kazakh picking up a win was Meiirim Nursultanov (10-0, 8) [Мейирима Нурсултанова] who stopped late replacement Ramon Aguinaga (13-2, 9), a 26 year old Mexican foe who was the late replacement for a different replacement. The Kazakh stopped the Mexican fighter in the 2nd round, of a scheduled 8 rounder. Given how impressive Nursultanov has looked through his career we're expecting a huge 2019 from him, and wouldn't be surprised to see him breaking into the world rankings by the end of the year.
Later today their will be two notable and unbeaten Kazakh fighters in action at the Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, California. The fighters in question will be Madiyar Ashkeyev (10-0, 6) [Мадияра Ашкеева] and Meiirim Nursultanov (9-0, 7) [Мейирима Нурсултанова], who will look to begin their 2019's with notable wins, in what could be very big years for both men. Yesterday both took part in their weigh ins, along with their opponents.
Ashkeyev will be up against Puerto Rican foe Luis Hernandez (16-6, 9) in a 10 round bout . On the scales both of these men were bang on the 154lb limit and looked in good shape. Hernandez has never been stopped and is expected to give Ashkeyev a very tough contest but has lost 5 of his last 8, including losses to the likes of Rashidi Ellis, Esquiva Falcao and Terrell Gausha. On paper this is set to be Ashkeyev's toughest bout, but is certainly a winnable one.
Nursulatanov on the other hand will be up against 26 year old Mexican foe Ramon Aguinaga (13-1, 9), who was a late replacement for a late replacement. Aguinaga was stopped last time out, in 5 rounds by Christian Mbilli and is expected to come up short again here. Notably however the Mexican does have a clear weight advantage, with the Kazakh weighing 161.8lbs and his opponent coming in at 167.6lbs, well above the Kazakh. Despite the weight difference the Kazakh is expected to use his skills and physical strength to over-come his foe.
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