Unbeaten Kazakh hopeful Madiyar Ashkeyev (13-0, 6) [Ашкеев Мадияр] is set to get his next fight in November 9th in California, as he takes on American southpaw Cleotis Pendarvis (21-5-2, 9) in a bout for the WBC United States (USNBC) title at 154lbs.
The talented Ashkeyev has been a professional since late 2015 and after a string of fights against limited opponents has been stepping up recently, with wins over Luis Hernandez and Cecil McCalla already this year. This will be his 4th fight in 2019 and the 31 year old is clearly being matched stiffer as he looks to march into the world title mix, though is still a long way from a getting a shot one of the major belts.
Ashkeyev isn't one of the top Kazakh hopefuls, and given he didn't debut as a pro until his mid 20's there's a real chance he'll never manage to make a huge mark at the top, but he is developing into a legitimate contender.
Aged 33 Pendarvis looks to be heading towards journeyman status. At his best he was a decent Light Welterweight, but those years appear to be well and well truly behind him and he's years removed from a win of note. Following a 2013 loss in a world title eliminator against Dierry Jean he has beaten terrible competition in Mexico and lost the one time he stepped up, being forced to retire against Serhii Bohachuk this past March.
This should be a straight forward win for Ashkeyev, but is a logical next step forward, and a chance to see him back in action as he continues to build momentum towards something bigger, and better, in 2020.
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.
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