Back in November we reported that Madiyar Ashkeyev (10-0, 6) [Мадияра Ашкеева] and Meiirim Nursultanov (9-0, 7) [Мейирима Нурсултанова] would be in action in January. Now their opponents for the January bouts have been announced.
The 30 year old Ashkeyev will be up against 32 year old Puerto Rican opponent Luis Hernandez (16-6, 9). Coming into this Hernandez has lost 4 of his last 5, though has never been stopped despite spending time in the ring against Esquiva Falcao, Terrrell Gausha and Juan Carlos Abreu. He's clearly a limited fighter, but a tough one and could give the unbeaten Kazakh some real questions to answer.
Nursultanov on the other hand will be facing off with the big punching Ernest Amuzu (24-4, 22), a US based Ghanaian fighter. Amuzu is 0-3 outside of Ghana, but has faced good opposition, losing in 2017 to Vijender Singh and in 2018 to Brandon Robinson. Despite being heavy handed he does lack in technical refinement and can be hit, which we expect to see the Kazakh do, at will.
According to sources in Kazakhstan we'll see two American based Kazakh fighters return to the ring on a January 11th card in the US, though at the moment their opponents are yet to be confirmed.
The fighters in question are Madiyar Ashkeyev (10-0, 6) [Мадияра Ашкеева] and Meiirim Nursultanov (9-0, 7) [Мейирима Нурсултанова], both of whom are looking to extend their unbeaten records and take a huge step towards bigger and better fights later in the year.
Originally the plan had been for both men to fight in December, though their bouts have both been postponed and the two will now begin preparing for the January date.
For Ashkeyev the bout will be his first since defeating Eduardo Flores in August, in what was his second bout of 2018. Sadly Ashkeyev has lacked activity recently, and has fought only 3 times since the start of 2017. As for Nursultanov the bout will see him kick off 2019 following a busy 2018, in which he went 4-0 (3) and claimed the NABF Junior Middleweight title. He won that title back in October, when he defeating Jamar Freeman by 8 round decision, and could end up making his first defense on the January show.
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