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.
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.
Yesterday in Las Vegas, Nevada, fans had the chance to see talented Kazakh Meiirim Nursultanov (9-0, 7) [Нурсултанов Мейирим] claim his first title, as he defeated American foe Jamar Freeeman (15-7-2, 8) for the NABF Junior Middleweight title.
The bout saw all 3 judges score the contest 80-71.
The Kazakh always looked much better than Freeman, who proved to be tough, climbing up from a knockdown in round 2, but was totally out classed and looked to landing single big shots rather than set anything up or throw much in terms of combinations. Had he thrown some combinations however he could have ended up feeling more of Nursultanov's power as the heavy handed Kazakh was given very few solid and clean openings.
Although the 25 year old Kazakh was happy with the win the result does see him ending a 7 fight stoppage run, than began in April 2017 and saw him going 8 rounds for the first time in his career. Freeman has been stopped 3 times, though never whilst fighting at Middleweight, as he was last night.
(Image courtesy of Nursultanov's instagram page)
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