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)
Later today Golden Boy Promotions will be putting on their next card, and it will feature unbeaten Kazakh hopeful Meiirim Nursultanov (8-0, 7) [Нурсултанов Мейирим] in his first title fight. The talented Kazakh will be up against American foe Jamar Freeeman (15-6-2, 8) in a bout for the NABF Junior Middleweight title.
Yesterday the two men took part in their weigh in.
On the scales Nursultanov was 159.6lbs whilst Freeman was 159.4lb, both comfortably under the 160lb limit for the bout.
Notably the bout, which will be streamed live on facebook, is headlined by a WBO Minimumweight title fight between Angel Acosta (18-1, 18) and Abraham Rodriguez (23-1, 11), with the winner said to be a target for Hiroto Kyoguchi (11-0, 8) [京口 紘人], with that bout potentially being pencilled in for December 31st.
(Image courtesy of Golden Boy Promotions)
On October 13th we'll see Kazakh Meiirim Nursultanov (8-0, 7) [Нурсултанов Мейирим] return to the ring for his first title fight.
The bout will see him fighting for NABF title and battling against American foe Jamar Freeeman (15-6-2, 8), with the bout taking place at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
Nursultanov has been a professional since late 2016 and although he's not yet scored a huge win he does hold victories over the likes of Ismael Bueno, Eric Moon and Jonathan Batstia. On paper this is a step up, but only a marginal one from his recent contests.
Freeman on the other hand made his debut 2009 and has had mixed success, with notable losses in to Sammy Vasquez, Julian Williams and Caleb Plant. His career has been stop and start, and he's currently been having a lay off of over a year as he comes in to this bout.
(Image courtesy of SmugMug)
Earlier today fight fans in Astana, Kazakhstan, had plenty to celebrate as a number of Kazakh fighters picked up wins, with some really shining in impressive fashion, and other being forced to work hard for victory in an interesting card
The card was shown, in part, on Fite.TV, who broadcast the show in English on a very affordable PPV model. The Fite.TV portion of the show featured 5 bouts in total.
The first of those was a show case for Nursultan Zhanabayev (3-0, 2), as he stopped Brazilian Alex Sandro Duarte (13-2-1, 10) in side a round. The Brazilian was down within seconds, and was bullied and beaten until the bout stopped.
The second bout was also a mismatch as Ruslan Myrsatayev (4-0, 4) battered the under-sized Andres Matias (5-1, 5) into submission. The visitor showed little in terms of out put but had little quit in him, until finally being worn down but the pitbull like Myrsatayev in round 4.
Heart was the order of the day and that was proven when Zhanibek Alimkhanuly (2-0, 1) spent 6 rounds using Gilberto Pereira dos Santos (14-6, 10) as a human punch bag. dos Santos showed his toughness and refused to ever go down, but was out boxed, out moved, out punched and out-everything but the former amateur standout, who tried everything to get the stoppage.
In an entertaining scrap Zhankosh Turarov (22-0, 15) over-came Argentinian puncher Bruno Leonardo Romay (21-5, 18) in a fun fight, but one thta seemed to show that Turarov was a long, long way from being the next star of Kazakh boxing. The unbeaten fighter showed touches of genius, but then followed those up by dropping his hands, eating shots he should have avoided and failing to build on his better moments. It was a clear win, with all 3 judges scoring it 97-93, but it could, and perhaps should, have been a shut out.
In the main event Kanat Islam (25-0, 20) did a demolision job on the gutsy and insanely tough Brandon Cook (18-1, 11), who was finally saved by the referee in round 9. Cook had been dropped in the opening round, as well as rounds 5 and 8, he had suffered nasty facial swelling from early in the contest and had taken a beating until the eventual stoppage, having proven himself as an incredibly tough man, but one who lacked the fire power to get Islam's respect.
Away from the Fite.TV broadcast were wins for Ali Akhmedov (9-0, 7), Aidos Yerbossynuly (7-0, 6), Meiirim Nursultanov (4-0, 3) and Dimash Niyazov (12-0-3, 5), with only Niyazov being taken the distance.
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