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)
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)
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