Earlier today in Kazakhstan local fight fans got a treat, with local hopefuls picking up a trio of wins in title fights.
The first of the locals to shine was Nursultan Zhangabayev (7-0, 5) [Жанабаев Нурсултан], who easily claimed the WBA Inter-Continental Welterweight title, as he stopped Venezuelan Ivan Matute (28-2, 23). The Kazakh was aggressive early on and Matute would retire in his corner at the end of round 2. It seemed even the unbeaten man was somewhat disappointed in Matute, and told the Kazakh press "It is very nice to win at home. In Almaty, it was very comfortable preparing. The rival was strong, you saw it. However, preparation was more difficult for me. I am happy to win and please all the fans. We will have big fights and new titles. We will go to them" [Translated]
Hard hitting prospect Sadriddin Akhmedov (8-0, 7) [Ахмедов Садриддин] claimed the WBC Asian Boxing Council Light Middleweight title with a clear decision win over tough but limited Indonesian John Ruba (17-6-1, 9). Akhmedov was in total control through out, but couldn't finish off Ruba, who was regularly taking big body shots on the ropes. In the end the judges had this 100-90, twice, and 99-91 to the Kazakh.
The third of the title bouts looked the best on paper, but ended up being a messy stinker, as Aidos Yerbossynuly (11-0, 8) [Айдос Ербосынулы] over-came Namibia's Lukas Ndafoluma (15-2-0-1, 6) in a very hard to watch bout. The opening few rounds were mostly wrestling, and it never really became an enjoyable fight to watch. Despite the messiness Yerbossynuly took the clear decision win to unify a number of regional titles. Sadly whilst he won Yerbossynuly didn't shine, or do his career any major favour with his performance.
According to Kazakh sources the unbeaten Nursultan Zhangabayev (6-0, 4) [Жанабаев Нурсултан] will return to the ring on March 27th, in Manama, Bahrain, to fight at Welterweight.
The source reports that the unbeaten Kazakh will be battling for the WBA Inter-Continental Welterweight title and will be up against once beaten Venezuelan fighter Ivan Matute (28-1, 23).
The Kazakh, who last fought in December when he beat Arnel Tinampay, will be moving down in weight, and has got a multi-stage training camp organised with training in Kazakhstan and the UK for the bout, which is set to be the toughest of his career. As for Matute this will be his first bout outside of Latin America, and his first since July 2018.
As with all bouts set for the middle east there is certainly some suspicion that things won't go as planned, but it does sound like Zhangabayev and his team are taking things seriously, especially given that their man will have to lose weight for the bout.
Zhangabayev's team are set to fly back to Kazakhstan to begin the preparations for the bout, which should open up serious doors for the winner. Interestingly the WBA Inter Continental Welterweight title has been held by some pretty notable fighters, including Lucas Matthysse, Marcos Maidana, Kell Brook and Vyacheslav Senchenko, and it's clear the belt has been used as a launchpad by fighters on their way to a world title shot.
Yesterday in Moscow fight fans saw unbeaten Kazakh fighter Nursultan Zhangabayev (6-0, 4) [Жанабаев Нурсултан] claim the WBC Asian Boxing Council Light Middleweight title, as he took a 10 round decision over Filipino tough guy Arnel Tinampay (25-23-1, 11) .
On paper this match was a total mismatch, but what the records don't show is what actually made the bout interesting. Tinamapay is a former sparring of Manny Pacquiao and is a highly regarded gatekeeper at regional level, who has scored notable upsets against the likes of Yosuke Kirima, Shoma Fukumoto and Koshinmaru Saito.
The upset mentality was live with Tinampay here, as was his incredible toughness, though sadly for him he lacked the speed, skills and offensive work to over come the younger, fresher and more skilled Zhangabayev.
Whilst Zhangabayev was, for the most part, in control the bout was all one way traffic, and he had to keep his focus with Tinampay not only taking the Kazakh beyond 6 rounds, for just the second time in his career, but also taking rounds off him in what was more than just a straight forward run out for the unbeaten Zhangabayev.
Sadly for Tinampay the 34 year old has had a very long career, having made his debut back in 2003, and has fought close to 400 rounds, and we do now wonder how long he'll remain such a durable journeyman.
(Image courtesy of Nelson Promotions)
Yesterday we reported that Nursultan Zhangabayev (5-0, 4) [Жанабаев Нурсултан] would be back in the ring on December 23rd in Moscow to take on Filipino tough guy Arnel Tinampay (25-22-1, 11) in a bout for a WBC Asia title. Today we saw more details of that card emerge, with several more Kazakh fighters being added to the show.
One of those fighters is Aidos Yerbossynuly (9-0, 7) [Айдос Ербосынулы], who will be fighting for some minor WBO title. The unbeaten Yerbossynuly will be facing off with Belgian Super Middleweight champion Ilias Achergui (12-3-1, 6). Our source reports this will be for the WBO "Global" Super Middleweight title, and so the winner should be able to find themselves on the verge of a WBO world ranking.
The 27 year old Yerbossynuly began his career in October 2015 and fought his first couple of bouts in Ukraine. Since then he has fought in Kazakhstan and and the US whilst stepping up his level of competition. Archergui on the other hand is a 25 year old, who debuted on April 4th 2015 and will be fighting outside of Belgium for just the second time in his career. Sadly his competition so far has been terrible and it's hard to know just what he's bringing to the table to battle against the Kazakh.
Another bout set for this card with see Kyrgyzstan born Kazakh Ali Baloyev (7-0, 6) [Балоев Али] take on Ecuadorian Jean Carlos Mina (6-1, 2) in a well matched bout on paper. From what we understand this bout will be fought at Heavyweight, though both are more natural Cruiserweights. The Kazakh is a 25 year old who has been a professional for less than 2 years but has already had fights in Poland, USA, Kazakhstan and Russia, picking up international experience very early in his career. Mina on the other hand will be fighting for the first time away from Ecuador, having made his debut in the capital Quito back in August 2016. His only loss came to 2012 Olympian Ytalo Perera.
Also announced for this show is debutant Konstantin Brusensky (0-0) [Константин Брусенский], who will be fighting at Lightweight. His opponent however has not yet been announced though will be shortly.
On December 23rd unbeaten Kazakh prospect Nursultan Zhangabayev (5-0, 4) [Жанабаев Нурсултан] will be fighting in Russia, with a WBC Asia title on the line.
Until today we had no idea who he would be fighting in that bout, however his opponent for the contest was revealed today by the Kazakh presses.
His opponent will be Filipino tough guy Arnel Tinampay (25-22-1, 11), who doesn't have a spectacular record but is a criminally under-rated fighter who has proven his value numerous times in bouts in Japan. In fact he has scored a number of upsets against Japanese fighters, beating the likes of Yos ke Kirima, Shoma Fukumoto, twice, and Koshinmaru Saito.
We suspect that the Kazakh will have the skills to over-come the Filipino, but Tinampay is certainly a live under-dog, and shouldn't be written off just due to his record.
(Photo Vesti.kz ©. Turar Kazangapov)
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