Unbeaten Kazakh Nursultan Zhangabayev (8-0, 5) [Жанабаев Нурсултан] extended his winning run earlier today as he out pointed the previously unbeaten Steve Gago (11-1, 4) in Sydney Australia. That was despite getting 3 points deducted during the 10 round scrap.
The bout, which was to unify the WBA Inter-Continental, WBO Oriental and IBF Pan Pacific titles, was pretty one sided over-all though deductions from Zhangabayev did see him risk with disqualification for low blows and closed up the score-cards, which were 95-92, twice, and 96-91 all in favour of the unbeaten Kazakh.
After the win Zhangabayev told Kazakh news sources that he had big plans ahead, and thanked his promotional company, whilst admitting it was a very difficult fight.
On the same card as Zhangabayev's win was a victory for fellow Kazakh Aidos Yerbossynuly (12-0, 8) [Айдос Ербосынулы], who out pointed Rocky Jerkic (17-2, 13) over 10 rounds. This was another pretty clear win for a Kazakh over a local fighter, but Yerbossynuly did have some shaky moments late on as his chin, which hasn't proven to be that solid, was checked. In the end though Yerbossynuly made it to the final bell and took a clear decision with scores of 98-92, twice, and 99-91.
With the win Yerbossynuly successfully defended his WBO Global, WBC Asian Boxing Council Continental and WBA International Super Middleweight titles whilst giving Jerkic his second loss in 4 bouts.
Tomorrow in Sydney fans will be able to see unbeaten Kazakh Nursultan Zhangabayev (7-0, 5) [Жанабаев Нурсултан] taken on local fighter Steve Gago (11-0, 4), in a really good ,looking match up on paper.
Today the two men took part on their weigh in for the bout, and both men managed to make the Welterweight limit, at least in the end.
Gago had no issue and hit the scales comfortably under the 147lbs Welterweight limit. Zhangabayev on the other hand really struggled, and came in well over the limit at his first attempt.
Thankfully 2 hours after missing weight Zhangabayev got on the scales again and managed to come in under the 147lb limit. The struggle to make weight isn't a huge surprise, given that Zhangabayev has fought several bouts around the Light Middleweight limit, and he did look much bigger than Gago, but it is a worry for what looks likely to be a very tough bout for the unbeaten Kazakh hopeful.
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We've known for a few weeks that Kazakh pair Nursultan Zhangabayev (7-0, 5) [Жанабаев Нурсултан] and Aidos Yerbossynuly (11-0, 8) [Айдос Ербосынулы] would be back in the ring in the fall. Today we finally began to get some solid specifics for the the next bouts of the two men, who will both feature on the same show on August 14th.
The August 14th show has been confirmed for for Sydney Australia, though opponents for neither man have yet to be confirmed as of yet, with both expecting their rivals to be named in the coming weeks.
The unbeaten pairing have also had the news break that they will be defending their minor titles.
For Yerbossynuly the bout will serve as his next defense of a trio of lesser belts, including the relatively newly created WBO Global Super Middleweight title, whilst Zhangabayev will defend his WBA Inter-Continental title.
If both men are successful in August the hope, for both, will surely be to land a bigger and better bout before the end of 2019.
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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.
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