Earlier today we were informed that unbeaten Kazakh hopeful Nursultan Zhangabayev (8-0, 5) [Жанабаев Нурсултан] would be returning to the ring on December 21st, when he will surface in Russian and face Venezuelan puncher Ernesto Espana (30-2-1, 25), in what looks like a brilliant match up.
The unbeaten Kazakh will be defending his WBA Inter-Continental WBO Oriental and IBF Pan Pacific Welterweight titles and looking to make a huge step towards a world title fight, something he may well be looking at in 2 or 3 years time. He looked impressive earlier this year, when he beat Steve Gago in Australia.
The 38 year old Espana may be beyond his best years but he's a very tricky fighter. He is a freakishly sized Welterweight who has nasty power, and showed that power late last year when he dropped Baishanbo Nasiyiwula and had the Chinese fighter running and spoiling. Although no world beater he's a very awkward fighter and will enter this bout every intention of taking the titles from Zhangabayev.
The bout will take place as one of the supporting bouts on a card headlined by a mouth watering showdown between Denis Lebedev and Thabiso Mchunu, in what looks almost certain to be a brutal battle at Cruiserweight. Also on this card will be a bout between Aidos Yerbossynuly (12-0, 8) [Айдос Ербосынулы] and Obodai Sai (35-3, 26), The debut of Uzbek Odiljon Aslonov (0-0) and the return to the pros of former amateur standout Rustam Tulaganov (1-0), who hasn't fought as a pro since 2017.
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