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.
Earlier this month we reported that Sadriddin Akhmedov (7-0, 7) [Ахмедов Садриддин] would be back in the ring on March 24th to fight for the WBC Asia Boxing Council Light Middleweight title in Kazakhstan. Today we saw more a little bit more news on that fight.
The new news is that Akhmedov's opponent for the contest will be Indonesian John Ruba (17-5-1, 9).
Ruba is a 25 year old who is 0-3 outside of Indonesia, who is a natural Light Welterweight come Welterweight, not a light Middleweight like Akhmedov. Although a half decent regional fighter he's not expected to pose any real threat to Akhmedov, who some are viewing as one of the best prospects in world boxing. Not something we'd argue against, if we're being honest.
Ruba isn't a bum by any stretch, and he did run Ryosuke Maruki close back in 2015 but a stoppage loss to Baishanbo Nasiyiwula last year and a loss in Singapore Anvar Turapov don't bode well ahead of a fight with Akhmedov, who is an incredible talent.
As for Akhmedov this will be his second bout in 2019 and he's expected to be pretty busy through the year as he attempts to climb up the rankings and make a bee line to bigger and better fights.
Yesterday news broke from unbeaten Kazakh prospect Sadriddin Akhmedov (7-0, 7) [Ахмедов Садриддин] that he would be back in the ring on March 24th to fight for the WBC Asia title in Kazakhstan.
The talented Akhmedov made his debut in April 2018, in Canada, and raced out to 6-0 (6) by the end of the year, before claiming his first title earlier this year, when he stopped Abraham Juarez for the WBC Youth Light Middleweight title.
Regarded by many as one of the top prospects in world boxing Akhmedov is expecting to have a huge 2019 and although he's likely to be less active than he was in 2018 he will still be moving up and taking on better opponents than he did last year.
The fighter revealed the bout through Instagram, though didn't announce his opponent for the contest, however it appears to be on a card that also features Aidos Yerbossynuly (10-0, 8) [Айдос Ербосынулы] battling against Lukas Ndafoluma (15-1-0-1, 6) and looks set to be a celebration of Kazakh boxing in Almaty.
Earlier today Eye of the Tiger Management announced that they would be running 2 shows on March 16th at the Montreal Casino, much like what Shinsei Gym did last December in Osaka.
One of those shows really caught our eye due to the names on the poster, and how it featured several Kazakh fighters.
The most notable name on the poster, in some ways, is Batyrzhan Jukembayev (14-0-0-2, 12) [Батыржан Джукембаев] who now appears to have settled his differences with the promoter, and will be fighting in the chief support bout on one of the shows. His opponent hasn't been named, but we're just glad to see him back in action after having been out of the ring since October.
Another name on the poster worthy of note is Nurzat Sabirov (8-0, 7) [Нурзат Сабиров].
Despite Jukembayev's opponent being un-named Sabirov's opponent is listed on boxrec, , with that being Argentinian veteran Cesar Hernan Reynoso (15-11-4, 7), who is best known for being stopped in 6 rounds by Callum Smith in the UK back in 2016.
Unbeaten Kazakh prospect Sadriddin Akhmedov (7-0, 7) [Ахмедов Садриддин] claimed his most notable win on Saturday as he took out 22 year old Mexican foe Abraham Juarez (13-2, 5) to claim the WBC Youth Light Middleweight title in Canada.
The bout was Akhmedov's first title bout, and seemed like a clear step up in class for the touted 20 year old who had looked impressive against journeymen types, with multiple losses.
Despite looking like a step up the Kazakh youngster did what he had done to his previous 6 opponents. He imposed himself, he took the fight to his opponent, and in round 4 landed two massive right hands with Juarez in the neutral corner. Those huge right hands dropped Juarez who managed to climb to his feet but was not allowed to continue by the referee.
The stoppage saw Akhmedov score his first win of 2019, claim his first title, and once again impressed those able to see him in action. It's clear he wants to be a star, and we're expecting him to have bigger bouts than this later in the year, and he attempts to build on a fantastic 2018, and a brilliant start to 2019.
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