Earlier today Kazakh Heavyweight hopeful Zhan Kossobutskiy (10-0, 9) [Жан Кособуцкий] revealed he has been offered his first title fight.
The unbeaten puncher has stated he is now preparing to fave German based Croat 29 year old Agron Smakici (15-0, 13) in a bout for the IBO Inter-Continental Heavyweight title on November 9th in Hamburg.
The bout is contractually agreed though Kossobutskiy still needs to apply for a Visa for the bout, which he is expected to be granted without any issues.
For the 30 year Kossobutskiy, who turns 31 just days after the November 9th date, the bout will be his 4th of 2019 and will see Kossobutskiy getting a new stamp on his passport after fights in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine so far through his career. As for the 29 year old Smakici the bout will be his second this year and 8th in Germany.
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Last week we reported that unbeaten Kazakh Heavyweight hopeful Zhan Kossobutskiy (10-0, 9) [Жан Кособуцкий] would be back in action on September 16th in a contest that was scheduled to be in Moscow.
At the time there was no opponent named for the Kazakh, though now we have heard that Kossobutskiy does have an opponent set, and it's a well travelled veteran from South Africa. Sadly it's also a man who has also been racking up losses, regularly early ones, in recent bouts.
The man who will be in the opposite corner to Kossobutskiy will be 40 year old Osborne Machimana (23-12-2, 17), who has been knocked out in 8 of his 12 losses.
Machimana was once a very serviceable fighter, and he sent former world champion Corrie Sanders into retirement in 2008. Since then however he has gone 8-8-1, including losses to David Price, Otto Wallin and Junlong Zhang and has really aged badly, shown a shaky chin and scored no wins of any note since beating Sanders more than a decade ago.
Given Machimana's recent form it's hard to see this being anything but a straight forward win for the Kazakh, who really needs a step up after this one.
According to sources in Kazakhstan unbeaten Heavyweight hopeful Zhan Kossobutskiy (10-0, 9) [Жан Кособуцкий] will be back in action in September, though details of the fight are still being confirmed.
Sources have revealed that the bout will take place on September 16th in a venue in a Moscow and will be a 6 round bout. His opponent, and the specific venue, haven't yet been confirmed however and Kossobutskiy's inclusion on the card is not expected to be one of the more notable bouts on the show.
The Kazakh Heavyweight was last in the ring in April, when he beat Williams Ocando in 2 rounds in Minsk. That was his 8th bout in Belarus, and 7th in Minsk, and although it was a big step up on paper Ocando was, essentially, a blown up Cruiserweight, who has never been particularly good and has regularly picked up defeats when he has left Venezuela.
Fingers crossed this is a step up for Kossobutskiy, but his competition so far doesn't suggest that he's going to be taking any risks any time soon and we suspect the 30 year old will be given another easy match up here.
A few days ago we reported that unbeaten Kazakh Heavyweight Zhan Kossobutskiy (9-0, 8) [Жан Кособуцкий] would be back in the ring in Minsk on April 24th to take on Kazakh born German Eugen Buchmueller (15-4, 12). It's now transpired that Buchmueller has pulled out of the bout, citing an injury, which forced Kossobutskiy and his team to seem a replacement opponent.
The replacement that has been secured is Venezuelan Cruiserweight Williams Ocando (20-7, 16).
On paper this does actually look like an improvement, with Ocando having more experience, being just 30 years old and and having mixed with decent fighters, going 5 rounds round with Olympic champion Evgeny Tischenko back in August. However given he's had less than a week to prepare, is a blown up Cruiserweight and has been stopped in 6 of his 7 losses it's hard to imagine him him being much competition for the Kazakh.
On April 24th Kazakh Heavyweight hopeful Zhan Kossobutskiy (9-0, 8) [Жан Кособуцкий] will return to a ring in Minsk for his next bout, and, according to Kazakh sources, it will be a big step up for heavy handed Kazakh fighter.
The unbeaten man, who has regularly fought in Minsk since making his professional debut, will be up against Eugen Buchmueller (15-4, 12), a German based Kazakh born 38 year old.
The 30 year old Kossobutskiy fit 5 fights into 2018, and this will be his second fight of 2019. On paper that sounds like a good level of activity, but in reality his competition has, typically, been terrible and the fact that this bout is considered a step up really does shine a light a light on how bad the opponents have been for the talented and unbeaten Kazakh.
Buchmueller had a busy 2018 himself, fighting 8 times in the year. He went 6-2 for the year, with opening round losses to both Zhang Zhilei and Lukasz Rozanksii, and we wouldn't be surprised by another stoppage loss here for the aging fighter.
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