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.
Earlier today in Minsk fight fans had the chance to see Kazakh Heavyweight hopeful Zhan Kossobutskiy (9-0, 8) [Жан Кособуцкий] score his latest win, as he stopped Srdan Govedarica (6-7, 5) of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The bout was scheduled for 6 rounds, but Kossobutskiy needed less than 1 to see off his over-matched foe.
Whilst a stoppage win was expected for the Kazakh, it is worth noting that ovedarica had managed to go in to the 3rd round with Otto Wallin last year, and also got into round 3 with Samuel Kadje in 2017. So there are positives to take away from this result for the unbeaten Kazakh, though it now time that he steps up his level of competition, that he is 30 years old, and can ill afford to waste more time at this level.
Since turning professional in September 2017 Kossobutskiy has scored 4 opening round stoppages, and only gone beyond 4 rounds once. He needs to be tested, and really needs to face better competition if he's to get himself a big fight before it's too late.
Earlier today we were informed that Zhan Kossobutskiy (8-0, 7) [Жан Кособуцкий] would be back in the ring on January 29th, in what will be his 6th bout in less than 12 months. Sadly thought, like the previous 5, it's not going to be a mouth watering clash.
The hard hitting Kazakh puncher will be up against 29 year old Srdan Govedarica (6-6, 5), from Bosnia And Herzegovina, in what looks like another stay busy fight for the 30 year old Kazakh, who will be fighting in Belarus for the 7th time as a professional.
Kossobutskiy isn't a big name in the Heavyweight division, but with his activity and power he's clearly looking to run up his record before moving into bigger bouts. It's just a shame that he is no longer a spring chicken and can ill afford to waste much more time with bouts like this.
Kossobutskiy was a very capable amateur and these types of bouts clearly aren't being used to develop his skills or experience, especially not when they are often being put together on just a few weeks notice, but it does feel like he is putting quantity above quality. Hopefully later this year he will actually take a step up, as it would be great for boxing to see a big Kazakh Heavyweight genuinely making a mark.
According to Kazakh sources unbeaten Heavyweight hopeful Zhan Kossobutskiy (8-0, 7) [Жан Кособуцкий] is looking to squeezes in another bout this year, having already fought 5 times in 2018.
The 30 year old Kazakh is quoted as having said (translated) “If we manage to organize a fight in December, it will be great. Maybe in the UK. We'll see, time will tell.”
The unbeaten Kazakh fighter was last seen in the ring on November 29th in Belarus, stopping Aliaksandr Niakhaichyk in 2 rounds, and has now fought 6 of his 8 bouts in Belarus, with a fight in Russia and one in Ukraine.
Despite having fought 5 times this year he has only racked up 12 rounds of experience in 2018, and only 17 rounds over his 8 bout career. Hopefully however stiffer competition in 2019 will see him given better tests and developing his experience over longer distances.
(Image courtesy of Zhan Kossobutskiy)
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