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)
Yesterday in Minsk fight fans had the chance to see Kazakh Heavyweight hopeful Zhan Kossobutskiy (8-0, 7) [Жан Кособуцкий] score his latest win, as he stopped local foe Aliaksandr Niakhaichyk (1-4).
The heavy handed Kazakh had his way with his man from the opening bell, and dropped Niakhaichyk several times in the opening round before the referee stepped in in round 2, stopping the Belorussian from taking further punishment.
The bout was Kossobutskiy's 5th win of the year and it's clear that he's in need of stiffer tests than this going forward. It's good that he's active but he certainly needs to be tested more than he has been this year, and this bout really served no purpose given his the huge gulf in skill difference.
(Image courtesy of Zhan Kossobutskiy)
Earlier today we were informed that unbeaten Kazakh Heavyweight hopeful Zhan Kossobutskiy (7-0, 6) [Жан Кособуцкий] will be back in the ring on November 29th, where he will face 28 year old Belorussian Aliaksandr Niakhaichyk (1-3), in Minsk.
The details of the bout, that we've been given, is that the contest is scheduled for 6 rounds, however Niakhaichyk was stopped in 3 rounds last time out, by a total novice, and seems unlikely to survive 6 rounds with the big puncher from Kazakhstan.
This will be Kossobutskiy's 5th fight of 2018 and follows a contest in September against Kostiantyn Dovbyshchenko, a bout that Kossobutskiy took a 6 round decision in. Despite being a Kazakh this will actually be his 6th bout in Belarus, his 4th there this year.
Sadly for a man with the amateur backgrounds this is really disappointing from the 30 year old Kazakh, who will need more adventurous match making in 2019 if he's ever going to move towards getting a world title fight.
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