Earlier today unbeaten Kazakh Heavyweight hopeful Zhan Kossobutskiy (15-0, 14) [Жан Кособуцкий] spoke to Vesti.KZ about his next bout, and revealed that there are two potential dates for it, though that it would, definitely, take place in Dubai.
The potential dates for the bout are July 24th and July 30th, and not July 10th, as was originally planned.
Interestingly in comments to Vesti.KZ it was revealed that Kossobutskiy was looking to secure a long term UK visa as he's over in the UK training and it seems he wants to begin to base himself out of the UK going forward.
The July bout will be Kossobutskiy's first since he stopped Nigerian fighter Onoriode Ehwarieme (18-2, 17) in February, and it's possible that Kossobutskiy will defend his WBA International title in his July bout, the title he won when he stopped Ehwarieme.
Earlier today it was revealed that unbeaten Kazakh Tursynbay Kulakhmet (3-0, 2) [Турсынбай Кулахмет] would be returning to the ring on July 10th, in Almaty, Kazakhstan, where he will face 32 year old Ukrainian Stanyslav Skorokhod (20-2, 17).
The talented Kulakhmet, one of the standout Kazakh amateurs of recent years, made his professional debut last August. Since turning professional he has looked both brilliant, as he did on his debut, and frustratingly limited, as he did in his second professional bout, though it's clear he's a work in progress and is developing his professional style.
Skorokhod on the other hand is a 22 fight veteran who has a very nice looking record, at least on paper. In fact there's a genuine argument that he could have won both of the bouts he lost, including one in the 2015 ESPN Boxcino tournament to John Thompson. Sadly though there is little of real substance to his record, and his best wins have been against the likes of Artem Karpets and Michael Moore.
The bout will headline a notable MTK card in Almaty which will also feature the likes of Sultan Zaurbek (10-0, 7) [Султан Заурбек], who takes on Scotland's Ronnie Clark (21-4-2, 10), Talgat Shayken (4-0, 2) [Талгат Шайкен], who faces Russian fighter Alexander Sharonov (12-5-2, 6), and a string of other promising Kazakh prospects, who are yet to have their opponents for the show confirmed.
Around a week ago Naoya Inoue (20-0, 17) [井上 尚弥] arrived in the US ahead of his upcoming defense of the IBF and WBA "super" Bantamweight world titles against Michael Dasmarinas (30-2-1, 20). At the time he was accompanied by father and trainer Shingo Inoue, his brother Takuma Inoue [井上拓真] and his cousin Koki Inoue [浩樹井上].
Yesterday he was joined by the rest of his team, including promoter Hideyuki Ohashi, who will be in attendance for the fight cheering on his charge.
The promoter has joined the Inoue clan for the fight and the group have now moved into the bubble at the Virgin Hotels in Las Vegas.
(Image courtesy of Ohashi Gym)
Last week talented Japanese fighter Masahiro Suzuki (6-0, 4) [鈴木 雅弘] scored a career best win as he stopped Daishi Nagata (15-3-2, 6) [永田大士] and claimed the Japanese Light Welterweight title by the unbeaten. Today it's been announced that his reign is already over, with Suzuki vacating the title less than a week after winning it!
Suzuki is vacating the title to return to his natural Lightweight division, the division that he was ranked in at the start of the year, and the division that better suits his rather small frame. It seems like the plan is for Suzuki to begin pursuing a shot at triple crown Lightweight champion Shuichiro Yoshino (13-0, 10) [吉野 修一郎], who will be defending his Japanese title on August 12th.
Due to Suzuki's decision we now expect to see Andy Hiraoka (17-0, 12) [平岡アンディ] fight for the vacant title later in the year, against a yet to be announced opponent.
Yesterday the board of directors of the East Japan Boxing Association held a meeting and announced a number of things.
One of those announcements was that the Ambition GYM, which promotes WBO Super Flyweight champion Kazuto Ioka (26-2, 15) [井岡一翔] and former WBC Flyweight champion Daigo Higa (17-2-1, 17) [比 嘉 大吾]. The Gym will now be known as the Shisei Boxing Gym, with the name change coming in to effect from July 15th. The gym will also relocate to Shimomeguro, Meguro-ku.
A second announcement was that the Noda Star Boxing Gym has withdrawn from the East Japan Boxing Association.
A more notable announcement was that a ¥20,000 subsidy would be paid to the promoter for each fighter, and that charges shouldn't be made to the Gym or Fighter for the PCR tests and the hotel for isolation. This is clearly to help promoters and gyms during the on going situation, which has still seen reduced crowds attended Japanese events.
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