Earlier today Kazakh news sources reported that tough Kazakh veteran Alexandr Zhuravskiy (13-6-1, 11) [Александр Журавский] would be back in action on August 10th for a bout in Russian against the once beaten Khuseyn Baysangurov (16-1, 14).
Although not a very well known fighter Zhuravskiy is an upset minded fighter who always gives his all and is very much capable of being a banana skin at this level.
The 35 year old Kazakh enters the bout without a win since September 2016, during which he has gone 0-4-1. Those losses however include razor thin decision defeats to uneaten fighters Stephen Danyo and Jasur Akhmadjonov and he also gave very credible efforts in losses to Mohammad Rabii and Roarke Knapp. His form might not show it but he is not an easy out for anyone, and was very unlucky not to pick up a win in June 2019 against Boyd Allen.
The 25 year old Baysangurov was a former amateur stand out, winning gold at the 2012 AIBA Youth Championships, and won his first 14 bouts as a professional. In December 2018 he suffered a loss to Aram Amirkhanyan but has since bounce back with a couple of easy wins. He'll be looking for another victory here, but will have to work hard for it against the very under-rated Zhuravskiy.
Although the bout is certainly not a huge one we are fans of Zhuravskiy and like his attitude, even when the decks seemed stacked against him, and he will certainly make this a lot more interesting than fans may assume going off just his record.
Tomorrow we see the attention of the boxing world turn to Thailand for one of the most notable all-Thai fights in recent memory, as former world champions Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (47-5-1, 41) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น] and Amnat Ruenroeng (20-3, 6) [อำนาจ รื่นเริง] face off in the Work Point Studio in Bang Phun.
Despite the bout being a much anticipated one, so much so that it will be shown in Latin America as part of the ESPN Knock0ut series and in the UK, by Matchroom Sport, the actual contest is seen as a bit of a mismatch.
The UK have Srisaket priced as a 1/12 favourite to win the contest and move towards another world title bout. The 2-time WBC Super Flyweight champion has made it clear he's wanting to become a 3-time world champion and this bout should help him shake some ring rust ahead of another big fight in the near future.
Amnat, who turns 41 in December, is a huge 9/1 to score the upset and revive his career. The veteran has struggled since losing the IBF Flyweight title to John Riel Casimero in 2016 and has lost 2 of his last 4 pro bouts, as well as losing in a kick boxing bout to Teshin Nasukawa and an amateur boxing bout, at the 2016 Olympics.
The draw is available at 28/1, though is more widely available at 22/1.
Not only is Srisaket expected to win but he's actually expected to stop the Thai, with odds of 2/5 for Srisaket to score the stoppage and end the bout inside the distance. The former Super Flyweight champion is 5/2 to take a decision. As for Amnat backers he's 14/1 to take a decision and a huge 22/1 to score a stoppage.
Given the odds on a stoppage it's worth noting the bout is 1/3 to not go the distance and 2/1 to go to the final bell.
Tomorrow fight fans around the globe will be able to see one of the biggest all-Thai fighters in recent memory as Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (47-5-1, 41) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น] and Amnat Ruenroeng (20-3, 6) [อำนาจ รื่นเริง] battle in the main event of a WP Boxing show.
Today the two fighters took part in their weigh in and both men weighed in at 120lbs for the contest, which will be streamed by both Workpoint and Matchroom and will also be aired on ESPN Knockout in Latin America.
Srisaket, a 2-time WBC Super Flyweight champion, is said to be chasing another bit international bout after this and has got eyes on a third bout with either Juan Francisco Estrada or Roman Gonzalez. He'll be looking to become a 3-weight world champion but will be fully aware that the time is ticking on his career as he turns 34 in December, an old age for a Super Flyweight.
As for Amnat, who actually turns 41 in December, this will potentially be his final bout. He comes in to the bout with a 3-3 record in his last 6 bouts, and has been stopped by John Riel Casimero and Nawaphon Por Chokchai during that stretch of fights. He made his name at Flyweight, where he won the IBF title, but he has really struggled in recent years.
It's great to see international attention on a bout in Thailand and hopefully this won't be a one off for that level of attention, as the country has some great prospects coming through, such as 23 year old Chainoi Worawut (10-0-1, 9), who will be up against Filipino Jomar Fajardo (17-16-2, 9) in one of the support bouts on this show.
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A lot of professional boxing gyms in Japan have a schedule of bouts involving their fighters. One of the more notable ones is the Watanabe Gym one, which often lists bouts that aren't on any other schedule. Today we spotted an interesting one on that Watanabe schedule.
The bout in question will see former Japanese Featherweight champion Taiki Minamoto (16-6-1, 13) [源大輝] take on Kanehiro Nakagawa (9-6, 5) [中川兼玄] in a bout between two top 10 JBC ranked Super Featherweights, essentially pushing the winner on the verge of getting a shot at the title in 2021.
On paper this probably doesn't look an amazing match up, given the disparity between the records of the two men. In reality however this is actually a compelling contest on paper and a very meaningful one.
Ranked #6 by the JBC Minamoto is looking to become a 2-division champion after a short reign as the Japanese Featherweight king. He moved up in weight last year, when issues making 126lbs started to affect his performances, though lost a Japanese title eliminator to Takuya Watanabe in what was a sensational bout in November. Since then he has been out of the ring. Although he is a former Japanese title holder Minamoto failed to win either of his bouts in 2019 and is without a win since April 2018.
On the other hand Nakagawa is ranked #4 by the JBC and is enjoying a rich vein of form. Although he has lost 6 of his 15 professional bouts he has won his last 4, and 5 of his last 6, including wins over Seiichi Okada, Ryuto Araya and Ken Osato. He's very much the form guy, despite his record, and will be going into the bout knowing that a win will keep up his great run of form.
Interestingly the JBC do still rank Shuya Masaki, who they have at #2, despite the fact he has announced his retirement. It's also worth noting they rank former Japanese Lightweight champion Kazuhiro Nishitani (21-4-1, 12) [西谷和宏], #3, who fights in September against Kenichi Ogawa (24-1-1-1, 18) [尾川 堅一]. Essentially the winner of this bout could see themselves bang on for a shot at the title next year.
According to the Watanabe Schedule this bout has been scheduled for October 8th at Korakuen Hall, though no other bouts on the show have been officially announced.
The last few months have been frustrating ones for those wanting to get excited about boxing, with bouts being cancelled and postponed repeatedly.
One recent postponement was that of the scheduled WBO Flyweight title bout between Junto Nakatani (20-0, 15) [中谷 潤人] and Giemel Magramo (24-1, 20), which was set for August 21st. Nothing has yet been announced about that contest, other than it's been postponed.
One of the fighters who was supposed to be on that show was Kenichi Ogawa (24-1-1-1, 18) [尾川 堅一] who also had his bout postponed. Thankfully we do now know that his bout hasn't been postponed for long, in fact we now know that he will be in action on September 5th.
In the opposite corner to Ogawa will be former Japanese Lightweight champion Kazuhiro Nishitani (21-4-1, 12) [西谷和宏], who is having most notable bout since he won that Japanese title back in March 2017, a title he never actually defended.
On paper this is a really interesting match up and one we're looking forward to seeing, even though it doesn't come close to replacing the now postponed WBO Flyweight title bout.
As well as the main event there has been one other bout for the show announced. That will see touted prospect Shokichi Iwata (4-0, 3) [岩田翔吉] taking on Ryo Narizuka (9-9-1) [成塚亮] in an 8 round bout at Light Flyweight. Entering this one Iwata is JBC ranked and will likely be looking to take huge steps towards a potential title bout in 2021, some thing he likely wanted to have this year before...this year became what it's been.
Although it's not been confirmed we do expect this two bouts, and any more which get added to the show, to be aired on G+ as part of their Dynamic Glove series.
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