Earlier today it was revealed that South African Promoter "Golden Gloves" would be returning to Monaco on November 7th. Whilst typically don't get too excited about these Monaco shows, unless they feature Gennady Golovkin, we are actually really interested in this particular card.
One of the bouts announced for the show is set to feature former Japanese Light Middleweight title challenger Yosuke Kirima (21-5-2, 14), who will be facing English power-puncher Adam Etches (19-1, 16) in a Middleweight bout.
Kirima is best known in Japan for twice losing in Japanese title bouts, to Daisuke Nakagawa in 2012 and Tadashi Yuba in 2013. Though has also traveled to Singapore in the past, where he was beaten by the under-rated Filipino Arnel Tinampay. Etches on the other hand was seen as a really promising Middleweight in England, though was upset back in March when Belorussian veteran Sergei Khomitsky stopped him 4 rounds with a KO of the Year contender.
Another bout announced that has interest here will see Kazakhstan's Zhanat Zhakiyanov (25-1, 18) battle against WBA interim Bantamweight champion Yonfrez Parejo (17-1-1, 8), in a bout for Parejo's title. This essentially rules out any possible bout between Zhakiyanov and Suriyan Sor Rungvisai, despite attempts by the Thai's team to get the two men together in a WBC world title eliminator. Presumably we'll see Suriyan's team begin talks with WBC #4 ranked Rodrigo Guerrero for an an eliminator as a result of Zhakiyanov taking this bout.
On paper Zhakiyanov is the more well known man, especially in Europe, though Parejo, from Venezuela, shouldn't be taken lightly and has run up 6 wins since being stopped back in March 2012. Given Parejo's sole loss saw him being bounced off the canvas by Hugo Ruiz we wouldn't be shocked to see Zhakiyanov being too powerful, however the Kazakh is technically quite crude and limited.
A third bout to feature an Asian fighter will see WBC Silver Super Bantamweight champion Qiu Xiao Jun (17-2, 7) defending his belt against Frenchman Amor Belahdj Ali (14-3-1-1, 2). Jun, who is very highly ranked by the WBC enters this bout on a 9 fight winning streak, including stoppage wins over Silvester Lopez and Jonathan Baat, and despite being the highest ranked Chinese fighter he hasn't caught the public's attention. Ali on the other hand is 2-2-0-1 in his last 5, including a loss in a European Union title fight, to Sergio Prado and a loss to Zsolt Bedak in a WBO European title fight. Despite those losses he has won and defended the French national title.
The card may not be a super card but it's great to see the international feel to the card, and hopefully various TV companies world wide will pick up the card that promises so much.
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