Earlier this week there was an announcement of an upcoming card from Showtime, set for November 5th at the Armory in Minneapolis. The bout of real interest to us is a WBA "regular" Super Middleweight title fight as defending champion David Morrell (7-0, 6) faces off with Kazakh challenger Aidos Yerbossynuly (16-0, 11), in a mouth watering clash.
The 7-0 Morrell is a 24 year old Cuban Southpaw who has rapidly risen through the ranks. He claimed the WBA "interim" title in just his third fight, beating Lennox Allen, and since then been upgraded to the "Regular" champion. He was last in the ring in June, when he stopped Kalvin Henderson, in what was his only bout of 2022. Although not a major name he has very faced solid names so far against fighters with solid records, and on his current trajectory he's only a year or two away from facing the top fighters in the divisions.
As for Yerbossybuly, he's a 30 year old Kazakh who has shown plenty of promise, but has been really inactive over the last 2 years, with just a single fight since the start of 2021, though that was stoppage over former Morrell opponent Lennox Allen who went the distance with Cuban. Yerbossynuly is well travelled, and despite only having 16 bouts to his name has already fought in Ukraine, Kazakhstan, USA, Russia, Australia and Belarus. Like Morrell he has beaten decent competition, with good looking records, but in many ways this feels like a step up for him, and is, by far, his most significant bout to date.
Yesterday Suleimen promotions announced the next bout for the unbeaten and world ranked Kazakh Aidos Yerbossynuly (15-0, 10) [Айдос Ербосынулы] and it's a pretty interesting one as he goes up against a fellow unbeaten Evgeny Shvedenko (15-0, 6). Not only was the match up announced but so to were the details of the bout.
Suleimen revealed that the bout will be staged in Karlsruhe, Germany, on April 17th and will act as an IBF Super Middleweight world title eliminator, with the winner reportedly set to be the mandatory challenger for Caleb Plant. The eliminator status of the bout shouldn't be much of a surprise, give that the fighters are ranked #3, Shvedenko, and #4, Yerbossynuly, by the IBF.
The 29 year old Kazakh has been a professional since 2015 and has moved through the Super Middleweight rankings swiftly, due to wins over the likes of Lukas Ndafoluma, Rocky Jerkic, Nuhu Lawal and Issah Samir. Although a talented fighter Yerbossynuly has got a lot of question marks about his chin, and he has been down several times during his 15 fight career.
Shvedenko, who is 30, also debuted in 2015 and has also picked up some solid, if some what over-looked, wins against the likes of Nadjib Mohammedi, Nuhu Lawal and Artur Osipov. Notably he has home advantage and we dare say that if he wins here he will become one of the main focal points for the struggling German boxing scene, which was once a powerhouse of European boxing.
As for the rest of the bouts on the card, they have yet to be announced at the time of writing. Interestingly however it does appear to be a Suleimen promoted event, suggesting that some other top Kazakh hopesful could be in action.
Yesterday in Kazakhstan local promoter Suleimen Promotions put on a 5 bout card in the capital city of Nur-Sultan. The show wasn't a big one, but did have some intriguing looking match ups, especially for some of the highly regarded Kazakh prospects on the show, who seemed to be in surprisingly risky bouts for fighters with only 1 or 2 professional bouts to their name.
Despite the risks the show seemingly paid off for Suleimen with all 5 Kazakh locals picking up wins.
One of the novice prospects on the card was Heavyweight hopeful Danila Semenov (2-0, 1) [Данила Семенов ] who took a 6 round decision victory over Abraham Tabul (17-5-1, 14), from Ghana. Tabul, who had been stopped in 3 of his previous 4, did show some flaws with Semenov, but in just his second fight that was to be expected and fingers crossed the experience of this bout will serve the Kazakh well in the long run.
Another fighting picking up their second professional win was Bekzad Nurdauletov (2-0, 1), who took a 6 round decision over 40 year old Nigerian Kabiru Towolawi (13-3, 10). The talented Nurdauletov, who has booked his place at the Tokyo Olympics, looked very comfortable in control throughout this one, but perhaps could have done more. He was never in any trouble and, like Semenov, the rounds will do him favours. To his credit however Towolawi is a tough nut to crack and recently went 10 rounds with the hard hitting Olanrewaju Durodola, so going the distance with him is nothing to hold against Nurdauletov.
The exceptionally talented Bek Nurmaganbet (3-0, 2) [Бек Нурмаганбет] scored a weak looking stoppage in the 6th round as he took on Emmanuel Danso (32-6, 26), the bout had been one-sided though, to his credit, Danso was giving an honest effort. In the final moments of of the bout the referee stepped in and waved off the bout giving the local the TKO victory. For Nurmaganbet, the 2019 Asian Amateur Champion, this was a good, solid performance, whilst the stoppage was soft there was no doubting that the local had dominated the fight. As for Danso this is his 5th stoppage loss, though he did go 10 rounds with Fanlong Meng a few years ago and didn't look particularly chinny here.
On paper the most interesting bout, for us, was a match up between Yevgeniy Pavlov (3-0, 2) [Евгений Павлов] and Alie Laurel (18-5-1, 11), and this proved to be a better bout than some of the others on the card, with Laurel trying to make a fight of things. In the end however Pavlov was too busy and too accurate for the Filipino, who lost a clear 6 round decision. This served as a decent test for Pavlov, who stopped his first 2 foes, both in round 2, and the 6 rounds will again do him the world of good. As for Laurel this is a fifth career loss, and ended a 6 fight unbeaten run.
The main event saw the world ranked Aidos Yerbossynuly (15-0, 10) [Айдос Ербосынулы] retain his various collection of titles as he stopped Issah Samir (19-1, 16), from Ghana, in the third round. The local man pressed a lot early on, and Samir was dropped in round 3. On paper this looked and interesting bout, but in reality Samir was well and truly out of his depth and had no real chance against the Kazakh, who will be hoping for bigger and better things in 2021.
Earlier this month we reported that Aidos Yerbossynuly (14-0, 9) [Айдос Ербосынулы] was hoping to face WBO #15 ranked Super Middleweight Istvan Szili (24-2-2, 13) next time out, in a bout in Kazakhstan. Sadly however that bout will not be taking place, according to an article today on Vesti.kz.
The plan had been for Suliemen Promotions to have that bout in Atryau, Kazakhstan, in December. Sadly however Szili has decided not to take on the unbeaten Kazakh leaving Yerbossynuly's team searching for another opponent.
The plan still seems to be to get Yerbossynuly a top 15 ranked opponent, with the Kazakh hoping to increase his chances of getting a world title fight in the near future.
We last saw Yerbossynuly in the ring in the summer, when he beat Nuhu Lawal in Belarus, that was his first, and so far only, bout in 2020.
Interesting the December show will also be expected to feature fellow Kazakh hopeful Nursultan Zhangabayev (8-1, 5) [Жанабаев Нурсултан], who will be looking to bounce back from his first defeat.
We've known for a while that Kazakh promotional outfit Suleimen Promotions were looking to host an event in Atyrau, Kazakhstan before the year was over, and now it appears we know when that show will be taking place!
Earlier today the company took to social media to announce that the show was now set for October 31st and will take place behind closed doors at a venue in Atyrau. As well the date being announced we also now know 3 of the fighters on the show, all of which are Kazakh fighters under the Suleimen banner.
the fights confirmed for this show will be a debuting trio, including world amateur champion Bekzat Nurdauletov [Бекзад Нурдаулетов], the talented Danila Semenov [Данила Семенов] and the very highly touted Ablaikhan Zhussupov [Абылайхан Жусупов], who has twice won Bronze at the World Amateur Championships.
Sadly none of the debutants have had their opponents named, but all 3 are expected to be matched relatively softly.
It's worth noting that Nurdauletov and Zhussupov are reportedly going to head back to the amateurs after this bout, to compete in the Tokyo Olympics next year, before potentially committing to the professional ranks after the games.
Despite fans not being allowed to attend the event they will be able to watch the show, with Khabar TV set to broadcast the event in Kazakhstan.
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