Last night in Canada fight fans had the chance to see 2 Kazakh fighters pick up wins against Mexican opposition.
The lesser known of those Kazakh fighters was Aman Kazankapov (1-0-1) [Амана Казанкапова], who scored a 4 round decision win over Jesus Arriaga (2-2, 1). The 21 year old Kazankapov made his debut in June, fighting to a draw with Ismael Molina Moreno, and was rather disappointing. Last night however he looked like the prospect he was touted as, showing good composure, smart pressure, good handspeed and some very crisp punching. He's not show the early touches of a super prospect, but he looked mostly solid as he found his groove in the pro ring. Obviously there was issues, and things that need to be corrected and worked on, but there was enough to like from a 4 round shut out over Arriaga.
At 21 Kazankapov is young, and looks to be a talented youngster. As an amateur he was successful and won the 2016 Asian Youth Championships at 75KG's among other competitions, but didn't really look like someone who had the x-factor that we've seen with some other Kazakh prospects very early in their careers.
The other Kazakh picking up a win was Batyrzhan Jukembayev (17-0-0-2, 14) [Батыржан Джукембаев] who scored arguably his best win to date, as he out pointed former IBF Lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez (41-9, 15). On paper this looked like an easy win for Jukembayev, thanks to judges who scored it 99-91, 99-91 and 100-90 to the Canadian based Kazakh. In reality however this wasn't a great performance from the Kazakh who really had to work for the win against the slipper Vazquez. The Mexican showed off his trademark movement and frustrated Jukembayev through out the contest with his defensive work. Sadly for Vazquez the difference was that he really lacked in terms of offense and he never really did enough himself to win rounds, despite making Jukembayev miss a lot.
For Jukembayev this was a great win on paper, but highlighted a lot that he needs to work on going forward. It was a tricky stylistic match up, and it showed, but with the win in the bag he'll move forward and use the experience of the bout to develop further before an eventual world title fight.
Earlier today we were informed that unbeaten Kazakh hopeful Batyrzhan Jukembayev (16-0-0-2, 13) [Батыржан Джукембаев] would be returning to the ring on September 26th, in Montreal, to take on his most notable opponent to date.
The Canadian based Kazakh will be looking to secure his 17th professional win as he takes on former IBF Lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez (41-8, 15), who will be fighting for the first time since he was flat our robbed in the UK against Ohara Davies, in one of the worse decisions of 2019.
For the unbeaten Jukembayev the bout is a fantastic step up in class, a real test and a chance to him to answer some really serious questions. He's not been matched incredibly easily but this is a clear step up for him and a move in the right direction, something his last few fights haven't been. In fact it's not been since Jukembayev beat Cosme Rivera back in 2017, that he's shared the ring with someone with experience at the higher levels of the sport.
Over the last few years Vazquez, who was an avoided champion, has become a really in demand gate keeper recently. In the last two 2 years he has gone in with Josh Taylor, Thulani Mbenge, Ghislain Maduma and the aforementioned Davies, and put in very credible efforts, win or lose. A similar performance here could well see him showing too much for Jukembayev in what is a very, very well matched contest.
Jukembayev is set to be 1 of 4 Kazakh's on this card, along with Sadriddin Akhmedov (9-0, 8) [Ахмедов Садриддин], Nurzat Sabirov (10-0, 9) [Нурзат Сабиров] and Aman Kazankapov (0-0-1) [Амана Казанкапова], though none of this trio have yet had their opponents announced.
Last night fight fans in Canada had the chance to see a trio of Kazakh fighters in action.
The most impressive was Sadriddin Akhmedov (9-0, 8) [Ахмедов Садриддин], who made very light work of Mexican foe Daniel Vega Cota (14-4-1, 11). The heavy handed Akhmedov pressed the fight from the opening moments. Cota was dropped around 90 seconds into the bout and whilst the fight did continue he was hurt only moments later before the referee stepped in and stopped him.
It was also a short night for Nurzat Sabirov (10-0, 9) [Нурзат Сабиров], who stopped Hungarian foe Laszlo Toth (7-1, 6) in the second round of their bout. A right hand to the body dropped Toth who tried to beat the 10 count, but failed due to the pain and agony he was in.
The card also featured the professional debut of youngster Aman Kazankapov (0-0-1) [Амана Казанкапова], who battled Mexican Ismael Molina Moreno (2-1-1, 2) and was surprisingly held to a 4 round draw.
The Kazakh was making his debut after an excellent run in the amateur ranks, including a gold medal at the 2016 Asian Youth Championships, and was tipped to become one to watch. This draw however will be a mark on his record and time will tell to see whether it was a blip, a case of not Moreno being better than expected or maybe Kazankapov not being as good as hoped.
This coming weekend a trio of Kazakh hopefuls will be in action in Canada, with the touted trio of Sadriddin Akhmedov (8-0, 7) [Ахмедов Садриддин], Nurzat Sabirov (9-0, 8) [Нурзат Сабиров] and the debuting Aman Kazankapov (0-0) [Амана Казанкапова] all in action on the same show.
Today it's been confirmed that Kazakh TV will air at least two of those bouts, with "Khabar" revealing they will be showing Sabirov's bout against unbeaten Hungarian Laszlo Toth (7-0, 6) and Akhmedov's bout with Mexican foe Daniel Vega Cota (14-3-1, 11).
The channel will air the bouts on a broadcast that begins at 7am on June 30th in Nur-Sultan, the capital of Kazakhstan, and it seems like both contests will be shown live on the channel.
Sadly it seems unlikely for the Kazakh channel to air the debut of Kazankapov, who faces Mexican Ismael Molina Moreno (2-1, 2), though their is a chance that the bout may be included if time permits.
We've known for a while that unbeaten Kazakh pair Sadriddin Akhmedov (8-0, 7) [Ахмедов Садриддин] and Nurzat Sabirov (9-0, 8) [Нурзат Сабиров] would be in action in Canada on June 29th in Canada. Until today we didn't actually know who they would be up against in their bouts.
Today we were informed that not only did both men now have their opponents set but that the card would also feature one other Kazakh fighter, who is set to make his professional debut.
Sabirov's opponent was named as Hungarian Laszlo Toth (7-0, 6), a Super Middleweight not to be confused with the more well known and more experienced fighter of the same name. Toth is a hard hitter and a former a former interim Global Boxing Federation World Super Middleweight champion. This is a huge step up in class for him, though if he's as tough as his name sake he should be a test for Sabirov in what could be an explosive match up.
Akhmedov's opponents for the show will be Mexican fighter Daniel Vega Cota (14-3-1, 11), who has lost 3 of his last 6. Cota is a hard man to get a read on, with losses to rising prospects like Souleymane Cissokho and Roman Zakirov as well as a loss to Jesus Gurrola, who is little more than a journeyman himself. Given that Akhmedov has been injured we can't complain about the youngster having an easier fight than his last one, but we really don't see how this will be a test for Akhmedov.
The third interesting note for this show is that it will feature the debut of 21 year old Aman Kazankapov (0-0) [Амана Казанкапова], who was an amateur stand out and took gold at the 2016 Asian Youth Championships. The youngster will be debuting in a 4 round bout against Mexican Ismael Molina Moreno (2-1, 2). Given how Eye of the Tiger Management usually treats it's top Kazakh talent we'd not be surprised to see Kazankapov kept active through the rest of 2019 and quickly make a name for himself as one to watch.
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