Earlier today in Kazan we had a bit of an upset as touted Kazakh fighter Arman Rysbek (7-1, 6) [Арман Рысбек] was surprisingly stopped by Belorussian novice Mikhail Dauhaliavets (3-0, 3) in a bout for the ridiculously named vacant Eurasian Boxing Parliament Super Middleweight title.
Dauhaliavets, who had competed at both the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, was viewed as the man stepping up here and as a man lacking the professional experienced needed to over-come Rysbek. Within moments of the bout beginning however it was clear Dauhaliavets knew what he was doing and how to box. He shows a tight guard, some nice defense and surprising hand speed for a man who looks much older than he is.
Rysbek was aggressive through the opening minute or so, but struggled to land much clean, whilst Dauhaliavets was picking his shots well and reddening Rysbek's face through the opening round. We saw the Belorussian continue to land the more effective shots in round 2, landing several big flurries that seemed to hurt Rysbek, and leave his facing looking more and more red.
By the start of round 3 it seemed clear that this wasn't going to go the schedule, with both men landing solid blows and keeping a high tempo. That solid tempo continued in round 3, though by then it was clear that Rysbek was feeling the shots of Dauhaliavets, who was mixing them up to head and body. Rysbek had moments but they were short lived with Dauhaliavets quickly taking the play away, whilst further damagind the Kazakh's face with shots through the guard.
In round 4 we saw Dauhaliavets move up another gear and Rysbek, who already seemed to be wilting, was on the wrong end of a serious amount of punishment, whilst do little himself. His confidence seemed to be gone, his face looked beaten and his desire seemed to have been beaten out of him. Wisely this was the last round, as the Kazakh, who appeared to have been having problems with his left eye, was pulled from the bout between rounds 4 and 5.
Despite being a 2-time Olympian Dauhaliavets didn't fair particularly well in either championships, losing in his first bout in 2012 and his second bout in 2016. However his deep amateur experience showed here, and at the age of 30 he proved that he could end up going places. He needs to be matched aggressively, and kept busy, but there is something here, and it'd be great to see him moving towards a European title fight in the next year or two. He looks really composed and relaxed in there.
As for Rysbek, boy was he disappointing here. He had no idea how to cope with the long straight punches of Dauhaliavets, he looked very one dimensional, very easy to hit and although it's unfair to say he quit, it was clear that he had had enough when he went to his corner at the end of round 4.
Earlier today Vesti.KZ reported that 3 Kazakh hopefuls had had their next bouts arranged for September 27th in Russia, and all 3 are now set for minor title bouts.
The youngest of the Kazakh fighters is 18 year old Dastan Saduuly (3-0, 3) [Дастана Садуулы], who will be taking on 23 year old Russian Vildan Minasov (3-0, 2) for the WBA Asia Lightweight title. This is a step up for both men, who have yet to beat a fighter with a winning record, and it an example of just low the WBA go to crown regional champions. Sadly the WBA Asia title appears to be nothing more than a rebranded PABA title, which were a joke by the end. Saying that, this is an interesting bout, but shouldn't really be for any form of title, especially not for a supposed regional title.
A second bout will see 29 year old Arman Rysbek (7-0, 6) [Рысбек Арман], a former multi-time Kazakh amateur champion, battle against Russian foe Artem Brusov (9-0, 8). This will be for the IBF European Super Middleweight title, another lightly regarded regional title. This will be Rysbek's first bout in Russia, following bouts in the US, Argentina and Kazakhstan, and will be his first bout in 11 months. As for Brusov the bout will be his first since December .
It's worth noting that Boxrec have Rysbek's opponent for this bout as Gamzat Gazaliev (4-0, 4), and don't list it as a title bout at the time of writing.
The third bout will see former Canelo sparring partner Bobirzhan Mominov (11-0, 8) [Моминов Бобиржан] battle against battle against Russian righter Vaghinak Tamrazyan (17-7, 5) for the IBF Intercontinental Welterweight title. As with Rysbek this will be Mominov's Russian debut and will see him looking to claim his second title, after previously holding a WBC regional title. As for Tamrazyan he'll be looking to build on a win he scored in June, though prior to that he had lost 3 in a row
Whilst there some positive news for this coming month, with cards in Thailand, Japan and Philippines, who will all see boxing, we also need to report some bad news, and today we have some of that bad news.
The scheduled July 18th Kazakh card, promoted by MTK Kazakhstan, has now been indefinitely postponed due to the growing situation in Kazakhstan which has lead to new lockdown rules.
Over the last couple of weeks issues in Kazakhstan relating to "the on going situation", have worsened significantly. In the last month or so the 7 day average has quadrupled in the country leading to the current measures that have forced next weeks show to be postponed.
At the moment the plan is to rescheduled the event with the current bouts all taking place where possible. These included some fantastic match ups, such as Dauren Yeleussinov (8-0-1, 7) [Елеусинов Даурен] taking on Arman Rysbek (7-0, 6) [Рысбек Арман] the debut of Tursynbay Kulakhmet (0-0) [Турсынбай Кулахмет], with him taking on Sagadat Rakhmankulov (6-1, 4) [Сагадат Рахманкулов] and the debut of Talgat Shaiken (0-0) [Талгата Шайкена] up against the unbeaten Berikbay Nurymbetov (5-0, 1) [Берикбай Нурымбетов]. Fingers crossed those bouts, among others, can be scheduled for the not too distance future.
Whilst there is no current date pencilled in it does seem like a decision will be made after the current quarantine window, and will see the promoters talking with the local commission about when and how to hold the event.
Lets all be honest and point out that some of the fights we've had so far have been awful mismatches, and bouts that don't further anyone's career. Some have been good, but at this moment in time boxing needs more meaningful bouts, at every level of the sport.
Thankfully it appealing meaningful bouts will be the order of the day on July 18th in Almaty for the MTK Kazakhstan show that will see boxing resume in the country.
There are now 3 bouts known for the show.
The main event will be a clash of unbeaten men, with Dauren Yeleussinov (8-0-1, 7) [Елеусинов Даурен] and Arman Rysbek (7-0, 6) [Рысбек Арман] clashing in a potentially mouth watering bout. Although neither man is a big name in the sport both are unbeaten punchers, and both will know this is a great chance to move their career forward, significantly. Whilst neither fighter is tipped to be a future world champion both are very capable, and neither man likes to hear the final bell. With that in mind we're really excited for this one.
Another bout confirmed will be the debut of Tursynbay Kulakhmet (0-0) [Турсынбай Кулахмет], who faces off with Sagadat Rakhmankulov (6-1, 4) [Сагадат Рахманкулов], in what appears to be a genuine test for Kulakhmet straight off the bat. The young novice is tipped for big things and a win here could see him being pushed very quickly.
Another debutant on the show will Talgat Shaiken (0-0) [Талгата Шайкена] who will be up against the unbeaten Berikbay Nurymbetov (5-0, 1) [Берикбай Нурымбетов] in another tough looking debut.
There are bouts still to be announced, but this is 3 bouts we're actually interested in, something that is quite rare for these MTK cards in Kazakhstan, that tend to be very top heavy and rather uninspiring further down the card.
Yesterday MTK Kazakhstan announced more details of their previously announced show set to take place in Kazakhstan in July. The card, which previously had little more than a date, July 18th, a location, Almaty, Kazakhstan, and broadcasters, now has fighters listed, though no matches have yet to be confirmed.
The card will feature a number of promising and unbeaten fighters, including Dauren Yeleussinov (8-0-1, 7) [Елеусинов Даурен], the brother of Olympic Champion Daniyar Yeleussinov in one of the shows main bouts. This will be his Kazakh debut, after fighting his first 9 professional bouts in the US and Mexico.
Another of the main bouts will see the heavy handed Arman Rysbek (7-0, 6) [Рысбек Арман] fighting for the fifth time in Kazakhstan, where he has already scored 4 wins in a combined 6 rounds of professional action.
Other unbeaten prospects set for this card include Abay Tolesh (5-0, 3) [Абай Толеш], Berikbay Nurymbetov (5-0, 1) [Берикбай Нурымбетов], Ray Seitzhanov (2-0) [Рай Сейтжанов], and Nurdos Tolebay (2-0, 1) [Нурдос Толебай].
As well as the men who have already got pro experience under their belt the card will also feature the professional debuts of the highly regarded Tursynbay Kulakhmet [Турсынбай Кулахмет] and Talgat Shaiken [Талгата Шайкена]. The two men recently turned professional after success amateur careers that saw both men shining on the international stage.
As mentioned there are broadcasters set up for the show, with ESPN+ carrying the event in the US and IFL TV covering it for most of the rest of the world, though their youtube platform.
We expect opponents for the confirmed fighters to be announced in the coming weeks.
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