Earlier this month we saw Kazakh fighter Bakhtiyar Eyubov (14-2-1-1, 12) [Бахтияр Эюбов] suffer his first stoppage loss, as he was stopped by American prospect Jaron Ennis (25-0, 23). Despite being really beaten up by "Boots" Ennis in that bout Eyubov has revealed that he returned to the gym just days later and is already looking at a potential return to the ring.
The fighter has spoken to Kazakh media and explained that despite the loss the promoters enjoyed his effort and are looking to organise his next fight, potentially for March.
Just as interesting is the fact that Eyubov is not angling for a March return but also a move down in weight, explaining that he will be fighting at a weight that is more suited to him. That would see him campaigning at 140lbs, where his physicality and power would be more effective than it's been at 147lbs.
Aged 33 Eyubov clearly doesn't have time to waste, and a march return at 140lbs would be a quick turn around, and a potential new chapter in his career, which has been a struggle in recent fights against very talented and promising Welterweight prospects and contenders.
The bookies expected it, we expected it, and most expected, and we all got proven right as Kazakh fighter Bakhtiyar Eyubov (14-2-1-1, 12) [Бахтияр Эюбов] was beaten and battered by American prospect Jaron Ennis (25-0, 23) in one turned out to be a 1-sided contest.
From the opening bell Eyubov was applying pressure, trying to get inside the longer reach of Ennis and make it a fire fight. It was the only tactic he had any sort of chance with but unfortunately even that didn't work. Around 90 seconds into the bout the speed, power and skills of Ennis dropped Eyubov to the canvas for the first time, and the Kazakh was down again about 30 seconds later.
To his credit Eyubov got back to his feet and fought on valiantly through the rest of the opening round and rounds 2 and 3, but it seemed very much like he was taking a lot more than he was giving. Even the moments of success that Eyubov did have failed seemed to end up with him serious shots in return.
Early in round 4, with Ennis starting to go through the gears the referee stepped in and waved off the bout. Eyubov didn't seem hurt at the time, bu was clearly out classed. The stoppage, probably wasn't the best but it was a hard one to argue too strongly with.
For Eyubov this is his first stoppage loss, whilst Ennis takes the next step on what looks set to be a very fruitful career. He's certainly one to watch.
This evening in Atlantic City once beaten Kazakh fighter Bakhtiyar Eyubov (14-1-1-1, 12) [Бахтияр Эюбов] faces unbeaten American prospect Jaron Ennis (24-0, 22) in a 10 round Welterweight clash.
Interestingly UK book makers have got the bout available to bet on, and it's viewed as a total mismatch, with Ennis best priced at 1/14 to win and Eyubov a 14/1 under-dog. The draw is available at 40/1.
The bookies haven't just priced up the "To Win" market here but several other markets, including the "Method of victory" market, which makes the bout look even more one-sided than the straight "To Win" odds.
Ennis is almost unbackable to score the stoppage, with the best price being 2/9, whilst an Ennis decision is 9/2. Eyubov to win by stoppage is a huge 25/1 and a decision for the Kazakh is a massive 33/1,
A stoppage either way is expected to come in the middle of the bout, with odds of 4/5 available for the bout to last less than 5.5 rounds and Evens for it to go longer. Not surprisingly then the odds on the bout not going the distance are tiny, with the best price being 2/9 whilst you can get 4/1 on the bout some how going the scheduled 10 rounds.
For fans wanting to watch this it will be aired on Showtime in the US and Boxnation in the UK.
Later today we'll see Kazakh fighter Bakhtiyar Eyubov (14-1-1-1, 12) [Бахтияр Эюбов] up against it as he takes on excellent American prospect Jaron Ennis (24-0, 22) as part of a Showtime broadcast.
Yesterday the two men took part in their weigh in and both men made the Welterweight limit with ease.
On the scores Ennis, dubbed "Boots" was 145.8lbs and looked in sensational shape whilst towering over the Kazakh. Eyubov on the other hand was 146.2lbs, and looked fleshy at the weight, as well as short for a Welterweight.
For Ennis this will be a great chance to showcase the hype that his growing fan base have given him, and he'll be strongly favoured to pick up the win against an opponent who hasn't looked great recently. As for Eyubov the bout is a chance to try and inject some momentum into his career after a forgettable 2019 which saw him go 0-1-1 for the year.
Eyubov planning to return this year
Earlier today Kazakh website Vesti.kz reported that once beaten Welterweight Bakhtiyar Eyubov (14-1-1-1, 12) [Бахтияр Эюбов] is planning to return to the ring before the end of 2019.
The heavy handed Kazakh, who was last seen in June losing to the excellent Brian Ceballo in New York, but has stated that he is training twice a day for a fight before the end of the year.
At the moment there is no date, venue or opponent, though he seemed to suggest that he would be regarded as the "away" fighter for his bout, when it gets arranged.
As a rising hopeful Eyubov began his career 13-0 (11) since then however he has gone 1-1-1-1 (1) and now, at the age of 33 his career really needs a boost before it's too late. He once looked like a genuine prospect but now he appears to be faltering, and his promise is certainly out of time to be fulfilled.
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