Last night in Canada fans had the chance to see rising unbeaten Kazakh hopeful Batyrzhan Jukembayev (18-0-0-2, 15) [Батыржан Джукембаев] record his latest win, as he stopped 27 year old Mexican fighter Ricardo Lara (22-8, 10).
Lara, who was a late replacement for Argentinian Maximiliano Ricardo Veron (12-3-1, 4), was under pressure early and though to his credit he wasn't there to just make up the numbers and did try to make a fight of things. Sadly for Lara the biggest issue for him was that he lacked real power on his shots, and couldn't get Jukembayev's respect, even when he did land.
Lara made it through the first round with out too many issues but in round 2 Jukembayev did pick up his work rate and started to quickly break down Lara, with some solid straights to the body. Lara tried to withstand it, but eventually went down under pressure. He complained about being hit on the back of the head, but the referee didn't buy it. The bout went on after the knockdown but Lara was about spent and was bundled down a second time, where he took the count.
Given this lasted less than 2 rounds we'll hopefully see Jukembayev return to the ring again sooner rather than later. Lara was a decent late replacement, but as it showed, he didn't really belong in the ring with Jukembayev who really needs to be fighting at fringe world level going forward if he's to develop and be tested.
On Saturday in Canada unbeaten Kazakh prospect Batyrzhan Jukembayev (17-0-0-2, 14) [Батыржан Джукембаев] will defend two minor titles as he takes on 27 year old Mexican fighter Ricardo Lara (22-7, 10), who is a late replacement after his original opponent was unable to secure a visa.
Today it's been confirmed that the bout will bee aired in Kazakhstan!
For fans in Kazakhstan the bout will be shown live from 8:30AM (Moscow time) on Khabar TV.
Whilst this isn't huge news as such it is, again, a sign that Khabar TV are backing Kazakh fighters, where ever they are fighting and it's proving to be a vital channel for Kazakh fans wanting to follow their rising hopefuls.
Yesterday news broke that unbeaten Kazakh prospect Batyrzhan Jukembayev (17-0-0-2, 14) [Батыржан Джукембаев] would be facing a change of opponent this coming Saturday, after planned Argentinian foe Maximiliano Ricardo Veron (12-3-1, 4) was unable to secure a visa for the bout.
At the time it was unclear who the Kazakh would face as a result, though his new opponent has now been named.
According to Vesti the replacement opponent for Veron has been named as 27 year old Mexican fighter Ricardo Lara (22-7, 10).
Whilst it's frustrating news for Jukembayev, who has been training for one fighter before ending up with a different opponent on less than a weeks notice, it's actually not a bad match up given the short notice period.
Lara will be fighting in Canada for the third time, having previously lost to Mathieu Germain in 2017 and Tony Luis last year. He is a natural Lightweight, rather than a Light Welterweight, though has shown an ability to fight at 130lbs, 135lbs or at 140lbs if needed, as is the case here.
Despite the chance in opponent the bout is still expected to be fought for Jukembayev's two minor titles, and should be a decent work out for the Kazkh, even if he should win without too many questions being asked of him.
According to a vesti.kz report earlier today the upcoming bout between unbeaten Kazakh prospect Batyrzhan Jukembayev (17-0-0-2, 14) [Батыржан Джукембаев] and Argentinian foe Maximiliano Ricardo Veron (12-3-1, 4) is at risk of being cancelled, just days before they are supposed to be fighting.
The report suggests that Veron has struggled to secure a visa for the fight in Canada, and may end up being unable to step in the ring on Saturday as a result.
This wouldn't be the first time Jukembayev has seen an opponent fail to step in the ring due to visa issues, with a planned 2019 bout against Carlos Jimenez being cancelled, and Jimenez being replaced at short notice by Gilberto Meza.
If Veron doesn't manage to secure a visa it's unclear what the plan of action is, with a late replacement seeming to be the most likely option given that's what they did last year.
It should be noted that this is only a single report from Vesti who have cited an un-named source close to the situation. For those interested in reading the Vesti article, that's available here.
It's been known for a while that unbeaten Kazakh prospect Batyrzhan Jukembayev (17-0-0-2, 14) [Батыржан Джукембаев] would be back in the ring on January 25th in Montreal, as he looks to move forward with his career after a rather frustrating 2019.
What wasn't known until much more recently is who the talented "777" would be up against in his first bout of the new year.
Now it's been announced that Jukembayev would be up against 31 year old Argentinian foe Maximiliano Ricardo Veron (12-3-1, 4), in what could turn out to be a tougher fight than it looks on paper.
The 28 year old Kazakh, who will be defending his WBA Continental Americas and IBF Inter-Continental titles, is looking to build on his recent win over former IBF Lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez, in a bout that Jukembayev comfortably won but did have some technical issues shown up, that need to be worked on before he fights at world level.
Veron, whilst no world beater, is full of confidence after upsetting Deigo Ramirez in November, and also fighting to a split draw with the unbeaten Luis Alberto Veron just a fight earlier. This will however be Veron's first bout outside of Argentina.
This bout will be the main event of the card, which is being put on by Eye of the Tiger Management, who promote a number of Kazakh fighters in Canada, and have built them a steady and growing following of support whilst developing well. Though we do see this as a potential step back for Jukembayev who seems like he needs more tests like Vazquez going forward. Hopefully those fringe level bouts occur later in the year.
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