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 today in Atyrau, Kazakhstan, Suleimen promotions put on their latest show, and it was a really notable one, featuring some of the most promising fighters in Kazakhstan, including two fighters who have already booked their place at the Tokyo Olympics. Whilst none of the locals on the show had much professional experience, the 5 local fighters were all regarded very highly and were all matched very, very hard, at least on paper. However all 5 of the Kazakh's picked up wins, and did so with out too much bother.
One of those in action was the debuting Bekzad Nurdauletov (1-0, 1) [Бекзад Нурдаулетов Бекзад], who is one of the men who has secured a place at the Tokyo Olympics. He took on Tanzania's Ibrahim Maokola (14-10-1, 9) and score a quick win, in just 2 rounds. The talented Kazakh scored a knockdown at the end of the opening round, before stopping Maokola in round 2 to kick off his professional career in the perfect manner.
It's worth noting that not only is the 22 year old Nurdauletov going to appear at the Tokyo Olympics but in 2019 he won gold at the World Amateur Championships and is regarded as one of the very best amateurs out there at Light Heavyweight.
Up at Heavyweight Danila Semenov (1-0, 1) [Данила Семенов] made light work of Malawian fighter Mussa Ajibu (28-16-5, 24). To his credit Ajibu showed some toughness but was dropped in round 4 and stipped later in the same round as Semenov managed to begin his career with a win. Despite the win Semenov showed he had a lot of work to do. He seemed to be throwing wide punched, looked like he was there to be hit, and was perhaps lucky that Ajibu was poor as he was.
Another man picking up a stoppage was Yevgeniy Pavlov (2-0, 2) [Евгений Павлов], who scored a 2nd round win over Goodluck Mrema (23-6, 13). The talented Pavlov, who debuted back in July, dropped his man in the opening round, then closed the show in round 2. For Mrema this was a 5th stoppage loss, and he has previouslt been blasted ina round by, Marlon Tapales and in 3 rounds by Jason Moloney. Sadly for Mrema the way he went down at one point after being caught by a right hand was almost meme worthy.
The second fighter to have qualified for the Olympics was Ablaikhan Zhussupov (1-0) [Абылайхан Жусупов] who was matched hard for a debutant. The 23 year old Kazakh was up against Tanzania's Meshack Mwankemwa (21-8-2, 13), and was taken the 6 round distance. On paper the outcome may not be the most impressive, but in reality this was nearly perfect for Zhussupov, who went 6 rounds with a decent opponent. Whilst Mwankemwa may have a number of TKO losses on his record he had gone the distance with the likes of Teerachai Kratingdaenggym and has shared the ring with the likes of Walter Kautondokwa. A genuine good win, and good way to tick over for Zhussupov, who was looking to get some roundsm and stay busy due to the lack of amateur competitions taking place at the moment.
The remaining bout on the card also went the 6 round schedule, and saw Bek Nurmaganbet (2-0, 1) [Бек Нурмаганбет] take a win over Abdallah Shabani Pazzy (28-8-1, 25). On paper this one looked dangerous, with Pazzy not being anything close to a patsy. Despite Pazzy being dangerous and heavy handed Nurmaganbet was he boss through out, twice dropping his man, once in round 2 and once in round 3. Credit needs to go to the man from Tanzania for getting back to his feet and trying to fight back, but he was never competitive.
For Nurmaganbet, who won the Asian Amateur Championships in 2019, this was a great work out, the type of bout that will do him more good than harm and is the sort of test that has seen him answer questions in regards to stamina and what happens when his power, alone, can't do the job.
Earlier today Vesti.kz reported that Aidos Yerbossynuly (14-0, 9) [Айдос Ербосынулы] may well have found the opponent for his next bout.
According to Vesti.kz a source close to the event have revealed that Yerbossynuly's team is in talks with WBO #15 ranked Super Middleweight Istvan Szili (24-2-2, 13), a 37 year old fighter from Hungary.
If the fight is made the unbeaten Kazakh would be defending his WBC Asia, WBA International and WBO Global Super Middleweight titles against Szili in December.
At the moment the full details of the show it would be on aren't known. What is known that the bout would be staged on a Suleimen Promotions event in Atyrau, Kazakhstan. Though won't take place until Suleimen have been giving permission from the local authorities, which is what is holding up the announcement of "when" the show will be.
If this bout takes place this year it would be Yerbossynuly's second of 2020, and would follow his July win over Nuhu Lawal in Belarus. Szili would also be fighting for the second time this year, and he would be looking to build on a huge upset win over Jayde Mitchell from back in February, for the WBO Oriental title.
Interestingly, in 2016, Szili was actually stopped in a Middleweight bout by the aforementioned Nuhu Lawal, but has gone 5-0 (4) since then, after moving up to Super Middleweight.
As well as Yerbossynuly the card is also expected to feature Yeveniy Pavlov (1-0, 1) [Евгения Павлова] and Bek Nurmaganbet (1-0, 1) [Бек Нурмаганбет], both looking for their second professional wins, and the debuts of talented amateurs Danila Semenov [Данила Семенов] and Ablaikhan Zhussupov [Абылайхан Жусупов], who many in Kazakhstan are tipping as one of the brightest hopes the country has for the Tokyo Olmypics.
Earlier today Kazakh promotional outfit Suleimen Promotions took to social media to reveal details of their next Kazakh show. They didn't give everything away, but did give out some juicy information.
The card is planned to take place in Atyrau, Kazakhstan, and will feature 5 bouts. They will include a bout featuring a world ranked Kazakh and several bouts featuring highly regarded Kazakh prospects. It will also be aired on Khabar TV and will be done in compliance will all sanitary regulations, meaning there won't be fans in attendance, and the show will be done with the support of the local Akimat, essentially the local mayor.
The fighters announced for this card so far are Aidos Yerbossynuly (14-0, 9) [Айдос Ербосынулы], who is said to be in the main event and will be up against a top 15 WBO ranked fighter whilst defending his WBA, WBC and WBO minor titles. The under-card will feature Yeveniy Pavlov (1-0, 1) [Евгения Павлова] and Bek Nurmaganbet (1-0, 1) [Бек Нурмаганбет], both looking for their second professional wins, and the debuts of Danila Semenov [Данила Семенов] and Ablaikhan Zhussupov [Абылайхан Жусупов].
Yerbossynuly, Nurmaganbet and Pavlov all fought on the same show last time out, featuring on Suleimen's July 26th card in Minsk, Belarus. On that card Yerbossynuly beat Nuhi Lawal in a clear decision whilst Nurmaganbet made an 85 second cameo against Tamas Laska and Pavlov beat Patrick Renato Hovrath.
Semenov was a decent amateur, winning silver at the Asian Junior Championships in 2017, and has competed in a number of notable amateur tournaments, but isn't regarded as a true standout, just a very capable fighter, who could make a mark on the pros.
The really interesting inclusion is that of Zhussupov, who has qualified for the Tokyo Olympics, at 69KG's, and is the captain of the Kazakh amateur national team. Aged 23 he is a genuine amateur standout. He is a former Summer Youth Olympics and Youth World gold medal winner, he took silver in the 2017 Asian Championships, Bronze at the 2017 and 2019 World Amateur championships and competed at the 2016 Olympics, aged just 19. His inclusion on this card is a really interesting one, and fingers crossed he shines here and decides to compete in both the the pro's and amateur ranks over the coming year or two.
The one detail missing at the moment is the "when", and this is yet to be confirmed. This will be announced in the near future by Suleimen, when they have been given the green light for a specific date and venue.
Earlier today in Minsk we saw the long awaited debut of touted Kazakh Bek Nurmaganbet (1-0, 1) [Бек Нурмаганбет].
The talented Nurmaganbet, who won the 2019 Asian Amateur Championships, looked super sharp from the opening moments. He used his jab to control Hungarian foe Tamas Laska (19-22-1, 10) through the first minute before winding Laska with a body shot. From there on Laska was put into survival mode.
Despite Laska being super negative and trying to cover up Nurmaganbet still found holes and dropped Laska with body shots. The shots dropped Laska, who remained in agony in the neutral corner whilst the referee stopped the contest.
Although this was, clearly, a mismatch we were impressed by the control, variety, speed and timing of Nurmaganbet. He had a very, very poor opponent in there with him but broke down someone who was just trying to survive, and did so in very good fashion.
Fingers crossed Nurmaganbet's next bout will be a more testing one than the one he had today.
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