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.
We've known for a while that Kazakh promotional outfit Suleimen Promotions were looking to host an event in Atyrau, Kazakhstan before the year was over, and now it appears we know when that show will be taking place!
Earlier today the company took to social media to announce that the show was now set for October 31st and will take place behind closed doors at a venue in Atyrau. As well the date being announced we also now know 3 of the fighters on the show, all of which are Kazakh fighters under the Suleimen banner.
the fights confirmed for this show will be a debuting trio, including world amateur champion Bekzat Nurdauletov [Бекзад Нурдаулетов], the talented Danila Semenov [Данила Семенов] and the very highly touted Ablaikhan Zhussupov [Абылайхан Жусупов], who has twice won Bronze at the World Amateur Championships.
Sadly none of the debutants have had their opponents named, but all 3 are expected to be matched relatively softly.
It's worth noting that Nurdauletov and Zhussupov are reportedly going to head back to the amateurs after this bout, to compete in the Tokyo Olympics next year, before potentially committing to the professional ranks after the games.
Despite fans not being allowed to attend the event they will be able to watch the show, with Khabar TV set to broadcast the event in Kazakhstan.
Earlier today Kazakh news site posted a number of comments from boxing manager Ziya Aliyev, who is in charge of Ivan Dychko (9-0, 9) [Дычко Иван] and Daniyar Yeleussinov (9-0, 5) [Данияр Маратұлы Елеусінов]. A number of those comments seemed really interesting and could well be a sign that Aliyev is in the market for more top Kazakh fighters.
Among the fighters mentioned was that world amateur champion Bekzat Nurdauletov [Бекзад Нурдаулетов], who Aliyev seemed to suggest was ready for the pro's and seemed to be a very big fan of.
Aliyev is also quoted as stating he would like to see Vassiliy Levit [Левит Василий] and Abilkhan Amankul [Аманкул Абильхан] turning professional.
It's unclear whether the comments are meant to suggest that he's actively pursuing the trio or more talking opening about amateurs in Kazakhstan who he'd like to see turn professional, but it's still interesting that he's mentioned the names and has got great connections in professional boxing.
From the trio mentioned the general feeling seems to be that Levit has left it too late, though he could be fast tracked, the other two however could end up with a lot of people chasing them for their signatures either later this year, or after the postponed Tokyo Olympics.
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