Earlier in today in Kazan fight fans saw unbeaten Kazakh Bobirzhan Mominov (12-0, 8) [Бобиржан Моминов] narrowly retain his "0" as he squeaked past Armenian born Russian Vaghinak Tamrazyan (17-8, 5) in Kazan. The men, clashing in a 10 round contest for the lightly regarded vacant Eurasian Boxing Parliament Welterweight title, headlined at the Pyramide in what was a disappointing card for Kazakh fighters.
Mominov was in the ring after countrymen Dastan Saduuly and Armen Rysbek had both lost and knew he was carrying the hopes of Kazakh fans on his shoulders. Despite that pressure he started well and looked very sharp in the opening moments, landing some very crisp punches and moving around the ring very well. Despite the success of Mominov he couldn't stop Tamrazyan from having his moments. The most notable of those moments was a sweeping right hand just moments before the bell to end the opening round, with the shot forcing Mominov to lose balance and hit the canvas for the bout's first knockdown.
Despite being dropped in the opening round Mominov recovered well and in round 4 he managed to shake Tamrazyan, who seemed to be on the verge of going down, but gritted it out and remained up right to the end of the round.
From there on the bout was a tough bout for both. Both men proved to be solid, tough, heavy handed fighters who were technically solid. The key between the two seemed to be the speed, energy and youth of Mominov, who looked a bit fresher than his 34 year old foe, but to his credit Tamrazyan looked strong and soaked up a lot on his tight defensive guard. The defensive skills of Tamrazyan, added to his own smart offensive work, saw him getting the eye of the judges at times and he took Mominov into deep waters, with the Kazakh going 10 rounds for the first time.
As a result of the competitive rounds the scorecards were all close, with the judges turning in cards of 95-95, along with 96-94 and 97-97, to give Mominov the majority decision wins.
Interestingly, given those cards, we're guessing the opening round was not scored a 10-8 round, and in fairness it shouldn't have been Mominov was down, but had easily won the round prior to the knockdown, that occurred very, very late in the round.
With the win Mominov picks up the a lightly regarded title, claims his second win of 2020, his career win in Russia, keeps his unbeaten record intact and has now answered some questions in regards to his stamina and gas tank. Tamrazyan on the other hand proved he was much better than his record suggests, and he may well find himself in demand to give prospects a genuine test. He's tough, he's rugged, has a good engine and comes to win, which leaves prospects answering questions, rather than just padding their records.
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
Boxing in the US might have been back for about a week or so but for the first time we saw Asian fighters in action on a televised US show since the ongoing global situation became such a big issue. That was thanks to Top Rank, who held two bouts featuring Asian fighters on their latest card from the MGM Grand.
The first of those two bouts saw unbeaten Kazakh hopeful Bobirzhan Mominov (11-0, 8) [Моминов Бобиржан] take a clear decision over Filipino-American Cameron Krael (17-16-3, 4) in a 6 rounder. Through out the bout Mominov looked the much stronger, better and more polished fighter, with some very hurtful shots thrown through out. Krael however showed his gameness throughout and did enough to deserve a round or two on each scorecard.
In round 6 Mominov had a point deducted, but was still comfortable, taking the win with scores of 58-55, twice, and 57-56 to maintain his perfect record.
The second bout saw a mild upset with under-rated Filipino Mike Plania (24-1, 12) take a career best win as he secured a 10 round majority decision over WBO #1 ranked Bantamweight Joshua Greer Jr (22-2-1, 12). Plania, who entered as the under-dog, dropped Greer in the opening round, and again in round 6 to establish a huge lead on the cards in the first 6 rounds. That lead was established not just from the knockdowns but also the incredibly negative tactics of Greer, who did very, very little in the first 7 rounds.
Surprisingly Greer managed to put his foot on the gas in round 8, and showed that he had heart, and determination, as he tried to turn things around. By then it was too little too late, and his inability to cut the ring off and make a tiring Plania pay, and Plania managed to see out the bell, boxing incredibly well off the back foot in the final round.
After 10 rounds we had the obligatory "crap score card", of 94-94, a totally repulsive score from the action we had seen, followed by scores of 96-92 and 97-91 in favour of Plania.
Whilst we may have all missed boxing recently, none of us have missed the terrible scorecards the sport gives us, and it's fair to say they too are back. Thankfully they didn't deny the rightful winner of a bout, but did still manage to leave a bad taste in the mouth.
Later today we'll see Filipino fighter Mike Plania (23-1, 12) battle against world ranked Joshua Greer Jr (22-1-1, 12) in a bout at a contracted 120lbs. Last night in the US the two men made weight for the contest with no major issues.
Greer, a world ranked Bantamweight who has got his eyes on a world title fight later this year, came in at 120.1lbs, bang on the contractual limit. Coming in to the bout he is r.anked #1 by the WBO, #2 by the IBF and #9 by the WBC, and despite being very highly regarded as has struggled in his last 2 bouts.
Despite technically being over the contracted limit Greer was wearing protective clothing, that was adding to his weight, and was officially regarded as being at 120lbs.
Plania, who is ranked #11 by the WBA and #12 by the IBF at Super Bantamweight, actually came in lighter than Greer at 119.5lbs. This was his lightest weight in over 2 years, and we need to go back to his May 2018 win over John Rey Lauza to find the last time he came in under 120lbs.
Tonight's show will also feature unbeaten Kazakh hopeful Bobirzhan Mominov (10-0, 8) [Моминов Бобиржан]. At the weigh in he came in at 152lbs, whilst American opponent Cameron Krael (17-15-3, 4) was 147.25lbs for the bout.
Although this looks like a mismatch on paper Krael is much better than his record suggests and has given serious tests to a number of prospects in recent years. This could end up being the show's hidden gem.
Our Kazakh sources have informed us that two unbeaten Kazakh prospects are looking likely to return to the ring in December, though specifics haven't been made available as to when, where or who against.
One of those prospects is Bobirzhan Mominov (9-0, 8) [Моминов Бобиржан], who was last seen in the ring in September, stopping Anzor Gamgebelli, in 2 rounds to claim the WBC Asian Boxing Council Continental Welterweight title. The unbeaten Mominov is a well travelled fighter, having fought in the US, Argentina and Kazakhstan, and we're expecting his next bout will him go over all ground, and least in terms of location, with the US said to be the most likely.
The other prospect is 28 year old Arman Rysbek (5-0, 4) Рысбек Арман, who is expected to fight on the same show as Mominov. His career has also seen him fight in the US, Argentina and Kazakhstan, though his competition has been dire and he is in need of a step up after scoring 5 straight forward wins already this year.
We're hoping to have more details shortly, but we do like to see both fighters staying busy and fitting in another fight before the year is over.
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