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.
Yesterday we reported that 2016 Olympic gold medal winner Daniyar Yeleussinov (9-0, 5) [Данияр Маратұлы Елеусінов] would be in action on April 17th at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland. At the time there wasn't an opponent announced, but hours afterwards his opponent for the show was named, it was a really good name for the unbeaten Kazakh to be linked to.
We now know that the talented Yeleussinov will be up against former unified Light Welterweight world champion Julius Indongo (23-2, 12), in a bout that will be shown on DAZN.
The 28 year old "Kazakh Thunder" looked uncomfortable in his first few fights after turning professional, but in recent bouts has adapted his style and began to look like the man who impressed such much at the Rio Olympics. Of course he's still got some of his amateur traits, but it;s clear he is making waves in the professional ranks now and a match up like this is a serious chance for him to make a statement. A win over Indongo would put him straight onto the fringes of a world title fight, and is a huge step up in class.
Indongo, a 37 year old from Namibia, is a former IBF/WBA unified champion at 140lbs, and had huge back to back wins in 2016/2017 when he beat Eduard Troyanovsky and Ricky Burns. Sadly since then he has gone 1-2, losing by stoppage to Terence Crawford and Regis Prograis is back to back bouts. He has returned with a low profile win, stopping Carltavius Jones Johnson last August. Indongo might be 3 years removed from his world title reign but he's still a tall, rangy, awkward southpaw and should ask questions of Yeleussinov here.
We would expect Yeleussinov to take home the victory, but we're hoping to see him being tested here by the experienced Indongo.
Earlier this week Kazakh new site Vesti reported that 2016 Olympic gold medal winner Daniyar Yeleussinov (9-0, 5) [Данияр Маратұлы Елеусінов] would begin his 2020 with a bout on April 17th in the US.
According to the report Vesti have been informed from Yeleussinov's manage Zia Aliyev about the bout.
From the details revealed by Vesti the contest take place at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, will see Yeleussinov fight in a 10 round bout and it could be a regional title bout, though that's yet to be confirmed.
It's not only the title status that's yet to be confirmed but also the name of his opponent, with an opponent expected to be named in the coming weeks.
The bout is scheduled to be part of the recently announced Matchroom card, which is set to be headlined by a mouth watering clash between Regis Prograis and Maurice Hooker. The show will also feature a WBC Lightweight title fight between Luke Campbell and Javier Fortuna.
With the show well over a month away we expect to see a lot of details trickling out over the coming weeks, including the rest of the under-card, though at the moment the show is still being put together.
On Friday night in the US unbeaten Kazakh Daniyar Yeleussinov (9-0, 5) [Данияр Маратұлы Елеусінов] scored his latest win, stopping Alan Sanchez (20-5-1, 10) in 5 rounds.
The talented Kazakh, who has shown real signs of development in recent bouts looked good through out with his sharp shots soon marking up Sanchez, who had clear swelling under his left eye as early as round 3. That swelling got worse as the fight went on and left him with a bit target for the unbeaten Yeleussinov. and Sanchez's left eye was pretty much closed by the the start of round 4.
Despite the swelling Sanchez passed a doctor's inspection and showed some hunger in the round, knowing he didn't go for the KO the bout was going to be stopped. The extra aggression from Sanchez brought out more from Yeleussinov, who found holes to counter him, and picked him off as Sanchez rushed in. Time and time again Yeleussinov would tag the swelling with a right hook before getting out of range.
Whilst the right hook was Yeleussinov's key weapon during round 4 he did show there was more just to him than just the one shot, often landing jabs, and opening up with his left hand on a number of occasions, whilst looking full in control and very relaxed.
Early in round 5 the doctor had another look at the eye and this time stopped the bout much to the annoyance and anger of Sanchez, who clearly wanted to continue.
Despite the win it's still hard to know just how good Yeleussinov is, and we hope that we see him given an actual test in 2020. As for Sanchez few can question his heart and determination, but he was very much out classed here.
Unbeaten Kazakh Daniyar Yeleussinov (8-0, 4) [Данияр Маратұлы Елеусінов], a 2016 Olympic gold medal winner, is now set to return on December 20th.
The talented, yet at times frustrating Kazakh, has been matched with American based Mexican born fighter Alan Sanchez (20-4-1, 10), who hasn't fought since being stopped in September 2018 by Alexander Besputin.
According to sources in Kazakhstan the bout still needs to get clearance from the local commission in Arizona, though it did appear that Yeleussinov's team were confident of getting that clearance despite Sanchez being out of the ring for over a year.
This will be Yeleussinov's 4th bout of the year, and on paper is a step up from the likes of Luis Norambuena and Reshard Hicks, though he is still a very long way from the big fights that his team were maybe expecting he'd be close to by now. On the other hand this is a good step forward and Hicks is no push over, with wins over the likes of Jorge Silva, Ed Paredas and Pablo Cesar Cano.
The bout will be on the same card as the controversial Daniel Jacobs v Julio Cesar Chavez Jr bout and the mouth watering WBC Flyweight title bout between Julio Cesar Martinez Aguilar and Cristofer Rosales.
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