Earlier today Kazakh news sources reported a massive upset had taken place in Mexico City.
The bout saw the previously unbeaten Dauren Yeleussinov (8-1-1, 7) [Елеусинов Даурен] suffer a surprise decision loss to Juan Carlos Raygosa (17-15-3, 6) in a battle for the WBC International Middleweight title.
On paper the contest was a total mismatch in favour of the Kazakh, the older brother of Olympic champion Daniya Yeleussinov, but instead of taking the victory the Kazakh was beaten on the score-cards.
Full details of what went down aren't available but both Inform.kz and Vesti report the loss, which almost certainly end any dreams Yeleussinov has of fighting for a world title in the years to come.
Coming in to the contest Yeleussinov had stopped his last 3 and had been unbeaten since his 2014 debut, winning his previous bout in Mexico around 18 months ago. Despite that break he was still expected to beat Raygosa, who had gone 4-5-1 in his last 10 bouts with 3 of those 4 wins coming against fighters with losing records.
Sadly we couldn't find odds for the bout, but given the records of the two men this will go down as one of the most notable surprises since boxing returned following the start of the current ongoing situation.
Tomorrow in Mexico City we'll see a new WBC International Middleweight champion being crowned as Dauren Yeleussinov (8-0-1, 7) [Елеусинов Даурен] and Juan Carlos Raygosa (16-15-3, 6) battle for the title.
For those who feel like they have read something like that before, the reality is that you probably did read something like that a week ago. That's because the men saw their bout, which was expected to take place last Saturday, being postponed at the last minute.
Just before the fighters were supposed to get into the ring last weekend the bout had to be called off due to crowds forming around the ring in Guadalajara. This made it unsafe for the bout to take place and forced the delay.
Today, ahead of the contest, the two men weighed in and both fighters made the 160lb limit for the bout.
Although the title isn't a major one it has been a stepping stone title for a number of fighters, and for someone like Yeleussinov, who needs to move their career forward, the belt will certainly help him get into the WBC rankings.
Despite the issues regarding the postponement, and fighting away from home, Yeleussinov will be expected to pick up the win against his limited for, and move on to bigger and better things. Sadly at the age of 34 it really is now or never for the Kazakh, who has, sadly, wasted too much time to make the most of his career.
(Image below courtesy of Daniyar Yeleussinov's Instagram)
For fans wondering how yesterday's WBC International Middleweight title bout between Dauren Yeleussinov (8-0-1, 7) [Елеусинов Даурен] and Juan Carlos Raygosa (16-15-3, 6) finished, and wether the unbeaten Kazakh managed to take a step forward towards a world title career we have some bad news. The bout didn't finish. In fact it didn't even start.
Moments before the fight was about to take place the contest was postponed. The reason being given is that there was a large crowd of people at the venue, likely causing the bout to be postponed on health and safety grounds, given the current Pandemic.
As a result the bout has been pushed back exactly 1 week and has seen the venue they are fighting at being moved.
Yeleussinov's father, and trainer, stated on Instagram:
"The WBC postponed Dauren's fight to August 22. Now it will be held in Mexico City, not in Guadalajara, we will have to wait another week, and again we will have to lose weight,"
Whilst this is certainly a frustrating issue foe the Kazakh it is something that we're perhaps lucky to have seen happen more often at outdoor venues during the current situation, where out door venues could, potentially, draw crowds of people, if security is lax.
Later today we'll get the chance to see unbeaten Uzbek hopeful Dauren Yeleussinov (8-0-1, 7) [Елеусинов Даурен] battle for the WBC International Middleweight title as he takes on Juan Carlos Raygosa (16-15-3, 6) in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Yesterday the two men weighed in for their bout and both men, reportedly, made the 160lb limit with no issues. Sadly however we were unable to get the specific weights of the two men.
One thing we were able to get is a live stream link for this bout, with Yeleussinov sharing the fact that it will be available to watch here on facebook, with the bout reportedly starting at around 23:00 Nur-Sultan time
Whilst minor titles are given a hard time, and rightfully so, it is worth noting that this particular title has been held by some notable names over the years including Steven Butler, David Lemieux, Dmitry Pirog and Chris Eubank Snr, and does have a reputation for opening doors. If Yeleussinov wins, as expected, he may end up with an opportunity down the line,. He is however, 35 years old and can ill afford to waste more time if he's to get a shot at the big time.
Earlier this year we were looking forward to seeing Dauren Yeleussinov (8-0-1, 7) [Елеусинов Даурен] taking on Arman Rysbek (7-0, 6) [Рысбек Арман] in Kazakhstan on an MTK card. Sadly that event, like many others this year, was cancelled by the on going global situation. Thankfully however it appears we won't need to wait long to see Yeleussinov back in the ring with the fighter now announcing his next bout.
The unbeaten Yeleussinov will be in action in Guadalajara on August 15th as he battles for the WBC International Middleweight title.
Sadly Yeleussinov's opponent is a massive downgrade from Rybek, with the unbeaten Kazakh going up against local fighter Juan Carlos Raygosa (16-15-3, 6). On paper this should be an easy win for Yeleussinov, but in regards to his career the title is the important thing, as it will almost certainly guarantee him a WBC world ranking and open the door to a potential world title fight.
Although we all hate minor titles, like the WBC International belt, he belts do open doors to fighters and recent holders of this title do include Steven Butler, who faced Ryota Murata after winning the belt, David Lemieux and Dmitry Pirog, so it has certainly helped launch fighters into bigger fights.
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