Earlier today we were informed that unbeaten Kazakh fighter Aidos Yerbossynuly (13-0, 9) [Айдос Ербосынулы] has been pencilled in to be in action on March 28th in Quebec, Canada, where he will face 35 year old local Tim Cronin (12-4-2, 3).
The bout, which has been added to a solid card headlined by Arthur Beterbiev (15-0, 15) defending against Fanlong Meng (16-0, 10) [孟繁龙], will be Yerbossynuly's first in Canada as he continues to quietly build a name for himself without too much fanfare.
The talented Kazakh is already ranked in the top 15 by both the WBA and WBO, and looks to be moving towards a world title fight. Aligning with the powerful Top Rank at this point in time seems an excellent move from Yerbossynuly and promoter Suleimen Promotions, especially given that Yerbossynuly could end up with a world title fight in the next 12-18 months.
The 35 year old Cronin has gone 1-3-1 in his last 5, but has only been stopped once in his career, being taken out in 8 rounds by Robert Parzeczewski almost 2 years ago. His lack of power is clear, but he's tough and durable and should test Yerbossynuly. As for the Kazakh he's a talent, but has been dropped a couple of times early in his career. He's talented, but at the moment there is a sense of vulnerability hanging over his chin, and an opponent like Cronin isn't expected to really test that Kazakh's chop's.
It's worth noting that Yerbossynuly will join fellow unbeaten Kazakh Janibek Alimkhanuly (8-0, 4) [Жанибек Алимханулы] on the show, with Alimkhanuly taking on unbeaten Ghanaian boxer Issah Samir (18-0, 15) in a very solid looking match up.
Back in February news broke that Kazakh Middleweight hopeful Janibek Alimkhanuly (8-0, 4) [Жанибек Алимханулы] had been added to the March 28th Quebec show, which will be headlined by IBF and WBC Light Heavyweight champion Arthur Beterbiev (15-0, 15) defending against Fanlong Meng (16-0, 10) [孟繁龙]. Following that news it was reported that Alimkhanuly would be facing unbeaten American D'Mitrius Ballard (20-0-1-1-1, 13).
Now, however, Ballard is out and instead the unbeaten Kazakh will be up against the unbeaten Ghanaian boxer Issah Samir (18-0, 15), in what should be an even more interesting test than a bout with Ballard.
For Samir, a 2008 Olympian, the bout will be his first outside of Ghana and will be a real test for the unbeaten puncher. It's always hard to know just how good fighters from Africa are, before they travel. We've seen lots of surprise packages, and a lot of fighters with padded records. Given his amateur pedigree Samir is certainly a credible opponent, but this is a step up for him.
As for Alimkhanuly it's hard to know exactly what to make of him. At times he's looked like something very special, and it's clear he has the talent to go a long way. At other times it's looked like there's still amateur traits that need stamping out. Thankfully he has got the ability, the size, the speed and power to go a long way, it's just a case of him putting it together, and being able to take a shot. This should be a good chance to him to answer questions about his chin and toughness
Earlier today Vesti reported that unbeaten Kazakh Middleweight hopeful Janibek Alimkhanuly (8-0, 4) [Жанибек Алимханулы] has been added to the March 28th card in Quebec, which will be headlined by IBF and WBC Light Heavyweight champion Arthur Beterbiev (15-0, 15) defending against Fanlong Meng (16-0, 10) [孟繁龙] of China.
Not only has the talented Kazakh been added to that card but Vesti also reported the name of his opponent. That will be unbeaten American D'Mitrius Ballard (20-0-1-1-1, 13).
The 26 year old Ballard, dubbed "Big Meech" is a 23 fight professional veteran who debuted way back in 2013. He would win his first 20 in a row, ignoring 2 a No Contest and a No Decision. With the most notable of his wins coming against former Ryota Murata opponent Ricardo Adrian Luna Flores. His winning run was however marker up last year, not only with a No Decision in June but also a majority draw in December, when he faced former Olympic bronze medal winner Yamaguchi Falcao.
On paper this is a huge step up in class fir Alimkhanuly, who has been calling for a big fight through the last 12 months. Whilst it's not the world title fight he seemed to wants, it is a good step in that direction and comes on a big card, with a very high profile main event. It's a move to head towards something bigger and a win over Ballard would be a big statement this early in his career.
Obviously, however, this not a given win for Alimkhanuly and he will certainly have to earn it, in what is looking like a really, really good challenger for the 26 year old Kazakh southpaw.
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Unbeaten Kazakh Middleweight hopeful Janibek Alimkhanuly (8-0, 4) [Жанибек Алимханулы] seems unlikely to land the world title fights he's been chasing any time soon, but the talented former amateur standout is expected to make big in roads in 2020.
Earlier today it was revealed that the unbeaten 26 year old would be back in the ring in March for his first bout of 2020.
At the moment the specific date hasn't been confirmed, neither has the opponent for Alimkhanuly but the expectations is that it will be another step up in class for the well schooled southpaw.
In 2019 Alimkhanuly went 4-0 (3) and seemed to show signs of adapting his style into a more rounded professional style. If he continues developing through 2020 we suspect he will end the year in the world title mix, and on the verge of bouts against the likes of Demetrius Andrade, who he has called out before.
Given Alimkhanuly faced solid competition in 2019 we're expecting him in with notable names, and fringe contenders this year. With that in mind his first bout of the year will likely tell us a lot about how his team will progressing through the next 12 months.
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Rising Kazakh hopeful Janibek Alimkhanuly (8-0, 4) [Жанибек Алимханулы] has long been tipped for success, even if he hasn't always looked like a man trying to make a statement in the ring. His performances have, at times, been uninspired and it has felt like he's needing bigger tests to get the most out of him and his undeniable talent.
It now seem that Alimkhanuly really is doing what he can to secure bigger fights, and he has gone to social media to call out WBO Middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade (28-0, 17).
The unbeaten Uzbek prospect posted the following to Instagram, in both English and Kazakh:
"“I was ready yesterday and will be ready tomorrow. I will easily win this fight. Do not doubt it. I will beat him even on the moon and under water. I hope this fight will take place very soon, because I really need my champion’s title. Now I am in sixth place in the WBO ranking. Fans deserve this fight. Let's do it, "
Given how Andrade has often claimed to be one of the sports most avoided fighters, claiming top fighters duck him and that no one wants to face him, it's going to be interesting to see how he responds to being called out. We don't imagine he'll be in a rush to face Alimkhanuly, but with only 3 fights since the start of 2018, and 6 since the start of 2016, it's clear that he needs to be more active if he's to make a big name for himself, and turning down a challenge from a contender like Alimkhanuly, would appear rather hypocritical.
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