Earlier today we got news from Kazakhstan that Heavyweight hopeful Zhan Kossobutskiy (13-0, 12) [Жан Кособуцкий] had had his return to the ring delayed by a week, but he now has an opponent for his bout in Minsk!
Originally Kossobutskiy was meant to fight at the start of this month, then that got pushed back to July 30th. He will now be fighting on August 4th however, with the bout being pushed back though thankfully he does now have an opponent set for the contest with a deal signed and sealed.
The man in the opposite corner on August 4th will be English based Polish fighter Kamil Sokolowski (9-17-2, 3).
On paper this looks like a complete and utter mismatch, however Sokolowski, like Clay Collard, is much, much better than his record suggests. In his 28 fights he has already taken the unbeaten records of fighters like Adam Machaj (then 4-0), Sean Turner (then 10-0), Naylor Ball (then 5-0), Alex Dickinson (then 10-0) and Ellis Machin (then 4-0-1). Added to those wins he has also upset Nick Webb and AJ Carter.
Despite having 17 losses on his record a number of those have been very and questionable. These include losses to the likes of Luke Browne, and Kash Ali, twice. He has also only been stopped twice, by Dillian Whyte and Nathan Gorman, whilst taking the likes of Martin Bakole and David Price the distance.
Whilst this might look a mismatch we are anticipating a tough one for the unbeaten Kazakh who will be in with an opponent looking to score another unexpected win on August 4th.
Whilst there some positive news for this coming month, with cards in Thailand, Japan and Philippines, who will all see boxing, we also need to report some bad news, and today we have some of that bad news.
The scheduled July 18th Kazakh card, promoted by MTK Kazakhstan, has now been indefinitely postponed due to the growing situation in Kazakhstan which has lead to new lockdown rules.
Over the last couple of weeks issues in Kazakhstan relating to "the on going situation", have worsened significantly. In the last month or so the 7 day average has quadrupled in the country leading to the current measures that have forced next weeks show to be postponed.
At the moment the plan is to rescheduled the event with the current bouts all taking place where possible. These included some fantastic match ups, such as Dauren Yeleussinov (8-0-1, 7) [Елеусинов Даурен] taking on Arman Rysbek (7-0, 6) [Рысбек Арман] the debut of Tursynbay Kulakhmet (0-0) [Турсынбай Кулахмет], with him taking on Sagadat Rakhmankulov (6-1, 4) [Сагадат Рахманкулов] and the debut of Talgat Shaiken (0-0) [Талгата Шайкена] up against the unbeaten Berikbay Nurymbetov (5-0, 1) [Берикбай Нурымбетов]. Fingers crossed those bouts, among others, can be scheduled for the not too distance future.
Whilst there is no current date pencilled in it does seem like a decision will be made after the current quarantine window, and will see the promoters talking with the local commission about when and how to hold the event.
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