Earlier today in Atyrau, Kazakhstan, Suleimen promotions put on their latest show, and it was a really notable one, featuring some of the most promising fighters in Kazakhstan, including two fighters who have already booked their place at the Tokyo Olympics. Whilst none of the locals on the show had much professional experience, the 5 local fighters were all regarded very highly and were all matched very, very hard, at least on paper. However all 5 of the Kazakh's picked up wins, and did so with out too much bother.
One of those in action was the debuting Bekzad Nurdauletov (1-0, 1) [Бекзад Нурдаулетов Бекзад], who is one of the men who has secured a place at the Tokyo Olympics. He took on Tanzania's Ibrahim Maokola (14-10-1, 9) and score a quick win, in just 2 rounds. The talented Kazakh scored a knockdown at the end of the opening round, before stopping Maokola in round 2 to kick off his professional career in the perfect manner.
It's worth noting that not only is the 22 year old Nurdauletov going to appear at the Tokyo Olympics but in 2019 he won gold at the World Amateur Championships and is regarded as one of the very best amateurs out there at Light Heavyweight.
Up at Heavyweight Danila Semenov (1-0, 1) [Данила Семенов] made light work of Malawian fighter Mussa Ajibu (28-16-5, 24). To his credit Ajibu showed some toughness but was dropped in round 4 and stipped later in the same round as Semenov managed to begin his career with a win. Despite the win Semenov showed he had a lot of work to do. He seemed to be throwing wide punched, looked like he was there to be hit, and was perhaps lucky that Ajibu was poor as he was.
Another man picking up a stoppage was Yevgeniy Pavlov (2-0, 2) [Евгений Павлов], who scored a 2nd round win over Goodluck Mrema (23-6, 13). The talented Pavlov, who debuted back in July, dropped his man in the opening round, then closed the show in round 2. For Mrema this was a 5th stoppage loss, and he has previouslt been blasted ina round by, Marlon Tapales and in 3 rounds by Jason Moloney. Sadly for Mrema the way he went down at one point after being caught by a right hand was almost meme worthy.
The second fighter to have qualified for the Olympics was Ablaikhan Zhussupov (1-0) [Абылайхан Жусупов] who was matched hard for a debutant. The 23 year old Kazakh was up against Tanzania's Meshack Mwankemwa (21-8-2, 13), and was taken the 6 round distance. On paper the outcome may not be the most impressive, but in reality this was nearly perfect for Zhussupov, who went 6 rounds with a decent opponent. Whilst Mwankemwa may have a number of TKO losses on his record he had gone the distance with the likes of Teerachai Kratingdaenggym and has shared the ring with the likes of Walter Kautondokwa. A genuine good win, and good way to tick over for Zhussupov, who was looking to get some roundsm and stay busy due to the lack of amateur competitions taking place at the moment.
The remaining bout on the card also went the 6 round schedule, and saw Bek Nurmaganbet (2-0, 1) [Бек Нурмаганбет] take a win over Abdallah Shabani Pazzy (28-8-1, 25). On paper this one looked dangerous, with Pazzy not being anything close to a patsy. Despite Pazzy being dangerous and heavy handed Nurmaganbet was he boss through out, twice dropping his man, once in round 2 and once in round 3. Credit needs to go to the man from Tanzania for getting back to his feet and trying to fight back, but he was never competitive.
For Nurmaganbet, who won the Asian Amateur Championships in 2019, this was a great work out, the type of bout that will do him more good than harm and is the sort of test that has seen him answer questions in regards to stamina and what happens when his power, alone, can't do the job.
We've known for a while that Kazakh promotional outfit Suleimen Promotions were looking to host an event in Atyrau, Kazakhstan before the year was over, and now it appears we know when that show will be taking place!
Earlier today the company took to social media to announce that the show was now set for October 31st and will take place behind closed doors at a venue in Atyrau. As well the date being announced we also now know 3 of the fighters on the show, all of which are Kazakh fighters under the Suleimen banner.
the fights confirmed for this show will be a debuting trio, including world amateur champion Bekzat Nurdauletov [Бекзад Нурдаулетов], the talented Danila Semenov [Данила Семенов] and the very highly touted Ablaikhan Zhussupov [Абылайхан Жусупов], who has twice won Bronze at the World Amateur Championships.
Sadly none of the debutants have had their opponents named, but all 3 are expected to be matched relatively softly.
It's worth noting that Nurdauletov and Zhussupov are reportedly going to head back to the amateurs after this bout, to compete in the Tokyo Olympics next year, before potentially committing to the professional ranks after the games.
Despite fans not being allowed to attend the event they will be able to watch the show, with Khabar TV set to broadcast the event in Kazakhstan.
Earlier today Ablaikhan Khussainov (11-0, 8) [Абылайхана Хусаинова] announced his next, revealing his opponent and the date of the bout on social media.
The unbeaten Khussainov will return to the ring on October 25th in in what appears to be little more than a stay busy bout as he takes on Ruslan Berchuk (13-12, 4), from Russia.
The 29 year old Khussainov made his professional debut back in 2015, debuting in China, before building much of this career in Canada, where he was one of a number of Canadian based Kazakh's carving out a following under the guidance of Eye of the Tiger Management. In 2019 he made his Kazakh debut, , picking up a win against Garnik Harutyunyan in Almaty, and picked up a win in Mexico back in February. For that Mexican bout however he's been inactive.
Sadly this isn't a step forward for Khussainov and his career, and is really just a case of getting him back in the ring, and keeping some ring rust off after 8 or so months out of the ring. Fingers crossed that his next bout, after this one with Berchuk, will be a more meaningful one.
Earlier today Kazakh promotional outfit Suleimen Promotions took to social media to reveal details of their next Kazakh show. They didn't give everything away, but did give out some juicy information.
The card is planned to take place in Atyrau, Kazakhstan, and will feature 5 bouts. They will include a bout featuring a world ranked Kazakh and several bouts featuring highly regarded Kazakh prospects. It will also be aired on Khabar TV and will be done in compliance will all sanitary regulations, meaning there won't be fans in attendance, and the show will be done with the support of the local Akimat, essentially the local mayor.
The fighters announced for this card so far are Aidos Yerbossynuly (14-0, 9) [Айдос Ербосынулы], who is said to be in the main event and will be up against a top 15 WBO ranked fighter whilst defending his WBA, WBC and WBO minor titles. The under-card will feature Yeveniy Pavlov (1-0, 1) [Евгения Павлова] and Bek Nurmaganbet (1-0, 1) [Бек Нурмаганбет], both looking for their second professional wins, and the debuts of Danila Semenov [Данила Семенов] and Ablaikhan Zhussupov [Абылайхан Жусупов].
Yerbossynuly, Nurmaganbet and Pavlov all fought on the same show last time out, featuring on Suleimen's July 26th card in Minsk, Belarus. On that card Yerbossynuly beat Nuhi Lawal in a clear decision whilst Nurmaganbet made an 85 second cameo against Tamas Laska and Pavlov beat Patrick Renato Hovrath.
Semenov was a decent amateur, winning silver at the Asian Junior Championships in 2017, and has competed in a number of notable amateur tournaments, but isn't regarded as a true standout, just a very capable fighter, who could make a mark on the pros.
The really interesting inclusion is that of Zhussupov, who has qualified for the Tokyo Olympics, at 69KG's, and is the captain of the Kazakh amateur national team. Aged 23 he is a genuine amateur standout. He is a former Summer Youth Olympics and Youth World gold medal winner, he took silver in the 2017 Asian Championships, Bronze at the 2017 and 2019 World Amateur championships and competed at the 2016 Olympics, aged just 19. His inclusion on this card is a really interesting one, and fingers crossed he shines here and decides to compete in both the the pro's and amateur ranks over the coming year or two.
The one detail missing at the moment is the "when", and this is yet to be confirmed. This will be announced in the near future by Suleimen, when they have been given the green light for a specific date and venue.
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.
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