Later today on NBC Sports Network and Twitch we'll see the latest episode of Ring City USA, the new boxing series in the US which has been designed with the intention of helping give exposure to rising hopefuls.
One of the bouts on that show tonight will see unbeaten Kazakh Madiyar Ashkeyev (14-0, 7) [Мадияр Ашкеев] battle touted American Charles Conwell (13-0, 10), himself also an unbeaten hopeful.
Interestingly UK Bookies, among others, have priced the bout up for the gamblers out there and have made Conwell a very, very, clear betting favourite. The American is priced at 2/9 to win, by any method and move to 14-0. Ashkeyev on the other hand is available as high as 7/2 to take the upset and keep his own unbeaten run going.
The draw, for those interested, is best priced at 22/1, though though one bookie has it as low as 16/1.
For those looking for more value bets the "Method of Victory" market is the more interesting one, and a decision for Conwell is best priced at evens, whilst a stoppage win for the American is 9/4. A stoppage for the Kazakh is best priced at 6/1 and a decision for Ashkeyev is available at 9/1.
The bout is expected to go long, and the length of bout market has been set at 8.5 rounds. The over is priced at 1/2 whilst the under is best priced at 11/7. With that in mind it will be little surprise to learn that the bout is expected to go the distance, with 4/6 available on the bout completing the schedule and 5/4 on an early finish.
On Thursday night at the Wild Card Boxing Gym in Los Angeles, we'll see the latest episode of the excellent "Ring City USA". Among the bouts on that card is an intriguing match up between the unbeaten pairing of Madiyar Ashkeyev (14-0, 7) [Мадияр Ашкеев] and Charles Conwell (13-0, 10).
Yesterday the two men took part in their weigh in for that bout and both men made the Light Middleweight limit, weighing bang on the limit for their 10 rounder.
Coming in to the bout Conwell is regarded as a top American hopeful and one of the hidden gems of American boxing at 154lbs. The unbeaten 23 year old has looked impressive in recent wins against the likes of Wendy Toussaint, Ramses Agaton and Patrick Day, who sadly passed away following their October 2019 bout in Chicago. On paper however this looks likely to be among his toughest bouts so far.
With Ashkeyev we have an unbeaten US based Kazakh fighter who, at the age of 32, is in "sink or swim" territory". A win here would push him towards a world title fight in 2021 however a loss would likely lead to his career petering out with a major fight, which would be a shame given the potential he showed early in his career. Sadly he hasn't ever been able to kick on and land the fights he's needed to make a name for himself, and even good wins over the likes of Cecil McCalla have done little to build his profile.
The show will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network in the US and on Twitch for a global audience, with the series really using it's brains to try and give as much exposure as possible to the fighters featured on it. Although the shows haven't yet been able to deliver what we'd all hoped, a string of 50-50 bouts, the series has helped showcase some hopefuls and fingers crossed it becomes a major success in the coming years with it's novel approach to sport, and keeping promoters away from the events.
Back in November unbeaten Kazakh hopeful Madiyar Ashkeyev (14-0, 7) [Ашкеев Мадияр] scored his latest win, stopping Argentinian veteran Rodolfo Ezequiel Martinez (43-9-2, 16) to claim a USNBC title.
Now he has received an extra reward for that win, as Vesti report that a Kazakh businessman has given the fighter a new car.
The report from Vesti reveal a local, but un-named, businessman who is a fan of Ashkeyev has bout him a new vehicle, though it's not totally clear what the vehicle was.
At the moment Ashkeyev's next bout isn't yet confirmed though it does seem likely that he will look to make a statement in 2020. Aged 31 at the moment the US based Kazakh doesn't have time on his side, and it really will be a case of "shit or get off the pot" next year.
Thankfully though Ashkeyev did have a solid 2019, picking up 4 wins, including decent ones against Luis Hernandez, Cecil McCalla and Martinez, and if that continues he could well find himself in an eliminator type of bout by the end of of next year.
(Image courtesy of the Boxer and Vesti)
Yesterday in the US fans had the chance to see two notable Kazakh hopefuls in action, on different shows. For fans in Kazakhstan the night was a very successful one, with both of their men scoring impressive victories.
One of those was the very highly regarded, though often frustrating, Janibek Alimkhanuly (8-0, 4) [Жанибек Алимханулы] who put on one of his best professional performances to stop Albert Onolunose (24-3-1, 8) in California.
Alimkhanuly used his size, speed and reach well early on to carefully pressure Onolunose and chip away at him with head and body shots. After 5 rounds of comfortably out boxing his under-sized foe it seemed like we were going to get another one of Alimkhanuly's now predictable, though very dull, boxing lessons.
Thankfully however the Kazakh showed some killer instinct in round 6, letting some very nice combinations go and landing some very nasty uppercuts. After hurting his man he went on the hunt dropping him with around 50 seconds of the round left. Although Onolunose got back to his feet he was stopped by the referee only moments later.
The other was also in California, though at a very different venue, where the unbeaten Madiyar Ashkeyev (14-0, 7) [Ашкеев Мадияр] stopped late replacement Rodolfo Ezequiel Martinez (43-9-2, 16), who had replaced a different replacement opponent.
Ashkeyev looked in control through out and dropped Martinez 3 times to take a 6th round TKO win over a man who really didn't look like he'd prepared to face someone like Ashkeyev.
Sadly the changes in opponent saw what had looked like a test for Ashkeyev originally become a pretty simple win for the fighter who needs a step up in 2020.
(Image courtesy of instagram.com/madiyar_ashkeyev_official)
Earlier this month we reported that Unbeaten Kazakh hopeful Madiyar Ashkeyev (13-0, 6) [Ашкеев Мадияр] would be facing off with American southpaw Cleotis Pendarvis (21-5-2, 9) for the WBC United States (USNBC) title at 154lbs. Now however plans have changed and Ashkeyev will no longer be up against Pendarvis.
Instead of facing Pendarvis we'll instead see the unbeaten Kazakh prospect taking on 30 year old Mexican foe Fernando Castaneda (26-13-1, 17). On paper this looks like a big step backwards, but Castaneda is actually a somewhat decent late replacement.
Last time out Castaneda fought to a draw with Tureano Johnson, in a career best result, and many of his defeats have come at Light Heavyweight or Super Middleweight. Worryingly though he does have an opening round KO loss to Teerachai Kratingdaenggym on his record.
On paper this is probably a step backwards for Ashkeyev from the original opponent but it's keeping him busy in what will be his 4th bout of 2019. Hopefully a big step up next year will come for the talented and unbeaten fighter.
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