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.
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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.
Unbeaten Kazakh hopeful Madiyar Ashkeyev (13-0, 6) [Ашкеев Мадияр] is set to get his next fight in November 9th in California, as he takes on American southpaw Cleotis Pendarvis (21-5-2, 9) in a bout for the WBC United States (USNBC) title at 154lbs.
The talented Ashkeyev has been a professional since late 2015 and after a string of fights against limited opponents has been stepping up recently, with wins over Luis Hernandez and Cecil McCalla already this year. This will be his 4th fight in 2019 and the 31 year old is clearly being matched stiffer as he looks to march into the world title mix, though is still a long way from a getting a shot one of the major belts.
Ashkeyev isn't one of the top Kazakh hopefuls, and given he didn't debut as a pro until his mid 20's there's a real chance he'll never manage to make a huge mark at the top, but he is developing into a legitimate contender.
Aged 33 Pendarvis looks to be heading towards journeyman status. At his best he was a decent Light Welterweight, but those years appear to be well and well truly behind him and he's years removed from a win of note. Following a 2013 loss in a world title eliminator against Dierry Jean he has beaten terrible competition in Mexico and lost the one time he stepped up, being forced to retire against Serhii Bohachuk this past March.
This should be a straight forward win for Ashkeyev, but is a logical next step forward, and a chance to see him back in action as he continues to build momentum towards something bigger, and better, in 2020.
Unbeaten Kazakh fighter Madiyar Ashkeyev (12-0, 6) [Мадияра Ашкеева] might not be a big name, yet, but he has made a big splash following a recent interview for Kazakh program “Uakyt korsetedi” (“Time will tell”).
The unbeaten fighter was giving an interview for the program when the subject turned to the risk of injury in boxing, and more specifically the case Magomed Abdusalamov, who was injured back in November 2013 after being defeated by Cuban Mike Perez. With the conversation going down the line of injury's the present asked a question that was translated as-
"If you were in place of Magomed, would your wife not leave you?"
That was answered by the fighter ending the interview, though not until he had thrown a glass of water over the presenters face.
Notably Ashkeyev was happy to talk about personal issues earlier in the interview speaking about his arrested in, following an altercation in 2008, revealing. "...due to stupidity, childishness, I got into a fight in the city with the guys and ended up behind bars. They gave me three years, but after a year and eight months he was released for good behavior".
The back and forth, in regards to the injury question, begins at around 24:11 into the video with the fighter losing his temper with the question about a minute later.
Ashkeyev's next bout will be on July 5th against Estonian Pavel Semenov (24-11-2, 9), and we would suggest Semenov doesn't try to get personal about Ahekeyev's wife.
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