Earlier this week Kazakh website reported the disappointing news that unbeaten hopeful Nursultan Zhangabayev (8-0, 5) [Жанабаев Нурсултан] had suffered an injury in training.
Although the full details of the injury haven't been made public was is known is that it's serious enough to have forced Zhangabayev to withdraw from his December 21st bout with Venezuelan puncher Ernesto Espana (30-2-1, 25), which was scheduled to take place in Moscow.
Quotes from a member of Zhangabayev's team seem to suggest that they will be looking to reschedule the bout for another date, rather than flat out cancel the bout, though of course this is boxing and it's easy to predict the future. It would be a shame if Zhangabayev Vs Espana didn't happen, as it looks like a great match up, but the first certainly don't "need" each other and both have other options to go on to if the bout can't be pushed back for whatever reason.
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Earlier today we were informed that unbeaten Kazakh hopeful Nursultan Zhangabayev (8-0, 5) [Жанабаев Нурсултан] would be returning to the ring on December 21st, when he will surface in Russian and face Venezuelan puncher Ernesto Espana (30-2-1, 25), in what looks like a brilliant match up.
The unbeaten Kazakh will be defending his WBA Inter-Continental WBO Oriental and IBF Pan Pacific Welterweight titles and looking to make a huge step towards a world title fight, something he may well be looking at in 2 or 3 years time. He looked impressive earlier this year, when he beat Steve Gago in Australia.
The 38 year old Espana may be beyond his best years but he's a very tricky fighter. He is a freakishly sized Welterweight who has nasty power, and showed that power late last year when he dropped Baishanbo Nasiyiwula and had the Chinese fighter running and spoiling. Although no world beater he's a very awkward fighter and will enter this bout every intention of taking the titles from Zhangabayev.
The bout will take place as one of the supporting bouts on a card headlined by a mouth watering showdown between Denis Lebedev and Thabiso Mchunu, in what looks almost certain to be a brutal battle at Cruiserweight. Also on this card will be a bout between Aidos Yerbossynuly (12-0, 8) [Айдос Ербосынулы] and Obodai Sai (35-3, 26), The debut of Uzbek Odiljon Aslonov (0-0) and the return to the pros of former amateur standout Rustam Tulaganov (1-0), who hasn't fought as a pro since 2017.
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Unbeaten Kazakh Nursultan Zhangabayev (8-0, 5) [Жанабаев Нурсултан] extended his winning run earlier today as he out pointed the previously unbeaten Steve Gago (11-1, 4) in Sydney Australia. That was despite getting 3 points deducted during the 10 round scrap.
The bout, which was to unify the WBA Inter-Continental, WBO Oriental and IBF Pan Pacific titles, was pretty one sided over-all though deductions from Zhangabayev did see him risk with disqualification for low blows and closed up the score-cards, which were 95-92, twice, and 96-91 all in favour of the unbeaten Kazakh.
After the win Zhangabayev told Kazakh news sources that he had big plans ahead, and thanked his promotional company, whilst admitting it was a very difficult fight.
On the same card as Zhangabayev's win was a victory for fellow Kazakh Aidos Yerbossynuly (12-0, 8) [Айдос Ербосынулы], who out pointed Rocky Jerkic (17-2, 13) over 10 rounds. This was another pretty clear win for a Kazakh over a local fighter, but Yerbossynuly did have some shaky moments late on as his chin, which hasn't proven to be that solid, was checked. In the end though Yerbossynuly made it to the final bell and took a clear decision with scores of 98-92, twice, and 99-91.
With the win Yerbossynuly successfully defended his WBO Global, WBC Asian Boxing Council Continental and WBA International Super Middleweight titles whilst giving Jerkic his second loss in 4 bouts.
Tomorrow in Sydney fans will be able to see unbeaten Kazakh Nursultan Zhangabayev (7-0, 5) [Жанабаев Нурсултан] taken on local fighter Steve Gago (11-0, 4), in a really good ,looking match up on paper.
Today the two men took part on their weigh in for the bout, and both men managed to make the Welterweight limit, at least in the end.
Gago had no issue and hit the scales comfortably under the 147lbs Welterweight limit. Zhangabayev on the other hand really struggled, and came in well over the limit at his first attempt.
Thankfully 2 hours after missing weight Zhangabayev got on the scales again and managed to come in under the 147lb limit. The struggle to make weight isn't a huge surprise, given that Zhangabayev has fought several bouts around the Light Middleweight limit, and he did look much bigger than Gago, but it is a worry for what looks likely to be a very tough bout for the unbeaten Kazakh hopeful.
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We've known for a few weeks that Kazakh pair Nursultan Zhangabayev (7-0, 5) [Жанабаев Нурсултан] and Aidos Yerbossynuly (11-0, 8) [Айдос Ербосынулы] would be back in the ring in the fall. Today we finally began to get some solid specifics for the the next bouts of the two men, who will both feature on the same show on August 14th.
The August 14th show has been confirmed for for Sydney Australia, though opponents for neither man have yet to be confirmed as of yet, with both expecting their rivals to be named in the coming weeks.
The unbeaten pairing have also had the news break that they will be defending their minor titles.
For Yerbossynuly the bout will serve as his next defense of a trio of lesser belts, including the relatively newly created WBO Global Super Middleweight title, whilst Zhangabayev will defend his WBA Inter-Continental title.
If both men are successful in August the hope, for both, will surely be to land a bigger and better bout before the end of 2019.
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