Earlier today in Krasnoyarsk, Russia there was an interesting show with a number of promising Asian fighters involved in it.
The most notable of those Asian hopefuls was Aidos Yerbossynuly (13-0, 9) [Айдос Ербосынулы] who stopped Venezuela Omar Garcia (15-3, 12), who was a relatively late replacement for Obodai Sai (35-3, 26). The talented Yerbossnuly had been in control through out, and in round 8 a hurt Garcia was saved by the referee, who stepped in and waved the bout off. Garcia was game but was outclassed through out and the stoppage was the right decision by the referee.
The debut of former Uzbek amateur stand out Odiljon Aslonov (1-0, 1) saw him defeat Varazdat Chernikov (11-15, 5), in what was a fun bout that showed the debutant to be a clinical body puncher. From the first round Aslonov's body attack was spiteful and he dropped his man part way through the opening round with some brutal shots to the mid section. Another knockdown at the end of the opening round secured the debutant a 10-7 round. The body sttack continued in round 3 and saw Chernikov being dropped a third time. He beat the count but the referee made the decision to stop the bout.
The show also saw the return of Rustam Tulaganov (2-0, 1), who scored a TKO win over Konstantin Piternov (21-24, 10). The talented Tulaganov had't been seen in a pro fight in over 2 years started relatively slowly but seemed in control part way through round 3. Then we saw Piternov hurt his right arm with a weird looping shot. It looked like the bout would be stopped with Piternov in clear agony but surprisingly the bout went on, with Piternov gritting it out but getting battered in round 4, where he offered little, was left busted up and seemingly decided enough was enough
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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