According to Vesti.KZ unbeaten Kazakh Heavyweight hopeful Zhan Kossobutskiy (13-0, 12) [Жан Кособуцкий] has been pencilled in for his next bout, which is expected to take place on July 4th in the German city of Hamburg.
Vesti haven't just reported then when and where but also the what, with Kossobutskiy defending the lightly regarded IBO Continental Heavyweight title. That was the title he won back in November when he stopped Agron Smakici (15-1, 13) inside a round.
Although no opponent has been named for Kossobutskiy, there is said to be a chance that it could be a rematch with Smakici.
Although the bout does have a date there are still issues with the bout being officially announced. Firstly there is still an on going global issue, which is still affecting Germany along with many other countries. This is expected to make things difficult for Kossobutskiy to secure a visa to fight in Germany. If he can get that visa then it appears he'll be set for the date, and his team will need to secure an opponent. Whilst Smikici is a possibility, it does seem more likely that he will be up against a limited local opponent.
Earlier in the year we reported that Kazakh Heavyweight hopeful Zhan Kossobutskiy (12-0, 11) [Жан Кособуцкий] would be in action in Germany on February 22nd. At the time his opponent for the bout was unclear, but it was expected to not be someone too notable.
Today the announcement of his opponent has been made, with Argentinian foe Marcos Antonio Aumada (21-8, 16) being confirmed as his opponent.
The unbeaten Kossobutskiy will be fighting for the first time in 2020, and the first time since signing with Universum. He'll be favoured here, but could end up being tested by the Argentinian. So far he has shown plenty of power and promise, and his latest win over Agron Smakici was relatively notable, but at 31 years old it's time now for him to begin moving upwards and heading towards bigger fights. That's now possible with the new re-established Universum backing him, but time will tell if they can get him the competition he needs to make a mark at a hiugher level.
Although not a big name Aumada is a pretty solid fighter at this type of level, though he is a natural Cruiserweight. He's been a professional since 2011 and won his first 9 bouts before being stopped by Alejandro Emilio Valori, he would later avenge that loss before losing a rubber bout by DQ. In 2014 he went the distance with Kevin Lerena in South Africa, but had his toughness questioned after stoppages to Patricio Valentin Pitto and Aleksei Papin. Since then however he has battled back, and given 2016 Olympian Yamil Alberto Peralta two distance fights over 10 rounds.
Earlier today news broke that Kazakh Heavyweight hopeful Zhan Kossobutskiy (12-0, 11) [Жан Кособуцкий] had signed a promotional contract with a familiar name, and was also preparing for his next bout.
The unbeaten puncher has signed with Universum Box-Promotion, a company that were once a promotional power house in Germany headed by Klaus Peter Kohl. They were all but dead in 2013 however when financial issues forced them to close.
In 2019 the Universum name was revived by Ismail Özen, essentially making it the same company in name only, and has began to rebuild the name of the former promotional giant. It's under Özen that Kossobutskiy will be fighting, and not Kohl.
At the moment it's not really clear what Özen can do with the legendary name, but having only been in charge of the name for 2019 we're willing to give him a chance.
In regards to Kossobutskiy's next bout that is planned to take place in Hamburg on February 22nd. His opponent hasn't yet been confirmed.
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Earlier today Kazakh Heavyweight hopeful Zhan Kossobutskiy (11-0, 10) [Жан Кособуцкий] revealed he has been offered his first title fight.
The unbeaten puncher has stated he is now preparing to fave German based Croat 29 year old Agron Smakici (15-0, 13) in a bout for the IBO Inter-Continental Heavyweight title on November 9th in Hamburg.
The bout is contractually agreed though Kossobutskiy still needs to apply for a Visa for the bout, which he is expected to be granted without any issues.
For the 30 year Kossobutskiy, who turns 31 just days after the November 9th date, the bout will be his 4th of 2019 and will see Kossobutskiy getting a new stamp on his passport after fights in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine so far through his career. As for the 29 year old Smakici the bout will be his second this year and 8th in Germany.
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Last week we reported that unbeaten Kazakh Heavyweight hopeful Zhan Kossobutskiy (10-0, 9) [Жан Кособуцкий] would be back in action on September 16th in a contest that was scheduled to be in Moscow.
At the time there was no opponent named for the Kazakh, though now we have heard that Kossobutskiy does have an opponent set, and it's a well travelled veteran from South Africa. Sadly it's also a man who has also been racking up losses, regularly early ones, in recent bouts.
The man who will be in the opposite corner to Kossobutskiy will be 40 year old Osborne Machimana (23-12-2, 17), who has been knocked out in 8 of his 12 losses.
Machimana was once a very serviceable fighter, and he sent former world champion Corrie Sanders into retirement in 2008. Since then however he has gone 8-8-1, including losses to David Price, Otto Wallin and Junlong Zhang and has really aged badly, shown a shaky chin and scored no wins of any note since beating Sanders more than a decade ago.
Given Machimana's recent form it's hard to see this being anything but a straight forward win for the Kazakh, who really needs a step up after this one.
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