Earlier today Vesti reported that the next bout for unbeaten Kazakh Heavyweight hopeful Zhan Kossobutskiy (14-0, 13) [Жан Кособуцкий] had been decided.
The 32 year old Kossobutskiy, who scored two wins last year including a notable one against Kamil Sokolowski, is now scheduled to return to the ring on February 20th at the Universum Gym in Hamburg.
The heavy handed Kazakh fighter will be up against 38 year old Czech Pavel Sour (13-3, 8), in a bout for the WBA International Heavyweight title.
The unbeaten Kossobutskiy has been quietly building a decent record since his 2017 debut. Despite not scoring any massive wins he has beaten the likes of Osborn Machimana, Argron Smakici and the aforementioned Sokolowski and has been slowly climbing towards a world ranking.
Sour on the other hand has been padding his record at home, and losing almost every time he has left the Czech Republic. This has seen him suffer losses to Filip Hrgovic, Jermaine Franklin and Hughie Fury, with Hrgovic stopping him in a round back in 2017.
On paper this looks "okay" as a fight but in reality we suspect it'll be little more than a blow out win for the Kazakh who, with the WBA "International" title would likely break into the WBA top 15.
This coming weekend we'll see unbeaten Kazakh Heavyweight hopeful Zhan Kossobutskiy (14-0, 13) [Жан Кособуцкий] look to continue his unbeaten record as he takes on 43 year old American foe Steve Vukosa (12-1, 4). The bout isn't the most exciting, but it does keep the talented Kazakh busy ahead of potentially bigger fights next year.
The fight, which will take place in Duesseldorf, will be Kossobutskiy's third of the year and will see him looking to defend his IBO Inter-Continental title and also claim the currently vacant WBA International title, moving him closer to a potential world title fight.
For fans wanting to watch this one it has now been confirmed that Kazakh TV channel Khabar TV will show the contest, live, from 23:55 local time, in Nurs-Sultan.
On paper this should be a straight forward win for the talented Kazakh fighter, but it's great to see him being active and there is, potentially, a chance he fits in one more bout before the year is over, after all his last bout was just over 2 months ago against Kamil Sokolowski.
For those unfamiliar with Kossobutskiy he was featured in this weeks "Introducing..." article - Introducing... Zhan Kossobutskiy which is worth a read for those who want to get to know something about the promise Heavyweight hopeful.
Just over a week ago Zhan Kossobutskiy (14-0, 13) [Жан Кособуцкий] had an opponent named for his October 17th in Dusseldorf, Germany. Sadly that opponent has now changed, and, on paper, it appears to be a down grade for the unbeaten Kazakh hopeful.
Originally it was announced that Kossobutskiy would be up against unbeaten American James McKenzie Morrison (17-0-2, 15), with the bout being for Kossobutskiy's IBO Inter-Continental title and, potentially, the IBF European title.
Not it appears Morrison is out and has been replaced by 43 year old American Steve Vukosa (12-1, 4), who's known as the "Gentle Giant".
Sadly this is a downgrade from an unbeaten puncher who would be expected to really test Kossobutskiy, to a 40-something year old who who was stopped 3 fights ago and has fougth just 12 rounds in the last 5 and a half years.
According to reports in Kazakhstan Morrison had been offered a different fight than the one with Kossobutskiy and has taken that instead.
At the time of writing there are still plans for Kossbutskiy to defend his minor IBO title and for the IBF regional title to be on the line for this bout.
Earlier this month we reported that Unbeaten Kazakh Heavyweight hopeful Zhan Kossobutskiy (14-0, 13) [Жан Кособуцкий] was pencilled in to fight on October 17th in Hamburg, Germany. Originally the talk was for him to be potentially clashing with British born Belgian Joel Tambwe Djeko (17-2-1, 8).
Since then plans have changed and the only part of that plan that is still in effect is the date of the bout, with the location and opponent both changing.
What we now know, thanks to Vesti.Kz, is that Kossobutskiy will be fighting on October 17th in Dusseldorf, Germany, and instead of facing Djeko he will be up against unbeaten American James McKenzie Morrison (17-0-2, 15). We also know that the bout will be for Kossobutskiy's IBO Inter-Continental title and also, potentially, the IBF European title.
For Kossobutskiy the bout will be his third of 2020, and will see him looking to build on his August win over Kamil Sokolowski. It will also mark the second time he has fought in Germany as he looks to keep his career chugging along, despite the global situation.
As for Morrison the bout the bout will be his first title bout and his first bout outside of the US. So far his record has comprised of bouts against very, very limited opposition with the most notable being Galen Brown. He will be the clear under-dog though here against a man that some are tipping as the best Heavyweight from Kazakhstan.
Although not a big bout for either man it's the sort of fight that keeps Kossobutskiy busy and helps him move towards a bigger and better fight in the future.
Earlier today Vesti.Kz reported that unbeaten Kazakh Heavyweight Zhan Kossobutskiy (14-0, 13) [Жан Кособуцкий] has now got his next fight arranged, as he continues to climb through the rankings and move towards some more meaningful fights.
The unbeaten 31 year old is now pencilled in to fight on October 17th in Hamburg, Germany, with a potential opponent being British born Belgian Joel Tambwe Djeko (17-2-1, 8), though Vesti do state that Djeko is one of a number of fighters in the running to face the Kazakh. In fact the Belgian fighter does have a bout of his own pencilled in, according to Boxrec, for October 3rd in Belgium though he doesn't yet have an opponent for that contest.
Whoever the opponent is we do expect Kossobutskiy to be defending his IBO Inter-Continental title. That may be one of two belts on the line, with talk being that the bout could also be for the IBF European Heavyweight title.
Despite the on going situation this will be Kossobutskiy's third fight of 2020, and he has managed to stay relatively busy, fighting in March and August already this year, stopping Abraham Tabul and Kamil Sokolowski.
Although he is pencilled for the Hamburg show Kossobutskiy is currently not in Germany. Instead he is training away from Europe, with a visa application currently in progress, and he'll head to Germany much closer to the fight date. This will also mark the second time he has fought in Germany during his career.
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