Over the last few months it's been hard to keep on track with unbeaten Kazakh Heavyweight Zhan Kossobutskiy (15-0, 14) [Жан Кособуцкий], who has been linked to several dates and long been linked to a show in Dubai. Now however it appears plans have changed, with Kossobutskiy revealed that his next bout will take place on July 24th in London, England.
At the moment there is still no opponent set in stone for the hard hitting Kazakh however he did reveal his team are in talks with the unbeaten Marko Radonjic (22-0, 22), a German based 31 year old from Montenegro. On paper that would be a great fight, though it should be noted that Radonjic has a very padded record and has never faced anyone of any note.
Whether the opponent for Kossobutskiy is Radonjic or not the bout will be Kossobutskiy's UK debut and his first bout since stopping Onoriode Ehwarieme back in February, to win the WBA International Heavyweight title. It's a shame that a man who has typically been very busy has only fought 3 times since the start of 2020, and has lost a lot of the momentum he had been building since his pro debut in 2017. Fingers crossed a bigger, more notable opponent will be secured for him towards the end of the year as the 32 year old doesn't really have much time to waste with bouts again limited foes with padded records.
Earlier today unbeaten Kazakh Heavyweight hopeful Zhan Kossobutskiy (15-0, 14) [Жан Кособуцкий] spoke to Vesti.KZ about his next bout, and revealed that there are two potential dates for it, though that it would, definitely, take place in Dubai.
The potential dates for the bout are July 24th and July 30th, and not July 10th, as was originally planned.
Interestingly in comments to Vesti.KZ it was revealed that Kossobutskiy was looking to secure a long term UK visa as he's over in the UK training and it seems he wants to begin to base himself out of the UK going forward.
The July bout will be Kossobutskiy's first since he stopped Nigerian fighter Onoriode Ehwarieme (18-2, 17) in February, and it's possible that Kossobutskiy will defend his WBA International title in his July bout, the title he won when he stopped Ehwarieme.
Back in February Kazakh Heavyweight Zhan Kossobutskiy (15-0, 14) [Жан Кособуцкий] won the WBA International Heavyweight title, as he stopped Nigerian puncher Onoriode Ehwarieme (18-2, 17) in Germany. Since then news of what's next for the unbeaten Kazakh Heavyweight has been quiet but is appears, at last, that something is being planned for him.
According to Vesti.kz the unbeaten Kossobutskiy is planning to return to the ring in July to take on an as yet to be decided opponent in Dubai.
No set date is put aside for the bout, though one is expected to be announced shortly, with MTK expected to be in charge of the show following Kossobutskiy signing with them back in March.
Originally the plan had been for Kossobutskiy to return in May, but those plans have now slipped to June.
Interestingly former Daniel Dubois opponent Ricardo Snijders (18-2, 8) is said to be in the running as a potential opponent for Kossobutskiy, in what would be Snijder's first bout since losing in 2 rounds to Dubois in 2020.
Just moments ago unbeaten Kazakh Heavyweight Zhan Kossobutskiy (15-0, 14) [Жан Кособуцкий] scored his latest win, as he stopped Nigerian puncher Onoriode Ehwarieme (18-2, 17), and claimed the WBA International Heavyweight title, over in Germany.
The heavy handed Kossobutskiy had a big breakthrough in round 3, when he dropped Ehwarieme with a clubbing right hand that seemed to glance him behind the ear. Ehwarieme got up, and saw out the round, but wasn't able to survive round 4, which saw him being dropped a second time and then having his team throw in the towel whilst he tried to beat the count.
For Kossobutskiy it's a good win on paper, though in reality Ehwarieme looked like he didn't want to be there, and the two knockdowns certainly didn't look like they came from particularly big shots. In fact both seemed to be glancing blows that sent Ehwarieme down.
One thing that is worth noting is that Ehwarieme was actually a short notice replacement opponent after originally scheduled foe Pavel Sour (13-3, 8) pulled out due to Covid19. We dare say that Sour would have put up a better fight than Ehwarieme did.
Yesterday it was announced that unbeaten Kazakh Heavyweight Zhan Kossobutskiy (14-0, 13) [Жан Кособуцкий] has had his February 20th bout with 38 year old Czech Pavel Sour (13-3, 8) cancelled. Though originally the reason was unclear. Now full details have been confirmed.
The bout, which was to take place in Hamburg for the WBA International Heavyweight title, was cancelled due to Sour contracting Covid19 recently.
Sour was quoted on Vesti.KZ explaining the situation:
"Unfortunately, this is true. I really have a coronavirus. At the moment I feel terrible. I find it hard to breathe and move around. You can't even think about any training process. I need to fight the disease. I'm upset with how it turned out."... "However, now the main thing is my health. I hope that I can overcome the disease and return to boxing. I wish good luck to my opponent and good health,"
At the moment it's unclear what is next for Kossobutskiy. He could, potentially, face a change of opponent on the show or he could be pulled from the card himself and have a bout arranged for a different date. That will likely be confirmed in the coming days.
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