Yesterday website Sputnik.Kz reported the news that there had been a serious case of embezzlement at a school run former WBA Bantamweight "Super" champion Zhanat Zhakiyanov, who wasn't involved in the crime but was himself punished for an offense of his own.
The school in questions is a regional specialized children's and youth sports school of the Olympic reserve in boxing, based in Petropavl, and had seen the chief accountant using their position to embezzle funds from the school.
The court in the city found the accountant guilty with the head of the local Anti-Corruption Department Ernar Bayangazin being quoted as stating:
"From June 2017 to February 2020, the chief accountant, using her official powers and deliberately distorting factual data, unreasonably transferred 23 million 81 hundred thousand tenge of budget funds to herself, which is confirmed by the conclusion of a forensic economic examination,"
As a result they have been sentenced to six years and eight months imprisonment with the serving of a sentence in a medium security institution.
Originally the accountant were found guilty in in the local city court in October, though the news appears to have resurfaced again recentlt with the sentence being upheld by the regional court.
For those curious ₸23,800,000 is about £41,700.00 or a little over $56,000.
The second reason this has been in the news again recently is likely the punishment given to Zhakiyanov.
The court established that Zhakiyanov was completely in the dark about the crime, though due to anti-corruption legislation he has been punished for "improper performance of official duties and lack of departmental control" as a result he has been given a severe reprimand, according to the anti-corruption service.
Earlier today it was revealed that former WBA Bantamweight champion Zhanat Zhakiyanov (27-2, 18) [Жакиянов Жанат] would be continuing his involvement in boxing, despite his retirement from in ring action.
The former fighter has been appointed as a director at a school's boxing department in Petropavl, and will be looking to develop talent in Kazakhstan ahead of the 2020 Olympics.
As a professional fighter Zhakiyanov fought from 2007 to 2017. During his career he fought all over the world, and claimed various titles, notably winning the European Bantamweight title in 2014, stopping Karim Guerfi with a KO of the year contender, and the WBA and IBO titles in 2017, when he upset Rau'shee Warren. In his final bout he would come up short in a bout against the then IBF champion Ryan Burnett.
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Unification bouts in boxing are all too rare, but on October 21st we'll see one take place at Bantamweight, as Kazakh WBA "super" champion Zhanat Zhakiyanov (27-1, 18) [Жанат Ескендирулы Жакиянов] clashes with IBF champion Ryan Burnett (17-0, 9).
The bookies have recently priced up that contest,and have made Burnett the clear betting favourite, pricing the Belfast man as a 4/9 favourite to not only defend his belt, but also add the WBA title to his collection. Those who favour the Kazakh are looking at their man being priced at 5/2.
For both men the bout will serve as a first defense and should be viewed as one of those bouts where styles should gel. In one corner we have a pure boxing talent, with Burnett being a fantastic boxer capable of boxing and moving, or standing and countering at range. In the other corner we'll have the raging aggression and pressure of the clumsy but determined Zhakiyanov, who will always look to press the action.
Whilst we do expect the odds to shift before fight time, and more market's to become available, it is interesting to see the odds at the moment, more than 3 weeks away from the bout.
Earlier today it was announced that we would wouuld be getting a Bantamweight world title unification contest on October 21st.
The bout in question will see Kazakh WBA "super" champion Zhanat Zhakiyanov (27-1, 18) [Жанат Ескендирулы Жакиянов] face off with IBF champion Ryan Burnett (17-0, 9) in a really interesting match up.
For both men this will be their first defense, after winning their titles earlier this year.
The Kazakh won his title in an upset win over Rau'shee Warren in February and impressed the American audiences, despite being dropped twice in the opening round. As for Burnett he won the title in June, when he dominated Lee Haskins in a near punch perfect performance.
The bout will be on Sky Sports in the UK and will take place in Belfast.
Earlier today we saw the announcement that WBO Super Flyweight champion Naoya Inoue (12-0, 10) [井上 尚弥] would be defending his title on May 21st in Tokyo, taking on Ricardo Rodriguez (16-3, 5).
It seems that that bout wans't the first choice option for Inoue, with the "Monster's" team stating they had tried to set up a unification bout with IBF champion Jerwin Ancajas and they had also looked into having a bout with WBA Bantamweight champion Zhanat Zhakiyanov.
Although a bout with Rodriguez isn't as big news as some would have hoped foe the announcement of Inoue's next bout did come with some solid plans of the Monster's next step, which will be to make his US debut in September.
At the moment it's unclear who Inoue will be fighting in September but the options seem to be a non-title fight, as he rises to Batamweight, or a final defense of the belt. After that they Ohashi team have stated they are looking to claim a Bantamweight title in December, possibly against Zhakiyanov.
Given the dates and timings it's unlikely that Inoue will face WBC Bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka (27-0-2, 19) [山中慎介] in 2017, though the option to have that fight as a potential 2018 unification bout cannot be ruled out as it would be a genuine super fight next year. Though issues with TV contracts would need to be sorted for the bout to be held.
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