We'll admit the past few days have seen us focus on Christmas and the end of year stuff in Japan, despite that there has been various other announcements going on in the boxing world. One such announcement is the US debut of Kazakh puncher Zhanat Zhakiyanov (26-1, 18) who we now know will be back in the ring on February 10th in Toledo, Ohio, as he takes on WBA Bantamweight "Super" champion Rau'shee Warren (14-1-0-1, 4).
The well travelled Kazakh has fought through a variety of countries, in fact he has fought in more than 10 different countries, and claimed the various titles including the WBA interim title, the European title, and the WBC Asian Boxing Council Continental titles. He has however never fought in America and this bout will not only be a huge step up in class but see him fighting a totally new environment, one where he will be seen as the enemy in the eyes of the fans in attendence.
For Warren the bout the bout will serve as his first defense of both the WBA "super" and IBO titles and will see him looking to strenghten his claim as a Bantamweight champion, though it's a claim that few seem to take too heavily given than many feel he was fortunate to cliam a win over Juan Carlos Payano earlier this year. Although his professional career hasn't set the world on fire he is a 3-time US Olympian and is regarded as a genuine talent just looking for a big break out win.
The bout will act as the chief support bout to an IBF Lightweight title bout between the fast rising Robert Easter Jr (18-0, 14) and Luis Cruz (22-4-1, 16), with Easter making his first defense of the title in what looks like a show case first defense for the unbeaten American.
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