This past weekend was not a great one for Kazakh fighters, with two Kazakh's losing their unbeaten records on Sunday in Kazakh. One of those was the fun to watch Arman Rysbek (7-1, 6) [Арман Рысбек], who retired in his corner after the 4th round Belorussian fighter Mikhail Dauhaliavets (3-0, 3). The bout was a fairly interesting one, despite the loss, and is one worth checking out for fans who missed it.
Despite being a relatively obscure fight we felt it deserved us to take a closer look and share some of our take aways from the bout.
1-The 30 year old Dauhaliavets is one of the hidden gems of European boxing
Followers of amateur boxing will likely be full aware of how good Mikhail Dauhaliavets is, but as a 3-0 (3) professional few will have seen him in the professional ranks. Given his performance here however he is one of the true hidden gems of the Super Middleweight division. He proved to have smart defense, clean accurate punching and he seemed to get better and better as the rounds went on. This was, surprisingly, his third pro bout of the year and the first time he had been taken out of the first round. Fingers crossed that this win helps him secure a meaningful bout before it's too late.
2-Seven Nation Army is over used as a ring walk out track
This is perhaps an unfair complaint but we can't help feeling like "Seven Nation Army" is over-used as a ring walk track. We think it's a great song but feel that it's too closely linked to Gennady Golovkin for it to be played as much as it is. We understand someone like Armen Rysbek using it as homage to GGG but it felt unneeded and we could certainly do without hearing it at every other show. Also we really hope it doesn't become the default song for Kazakh fighters going forward.
For what it's worth we feel the same about "Hells Bells" by AC/DC due to it's links it's Vitali Klitschko, and "Can't Stop" by Red Hot Chilli Peppers, due to Wladimir Klitschko.
3-Social distancing? Not in Kazan!
We've complained about a lack of social distancing in Japan in this series and we're staying consistent here. In fact no, we are going to raise our complaints here. In Japan we've seen masks worn by every fan in the venue, at the Pyramide in Kazan we barely saw anyone wearing masks, a lot that were were wearing them incorrectly, and their was next to no social distancing at all. Given what is going on in the world it would be much, much better to see fans at sport taking things seriously.
Also it was interesting that almost everyone was looking at their phones between fights.
4-Rysbek has a lot of work to do but he is fun to watch
Watching Armen Rysbek in the ring is a joy. He comes forward and makes fights fun and we don't think he'll be in many stinkers. However that joyfulness comes at a cost and he's very predictable, pretty open defensively and always in front of a fighter to be hit. If he's going to rebuild from this loss his team need to get him to tighten the defenses whilst leaving himself handcuffed less. They also need him to understand he can use the whole ring, back off, rest, create space and if he's not working he needs to get out of dodge. At the age of 29 however we do worry that he's pretty much a fighter who's bad habits are there to stay. If that is going to be the case, then we'd hope he continues getting matched against fighters who are willing to match his style and battle up close, as these types of fights are really fan friendly.
One thing's for sure, he is not going to have a long career, and his eye seemed to be giving him issues at the end of this bout. Fingers crossed that's nothing too serious as we'd love to see more of him!
5-The layout at the Pyramide in Kazan is pretty neat
We're not usually too bothered about how a venue fights but we did like this. The ring was the focus of the action, we couldn't really see any fans as the venue was blacked out during the fight but what we could see was the entrance way and it looked really interesting with a graphic of the two fighters as well as the "All Champions" logo, that of the promoter. This wasn't anything mind blowing, but it was a nice touch and added to the feeling that we were watching a quality production.
Thinking Out East
With this site being pretty successful so far we've decided to open up about our own views and start what could be considered effectively an editorial style opinion column dubbed "Thinking Out East" (T.O.E).