1. Main
  2. Learn
  3. Sport
  4. Sport

Kazakh Wolves take USA Knockouts down: Astana Arlans win 5:015 февраля 2015, 12:46

Brian Ceballo vs Aslanbek Shymbergenov. Photo © vk.com/astana_arlans Brian Ceballo vs Aslanbek Shymbergenov. Photo © vk.com/astana_arlans

The Astana Arlans has faced the main opponent in the Group B USA Knockouts in Karaganda, Kazakhstan on February 8, Tengrinews reports citing Vesti.kz.

The Kazakhstani team has had 15 bouts in total with 11 victories, while the Americans followed with 10 victories and 5 losses.

In the flyweight category (52 kg), the Arlans’ veteran Miras Zhakupov faced Brent Richard Venegas III. The Arlan worked in counter attack mode and showcased some great footwork. Venegas had a good start, but he looked less convincing in the later rounds. Zhakupov countered most of Venegas’ attacks and had a solid number of connecting punches. In the final rounds, the sturdy Ust-Kamenogorsk native had the upper hand over the American boxer. Zhakupov won Venegas 49:46, 49:46, 49:46 bringing the Arlans the first victory of the night (1:0).

Yerzhan Mussafirov followed in the lightweight category (-60 kg). The Arlan faced Maliek Dawnnell Montgomery of USA Knockouts who was noted as a serious opponent by the Kazakhstani coaches. Mussafirov has recently recovered from a surgery and returned to the ring in his native Karaganda city. Throughout five rounds both boxers kept their guards up. Faster Montromery seemed to have more connecting punches than Mussafirov. But in the end, the Kazakh boxer won by the split decision 2:1. After the fight, Mussafirov said that he wouldn’t have disagreed if the judges had given the victory to his opponent. “I saw how my opponent and I approached the fight. I can objectively evaluate the fight,” Mussafirov said. The score (2:0) put pressure on the following fighters. The light heavyweight (-81 kg) fight, instead of the welterweight (-69 kg), became the decider of the Astana Arlans-USA Knockouts fight.

It is not the first time the experienced Croatian boxer Hrvoje Sep shoulders the responsibility of a decider bout. This time, the unstoppable Sep faced Steven Nelson of USA Knockouts. Nelson started off with a series of fast attacks that did not faze Sep in a bit. The Croatian continued steadily closing the distance and attacking in his favorite close range. In the third round, Nelson hit the ropes as Sep persistently threw deadly punches at him. Despite his attempt to KO Sep in the third round, the USA Knockouts boxer lost the round and the fight. Hrvoje Sep won his 2nd fight of the 5th season. The Astana Arlans won USA Knockouts 3:0.

A promising welterweight debutant Aslanbek Shymbergenov and the winner of the Golden Gloves Brian Ceballo brought a change of pace after the close range Mussafirov-Montgomery and Sep-Nelson fights. Shymbergenov progressed with caution catching Ceballo several times with combination punches. The Champion of Kazakhstan cornered the American fighter and showcased good footwork while getting away from attacks. In the final rounds, Ceballo dominated the ring showering the Kazakhstani with precise jabs and crosses. But the judges gave the victory to Shymbergenov by a split decision.

The strongest heavyweight (+91 kg) in WSB Filip Hrgovic from Croatia stepped in the ring to face Brandon Glanton. Despite being shorter than Hrgovic, Glanton managed to connect a number of punches in the first round. The American boxer also had a solid defence against powerful blows of the Croatian. But Hrgovic did not let the fight continue for long. In the second round, 1:36 minutes before the end of the round, Hrgovic caught Glantov with his right glove. The referee gave the American an 8-count. But 10 more seconds into the fight the referee announced a TKO. Hrgovic added the 2nd TKO in his second fight of the 5th season.

The Astana Arlans defeated USA Knockouts 5:0 at Sapiyev Boxing Center. The Kazakh Wolves retained their first place in the Group B.

“We wanted to win by a large margin. I did not have any scores predicted in my head, we just wanted to win. (…) But certainly there was confidence that we would win at home,” the General Director of the Astana Arlans Serik Sapiev said.

Sapiev admitted that considering the equal bouts, the judges would not have given victories to the Arlans if it wasn't a home match.

Next, the Wolves faced Hurricanes from Puerto Rico. The Astana Arlans-Puerto Rico Hurricanes hit Sapiyev Boxing Center in Karaganda on February 14.

By Gyuzel Kamalova


Nobel prizewinner proposes a new city in KZ
New abnormal snowfalls expected in Kazakhstan
Huge glacier retreat triggered in 1940s
Hyperloop construction begins in Las Vegas
"Moonlight" to top Spirit Awards nominations
Oil prices fall due to investors uncertainty
New dwarf galaxy discovered around Milky Way
Kanat Islam becomes a top ten WBO boxer
World oil prices continue to rise
Kazakhstan expects warming - Kazhydromet
Merkel to seek fourth term as chancellor
Sale of Tintin drawings set to break records
US, EU stocks fall as markets focus on dollar
Pacific leaders urged to defend free trade
EU warns eight nations on budget deficit
Universiade-2017: Athletic Village is ready
Bob Dylan can't make Nobel ceremony
Messi will never leave Barca - club president
Google, Facebook take aim at 'fake' news
Aerosmith announces Europe 'farewell' tour
Putin, Trump to normalise US-Russia ties
At least 10 hurt in southern Turkey blast
6.2 quake hits western Japan
OPEC agrees shock oil output cut
Israeli ex-president and Nobel laureate Peres dies
Germany blocks WhatsApp data transfers to Facebook
32,000 arrested in Turkey coup probe
Youth to the fore as Milan fashion week opens
Xenophobia threatening peace in eastern Germany
Four-in-10 Japanese are virgins: poll
Sweden re-militarises Baltic island of Gotland
China to launch second space laboratory: Xinhua
More than a billion stars mapped in Milky Way: ESA
Boxing: Golovkin eyes Saunders after stopping Brook
Kazakhstan shifts PM to security chief
Oil prices gain despite rising OPEC supply forecast
US to give Philippines military planes
Singapore wages war on Zika-bearing mosquitoes
Italy quake death toll nears 250
Viral photos add fuel to French burkini debate
18 dead as Italy struck by powerful quake
Japan's first lady visits Pearl Harbor
Pokemon's a no-go on Bangkok's roads
July was Earth's hottest month in modern times
Pakistan rock climbers scale new heights