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What To Know About The U.S. TV Debut Of Batyrzhan Jukembayev

How To Watch: Saturday, May 29th, 7 PM PST


Network: Showtime

Before Nonito Donaire and Nordine Oubaali clash on Showtime in a battle for the WBC bantamweight title, at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, CA on May 29th, live on Showtime, at 7 PM PST, the co-main event has a fight worthy of all the attention, as a man touted to be as good as Gennady Golovkin by the Kazakh Olympic boxing coach, Batyrzhan Jukembayev, will face the upset specialist, Subriel Matias, in an IBF super lightweight world title eliminator for Josh Taylor’s IBF belt.

Jukembayev, who is managed by Fresno’s own, Rick Mirigian, with MTK working as an advisor, which makes for a solid team, yet when looking at Jukembayev’s amateur resume or professional resume nothing stands out to the naked eye. Jukembayev is undefeated in 18 fights with a 70% knockout ratio, and a total of 79 rounds spent inside the ring. Though despite no notable names on Jukembayev’s resume the combined record of his opponents as a professional as he has faced is staggering at 355-167-16

Jukembayev, who had all of his previous bouts in Canada, recently relocated to the United States, and began training with Manny Robles.

Jukembayev’s notable traits are evident when watching tape, for starters, he is a southpaw, he is a cerebral puncher, who looks to punch with his opponent while making them miss, looking to land a left hand to the body when the body isn’t able to be tense from throwing a punch. Jukembayev’s is influenced by Golovkin, and obviously being from the same region, yet he is his own thing, and must beat one of the most hellicious and avoided fighters of the modern era, Subriel Matias.

The major question mark around Jukembayev’s stems from his fight against Jonathan Jose Eniz fight in which some question his durability and chin. Matias also fought Eniz in his career, and seemingly walked through him.

As stated in those tweets above against a mutual opponent, Jonathan Jose Eniz, Matias surpassed Jukembayev.

Matias will always have the dubious distinction of stoppage Maxim Dadashev, in a bout so bloody and brutal, that Dadashev would later pass away from injuries that occurred days later from that bout. Matias of Puerto Rican descent would win a fight after that then lose to relatively unknown Armenian-Russian fighter Petros Ananyan, as some wondered if inflicting damage on Dadashev that cost the young fighter his life, forever changed his career, as Matias was featured on a television spot on ESPN, prior to Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury II.

Matias who has 16 wins and only 1 loss, has an impressive 94.1 KO ratio, and an iron jaw to go along with it. Matias also has gone 68 rounds as a professional, similar to his opponent, and is known for pushing the pace and wearing his opponents out.

In Matias’ last bout, Matias walked down and stopped Malik Hawkins, who was signed to Mayweather Promotions, as Hawkins simply looked unable to keep the bigger and stronger man off of him. Matias is a tough out for anyone and we have no clue how good Ananyan is since we have not seen him since he beat Matias, and Ananyan’s two losses seem highly questionable, as well.

Since the last decade, Americans have been watching a lot of Eastern Europeans, and now we get another debut Eastern Euro, in a division lively, and full of contenders. So on Saturday, let’s see what Jukembayev has as this is not just a television debut in America for the young fighter, but also a chance to be a number one contender for a world title as well.

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