WBC orders Makhmudov v. Kossobutskiy

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  1. BeantownAll

    BeantownAll Well-Known Member Full Member

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    The WBC has ordered Arslanbek Makhmudov to fight Zhan Kossobutskiy next (contingent on Makh beating Raphael Akpejiori on December 16, of course)

    At 6' 3", Zhan Kossobutskiy (19-0, 18 KOs) lacks some reach. His hands aren't particularly fast, but they are heavy - particuarly to the body. Not very light-footed, but he has very good forwards-backwards movement that makes him surprisingly-elusive to catch with big punches.

    He's by far the most dangerous opponent Makh has faced, IMO. If there's one thing obviously not in Kossobutskiy's favor here, it's that Zhan's jab is sort of a pawing jab and it's not much use other than to get his opponents hands out of place. Though it's been proven to be quite good for that.

    Has the makings of an excellent fight, I think.
     
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  2. catchwtboxing

    catchwtboxing Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    Go Zhan!

    He has a bit of a following here, and I am in the bandwagon.
     
  3. UnleashtheFURY

    UnleashtheFURY D'oh! Full Member

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    PLEASE BOXING GODS LET THIS FIGHT HAPPEN.
     
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  4. BeantownAll

    BeantownAll Well-Known Member Full Member

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    It would seem to have serious "FOTY" possibilities. Lots of payload in the air during that one, I think.

    But, it's the WBC - so believe it only when the fighters are touching gloves.
     
  5. BeantownAll

    BeantownAll Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Ditto - I think people are sleeping on him a bit. Some elements of GGG and Beterbiev in his makeup, I think.
     
  6. CroBox29

    CroBox29 Boxing Addict Full Member

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    This would be a great fight, I can see Zhan winning as he is technically better but Makhmudov hits like a sledgehammer...
     
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  7. BeantownAll

    BeantownAll Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Zhan's lack of a truly damaging jab is his big weakness here. He needs to find a way to really work in those body shots.
     
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  8. sasto

    sasto Boxing Junkie Full Member

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  9. pepsiclassic

    pepsiclassic Active Member Full Member

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    from what ive seen Arslanbek has troubles with shorter people it seems. he could win both his next fights but someone legit will out box him easily
     
  10. Saintpat

    Saintpat Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    Ordered it as what? Didn’t they make Wilder-Ruiz an elimination?
     
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  11. USFBulls727

    USFBulls727 Active Member Full Member

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    I'm leaning towards Zhan for the same reason, but would avoid betting on it since I'm not certain how good his chin is.

    I did a little research on the WBC's ordering of this fight, and found an article mentioning that the WBC released a list of mandatory match-ups. The article mentioned Wilder-Ruiz as an eliminator, but wasn't really clear why they were ordering this fight.
     
  12. senpai

    senpai Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Very good fight.

    Two big punchers and good chins.
     
  13. WhataRock

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  14. kostya by ko

    kostya by ko Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Akpejiori has apparently pulled out. So the Dec. 16 fight is looking for a new opponent.
     
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  15. Umair Malik

    Umair Malik New Member Full Member

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    Wish WBC make Makhmudov fight against Wilder for the WBC final eliminator as Ruiz is probably going to fight Hrgovic for the IBF final eliminator.
     
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