Hometown: Kyzylorda, Kazakhstan
Weight class: junior middleweight
Top: 5-foot-8½ (179 cm)
Beginner document: 400-19
Turned professional: 2020
Professional document: 3-0 (2 knockouts)
Coach: Jamie Moore
Supervisor: Askar Salikbayev
Promoter: No promoter
Finest night time of professional profession and why: Kulakhmet scored a spotlight reel first spherical knockout of beforehand unbeaten Heber Rondon (20-0, 13 KOs) on the undercard of Jamel Herring-Carl Frampton in April 2021.
“My greatest efficiency was my final battle in Dubai,” Kulakhmet instructed The Ring by his supervisor Askar Salikbayev. “We had been prepared for a 10-round battle. It was a bit bit dangerous as a result of we didn’t discover any video for this man.
“I hadn’t scored a knockout like this in my different two fights. This was a formidable KO.”
Worst night time of professional profession and why: The 27-year-old felt for quite a lot of causes he wasn’t at his greatest when he confronted Macauley McGowan final November.
“My second battle, the place I didn’t cease the opponent, it went all 10-rounds,” he stated. “Weight slicing and different stuff, I wasn’t pleased. If I used to be with [Trainer] Jamie [Moore], I’d have knocked him out one hundred pc.”
What’s Subsequent: Kulakhmet will face journeyman Aleksei Evchenko, who stepped in to switch unique opponent Stanyslav Skorokhod, in the principle occasion in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on Saturday.
Evchenko turned skilled in 2006. The 38-year-old Russian warhorse has notably shared the ring with Magomed Kurbanov (L UD 6), Ahmed El Mousaoui (L UD 8), Islam Edisultanov (L TKO 10) and Balazs Bacskai (L UD 10).
It will be a shock if Kulakhmet didn’t beat Evchenko (19-14-2, 8 KOs) however can he cease the veteran has solely been stopped as soon as in 35 fights?
Why he’s a prospect: Kulakhmet has an enormous newbie pedigree, he gained 4 nationwide titles, gold on the Asian video games and bronze on the World Championships in 2019.
Throughout his intensive newbie profession, the spectacular Kazakh scored a number of spectacular wins.
“I beat Israil Madrimov on the Asian video games in Bangkok,” he stated. “We met 5 occasions, I gained 3 times and he gained twice. After I beat Madrimov, I grew to become Asian champion and it was an thrilling battle.”
The fearsome southpaw fought all over the world throughout his newbie profession and in addition to the rivalry with Madrimov, additionally boasts wins over the likes of 2017 World Championship gold medal winner, Oleksandr Khyzhniak, rising middleweight prospect Zhanibek Alimkhanuly and newbie stalwart Zoltan Harcsa
Alex Steedman, who has commentated on all three of his fights, feels Kulakhmet is enhancing on a regular basis.
“Like most Kazakh southpaws he’s technically sound however there’s a tough, aggression to him which I like,” stated Steedman. “He must be taught when and the way that must be utilized so linking up with Jamie Moore ought to assist.
“It labored for him on his debut however I assumed undermined what might’ve been a sensational efficiency in opposition to McGowan. He appears to be like robust at 154-pounds and is one to look at given the proper developments.”
Why he’s a suspect: Kulakhmet has the basics to hold him a great distance as an expert. Nevertheless, there are at all times issues to be taught and changing into extra in tune with the skilled aspect of the game will clearly assist him.
Steedman feels there may be nothing that Kulakhmet can’t develop as he goes together with the suitable tutoring.
“Use of house and distance, when to press, when to counter,” stated Steedman. “He can be taught to regulate that himself and may do with expertise.”
Storylines: Kulakhmet was born and grew up within the south-central metropolis of Kyzylorda.
“I come from a easy household,” he stated. “My father is a trainer at college and my mother takes care of us. I’ve 4 older sisters and I’m the one boy.”
His father first introduced Kulakhmet to boxing when he was 8-years-old.
The Kazakh doesn’t mannequin his model on any explicit boxing.
“I can’t say I like this boxer,” he defined. “I don’t need to appear to be anybody however I search for what I would like from every boxer.”
He’s in no temper to take it time both: “I need to hurry up and turn into a world champion.”
Kulakhmet is a household man; he’s married and has 4 kids.
“Other than boxing, I’m at all times with my household,” he stated. “I like spending time with my kids. I spend quite a lot of time with them after fights.”
Apr. 3 – Heber Rondon – KO 1
Nov. 11 – Macauley McGowan – UD 10
Aug. 23 – Sagadat Rakhmankul – RTD 4
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