… WBF champ confirms 7 September title defence in Russia
JUST over five weeks after he successfully defended his World Boxing Federation (WBF) welterweight title against Roman Belaev, it has been confirmed that Bethuel ‘Tyson’ Ushona is set to climb into the ring with another Russian, Aslanbek Kozaev, on 7 September.
However, this time the title defence will take place in Saratov, Russia.
When asked about the fight, Ushona confirmed the title defence fight against the experienced Kozaev.
“I am currently hard at work preparing for the upcoming fight, and I am fully focused, as I have not taken any days off since my fight against Belaev,” Ushona said this week.
The orthodox boxer said that he wants to upset his opponent in his own backyard, and that his mission is to have more fights before the end of the year.
“I really want to be better and land some crucial title fights, which will improve my financial position, when compared to my previous fights. I want better fights and hope to get better offers from opponents,” Ushona said. Following his impressive 30 June defeat of Belaev at the Ramatex Complex, via unanimous decision, Ushona now boasts an impressive professional record of 41 fights, with five losses, one draw and 36 wins. Kozaev has a record of 33 fights, two losses, one draw and 30 wins. “I need fights that can help me pay for my bills, and with the fight scheduled for September, I am really determined and focused on the upcoming showdown against Kozaev,” said Ushona. “I am still with my trainer, Tobias Nashilongo, who has been so instrumental in my career, and I sincerely hope to become a better boxer, in my quest to conquer more world titles.” Salute Boxing Promotions spokesperson, Armas Shivute, said they had not informed the public earlier about the upcoming title defence, because of contractual obligations. “There is no secrecy around the upcoming bout. As a stable, we are currently busy putting together the loose ends, and as soon as we conclude that, we will then inform the public accordingly,” he said. Shivute said that since the Russians are hosting the boxing bout, they had to list it on the WBF website for promotional purposes, and that in itself, is a confirmation that the fight is indeed on. “The Russians are the ones who listed the fight, for promotional purposes.”
Shivute added that a meeting would be held later in the week, where the further promotion of the fight would be discussed, and that the public will be informed accordingly.
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