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Friday, July 12, 2024

Feldman and Malumbu Make Weight

Junior middleweights Joshua Feldman and Welcome Malumbu both made weight ahead of their clash tomorrow at Box Camp Booysens in Johannesburg, South Africa. The fight will be streamed on DAZN.

Feldman, a 19 year old from Cape Town, weighed 154 pounds. With a record of 3-0, Feldman has been remarkably disciplined when it comes to his weight. He has weighed in between 153 and 154 for all four fights.

Welcome Malumbu, who is from the Democratic Republic of Congo, has fought all eight of his bouts in South Africa. He is 0-8, but will have faced opponents with a combined record of 20-0 as of tomorrow. Malumbu weighed 149 pounds, comfortably within his normal range. The lightest Malumbu has weighed was 145.3 pounds back in 2017. The heaviest he has weighed in was 150.8 pounds the following year.

At the press conference yesterday, Feldman said, "I hope he brings his 'A' game because I'm ready for a tough fight.

This bout is scheduled for four rounds. For The JBB's preview of the fight, click here.
courtesy of SA Boxing Talk

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Yonatan Landman Moves to 4-0

Beneath a giant Azerbaijani flag and a watchful portrait of the country's longtime leader Ilham Aliyev, super flyweight Yonatan Landman scored a third round knockout victory in the capital city of Baku yesterday. He showed improved patience and targeted his southpaw opponent's lengthy body.

Landman started the fight aggressively, but remained under control. In earlier fights, he had been a bit too wild at the beginning. Aghasalim Mustafazade, a 23 year old from Baku, pawed with his jab while looking to set up a snapping straight left. Landman was prepared for the attack and didn't get caught.

As the fight progressed, Mustafazade became less interested in unleashing his offense. Landman's body assault and one-twos wore down the Bakuvian boxer. Yonatan did an excellent job of controlling center ring throughout the fight. Mustafazade made a mistake by constantly circling to his left, directly into the path of Landman's devastating right to the body. The alternative was to circle
into Landman's punishing left hook, but he should've varied his movement more.

In the third round, Landman's pressure forced Mustafazade to run. The 19 year old from Israel calmly stalked his prey and caught him with a hard combination to the body while the Azeri was on the ropes. The referee gave the count and then waved off the fight.

Landman, who continues to show improvement, is now 4-0. Mustafazade is 0-2.

Friday, July 5, 2024

Josh Feldman to Fight on DAZN

Josh Feldman's next fight is scheduled to be streamed on DAZN, one of the major players in boxing. The 19 year old is slated to face Welcome Malumbu at Box Camp Booysens in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Box Rec now lists Malumbu, a fighter from the Democratic Republic of Congo, as 0-8. The Promoter Boxing 5 and various reports on the fight claim his record is 0-6. To be clear, no one is trying to hide anything. BoxRec had Malumbu's record as 0-6 until this week.

In researching Malumbu's career, The Jewish Boxing Blog found his first two fights listed under the name "Welcome Malubu." It didn't take a leap of faith to connect the dots, however.

Malumbu has two public Facebook accounts. The older account contains pictures from fights included in both BoxRec entries, "Malubu" and Malumbu, so it was clear they were the same person. The JBB listed Welcome's record as 0-8 back in June, but didn't notify BoxRec of the duplicate entries until this week, which they promptly corrected.

Though Malumbu has a poor record, he is not a bad fighter. If we include Josh, Malumbu's opposition will be 20-0 when he will have faced them. He gave solid prospects, Athenkosi Plaatjies and Darrin Rossouw, tough fights.

Feldman, a native of Cape Town, isn't taking Malumbu lightly. "In the past sixth months, I've gotten a lot stronger," he told SA Boxing Talk recently. "My fitness has gotten a lot better. I'm pacing myself better. So I'm really excited about the fight."

Josh says he won't press for the knockout. "This is the type of opponent I can really showcase my abilities [against] and really outbox him. If the knockout comes, it comes."

Feldman-Malumbu is scheduled for four rounds at junior middleweight.

Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Yonatan Landman to Fight Next Week

Fresh off a win in Ghana last month, Yonatan Landman is scheduled to fight again next Tuesday, July 9 in Baku, Azerbaijan. Landman has been moved well by his father Shai. This will be his fourth fight in under six months, a rarity these days.

BoxRec lists Landman's opponent as 23 year old Aghasalim Mustafazade of Baku. Mustafazade lost his only pro fight back in 2021. He was over the featherweight limit in that fight while Landman has been either a flyweight or super flyweight in his bouts, more than ten pounds lighter.

A 19 year old from Kiryat, Israel, Landman has shown good power in either hand early in his career. He's 3-0 with three KOs. He has started his fights a bit frantically, but once he settles down, he exhibits controlled aggression. While he has the ability to step up the competition, there's no need to rush. His dad recognizes it's important to build up Yonatan's experience at this stage of his budding pro career.

This bout, Landman's second in Azerbaijan, is scheduled for four rounds.