Zaurbek Baysangurov: The Future is Here
By Julian Kasdin (Sep 26, 2006)
This past weekend 21-year-old Russian junior middleweight Zaurbek Baysangurov, 15-0 (12), fought against hard hitting veteran Marco Antonio Rubio, 34-4-1 (30), it what was supposed to be his toughest test to date. Well I am pleased to report he passed earning an A by completely dominating the power punching Rubio.

Baysangurov, as previously reported, is a strong and fast junior middleweight who possesses one punch power in both hands and an expansive arsenal. Going into Saturday’s fight his best win was probably a three round destruction of
Laszlo Buranyi, 21-4 (9), in April of this year.

Rubio, the well known Mexican slugger, was coming off a close split decision loss to fan favorite Kassim ‘The Dream’ Ouma, 25-2-1 (15). It was because of this, and his power, size and solid record that many thought he would be too much for Baysangurov. Unfortunately for him this was not to be the case.

After getting knocked down in the first, Baysangurov was able to acclimate to Rubio’s power and use an educated jab plus constant pressure to take Rubio out of his game. The combination of speed and constant aggression, plus his obvious technical skill, overwhelmed the game Mexican. Zaurbek won a wide unanimous decision with the fight being scored 118-108 and 118-109 twice. With the win Baysangurov’s place as a future contender has been secured and it shouldn’t be long until this young man gets his chance to shine on boxing's biggest stage.

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