Zhailauov sparring Senchenko ahead of South Africa outing

Golden Gloves 11/05/2015

Nick Lourens

Kazakh prospect Roman Zhailauov is hard at work one month before he fights for a second time in South Africa, at the “D-Day at the Palace” tournament on June 6.

The 20-year-old has set up camp in Kiev in the Ukraine and has secured the sparring services of former WBA welterweight champ Vyacheslav Senchenko, who famously ended the career of Ricky Hatton.

“He is working very hard,” said manager Alex Kuznetsov. “We are working on skills and technique especially.”

He added that Zhailauov had enjoyed his sojourn to South Africa last month, when he handily beat Willis Baloyi, and was looking forward to another outing at Emperors Palace under the stewardship of Golden Gloves, who recently signed him. His opponent is still to be named.

Zhailauov arrives in Johannesburg next weekend and will spend two weeks at Harold Volbrecht’s gym, Kuznetsov remarking that it had been a pleasure doing so the first time around. “He’s a great coach and taught us a lot.”

The manager himself will only arrive in the week preceding the tournament as he is involved in a local event at the end of May.

Ticket prices for the box-and-dine event have been pitched at between R500 and R800.