King David Estrada Versus Yusubov Chicago Fight Card Preview
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Correspondent
Chicago, IL (April 25th, 2013)– Chicago welterweight King David Estrada, 34, whose career has been on the rocks for two years due to contractual problems with Boxing 360, will attempt a comeback in an eight round main event bout after 28 months of inactivity at Cicero Stadium in Chicago, Illinois, on Friday, April 26, 2013, against last minute opponent Rahman Mustafa ‘Genghis Khan’ Yusubov, an Azerbaijan fighter now fighting out of Dallas, Texas, with several questionable boxing records listed on the internet. Yusubov will substitute for the originally scheduled welterweight Roberto Ventura.
The five bout Chicago card is being promoted by Sammy Merza Promotions.
Estrada, 25-6, 16 knockouts, stopped 26-0-1 Orlando Lora in the eighth round, and knocked out Franklin Gonzalez in the fifth round, in his last two bouts in 2010. Yusubov’s record on BoxRec is 9-10. On the FightsRec site Yusubov’s record is listed online at 21-10. At stake are a number of ‘mysterious’ bouts which took place at the CY Sport Club in Baku, Azerbaijan in 2011 and 2012, all of which FightsRec claims Yusubov won. BoxRec does not recognize them. The club fights are close in date and were probably regional club fight exhibitions ion Azerbaijan.
Yusubov on BoxRec boxrec.com/list_bouts.php?human_id=265922&cat=boxer
Rahman Yusubov on FightsRec www.fightsrec.com/rahman-yusubov.html
Estrada’s bout with Ventura was originally billed as being for the United Boxing Federation All-Americas Junior Middleweight championship. Reached by Real Combat Media by telephone, Mike Melendez, the United States representative for the United Boxing Federation, state the UBF regional junior middleweight title belt is off the table because Yusubov’s losing record (9-10 on BoxRec) does not qualify. Melendez added he doesn’t believe Yusubov’s 12 mysterious ‘wins’ on FightsRec.
Estrada, who won the USBA Welterweight title in 2004 but never defended it, became a gatekeeper for rising welterweights as his promising career never got off the ground. Estrada lost to Ishe Smith (12-0, Lose 10), Sugar Shane Mosley (39-4, Lose 10), Kermit Cintron (25-1, TKO by 10 for the IBF # 2 welterweight ratings position), Andre Berto (19-0, TKO by 11 for the NABF title in a WBC and IBF title eliminator), Jesus Soto Karass (20-3-3, TKO by 8), and Luis Carlos Abregu (24-0, Lose split decision 10).
Estrada, still a strong ten rounder ‘B’ level fighter, should cream Yusubov. Rahman Yusubov is not even a ‘C’ level fighter, and has been knocked out in seven of his ten losses, losing nine of his last ten bouts. However, Yusubov did upset 25-4 James Page in California by knockout in the second round in November 2012, before getting stopped by Elco Garcia in the seventh round in January 2013 in Colorado.
Reached at the Illinois Athletic Commission on weigh in day, promoter Sammy Merza stated “It (the fight card) should be good.” Estrada must make weight at 154 pounds to qualify for this bout. Estrada, once a world class fighter, must overcome ring rust. This should buy Yusubov a couple of rounds. Estrada should knock Yusubov out within seven rounds. If Estrada cannot knock out an opponent like this, King David should hang ’em up.
In the preliminary bout to the main event, welterweight Ahmed El Mousaoui of France, 15-1-1 with four knockouts, will fight ‘The Congo Soldier’ Ben Ankrah of Accra, Ghana, 17-13, eight knockouts, in an eight rounder. Ankrah has lost all six of his bouts outside of Ghana, against such names as Thomas Dulorme, Chad Bennett, Antwone Smith, Steve Chambers, Mike Arnoutis, Albert Mensah, Joshua Allotey and Ayi Bruce. Ankrah is a trial horse with a great deal of top notch experience. El Mousaoui should win this fight as Ankrah is being used as an opponent outside of his native Ghana, known as ‘the sad road’ for African fighters.“
Illinois fighters also appearing on the card include light welterweight Anthony Linenfelser, Chicago heavyweight Erick Correa, and Illinois lightweight Jose ‘Chico’ Arambula. Scheduled bouts featuring Illinois welterweight Ed ‘Bad Boy’ Brown and Illinois light middleweight ‘Bazooka’ Joe Linenfelser were scratched.