Yeleussinov becomes promotional free agent

Rio 2016 Olympic gold medallist Daniyar Yeleussinov is now a promotional free agent after his contract with Matchroom Boxing expired.

The Kazakh welterweight had accumulated a spotless 10-0, 6 KOs record under the Matchroom umbrella, with the highlight being a second-round KO of former unified 140lbs champion Julius Indongo last November.

But now Yeleussinov, ranked No.8 by the IBF, is moving in another direction.

“I look forward to fighting the better quality fighters and recognised names of the welterweight division in my next few fights,” said Yeleussinov. “That should lead me to a world title shot. When I was an amateur, my goal was to be the best in the world and I won the Olympic gold medal. When I turned professional, my goal again was to be the best in the world and become a world champion. I look forward to signing with a new promoter and they can help on my journey to reach that championship goal.”

Elvis Crespo, CEO of Boxing Stars Management, added: ‘We would like to thank Matchroom Boxing for bringing Daniyar to this point of his career. We are seeking the best option for Daniyar so he can be properly marketed and moved to the top of the welterweight division. Daniyar is a top talent and has shown that he is a force to be reckoned with, and is a future world champion.”

An outstanding amateur, Yeleussinov won golds at the 2010 Asian Games, 2013 World Championships and 2016 Olympics.

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