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Queensberry Promotions signs unbeaten heavyweights Zhan Kossobutskiy and Petar Milas

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Boxing: Professionals - Zhan Kossobutskiy (Kazakhstan)... Photo by Georg Wendt/picture alliance via Getty Images

Frank Warren and Queensberry Promotions joined forces with a pair of undefeated heavyweights today, signing 32-year-old Kazakh Zhan Kossobutskiy and 25-year-old Croat Petar Milan.

Kossobutskiy (15-0, 14 KO) sits at 14th in the WBA heavyweight rankings after 3.5 years as a professional. The vast majority of his finishes have come in under two rounds, though he needed 10 to put away durable journeyman Kamil Sokolowski last October. You can watch his most recent effort, a fourth-round knockout of Onoriode Ehwarieme, on Universum’s YouTube channel right here.

“The collaboration between Universum Box-Promotions and Queensberry comes at exactly the right time in my career,” said the southpaw Kossobutskiy. “I want to compete for the World boxing championship this year and I’m looking forward to the big fights that are coming now.”

Francis Warren added: “I can’t wait to show people first hand what Zhan is capable of. I think UK boxing fans will really take to him.

“I rate him massively and he is knocking people out for fun!”

Those quotes are [sic] from the press release, by the way. I shall be referring to Warren as “Francis” henceforth.

As far as I can tell, Milas (15-0, 11 KO) didn’t get a press release. He’s mostly fought recognizable but washed-up heavies these last few years, scoring stoppages of Kevin Johnson and Denis Bakhtov while taking Francesco Pianeta and Johnny Muller the distance. He was supposed to fight Tony Yoka last month, but that fell apart at some point.