On Friday night in Oakland we had several Asian fighters in action on a deep under-card.
The first of those was Janibek Alimkhanuly (3-0, 1) [Жанибек Алимханулы], who successfully made his US debut as he over-came tough Colombian puncher Carlos Galvan (16-8-1, 15) with a 6 round decision win. The touted Alimkhanuly was always looking comfortable here, but failed to impress in the way he would have wanted. Despite failing to set the world on fire Alimkhanuly did take a 6 round shut out out.
Another Kazakh on this card was Askhat Ualikhanov (4-1, 2) [Уалиханов Асхат], who successfully stepped up in class to take a decision over Angel Hernandez (13-11-2, 8). Although Ualikhanov looked the more skilled through out he was struggling with the will of Hernandez and really made to dig deep here in what was a less than inspiring performance.
After the Kazakh's failed to really set the world on fire we did get some real action when former world title challengers clashed and Filipino Genesis Servania (32-1, 15) battled Mexican Carlos Carlson (22-5, 13). The fight was two exciting of back and forth action, with Servania applying constant pressure and forcing Carlson to fight back. After the thrilling action in the early going Servania would drop his Mexican foe in round 3. Sadly for fans enthralled by the action Carlson would totally misjudge the count and be counted out as he rose to his feet. This was only the second stoppage of Carlson' career, following a loss last year in a WBC Bantamweight world title fight to Shinsuke Yamanaka.
This coming Friday we'll see Jerwin Ancajas (30-1-1, 20) make his next defense of the IBF Super Flyweight title, as he takes on the pretty unknown Alejandro Santiago Barrios (16-2-4, 7) in what is a pretty underwhelming defense for the Filipino fight.
The key to the card however is the strong under-card.
We've known for a while that talented Kazakh prospect Janibek Alimkhanuly (2-0, 1) [Жанибек Алимханулы], will make his US debut as he takes on Carlos Galvan (16-7-1, 15) and that he will be joined by fellow Kazakh Askhat Ualikhanov (3-1, 2) [Уалиханов Асхат], who takes a step up to take on Angel Hernandez(13-10-2 8 KOs).
Now it's been confirmed that former world title challengers will collide on the card, with Filipino Genesis Servania (31-1, 14) taking on Carlos Carlson (22-4, 13).
The talented Servania came to the attention of the western boxing world in September 2017, when he pushed Oscar Valdez hard in a WBO Featherweight title bout, losing a clear but competitive decision to the Mexican champion. Since then he has reeled off two low key wins and taken part in a high profile public spar with Naoya Inoue. Carlson on the other hand is known best for losing in a WBC Bantamweight title fight against Shinsuke Yamanaka in March 2017, since then he has gone 1-2 and really faded to do anything of any interest, making this his second biggest bout to date.
A huge thanks goes out to Ian Melodillar for bringing our attention to this story.
Earlier today saw the news that Kazakh hopeful Askhat Ualikhanov (3-1, 2) [Уалиханов Асхат] would be returning to the ring on September 28th. Not only that but that his opponent for that bout would be 27 year old American fighter Angel Hernandez (13-10-2 8 KOs).
The Kazakh, who lost his debut with DQ, will be looking to score a 4th straight but is stepping up in a big way.
Ualikhanov is a 27 year old southpaw who has been matched very softly so far. Despite that he is tipped for success and has been signed by Top Rank, who will be promoting the show on the 28th. He is also one of two Kazakh's one the card, along with the touted Janibek Alimkhanuly (2-0, 1) [Жанибек Алимханулы], who will be up against Carlos Galvan (16-7-1, 15).
Hernandez on the other hand is an out of form fighter, who has failed to win any of his last 4 bouts. Despite going 0-3-1 in that run he has mixed with good company, including unbeaten prospect Andy Vences and Darwin Price. He has never been stopped, is experienced and should give Ualikhanov some real questions to answer.
The main event of this card will see Jerwin Ancajas (30-1-1, 20) make his next defense of the IBF Super Flyweight title, as he takes on Alejandro Santiago Barrios (16-2-4, 7). The bouts with the Kazakhs are expected to both be shown on ESPN+ in the US
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According to Kazakh news website Vesti.kz American promotional giant Top Rank Promotions have just signed two Kazakh hopefuls, as the promotional giant looks to build on their next generation of talent.
Arguably the more notable of the two is Welterweight come Light Welterweight prospect Sagadat Rakhmankulov (2-0, 1), who is a former standout amateur with international experience in the unpaid ranks as well as a Kazakh amateur national title under his belt. as a professional he debuted back in February, scoring a 5th round TKO win over Noel Esqueda before taking a decision over fellow unbeaten Jhon Sanchez Leon in April. He's based in Oxnard with his career being guided by the excellent Egis Klimas who likely has big plans in the works for someone with amateur pedigree of Rakhmankuloy. Aged 24 he has a very bright future and could find himself moving into bigger and better fights in the near future, if Top Rank push him the way his talent deserves.
The Kazakh other is fellow Klimas client Ashkat Ualikhanov (3-1, 2), a 27 year old Light Welterweight hopeful. Ualikhanov suffered a DQ loss on debut against Daniel Bastien in August 2016 but has since reeled off 3 wins. Sadly his activity has been frustrating with 2 fights in 2016, a single fight in 2017 and only 1 fight so far this year. With Top Rank behind him he should see his activity increase, and with that hopefully he'll be getting the exposure and competition he needs to develop his skills. At 27 he still has plenty of time ahead of him, but can't waste much more of it like he has done in the last few years. Instead he will need to stay busy and rack up wins if he's to land a big shot.
The contracts for both men will be for 5 years.
With the two new signing Top Rank have now wrapped up promotional deals with 3 Kazakh fighters, the first of which was 2013 World Amateur gold medal winner Janibek Alimkhanuly (2-0, 1), who signed with the company back in June. It's likely that all 3 will be promoted on shows together, but it's unclear on when any of them will fight under the Top Rank banner for the first time.
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