On Saturday night in the US fight fans had the chance to see touted Kazakh prospect Janibek Alimkhanuly (4-0, 1) [Жанибек Алимханулы] fight in his second US bout. Sadly, like his US debut, he failed to shine despite taking a win, in an entertaining contest.
The unbeaten man from Kazakhstan was up against American Vaughn Alexander (12-2, 8), and managed to retain his unbeaten record with a split decision.
Alkimkhanuly looked the better fighter, with better hand speed, movement and crisper punches, but repeatedly got dragged into a war with Alexander, who showed little respect to Alimkhanuly's power and was happy to trade in center ring. It was a style that looked like it should have been tailor made for the Kazakh, but Alimkhanuly kept holding his feet too often, and Alexander, the slower man, having some real moments.
Although Alimkhanuly was often fighting the wrong fight, he seemed to be the clear winner, landing the more eye catching stuff through the 8 rounders. The judges however scored the bout a split decision to the unbeaten man, with scores of 79-73 and 78-74 in favour of Alimkhanuly, whilst the third judge some how had the bout 77-75 to Alexander.
We're unsure how a judge had the fight to Alexander, but we're also unsure just how far Alimkhanuly can go. It's clear he's got a lot of talent, but there does seem to be something still missing from the talented Kazakh prospect.
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Later today we'll see touted Kazakh hopeful Janibek Alimkhanuly (3-0, 1) [Жанибек Алимханулы] take on once beaten American Vaughn Alexander (12-1, 8), as part of a major card in the US.
Yesterday the two men took part in their weigh in, and both weighed in slightly above the Middleweight limit.
On the scales the unbeaten man was was 163.25lbs, a full 1 lb above Vaughn who was 162.25lbs.
Alimkhanuly isn't the only Kazakh on this card, with countryman Sagadat Rakhmankul (3-0, 1) [Рахманкулов Сагадат] also in action. Rakhmankul weighed 147.25lbs for his bout against Puerto Rican Nicklaus Flaz (5-1, 4), who was slightly heavier at 147.5lbs.
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Following his US debut this past weekend Kazakh hopeful Janibek Alimkhanuly (3-0, 1) [Жанибек Алимханулы] has seemingly acquired a new nickname, with Boxrec listing his alias as "Johnny 2 Guns".
It's unclear at the moment where the name has come from for the Kazakh, or even though it suited him, but it may be easier for international fans to remember than his actual name.
As previously reported Alimkhanuly will be back in the ring on November 3rd against Vaughn Alexander (12-1, 8), as the Kazakh hunts his first stoppage win. Although successful on US soil this past Saturday he did fail to shine, and the fighter will have wanted a better result than he got, just taking a 6 round decision over Colombian foe Carlos Galvan.
(Image courtesy of Alimkhanuly's instagram)
Later today we'll see Kazakh hopeful Janibek Alimkhanuly (2-0, 1) [Жанибек Алимханулы] make his US debut, battling against heavy handed Colombian Carlos Galvan (16-7-1, 15) at the Oracle Arena in Oakland.
On Thursday Alimkhanuly and Galvan both took part in their weigh in for the contest, which will be fought slightly above the Middleweight limit, and it was the Kazakh who came in the slightly heavier of the two men, who both looked in fantastic shape for the contest.
On the scales Alimkhanuly came in at 163.5lbs. He looked the naturally bigger fighter of the two men and despite making his US debut he looked very confident and relaxed. This is clearly a chance to him to impress and he seems to be fully aware that the American audience really doesn't know too much about him, and that he will want to shine in front of them.
Galvan was a full 1lb lighter than the Kazakh, coming in at 162.5lbs. He also looked in good shape, but looked like a man who was slightly concerned about his opponents reputation. It was a sense of fear, more an acknowledgement of how highly regarded the Kazakh is following his excellent amateur career.
It's worth noting that if Alimkhanuly gets through this with no problems he is pencilled in to fight again on November 3rd against Vaughn Alexander (12-1, 8).
(Image courtesy of Alimkhanuly's team)
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