Yesterday in LA there was three different Asian fighters fighting on a Top Rank promoted card in LA and they had very different outcomes to their bouts.
The least well known of the trio was US based Uzbek born fighter Dmitry Yun (2-0), who scored a a 6 round decision win over Javier Martinez (4-7, 3), in a bout full of drama. Yun was dropped in the opening seconds and was down again in round 3, though that second knockdown came after Martinez was deducted a point for spitting out his gum shield. Martinez was deducted another point in round 5. After 6 rounds the judges scored the bout 57-54, twice and 56-54 to Yun, who was fortunate that this was a 6 rounder.
Filipino veteran Ricky Sismundo (35-15-3, 17) suffered his 6th stoppage loss, and second this year, as he retired in the corner against the rising Arnold Barboza (22-0, 9). The 32 year old Sismundo has been looking his age recently and this was his 4th straight loss. Sismundo was dropped in round 3, battered in round 4 then called it quits in the corner. We're really hoping that Sismundo is given a lengthy rest before his next bout, as this was his 6th contest in 12 months and they have included some pretty vicious battles.
The other was Kazakh amateur stand out Janibek Alimkhanuly (7-0, 3) [Жанибек Алимханулы], who stopped Canadian fighter Stuart McLellan (27-4-3, 11) in 5 rounds. McLellan was dropped in round 2 and in 5 as Alimkhanuly showed some of his class, and proved he could hit harder than his record suggests. Prior to the fight McLellan had posted some images of Alimkhanuly as Borat, and it appears that that may have have been a very poor decision from the Canadian and his team.
This coming weekend unbeaten Kazakh hopeful Janibek Alimkhanuly (6-0, 2) [Жанибек Алимханулы] will take on his biggest test as a pro so far, as he battles Canadian fighter Stuart McLellan (27-3-3, 11), in a 10 round bout in Los Angeles.
The bout is part of a Top Rank promoted card, headlined by WBO Super Bantamweight champion Emanuel Navarrete (27-1, 23) defending his title against Francisco De Vaca (20-0, 6), with Alimkhanuly relatively deep down the show.
Today it was confirmed that fans in Kazakhstan will be getting the bout shown live, thanks to QazSport TV who have picked up a lot of US bouts with Kazakh fighters involved. Unfortunately it doesn't seem like the channel will be airing the full card, but it's nice that they will shine a spot light on one of their rising prospects.
Unbeaten Kazakh hopeful Janibek Alimkhanuly (6-0, 2) [Жанибек Алимханулы] may not yet have set the world on fire, as we had hoped given his strong amateur pedigree, but he has proven a talented and promising hopeful who clearly has his eyes on big prizes down the line.
Over the past couple of days the unbeaten hopeful, who is signed to Top Rank, revealed that he would be returning to the ring in August for his 7th professional bout, his third of the year, following wins over Steven Martinez in February and Cristian Olivas in April.
Whilst he did state he would be back in August he left specific details vague, and we're not sure on an actual date, venue or opponent for the talented 26 year. What he did say was:
“Dear fans, we finished our vacation at home and arrived in America today. We will begin preparations soon. The next fight is scheduled for August,”
Although Alimkhanuly gave little away in terms of the details for his next bout, other than that is would be in August, he did also state that he had big plans, stating he wanted to change his minor titles, including a WBO Global title, into world titles by the end of the year. It seems that that isn't likely to happen, at least not before 2020, but it's great to hear his ambition is to take a mark as soon as possible. With that in mind we suspect his August opponent may be a name opponent of some kind, with the Kazakh likely to want to make a mark and push himself towards a potential world title fight.
Sadly from his recent performances he doesn't look nearly ready for a bout at world class, but few can fault his desire and ambition here.
Last night in the US fight fans saw unbeaten Kazakh prospect Janibek Alimkhanuly (6-0, 2) [Жанибек Алимханулы] score his biggest win to date, out pointing Mexican puncher Cristian Olivas (16-5, 13) over 10 rounds.
The bout, which took place on the under-card of Vasyl Lomachneko's bout with Anthony Crolla, saw the Kazakh fighter pick up his first titles, the WBO Global and WBC Continental Americas Middleweight titles.
The bout, like most Alimkhanuly fights, lacked in terms of real drama, but was a clear win for the Kazakh, who seemed happy to try out different things, spending some rounds essentially focusing on a certain punch, with jabs and uppercuts both being focuses in different rounds.
Olivas, who has never been stopped, was hurt once or twice but never came close to being stopped here by Alimkhanuly, who is a crisp puncher but does lack real thunder on his shots. The shots from the Kazakh may not have been concussive, but they were more than enough to carry him to a clear decision, with scores of 100-90, twice, and 99-91.
For Alimkhanuly the key here was getting the win, going 10 rounds and getting his first titles, though it does feel very much like he's struggled to really shine since linking up with Top Rank last year.
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