Rising Kazakh hopeful Janibek Alimkhanuly (8-0, 4) [Жанибек Алимханулы] has long been tipped for success, even if he hasn't always looked like a man trying to make a statement in the ring. His performances have, at times, been uninspired and it has felt like he's needing bigger tests to get the most out of him and his undeniable talent.
It now seem that Alimkhanuly really is doing what he can to secure bigger fights, and he has gone to social media to call out WBO Middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade (28-0, 17).
The unbeaten Uzbek prospect posted the following to Instagram, in both English and Kazakh:
"“I was ready yesterday and will be ready tomorrow. I will easily win this fight. Do not doubt it. I will beat him even on the moon and under water. I hope this fight will take place very soon, because I really need my champion’s title. Now I am in sixth place in the WBO ranking. Fans deserve this fight. Let's do it, "
Given how Andrade has often claimed to be one of the sports most avoided fighters, claiming top fighters duck him and that no one wants to face him, it's going to be interesting to see how he responds to being called out. We don't imagine he'll be in a rush to face Alimkhanuly, but with only 3 fights since the start of 2018, and 6 since the start of 2016, it's clear that he needs to be more active if he's to make a big name for himself, and turning down a challenge from a contender like Alimkhanuly, would appear rather hypocritical.
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Yesterday in the US fans had the chance to see two notable Kazakh hopefuls in action, on different shows. For fans in Kazakhstan the night was a very successful one, with both of their men scoring impressive victories.
One of those was the very highly regarded, though often frustrating, Janibek Alimkhanuly (8-0, 4) [Жанибек Алимханулы] who put on one of his best professional performances to stop Albert Onolunose (24-3-1, 8) in California.
Alimkhanuly used his size, speed and reach well early on to carefully pressure Onolunose and chip away at him with head and body shots. After 5 rounds of comfortably out boxing his under-sized foe it seemed like we were going to get another one of Alimkhanuly's now predictable, though very dull, boxing lessons.
Thankfully however the Kazakh showed some killer instinct in round 6, letting some very nice combinations go and landing some very nasty uppercuts. After hurting his man he went on the hunt dropping him with around 50 seconds of the round left. Although Onolunose got back to his feet he was stopped by the referee only moments later.
The other was also in California, though at a very different venue, where the unbeaten Madiyar Ashkeyev (14-0, 7) [Ашкеев Мадияр] stopped late replacement Rodolfo Ezequiel Martinez (43-9-2, 16), who had replaced a different replacement opponent.
Ashkeyev looked in control through out and dropped Martinez 3 times to take a 6th round TKO win over a man who really didn't look like he'd prepared to face someone like Ashkeyev.
Sadly the changes in opponent saw what had looked like a test for Ashkeyev originally become a pretty simple win for the fighter who needs a step up in 2020.
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We've known for a while that unbeaten Kazakh hopeful Janibek Alimkhanuly (7-0, 3) [Жанибек Алимханулы] would be in action on November 9th in Fresno, California.
Today we got more details on his bout, and whilst it's good to see him back in action his competition for the bout is certainly not the most inspiring.
The talented Middleweight had his opponent named as 39 year old Canadian based Nigerian born Albert Onolunose (24-2-1, 8). On paper named Onolunose has a decent looking record, but in reality it's hard to get too excited given his competition to date has been awful, and his most notable result was a 2009 loss to Grady Brewer.
Whilst Aklimkhanuly has failed to live up to his potential so far he is incredibly talented, with so much promise, and is showing slightly more with every fight. The hope is if his improvements continue he could end up being a real contender, though will need big steps up to ever come close to fulfilling the expectations on his shoulders.
(Image courtesy Janibek Alimkhanuly's instagram)
On Friday unbeaten Kazakh fighter Janibek Alimkhanuly (7-0, 3) [Жанибек Алимханулы] revealed that he would be back in the ring on November 9th in Fresno California.
The fighter took to instagram to reveal the when and where his next bout but no details in regards to who he would be fighting, the length of bout and whether the bout would be for any titles.
Whilst details of his next bout are limited the unbeaten Middleweight hopeful, who successfully defended the WBC Continental Americas Middleweight title in August against Stuart McLellan, will be fighting for the 4th time this year and will likely be taking another step up in class.
The bout with Alimkhanuly is expected to be one of the chief support bouts for the ring return of Bulgarian Heavyweight contender Kubrat Pulev (27-1, 14), who will be fighting for the first time since his infamous kiss with Jenny 'SuShe' Ravalo. As with Alimkhanuly we've not yet seen any confirmed opponent for Pulev, though the Bulgarian is likely to be in a less than great contest given he is currently the mandatory challenger for the IBF Heavyweight title.
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.
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