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)
The past few days has seen two unbeaten Kazakh prospects sparring with the son of future Hall of Famer Shane Mosley, as they prepare for their next bouts.
Shane Mosley Jr (10-2, 7) has been putting both Ali Akhmedov (12-0, 9) [Али Ахмедов] and Janibek Alimkhanuly (2-0, 1) [Жанибек Алимханулы] through their paces in paces in what has reportedly been tough and hard sparring for the unbeaten men.
For Alimkhanuly the sparring is to help him prepare for his US debut on September 28th, where he will be facing off with the heavy handed Carlos Galvan (16-7-1, 15) and then his planned return in November, where he is pencilled in to face Vaughn Alexander (12-1, 8). As for Akhemedov the sparring is to tune him up for his next bout, scheduled for October 11th in Costa Mesa, California, though his opponent is yet to be announced.
(Image courtesy of Ahmedov's instagram)
On September 28th we'll see talented Kazakh prospect Janibek Alimkhanuly (2-0, 1) [Жанибек Алимханулы] make his US in a bout against Carlos Galvan (16-7-1, 15).
Despite that bout having not yet taken place Alimkhanuly is already rumoured have set up his second US bout, which till take place only a few weeks later.
Our Kazakh sources have reported that Alimkhanuly is set to appear on the November 3rd show in El Paso, Texas, as part of the supporting cast for the WBC Super Featherweight title bout between exciting champion Miguel Berchelt (34-1, 30) and experienced challenger Miguel Roman (60-12, 47).
On the November card Alimkhanuly will be up against Vaughn Alexander (12-1, 8), if he gets past Galvan with no issue. It's worth noting that Alexander has never been stopped, and is an pretty good test for a fighter at such an early stage in the career of Alimkhanuly, despite the the long and impressive amateur background that the Kazakh has. Whilst Alenxander is a step up it's clear that for Alimkhanuly he should just be the next stepping stop.
(Image courtesy of Alimkhanuly's team)
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