On December 26th we reported that unbeaten Kazakh Janibek Alimkhanuly (4-0, 1) [Жанибек Алимханулы] would be having his next bout would be taking place on February 2nd in Frisco Texas, as part of the under-card for the rematch between Eleider Alvarez and Sergey Kovalev. At the time of that report there was no idea as to who the Kazakh would be up against.
Now boxrec have listed Alimkhanuly's opponent as being 28 year old Steven Martinez (18-4, 13), a Puerto Rican born fighting living in the Bronx.
Martinez made his debut in 2009 and is a tall, rangy fighter at 154lbs, standing at 6', but hasn't fought since losing a decision to Courtney Pennington last March. In fact through his last 6 bouts he is 3-3, including competitive losses to Christopher Pearson and Terrell Gausha. He's also never been stopped.
On paper this is a big step up in class for the Kazakh, but a win here will see him kicking off the new year with some impetus, something his professional career has lacked at times. He's got a lot of promise but hasn't really shown it in his last 3 outings, which is a shame given how talented he is and how successful he was in the amateur ranks.
Earlier today we saw news break of Janibek Alimkhanuly's (4-0, 1) [Жанибек Алимханулы] next contest, which is set to take place on February 2nd in Frisco, Texas.
At the moment Alimkhanuly's opponent hasn't been named, but the bout will serve as one of the under-card fights for the Top Rank and Main event promoted card headlined by Eleider Alvarez's rematch with Sergey Kovalev, for the WBO Light Heavyweight title, which also features an IBF Lightweight title bout between Richard Commey and Isa Chaniev.
We're expecting more details of this contest to be revealed in January, including the length of the bout and the name of Alimkhanuly's opponent, neither were revealed today.
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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