If we're being totally honest and frank the 2016 Olympics will be best remembered for the controversies that denied several fighters, such as Joe Joyce, Vasiliy Levit and Michael Conlan. Despite those controversies however a number of fighters looked like they could go on to become brilliant professionals and be fast tracked through the professional system, as and when they decided to turn professional.
One of those promising fighters was Kazakhstan's talented Zhanibek Alimkhanuly (1-0, 1) [Жанибек Алимханулы], who made his professional debut yesterday as he took on the experienced and heavy handed Milton Nunez (36-17-1, 29), of Colombia. Whilst it was a good test on paper the bout turned out to be rather one sided with the Kazakh needing less than a round to stop the Colombiam puncher, who was dropped several times in the opening 3 minutes before having the bout waved off.
Whilst we all know Alimkhanuly was a top amateur, and a medal winner at various major competitions, his professional debut was still impressive with the talented 23 year old showing a lot of class with his shot selection and movement. It wasn't a punch perfect performance but it was impressive and it's clear that he's going places. Strangely though the next time we see him in the ring it won't be as a professional, instead it will be in an amateur competition later this year and it seems like he's unsure if he's going to be a "professional" or an AIBA fighter going forward.
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