The talented Kazakh is a genuine stand out and is a former World amateur champion, who reached the quarter finals at the 2016 Olympics. That amateur pedigree has seen him being matched with the experienced and heavy handed Milton Nunez (33-16-1, 29) on debut.
Although Nunez, from Colombia, is a relatively limited fighter he is a nasty puncher and has 50 fights of professional experience under his belt, and he came close to beating Deandre Latimore in 2012. For experienced professional Nunez isn't a great opponent but for a man making his debut this looks like a statement of intent from Alimkhanuly.
Although he has admitted that he may head back down the AIBA route this is a great test of the pro ranks and comes on a notable card headlined by Kanat Islam's WBA "interim" world title fight. The card will also feature Ruslan Myrsatayev, Aidos Yerbossynuly, Ali Akhmedov and Zhankhozh Turarov, giving Kazakh fans a real treat of talent, even if the match ups aren't likely to be the best.