In October we saw unbeaten Kazakh hopeful Janibek Alimkhanuly (9-0, 5) [Жанибек Алимханулы] score his latest win, knocking out Argentinian foe Gonzalo Gaston Coria (16-4, 6) in 2 rounds at MGM Grand as a fight that took place in the Top Rank Bubble.
Sadly for those hoping to see Alimkhnuly again this year he will not be squeezing in another fight.
The fighter took to social media to informed his fans and followers about his plans for the rest of the year, explaining "Dear fans! Our team has gone on vacation. We were informed that there will be no fights this year. We are planning to return to the ring early next year,"
Whilst it's a huge shame that we won't see the unbeaten Middleweight in the ring again this year, and that his 2 rounds with Coria was his in ring action for the year, it does seem likely that Top Rank will have big plans for him in 2021. Hopefully that means an easy-ish bout early in the year before a big one towards the middle of the year, perhaps even a world title fight.
At the time of writing Alimkhnauly is world ranked by all 4 world title bodies. He has called out WBO champion Demetrius Andrade in the past, the same Andrade who is happy to claim he's being ducked whilst having at least two WBO ranked fighters calling for a fight with him. He is also promoted by Top Rank just like WBA champion Ryota Murata (16-2, 13) [村田 諒太], in what would be a genuinely interesting fight, though is unlikely given that Top Rank are looking to secure career defining opponents and big names for the aging Murata.
Just moments ago in the bubble unbeaten Kazakh hopeful Janibek Alimkhanuly (9-0, 5) [Жанибек Алимханулы] made a statement as he knocked out Argentinian foe Gonzalo Gaston Coria (16-4, 6) in 2 rounds.
The talented Kazakh showed his class in round 1. He showed how comfortable he was in the ring, and fought smartly, putting Coria down with a nice left hand counter. He looked calm and didn't really break a sweat in what was a very comfortable opening 3 minutes.
And then Alimkhanuly turned heads in round 2.
He started out a bit more aggressively and guided Coria where he wanted before landing a series of big head shots. The series was ended with a dynamite left hand that dropped Coria like sack of potatoes. The shot was brutal and Coria had no idea where he was in the moments that followed, as the referee began a count, then waved off the bout.
It was a brutal finish against a tough opponent, and a real statement by a man who has spent the last year or so calling for a major fight. It was a performance that screamed "give me a test", and now, hopefully, Top Rank will give him someone worthy of sharing the ring with him.
It's worth noting that, prior to this, Coria had never been stopped, and few would have expected such a blow out, even those anticipating a stoppage for Alimkhnauly. This was impressive. Not just in the speed of it the stoppage, but also the brutality of it.
Later today unbeaten Kazakh hopeful Janibek Alimkhanuly (8-0, 4) [Жанибек Алимханулы] will face Gonzalo Gaston Coria (16-3, 6), with the talented Kazakh looking to secure his latest win and move one step closer to a potential world title bout.
Last night the two men took part in their weigh in, and both men comfortably made the Middleweight limit.
On the scales Alimkhanuly was around 159lbs whilst Coria was just under 158lbsm both easily making the divisional limit, with no issues at all.
The bout, which will be held in "The Bubble" at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, will be shown on ESPN+ in the US, FITE TV in the various regions including the UK, and Khabar TV in Kazakhstan.
For those with a gambling side, this bout has been priced up by a number of bookmakers. In the UK those bookmakers have Alimkhanuly as an almost unbackable favourite, best priced at 1/16, whilst Coria is an 11/1 under-dog. The draw is available at 33/1.
Not only is Alimkhanuly expected to win, but he's expected to win early, with odds of 1/2 on a stoppage win for the Kazakh fighter, whilst a decision for Alimkhanuly is 15/8. Coria is 16/1 to win by stoppage, and the same odds to take the decision win. We'll be honest it's a little surprising to see those odds given that Coria has never been stopped, though this is clearly a big step up in class for him.
Although Alimkhanuly is expected to win by stoppage the bout is expected to go into the middle-rounds. The "Length of Bout" market has been set at 6.5 rounds. The under is best priced at 5/6 whilst the over is available at 68/67. The bout is 7/4 to go the distance and 4/9 to end inside the schedule.
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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