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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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.
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