The lines between professional boxing and amateur boxing seem to be getting blurred more and more with big pay days for AIBA tournaments in China, Amnat Ruenroeng targeting amateur success. Things are just as complicated when it comes to Kazakh Zhanibek Alimkhanuly (0-0) who is set to make his professional debut on October 29th, but is unsure if he's going to be turning professional for good.
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.
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