Janibek Alimkhanuly Bullies Then Brutalizes Danny Dignum
By: Hans Themistode
Although a fairly jam-packed crowd in Resorts World Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, was left shellshocked following Janibek Alimkhanuly’s second-round stoppage win over Danny Dignum, Alimkhanuly predicted an explosive win from the moment both signed their names on the dotted line.
Initially apoplectic over the sudden withdrawal of Demetrius Andrade, the current WBO middleweight champion, Alimkhanuly, somewhat reluctantly, accepted a showdown against Danny Dignum for the WBO interim crown.
While Dignum appeared ready for his big moment, Alimkhanuly refused to allow the 30-year-old step in the way of his championship glory.
From the sound of the opening bell, Alimkhanuly plunged straight ahead, winging looping right hands, unafraid of the firepower Dignum had in his possession. A straight 1-2 combination forced Dignum on his heels. Another combination by Alimkhanuly left his man on wobbly legs, but a straight left hand saw him hit the deck in the waning seconds of the period.
Unable to close the show in the first, Alimkhanuly picked up where he left off in the second. A visibly cautious and worried Dignum pumped a range finding jab. Despite planting his feet in an attempt to keep Alimkhanuly honest, the Kazakhstan native continued to move ahead.
With roughly two minutes remaining in the period, Alimkhanuly uncorked a barrage of shots on a defenseless Dignum. In one instance, Dignum attempted to avoid the perpetual assault of his man by ducking low and getting back to the center of the ring. However, the moment Dignum crouched, Alimkhanuly landed a perfectly placed uppercut, nearly sending him out of the ring.
Referee Tony Weeks had seen enough, opting against giving Dignum a standing eight count and instead, simply waved off the rest of their bout. An ecstatic Alimkhanuly banged his gloves and stomped around the ring, feeding into a frenzied crowd.
Shortly after grabbing his newly won interim crown, Alimkhanuly refrained from simply calling out one world champion but instead, placed his sights on the entire division.
“I am in the ring right now and I want to tell every champion in this weight class, I am here waiting for you,” said Alimkhanuly following his victory. “I am waiting.”
Janibek Alimkhanuly Views Jaime Munguia As “Easy Work” Amid WBO Ordered Showdown
By: Hans Themistode
By and large, Jaime Munguia is viewed as a bonafide contender at 160 pounds. The Mexican product and former 154-pound belt holder made it look incredibly easy this past weekend, stopping journeymen D’Mitrius Ballard in his tracks in the third round.
Just a few days removed from said victory, Munguia has already been informed on who his next opponent will be. The WBO sanctioning body has formally ordered both Munguia and highly ranked contender, Janibek Alimkhanuly, to begin negotiations for an interim title fight.
Despite Munguia being a former titleholder and undefeated through 39 professional fights, Alimkhanuly views their likely clash as a walk in the park.
“Munguia? Easy work!” Said Alimkhanuly on his social media account.
The 28-year-old wrecking machine from Kazakhstan has left body after middleweight body sprawled on the canvas as he makes his way up the 160-pound ladder. Most recently, Alimkhanuly punished former world champion Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam, en-route to an eighth-round stoppage win.
One fight prior, Alimkhanuly brutally stopped another former 160-pound titlist in Rob Brant. The victory for Alimkhanuly was somewhat prophetic. Considering how loudly he shouted beforehand, the powerful southpaw was unsurprised with how their showdown played out. With Munguia seemingly up next, Alimkhanuly wants to make it clear that the 25-year-old’s fate will follow a similar pattern.
“Guys, I don’t like jokes. If I said easy work, it will be easy work inshallah. I beat two former world champions. Before I beat them, I said that I will knock them out. And I did it. I know myself well.”
The overall picture at 160 pounds is a cloudy one. Current WBO titlist Demetrius Andrade, is in the process of negotiating an interim super middleweight title fight against Zach Parker. At the moment though, it’s unclear if Andrade will defend his 160-pound title against the winner of Alimkhanuly vs. Munguia, or opt to face bigger men at 168 pounds.
Regardless of what ultimately happens, whether it’s a date with Andrade, a showdown against Munguia, or a matchup against anyone up and down middleweight landscape, Alimkhanuly isn’t worried.
“I am very confident in myself. I’ll beat anyone.”