Alimkhanuly wins interim belt via TKO of Dignum

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Janibek Alimkhanuly introduced his arrival as a power within the middleweight division on Saturday evening in Las Vegas, and he did it with thunderous power, capturing the vacant WBO interim world title with a second-round knockout of a completely outclassed Danny Dignum.

Alimkhanuly (12-0, 8 KOs), who’s 29 and from Kazakhstan, led the dance from the beginning, dropping his British opponent halfway via the primary spherical with a five-punch mixture punctuated by a straight left hand. Dingnum (14-1-1, 8 KOs) acquired again up however was preyed upon for the remainder of the spherical and into the second.

The tip got here when Alimkhanuly trapped Dingnum in opposition to the ropes and landed a left uppercut that collapsed him to the canvas. Referee Tony Weeks waved off the bout at 2:11 as Dingnum lay on his again.

Though each fighters entered the bout undefeated, Alimkhanuly, No. 7 within the ESPN middleweight rankings, was clearly competing at a better stage. A 2016 Olympian and a gold medalist on the 2013 newbie World Championships, he has stopped his final six opponents, most lately a pair of former world champions, Rob Brant final June and Hassan N’Dam in November.

Although Saturday’s High Rank bout at Resorts World Occasion Heart lasted barely 5 minutes, Alimkhanuly unleashed lots of offense, particularly in Spherical 2, when he threw 48 punches and related with 21. And but afterward he mentioned via an interpreter, “I have not proven my finest punches but. Possibly in my subsequent fights.”

Who may the following one be in opposition to?

“I’m within the ring proper now, and I need to inform each champion on this weight class, I’m right here ready for you,” Alimkhanul mentioned. “I’m asking each champion to return and battle me.”

This interim title bout was made vital as a result of WBO champ Demetrius Andrade was scheduled for a brilliant middleweight battle on this evening, and whereas that bout was canceled due to damage, Andrade is anticipated to proceed his pursuit of a 168-pound belt.

When Alimkhanuly was requested who he needs subsequent, he mentioned, “Possibly Charlo,” referring to WBC champ Jermall Charlo.

The WBA and IBF middleweight belts are within the possession of 40-year-old Gennadiy Golovkin, who can be from Kazakhstan. Alimkhanuly declined to name out his elder countryman.

“In our custom,” he mentioned, “if you find yourself youthful you can’t name [out] the man that’s up. I hope that he’s going to go to different division, 168, as a result of I need to collect the entire belts within the 160 division.”

Within the co-feature bout, unbeaten Jamaine Ortiz handed former WBO junior light-weight champion Jamel Herring his second straight loss, profitable a unanimous resolution (96-94, 97-93, 97-93) in a light-weight bout. The 36-year-old Herring, who was coming off a knockout loss to Shakur Stevenson final October, hinted at retirement afterward.

“After tonight, I do not suppose I am the place I must be, particularly combating at an elite stage anymore,” Herring mentioned.

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