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JANIKBEK ALIMKHANULY

Middle Weight

W14

HOMETOWN

  • Zhilandy, Kazakhstan

KO 9

STANCE

Southpaw

L 0

AGE

30

D 0

HEIGHT

5′ 11½″
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About


Janibek Alimkhanuly, also known as Zhanibek Alimkhanuly, was born on April 1, 1993, in Kazakhstan. He’s not just any boxer; he’s the reigning WBO middleweight champion since August 2022. But before he became a professional powerhouse, he was an amateur sensation, winning gold medals at the 2013 World Championships, 2013 Asian Championships, and the 2014 Asian Games. He even represented Kazakhstan at the 2016 Summer Olympics, battling it out in the middleweight division, albeit falling short in the quarter-finals. However, his remarkable journey had only just begun.

Now, let’s step into the ring of his early life. Janibek’s boxing adventure kicked off when he was a mere six-year-old. Blame it on his father and grandfather, who shared an intense love for the sport. His very first match at that age ended in defeat, but little did he know that this setback would fuel his determination to become a boxing legend.

Fast forward to October 29, 2016, a date that would be etched in Alimkhanuly’s legacy. He made his professional debut in his hometown of Almaty, Kazakhstan, facing off against Milton Núñez, who had previously fought none other than the renowned Gennady Golovkin. The result? A spectacular first-round technical knockout that sent the crowd into a frenzy. Janibek was clearly on the path to greatness.

However, the world had other plans, and in March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic struck. Alimkhanuly was scheduled to take on Issah Samir, but the fight was canceled. While most would be disheartened, Janibek displayed an extraordinary level of empathy. He said, “We just lost the fight date, someone lost their family. It’s not easy. We will fight when everything calms down, but nobody can bring them back to their family. I wish all patients a quick recovery.” His compassion shone as bright as his boxing skills.

The real litmus test came in June 2021 when Alimkhanuly faced off against former WBA (Regular) champion Rob Brant. The setting was Paradise, Nevada, as he entered the ring as the co-star of the show alongside Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Masayoshi Nakatani. Janibek dominated the match, knocking Brant down in the sixth round and securing a corner retirement victory in the eighth. It was a display of pure boxing artistry that left fans awestruck.

But the journey had more chapters to unveil. On November 20, 2021, Alimkhanuly took on the former two-time world middleweight champion, Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam, as part of the Terence Crawford vs. Shawn Porter undercard. The outcome? An exhilarating eight-round technical knockout. Janibek was ahead on the scorecards (with scores of 70–62, 70–62, and 70–61) and had N’Jikam kissing the canvas in the third round. It was a fight that screamed dominance and showcased his unwavering resolve.

And so, the story of Janibek Alimkhanuly continues, with each bout adding a new thrilling chapter to his legacy. With the WBO middleweight title firmly in his grasp since August 2022, he’s not just a boxer; he’s a force to be reckoned with, and the boxing world eagerly awaits the next exciting episode in his remarkable career.

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