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"Janibek Alimkhanuly's Quest to Showcase Brian Viloria's Training Expertise Against Vincenzo Gualtieri"

In a highly anticipated showdown, WBO middleweight champion Janibek “Qazaq Style” Alimkhanuly (14-0, 9 KOs) is set to take on IBF counterpart Vincenzo “Il Capo” Gualtieri (21-0-1, 7 KOs) in a battle to determine the future of the 160-pound division. The unification bout is scheduled to take place at the Fort Bend Epicenter in Rosenberg, Texas, on Saturday night.

The middleweight division has experienced a period of transition following Gennadiy Golovkin’s decision to relinquish the IBF and WBA titles earlier this year. With WBC titleholder Jermall Charlo having been absent from the ring for nearly two-and-a-half years and WBA champion Erislandy Lara reaching 40 years of age, the division is searching for new leaders. Carlos Adames, the interim WBC titleholder, is still striving to raise his profile.

Amid this changing landscape, Alimkhanuly, a skilled southpaw from Kazakhstan at the age of 30, and Gualtieri, hailing from Germany and also 30 years old, are competing for recognition as the premier middleweight boxer in the world.

Notably, Alimkhanuly has made a surprising move by parting ways with his former trainer, Buddy McGirt, and enlisting the coaching expertise of Brian Viloria, a former two-weight world champion. Alimkhanuly shared his thoughts during a press conference, saying, “I changed my trainer for this fight. We got all the knowledge that we could from Buddy McGirt, and now we have a new trainer in Brian Viloria. We are doing new workouts and learning new things. We’re also adding things to my style. On Saturday night, you’ll see a new side of me.”

Alimkhanuly secured the WBO belt with a 12-round unanimous decision victory over England’s Denzel Bentley in November last year. In his first title defense in May, he knocked out Canadian Steven Butler in just two rounds.

“It’s going to be a very good fight,” Alimkhanuly added. “I want to thank my opponent for bringing his title into this battle. I expect it to be a very good fight on Saturday night. I will once again show what ‘Qazaq Style’ is.”

Gualtieri, on the other hand, captured the vacant IBF title with a surprising unanimous decision victory over Esquiva Falcao of Brazil in his native Germany in July. His first bout outside of Germany, this fight holds immense significance for Gualtieri, who stated, “I expect to be the winner on Saturday. This fight means everything to me. It’s why I worked so hard in camp. A lot of people underestimate me, but I’m here to prove that I will be successful.”

This article provides a detailed overview of the upcoming middleweight unification clash between Janibek Alimkhanuly and Vincenzo Gualtieri, highlighting their respective journeys to the championship and the significance of their battle for the future of the 160-pound division.

 

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