Home Boxing News No chance Chirs Eubank Jr will face Janibek Alimkhanuly, says promoter

No chance Chirs Eubank Jr will face Janibek Alimkhanuly, says promoter

Chris Eubank Jr. Photo credit: Matt McNulty/Getty Images

The promoter of WBO middleweight champion Janibek ‘Qazaq Style’ Alimkhanuly 14-0 (9) believes high profile British boxer Chris Eubank Jr 33-3 (24) wants no part of the dangerous Kazakh southpaw.

The 30-year-old Alimkhanuly will face IBF champion Vincenzo Gualtieri 21-0-1 (7) of Italy in a unification bout at Fort Bend Community Center in Rosenberg, Texas on October 14.

It comes six weeks after Eubank Jr knocked out Liam Smith 33-4-1 (20) in the 10th round of their rematch in Manchester, England to become the WBO number one contender.

“I want to do whatever the fans want to see,” said Eubank Jr at the time.

“There’s some huge names out there, there’s some big opportunities. World titles, big fights, it’s all on the table.”

Alimkhanuly welcomed the opportunity to face Eubank Jr.

“Now Chris Eubank is number one in the WBO ranking,” he wrote on social media.

“I’ll knock him out in the first round with my eyes closed! He knows it. If he agrees to fight me, this fight will have to happen in Vegas!”

But Top Rank president Todd DuBoef, who promotes Alimkhanuly, believes the 34-year-old Eubank Jr will avoid the fight.

“I think you’re touching on something – the answer is yes, without a doubt,” said DuBoef to Sky Sports.

“But it takes two to make a fight and for some reason, no one will actually go to the participant.

“The participant is overtly omitting, dodging or moving away from the opponent – his team could want it, his mother could want it – but if the athlete doesn’t want the fight, it’s not going to happen.

“It takes two people to make a fight, and years ago, there was a different model.

“We’ve morphed into a model where we’re trying to bring the highest quality and best fights to our platform, and we think the whole industry rises, and everyone can go surfing in a big wave rather than in a little pond.”

Eubank Jr’s promoter Nisse Sauerland of Wasserman Boxing says his boxer is not short of options including Gennadiy Golovkin and Mexican superstar Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.

“There’s loads of other names out there at the moment,” Sauerland told iFL TV. “You’ve got GGG. You’ve got Canelo. He wants big fights. There’s talks of this WBO [mandatory] Janibek. And it’s like, it’s a bit like the [Anthony Joshua] scenario.

“Look, for us [fans], it’s probably a great fight. We’d enjoy watching it. It’s the WBO title. But does it transcend? No. It doesn’t transcend, like a [Conor] Benn, Canelo, Golovkin.”

Eubank Jr effectively ruled himself out of facing the winner of Alimkhanuly vs Gualtieri.

“I don’t know who they are,” he told Sky Sports. “And I’m in the game. So the general public are not going to know who these guys are, which means it’s hard for them to tune in if you’re making it a pay-per-view event, which a world title should be.”