Home Boxing News Janibek Alimkhanuly unifies two middleweight titles but he isn’t finished yet

Janibek Alimkhanuly unifies two middleweight titles but he isn’t finished yet

Janibek Alimkhanuly. Photo credit: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Kazakh southpaw Janibek ‘Qazaq Style’ Alimkhanuly 15-0 (10) added the IBF middleweight title to his WBO strap with a sixth-round knockout of Germany’s Vincenzo ‘Il Capo’ Gualtieri 21-1-1 (7) at the Fort Bend Community Centre in Rosenberg, Texas on Saturday night.

The 30-year-old Alimkhanuly systematically broke down Gualtieri, also 30, before finishing over the top of him in the sixth round and forcing referee David Fields to wave off the contest at the 1:25 mark.

The first round was slow-paced with both boxers sizing each other up. By the third round Alimkhanuly was comfortably controlling centre ring and dictating the exchanges. As Alimkhanuly went through the gears, Gualtieri simply had no answers for the superior boxer.

In the sixth Alimkhanuly had the hapless Gualtieri stunned various times before the bout was called at the 1:25 mark.

CompuBox statistics had Alimkhanuly out-landing Gualtieri 82-22. Alimkhanuly also landed 59% of his power punches, 47% of them to Gualtieri’s body. Alimkhanuly landed almost as many jabs (38) as power punches (44). Gaulieri never landed more than six punches in a round, while Alimkhanuly averaged 14 landed punches per round.

“This is my style of fighting,” Alimkhanuly said after the fight. “This is ‘Qazaq Style’ and I am here to stay.

“We knew from the beginning that he would never fight back. His plan was to wait for us to get tired but that was never going to happen.”

Gualtieri was having his second world title fight following his 12th round unanimous decision win over previously undefeated Brazilian southpaw Esquiva Falcao 30-1 (20) for the vacant IBF belt in Wuppertal, Germany on July 1.

Falcao down in rounds two and 10 with Gualtieri winning by scores of 116-110, 116-110 and 117-109.

Against another lefty in Alimkhanuly, he wasn’t so lucky.

“Congratulations to Janibek,” Gualtieri said after the loss. “He was the better fighter. I think it was a little early to end the fight but congratulations to him. He had a good punch, you can see that in my face. I think it was a little bit early but he won and I have respect for him.”

The middleweight division has been in a state of flux after longtime champion Gennadiy Golovkin 42-2-1 (37) relinquished the IBF and WBA titles earlier this year.

WBC titleholder Jermall Charlo 32-0 (22) has not boxed in almost two-and-a-half years and WBA boss Erislandy Lara 29-3-3 (17) is getting long in the tooth at 40. Carlos Adames 23-1 (18), who is the interim WBC titleholder, is still trying to build his profile.

The weight class is crying out for a fighter to take control. Alimkhanuly believes that the boxer to do it will be him.

“What we would love to do is add the other two belts to our collection,” Alimkhanuly said post-fight. “We are going to talk to our promoter Top Rank to make that happen.”