Janibek Alimkhanuly Dominates Steven Butler to Retain WBO Middleweight Title
Kazakhstani boxer Janibek Alimkhanuly successfully defended his WBO middleweight title after a second-round knockout of Canadian Steven Butler at the Stockton Arena in California. This victory improved Alimkhanuly’s unbeaten record to 14-0, with nine knockouts.
In just two rounds, the Kazakh fighter proved that he is one of boxing’s best by taking down Butler three times in quick succession with a powerful left uppercut. Although Butler managed to stay on his feet after that initial shot, he fell after several more left hands from the reigning champion.
The referee stopped the fight when Butler hit the canvas twice more and could not continue.
“I am The Middleweight King!” – Janibek Alimkhanuly Challenges Canelo and Charlo
After dominating his opponent, Alimkhanuly called out some of boxing’s biggest names, including Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Jermall Charlo. He challenged them to take him on as he proclaimed himself “the most avoided boxer” and “the middleweight king.”
“Champions and superstars of boxing! Where are you? I’m waiting for you,” said an eager Alimkhanuly in an interview with ESPN. “Let’s fight! Top Rank, who is next?
Canelo and Charlo – I’m coming! I’m ready for anybody at any time or anywhere.”
Jason Moloney Wins Vacant WBO Bantamweight Title Despite Broken Hand
Australian Jason Moloney beat Vincent Astrolabio from Philippines via unanimous decision to win the vacant WBO bantamweight title on the same card. This victory came after Moloney lost two previous world title bouts to Emmanuel Rodriguez in 2018 and Naoya Inoue in 2020.
Moloney, who now has a record of 26-2, suffered a broken hand in the opening quarter of the fight but managed to finish out all twelve rounds with determination.
“It hurt every time I threw it,” Moloney said about his injury. “But I knew this was my last chance to make my dream come true.”
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