According to reputable boxing website BoxingScene, Kazakhstan’s Janibek Alimkhanuly will take on Battersea’s Denzel Bentley in defence of his WBO middleweight title in Las Vegas on November 12th. Oscar Valdez was originally set to headline the show but was forced to pull out through a ‘non-boxing related injury’.
Alimkhanuly was upgraded to full champion by the WBO following former champion Demetrius Andrade‘s recent vacation of the title, and will take on another British fighter in his second consecutive bout in what will be the first defence of his recently-acquired title. The twenty-nine-year-old, who boasts eight knockouts in twelve professional outings so far, disposed of Essex’s Danny Dignum in two rounds four months ago and will look to assert similar authority over current British middleweight champion Bentley.
The latter impressed with himself with a fourth-round stoppage of Marcus Morrison last Friday at York Hall and, while he has not fought anywhere near at the level of ‘Kazakh Style’ Alimkhanuly, major credit should be afforded for fighting a man who the majority of fighters at the top level at 160lbs shy away from.
The venue in Vegas has not yet been determined at the time of writing.