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An improved version of Golovkin. A new champion has grown in Kazakhstan who will slam Canelo

Denis Dorofeev

Soon Zhanibek will clear the division and get to Alvarez. Bob Arum himself helps him in this.

We are used to the fact that Gennady Golovkin alone carries the burden of the flagship of Kazakh boxing in the professional ring. However, another rising star from Kazakhstan has grown under his nose in his own division. His name is Zhanibek Alimkhanuly. He has an excellent amateur background – the title of world and Asian champion. But at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, he sensationally flew out at the 1/4 final stage.

And soon Zhanibek began his professional career. Unlike Golovkin, they made a serious bet on Alimkhanuly from the very first fight. So, for his debut in Almaty, they brought not only the legendary ring announcer Michael Buffer, but also the Colombian Milton Nunez, who was the first opponent of GGG in the championship fight. Golovkin knocked out Nunez in one minute of the first round, and debutant Alimkhanuly knocked out in 2:25. Not bad for a start.

And after the second fight in the professional ring, the Kazakh began cooperation with the famous manager Egis Klimas, thanks to which he signed a contract with Top Rank. Very reminiscent of the first steps of Vasily Lomachenko in the pros. And he is coached by the legendary specialist Buddy McGirt, best known for his work with Arturo Gatti and Sergey Kovalev. Nevertheless, Zhanibek spent only one year of performances to be recognized as the big sharks from the boxing world.

Now he is 29 years old, and a great future is predicted for the Kazakh. Top Rank head Bob Arum is betting big on the Kazakh wunderkind. Earlier this year, Arum published the following post:

“A native of Kazakhstan, Zhanibek Alimkhanuly, who will fight for the WBO middleweight title early next year, will prove himself in 2022. He is the best fighter in the world at 160 pounds.”

Zhanibek Alimkhanuly knocked down Danny Dignum

Photo: Mikey Williams/Getty Images

And in May, he won the interim WBO world championship belt by knocking out undefeated Briton Danny Dignum in the second round. And before that, he forced the experienced Hassan N’Dama N’Jikam to surrender. Of course, Alimkhanuly is not going to stop there and made a loud statement:

“I’m still hungry, I’m looking for champions. I hope that my next opponent will be a world champion or a famous boxer. I want to knock out all the boxing stars. I will knock out Charlo and Andrade, and then Canelo and Benavidez, ”said the Kazakh fighter in an interview with The Ring magazine.

Zhanibek Alimkhanuly vs. Hassan N’Dama N’Zhikam

Photo: Steve Marcus/Getty Images

Division tops need to look out for the rising star from Kazakhstan, who combines Golovkin’s punching power with Canelo Alvarez’s technique. He doesn’t cut like GGG, but waits for the moment when the opponent opens up in order to counterattack with a pull. By the way, this is how Zhanibek accumulated 75% of knockout wins.

Plus, he knows how to turn on a showman, like Lomachenko, to provoke an opponent and instigate the public. A worthy competitor to the famous Big Drama Show from GGG. Apparently, that’s why he took the nickname Qazaq Style, which hardly needs translation. In addition, he is also left-handed, like the famous Ukrainian, which by default provides for a lot of inconvenience to any opponent.

The video is available on the Top Rank Boxing YouTube channel. Video rights belong to Top Rank Boxing.

As a result, we got an improved version of GGG, which would prefer to take one step back in order to then take two steps forward. If anyone thought that with the retirement of Gennady, Kazakh boxing would die, then here is the answer to the question: “What will happen next?”. The most interesting thing is that Alimkhanuly’s idol is not his senior comrade Golovkin, to whom he treats with great respect, but the silver medalist of the 1980 Olympics Serik Konakbaev.

Now he is the main contender for the WBO regular belt, which belongs to Demetrius Andrade. And on the eve of the WBO decided that Andrade agreed to fight with the Kazakh fighter. They have 30 days to do so. And so far it all comes down to the fact that another world champion will appear in Kazakhstan. But Andrade is one of the most avoided fighters in the division. We will watch developments.

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