Janibek Alimkhanuly Calls for a Future Unification Bout with Jermall Charlo!
Top-rated middleweight Janibek “Qazaq Style” Alimkhanuly (11-0, 7KOs) has already established himself as a force in the division. Moreover, he will fight Danny Dignum (14-0-1, 8KOs) for the WBO Interim title, with the winner possibly elevated to full champion. Qazaq Style is already looking ahead to a showdown with WBC champion Jermall “Hit Man” Charlo (32-0, 22KOs).
By now, the boxing community knows the story of Alimkhanuly. However, in case you don’t, here is the Cliff Notes version. The 29-year-old Kazakhstan was first ordered to face Esquiva Falcao. After that fight did not move anywhere, he was then supposed to fight former WBO junior middleweight champion, Jaime Munguia.
Alimkhanuly became frustrated as the fight with the former champion was a no-go as well. Finally, the sanctioning body ordered WBO champion Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade to defend the title against Alimkhanuly. However, Andrade had other plans in moving up to super middleweight to fight Zach Parker for the interim title. This opened the door for Dignum to step in and accept the opportunity of possibly becoming a champion.
The consensus belief is that Andrade would drop the middleweight title after potentially defeating Parker, meaning the winner between Alimkhanuly and Dignum will be elevated to full champion.
CALLING FOR A UNIFICATION WITH CHARLO
A confident Qazaq Style is calling his shot, making it clear not only does he plan on winning but is calling out Charlo for a major unification. Furthermore, he wants to be undisputed within a year’s time frame.
Charlo has had quite a few targets on his back as of late. His heated back and forth with former WBC super middleweight champion David Benavidez is well documented. Former IBF champion Caleb Plant took exception to the Texas champion taking shots at him and claimed Charlo would be easy work.
Fans have pointed out the obvious: Charlo is not a super middleweight so fights with Plant and Benavidez are non-starters right now. However, the WBC champion has mentioned wanting to clean out the division before moving up. So, it will be interesting to see Charlo’s response to Alimkhanuly’s challenge, if he wins the title.
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By: Garrisson Bland