Janibek Alimkhanuly Destroys Gonzalo Coria In Two Rounds
Rising Middleweight prospect Janibek Alimkhanuly (9-0, 5 KOs) made mincemeat of Gonzalo Coria (16-4, 6 KOs) en route to a devastating second-round KO at the MGM Grand Bubble in Las Vegas. While the fight did not last long, Alimkhanuly (who now resides and fights out of Oxnard, CA) surely left an impression.
A former 2016 Olympian, the 27-year-old from Kazakhstan was calm and composed throughout. He used his jab to patiently set up and stalk Coria in the opening round.
With a minute left in the round, Alimkhanuly landed a beautiful counter-left hand that put Coria down on one knee. Showing maturity beyond his limited number of fights, the Alimkhanuly did not rush for the finish; he just stayed cool and continued to work behind the jab.
The pattern continued in round two. Coria tried to adjust, but he had no answers. Alimkhanuly’s transition game is impressive as he does a beautiful job flowing from offense to defense, and vice-versa. You could tell the end was coming soon.
With ten seconds to go in the round, Alimkhanuly landed a bomb of an overhand left that knocked Coria’s eyes in the back of his head, putting him down and out!
Alimkhanuly is on the rapid rise program. Managed by Egis Klimas and trained by “Buddy” McGirt, he is already ranked #4 by the WBO and #9 by the WBC at 160-pounds. His team feels that very soon, he will be ready for a world title shot. As ambitious as that may seem, based on his performance against Coria, they may not be too far-fetched in the assessment.
By: Michael Wilson Jr.