Janibek Alimkhanuly punishes Vincenzo Gualtieri, scores sixth-round TKO to unify titles

Janibek Alimkhanuly (L) unified the WBO and IBF middleweight titles by stopping Vincenzo Gualtieri within the sixth spherical Saturday. (Mikey Williams/High Rank) (Mikey Williams/High Rank)

The middleweight division has been bereft of expertise since Canelo Alvarez and Gennadiy Golovkin departed the 160-pound class and Jermall Charlo hasn’t fought in two years due to private psychological well being points.

However on Saturday in Rosenberg, Texas, Janibek Alimkhanuly confirmed which will have modified. Alimkhanuly dominated IBF champion Vincenzo Gualtieri from begin to end with onerous jabs and correct punches. He harm Gualtieri within the fifth, and once more within the sixth, with uppercuts and compelled referee David Fields to leap in to cease it at 1:25 of the sixth.

That made Alimkhanuly the unified WBO-IBF champion with few obvious vital challengers on the horizon. He mentioned he needs to attempt to unify the entire belts, which should not be tough if the sanctioning our bodies cooperate.

He operated with a cool precision, and landed 82 whole punches. Gualtieri threw solely 85 photographs. Alimkhanuly mentioned he thought Gualtieri would attempt to make it a gradual combat early earlier than approaching later, however Gualtieri by no means made it that far.

“I did not get drained,” he mentioned.

Alimkhanuly managed the primary 4 rounds, however he did not do any vital injury to Gualtieri. However within the fifth, he threw a large proper, then got here again with a tough proper job that landed on the nostril earlier than ending the mixture with a pointy left uppercut.

Gualtieri stumbled round earlier than regaining his steadiness and remained upright.

Within the sixth, Alimkhanuly caught him with an uppercut once more and Gualtieri was buzzed. Alimkhanuly pursued and compelled Gualtieri backed into the nook. Alimkhanuly threw two straight lefts that each touchdown and Fields jumped in to cease it.

‘Enterprise Key’ wins ugly, rough-and-tumble battle

Keyshawn Davis rolled to a one-sided victory over Nahir “Woo” Albright, successful a majority resolution to lift his document to 10-0, however it was an uneven efficiency and ugly combat. And Albright, a veteran who entered the bout with a 16-2 mark, stung Davis with a crisp counter proper from off the ropes late within the eighth spherical.

With about 30 seconds remaining, Albright caught Davis with an ideal counter proper than landed on the chin. Although it had steam behind it, Davis confirmed a superb chin and by no means budged.

Judges had it 95-95, 96-94 and 97-93 for Davis. Yahoo Sports activities had it 98-92 for Davis.

Davis did a superb job for many of the combat of neutralizing Albright, although there was lots of holding, clinching and wrestling. The referee was frequently between them and pulling them aside and the combat by no means actually received right into a stream.

Davis landed 84 of 164 energy photographs, connecting on 51, which is nearly all the time indicative of a large win. Albright threw extra, with 204 makes an attempt, however he landed simply 29

“Truthfully, I am by no means actually glad, however shoutout to Woo,” Davis mentioned. “He is a hell of a fighter.”

Davis is, too, and mentioned he hopes that High Rank pairs him with former champion Jose Pedraza in a light-weight bout on Dec. 9 in New York. Pedraza has been combating at tremendous light-weight and never light-weight, and it is not clear if he’ll be serious about dropping again down.

However Davis sees him as a giant title who might show his value. Pedraza held the tremendous featherweight and light-weight titles earlier in his profession and is 29-5-1 with 14 KOs.

“I simply need to present that I belong right here on the high of the 135-pound division,” Davis mentioned. “I am working my manner up there. If Jose Pedraza is prepared to take this combat with me, then let’s do it.”

Torrez retains KO streak alive

Richard Torrez, the silver medalist for the U.S. from the Tokyo Olympic Video games, ran his skilled document to 7-0 on Saturday together with his seventh consecutive knockout, stopping Tyrell Anthony Herndon at 1:26 of the second spherical.

The left-handed Torrez began the ending sequence with a straight left down the pipe that shook Herndon. As Herndon tried to clear his head, Torrez pressured and adopted with a proper hook that despatched Herndon down and into the ropes. When the combat resumed, Torrez was throughout Herndon, who merely turned his again.

That pressured referee Alejandro Luna to cease the bout.

It wasn’t probably the most spectacular efficiency by Torrez, however it was a win and at this stage of his profession, that is just about all that issues.

“I am not anticipating knockouts,” Torrez mentioned. “Once I do not anticipate them, that is once they occur. It is a catch-22. If I anticipate the knockouts, then they do not occur. I simply need to present my boxing means and I received two rounds this time. I am wanting ahead to the following one.”

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