Janibek Alimkhanuly, the middleweight phenom who as soon as dominated the novice ranks, is able to deliver his patented “Qazaq Model” to Las Vegas. Alimkhanuly, an unbeaten 28-year-old, will step up in opposition to former middleweight world champion Rob “Bravo” Brant in a 10-round showdown Saturday, June 26 at The Theater at Virgin Accommodations Las Vegas.
Brant-Alimkhanuly will function the co-feature to the 12-round light-weight major occasion between former pound-for-pound king Vasiliy “Loma” Lomachenko and Japanese contender Masayoshi Nakatani.
Lomachenko-Nakatani and Brant-Alimkhanuly will stream reside and completely on ESPN+ (English and Spanish) at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.
“It is a incredible doubleheader that includes a residing legend in Lomachenko and a pair of middleweights who’re closing in on a world title alternative,” mentioned Prime Rank chairman Bob Arum. “Janibek is comparatively younger within the professional ranks, however he has lengthy wished to combat the perfect obtainable opposition. Rob Brant didn’t hesitate when provided this combat.”
Brant (26-2, 18 KOs) gained the WBA middleweight belt in October 2018 with a one-sided determination over Ryota Murata, however of their rematch lower than 9 months later, Murata stopped Brant in a two-round barnburner. Brant returned final August and stopped Vitaliy Kopylenko in 5 rounds.
“I’m very excited to be again within the ring beneath the Prime Rank banner in opposition to a formidable opponent in Janibek,” Brant mentioned. “I’m excited to showcase all of the arduous work I’ve put in with a victory on a stacked card.”
Alimkhanuly (9-0, 7 KOs) dominated the sphere en path to successful the 2013 World Championships and represented Kazakhstan on the 2016 Olympics, the place he superior to the quarterfinals. A five-year professional, Alimkhanuly made his Prime Rank debut in 2018 and most lately knocked out Gonzalo Coria in two rounds final October contained in the MGM Grand Las Vegas Bubble.
Alimkhanuly mentioned, “For the followers who don’t find out about me, you may be launched to ‘Qazaq Model’ on June 26. Rob Brant is a former world champion who calls for respect, however I’m coming to Las Vegas to placed on a spectacular present. My time has come. I’ll beat any of the middleweight champions. You will note it quickly.”