Alimkhanuly vs Mikhailovich Predictions: Janibek is boxing’s unsung champion

 | Thursday 11th July 2024, 12:23pm

Thursday 11th July 2024, 12:23pm

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Janibek Alimkhanuly defends his IBF and WBO middleweight titles against Andrei Mikhailovich this Saturday, July 13. The double-title collision takes place at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. The card will be screened live on Sky Sports Action.

Here are my Alimkhanuly vs Mikhailovich predictions ahead of this middleweight title match-up.

Alimkhanuly vs Mikhailovich Tips

  • Alimkhanuly to win by knockout @ 1/5
  • Alimkhanuly in round six @ 7/1

Over the last few weeks, several of boxing’s top talents have entered the squared circle. Fans have been able to assess the talents of the likes of Teofimo Lopez, Shakur Stevenson and Jesse ‘Bam’ Rodriguez. Each man is in or around the pound-for-pound conversation and all look like they could hold their respective world titles for a long time.

Alimkhanuly is unbeaten and a unified world champion. Yet, his bout with Mikhailovich has barely grazed the radar in the same way as Lopez, Stevenson and Rodriguez’s recent outings. Once, you would have argued it is because he is not an American and is thus less marketable. But fellow Kazakh Gennady Golovkin proved that their homeland is no barrier to success.

The issue is not stylistic either. Alimkhanuly has 10 knockouts on his 15-0 record, including a run of four in his last five fights. He might not have the devastating punch of ‘GGG’ but then few do. Alimkhanuly usually brings the fireworks and, even on the rare occasions he fails to finish, is usually dominant. 

In truth, the southpaw champion is actually not the cause of the lack of interest at all. Rather, it is the division surrounding him that has halted his growth as a commodity. Take Vincenzo Gualtieri for example. Few outside of boxing circles have heard of the German, but he was an unbeaten IBF world champion when Alimkhanuly beat him last time out.

The middleweight division is at a low ebb when it comes to box office names at present. The 160-pound class that once hosted Marvin Hagler, Bernard Hopkins and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez is lacking star names. 

The other champions are Carlos Adames of the WBC and the WBA’s Erislandy Lara. The former was promoted from interim status when Jermall Charlo vacated the title he had held hostage for over two years. The latter is a 41-year-old veteran best known for giving ‘Canelo’ a rough night a decade ago. 

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This dearth of quality can be taken one of two ways. It has been a contributing factor to Alimkhanuly’s anonymity, certainly. Challengers like Denzel Bentley, Danny Dignum and Steven Butler haven’t set fan’s pulses racing. But what the tame nature of the division can do is give Alimkhanuly a chance to make history. 

What is stopping him from becoming undisputed champion? The division last had a four-belt king in 2005, when Jermain Taylor won the quartet of titles from Hopkins. A full-blooded pursuit of undisputed status could give the division a narrative that fans can latch onto. Alimkhanuly vs either Lara or Adames suddenly becomes more enthralling if history is being made.

But right now it is Mikhailovich that is stopping Alimkhanuly from uniting the four sanctioning tribes. The Russian-born, New Zealand-bred operator holds a 21-0 record but he does fit that category of a lot of the champion’s opponents. Perfectly capable but lacking the name value to entice the public.

Mikhailovich’s lack of penetration in the American market can be explained by the fact that this will be his Stateside debut. ‘Renegade’ has never boxed outside of Australia and New Zealand. A world title fight against one of the most fearsome champions in the game is some baptism on US soil.

Still only 26 years old, Mikhailovich might be running before he can walk here. His standout win came over then-unbeaten Edisson Saltarin. Mikhailovich hit the deck in the first round before battling back to stop his opponent in the fifth. What looked like an excellent win was marred by the fact Saltarin lost two of his ensuing four fights, with his two coming against boxers with 0-2 records.

So Mikhailovich is coming into a fight with a boxer who is several levels above anyone he has ever faced. He competes in a country he has never boxed in. His opponent is an unbeaten unified world champion. One thing I will say, he is most certainly a brave man.

Alimkhanuly vs Mikhailovich Fight Odds

The champion is a 1/20 favourite in this one, giving him a theoretical 95.2% chance of winning. Sounds about right by my reckoning. If you fancy the upset, Mikhailovich is priced at 8/1 while you can back the draw at a lofty 25/1.

Alimkhanuly vs Mikhailovich Full Card

Janibek Alimkhanuly vs. Andrei Mikhailovich; For Alimkhanuly’s IBF and WBO middleweight titles 

Raymond Muratalla vs. Tevin Farmer; Lightweight 

Ruben Villa vs. Sulaiman Segawa; Featherweight 

Jonthan Lopez vs. Leonardo Padilla; Super featherweight 

Charlie Sheehy vs. Ricardo Quiroz; Super lightweight 

Javier Zamarron vs. Michael Bracamontes; Featherweight 

Art Barrera Jr. vs. Javier Mayoral; Welterweight 

Israel Mercado vs. Dondrell Haynes; Super lightweight 

Albert Gonzalez vs. Conrado S. Martinez; Super featherweight

Alimkhanuly vs Mikhailovich Prediction

I have not exactly hid my feelings well here. If you have even skimmed the work above you will already know the winner I shall pick here. I would be mightily surprised if Alimkhanuly does not emerge with his WBO and IBF jewelry here.

As for the finish, I think the Kazakh KO king will get this done inside the distance. I am picking Alimkhanuly to win by knockout. As for when it takes place, I think a nice mid-fight stoppage is likely. I am going for Alimkhanuly in round six at 7/1.

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