British middleweight champion Denzel Bentley (17-1-1) looks to cause a seismic upset this Saturday as he challenges the fearsome Kazakh Janibek Alimkhanuly (12-0) for the WBO World title.
Bentley comes into this bout off the back of a successful first defence of his second reign as British champion, as he knocked out Marcus Morrison at York Hall in September.
Janibek picked up the WBO ‘Interim’ belt last time out, as he viciously stopped Britain’s Danny Dignum in two rounds back in April. Janibek was elevated to world champion when it was confirmed that former champion Demetrius Andrade was stepping up to super middleweight.
Both men are seen as big punchers, Bentley has scored 14 knockout victories out of his 17 wins, giving him a knockout percentage of 74%. Janibek has recorded eight knockout wins in his 12 fights, resulting in a 67% knockout ratio.
Bentley’s sole defeat in his career came against Felix Cash in 2021, where he was stopped in three rounds, however, he has bounced back and recorded notable victories, such as wins over Linus Udofia and the stoppage of Morrison.
Janibek and Bentley lock horns at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas this Saturday, at the top of a bill which also features Seniesa Estrada (22-0) defending her WBO minimumweight title against Jazmin Gala Villarino (6-1-2). All the action can be watched live on BT Sport in the UK and on ESPN+ in the US.