Alimkhanuly-Gualtieri Final Press Conference

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WBO middleweight champion Janibek “Qazaq Style” Alimkhanuly (14-0, 9 KOs) will square off against unbeaten IBF world champion Vincenzo Gualtieri (21-0-1, 7 KOs) in a title unification showdown this Saturday at Fort Bend Epicenter in Rosenberg, Texas. ESPN will air the fight.

Janibek Alimkhanuly: “I expect it to be a very good fight on Saturday night. I will once again show what ‘Qazaq Style’ is…I changed my trainer for this fight. We got all the knowledge that we could from Buddy McGirt. And now we have a new trainer in Brian Viloria. We are doing new workouts and learning new things. We’re also adding things to my style. On Saturday night, you’ll see a new side of me.”

Vincenzo Gualtieri: “I expect to be the winner on Saturday…this fight means everything to me. It’s why I worked so hard in camp. A lot of people underestimate me, but I’m here to prove that I will be successful.”

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  • Middleweight has no big name fighters at the moment as everyone moved up to chase the bag, but this is a start. Wishfull thinking but It’s a unification and maybe the winner can further unify by fighting big Charlo.

    • It’s just a bad division right now. The other two belts are tied up between 3 different fighters and they all fight for PBC, Charlo/Adames & Lara, so they probably wouldn’t unify in a fight with no money on the line. You have a couple of big named contenders in Eubank and GGG, but Eubank’s people have already said they have no interest in him fighting the winner and no one knows if GGG is actually still fighting.

      • Bet it would brighten up if Crawford moved into that weight bypassing 154. I think he would have an easier time being undisputed there than 154. I know he is reaching for higher stars, it was just a thought.

        • Well that guy in the division would surely help, but you know what Crawford is after at this point even more than being 3x undisputed, Killa and there isn’t a lot of THAT to be made at middleweight right now. It is an interesting idea though.

          • Yeah, just thought I float it on a rather boring day. Spence could move into that division too and probably have the same outcome as well. As both of them said, bigger fish to fry! Goodnight.

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