Undefeated WBO middleweight champion Janibek Alimkhanuly (13-0, 8 KOs) needed to depend on his energy within the championship rounds to defeat the better-conditioned challenger Denzel Bentley (17-2-1, 14 KOs) by a grueling 12 spherical unanimous determination on Saturday night time at the Pearl Live performance Theater at Palms On line casino Resort in Las Vegas.
Janibek had Bentley harm within the twelfth after tagging him with a tough left hand to the top that buckled his legs. Nevertheless, as an alternative of going for the end by flurrying, Janibek let Bentley off the hook by specializing in throwing one shot at a time.
Early on, the southpaw Janibek, 29, regarded like he was on his technique to a simple victory over the steel-chinned Bentley, however he light within the center rounds.
Bentley then got here on robust to edge among the rounds within the second half of the competition earlier than Janibek stepped on the fuel within the tenth, placing the combat out of attain.
Of these scores, 116-112 had been arguably the extra correct ones. Bentley appeared to win some shut rounds, however they had been removed from conclusive he was nonetheless getting hit lots with clear left fingers from Janibek.
Janibek’s lack of stamina and the shortcoming to throw mixtures made the combat so tough for him. The one-punch-at-a-time offensive fashion of Janibek is much like Canelo Alvarez’s method, and he wanted to combat extra like Dmitry Bivol with mixture punching.
You bought to offer Benzel lots of credit score for with the ability to soak up lots of punishment as a result of he took many large photographs from Janibek that might have knocked most fighters out.
Final yr, Benzel was stopped within the third spherical by Felix Money. The explanation Money simply beat Denzel is that he threw mixtures. Had Janibek unloaded on Bentley the identical method Money did, he would have completed him early as a result of his energy was spectacular, however he was too predictable together with his offense.
After this efficiency from Janibek, the opposite high fighters within the 160-lb division will seemingly be making an attempt to arrange a combat with him. These guys would give Janibek bother:
Chris Eubank Jr
At 29, it’s going to be tough for Janibek to vary how he fights to repair the failings that Bentley uncovered tonight. He’s most likely by no means going to be a mix puncher, and his stamina will likely be an ongoing challenge as nicely.
If former WBO 160-lb champion Demetrius Andrade had been to return to the division, he’d give Janibek points as nicely.