Janibek Alimkhanuly gives Denzel Bentley a hard time


The script has undergone some last minute changes. Janibek “Qazaq Style” Alimkhanuly was supposed to blast Denzel Bentley, but the London native had other ideas.

Alimkhanuly made the first defense of his WBO world middleweight title with a unanimous decision (116-112 2x and 118-110) against Bentley on Saturday night at the Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms Casino Resort.

Janibek (13-0, 8 KOs) controlled the early rounds, but Bentley (17-2-1, 14 KOs) turned the tide of the fight in the spectacular fifth round. He pushed Janibek into the ropes and laced the heavy favorite with a right hand.

After a competitive 11th, Janibek nearly closed the show in the 12th, landing a series of straight lefts that sent Bentley faltering.

Janibek said, “It’s boxing. Anything can happen in the ring. He came prepared. I respect my opponent because he was prepared. He was 100%, but I’m a champion and I fought all 12 rounds as a champion.

“I’m ready for any champion, for unifications. I’m ready. Fight.”

Bentley, a two-time British middleweight champion, felt the fifth round marked the turning point of the fight.

Bentley said, “I thought I was in the fight. On lap five, my coach told me we weren’t ahead and needed to pick up the pace, so I picked up the pace.

The rally proved too little, too late, as Janibek stemmed the changing tide and scored victory with a dramatic final run.

Estrada retains his world title

After more than 300 days away from the ring, Seniesa “Super Bad” Estrada made her triumphant return to the ring, defending her WBA minimumweight world title with a one-sided decision against Argentina’s Jazmin Gala Villarino. All three judges had a shutout, 100-90, and Estrada edged his opponent, 210-121.

Estrada (23-0, 9 KOs) returned to top form, keeping Villarino off balance as he switched from Orthodox to southpaw and back again. Villarino (6-2-2, 1 KO) held on and landed his share of clean shots, a phone booth affair that culminated in a one-on-one 10th round.

Estrada said, “It has been an emotional week for me as it has been 328 days since I was in the ring. And I just want to tell all the girls and all the women in sport to always believe in yourself and always believe in what you can do and always go after what you want. I may have been slowed down, but I can’t be stopped. It’s what I was born to do. It’s the talent God gave me, and it’s my destiny, and you can’t stop destiny.

“After 11 months, we were ready for her to come in and win. I’m the best opponent she’s faced, and she wanted to beat me. I was ready to go 10 rounds or get knocked out.

“I’ve shaken off the rust from the ring and I’m ready to go for unification fights and undisputed fights.”

In undercard action:

Lightweight: Emiliano Fernando Vargas (2-0, 2 KO) KO 2 Julio Cesar Martinez (1-1, 1 KO), :47. The miracle delivered. Vargas, the youngest son of former world champion Fernando Vargas, knocked out Martinez with a left hook in the second round, bringing the crowd to their feet on his Top Rank debut.

Vargas held off an early charge from Martinez, who landed 11 of 45 punches in the first round. In the second round, Vargas’ infamous left hook ended things. The celebration began and Vargas ran into the arms of his father, who also serves as his head coach.

Vargas said: “The dude was a tough guy. He came there to fight. I know he prepared 140% and I prepared 140%. I had only to listen to my corner, my father, to continue to box, and the blows will open. Just wrap beautifully.

Lightweight: Raymond Muratalla (16-0, 13 KOs) TKO 6 Miguel Contreras (12-2-1, 6 KOs), 2:23. Muratalla, one of the sport’s lightest contenders, used a learned right hand to crush Contreras, a hard-nosed veteran from Bakersfield, Calif. After a right hand rocked Contreras in the sixth, Muratalla unloaded. Contreras, defenseless in the blue corner, was saved from further damage.

Super middle: Javier Martinez (8-0, 2 KOs) UD 6 Marco Antonio Delgado (7-5, 5 KOs), Scores: 60-54 and 59-55 2x. Martinez, a former standout American amateur from Milwaukee, earned his fourth straight six-round decision with a pro performance over the durable Delgado.

Junior Featherweight: Floyd Diaz (8-0, 3 KO) TKO 4 Edgar Joel Cortes (9-7-1, 1 KO), 1:14. “Cash Flow” picked up his second knockout in three fights, knocking Cortes down with a right hand in the fourth round. Cortes beat the count with time out, but referee Mike Ortega deemed Cortes unfit to continue and waved him off.

Lightweight: Charlie Sheehy (5-0, 4 KOs) TKO 1 Markus Bowes (2-1, 2 KOs), 1:37. Sheehy overwhelmed Bowes in 97 seconds, knocking the North Carolina native down with a right hand just over a minute into the opening stanza. Bowes got up on his wobbly legs and Sheehy surged to earn the stoppage.

Lightweight: Karlos Balderas (14-1, 12 KOs) TKO 8 Esteban Sanchez (18-3, 8 KOs), 1:02. Balderas, a 2016 U.S. Olympian, picked up the biggest win of his career by knocking out Sanchez, a native of Tijuana, Mexico. Balderas dropped Sanchez with a right hand in the first round, and in the eighth a right cross prompted referee Raul Caiz Jr. to stop the fight. Sanchez pushed Balderas in the middle rounds, but he was losing by shutout on all three scorecards at the time of the stoppage.

Heavy weights: Antonio Mireles (6-0, 6 KOs) KO 1 Eric Perry (5-1-1, 5 KOs), 2:26. “El Gigante,” a southpaw from Des Moines, Iowa, let a left hand fly in a one-round destruction on the previously undefeated Perry. Mireles landed a plethora of lefts that tripped Perry into the ropes, but it was a right hook that planted the Georgia native on the canvas for the 10 count.


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