By Huck Allen: Janibek Alimkhanuly, WBO middleweight champion, weighed in at 159.6 lbs Friday to defend his title against #9 Denzel Bentley for their main event 12-round clash live on ESPN+. This was a Top Rank Boxing promoted event at the Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort. The card starts at 7:15 p.m. ET/4.15 p.m.PT live on ESPN+
(Photo credit: Mikey Wilkins (Top Rank via Getty Images).
Bentley weighed in with 159 lbs. He looked confident for someone who the oddsmakers consider a fighter with a very low chance of winning.
The main portion of this card starts at 11:00 ET/8:00 PM PT on ESPN+.
Janibek, 29 years old, was promoted to the WBO middleweight champion rank after Demetrius Andrade failed to defend the belt against the Kazakh.
Weighing the undercard
Seniesa Estrada 103.8 vs. Jazmin Gala Villarino 105
Raymond Muratalla 135 vs. Miguel Contreras 135.2
Emiliano Fernando Vargas 133.8 vs. Julio Cesar Martinez 134
Javier Martinez 162.6 vs. Marco Delgado 162.6
Floyd Diaz 122.4 vs. Edgar Joe Cortes 122.2
Charlie Sheehy 135 vs. Markus Bowes 135.6
Karlos Balderas 135.4 vs. Esteban Sanchez 135.2
Antonio Mireles 269.6 against Eric Perry 279.8
“All of that doesn’t mean anything. I’ve got to get in the ring and put on a performance of a lifetime,” said Denzel Bentley to BT Sport Boxing about the huge crowd that will be in attendance on Saturday night.
“I’m more focused on that. I think after, I’ll be able to soak up what’s in Vegas, but right now, I’m trying to be level-headed and holding it all down. When it’s time to go, it’s time to go.
Today, I saw the eyes of my opponent. He has no fire! He knows who is right in front of him. He is very familiar with the Qazaq style. Inshallah, he will be knocked out. Before the fight, many boxers don’t want to say anything. I am different. I will say and do what my opponent said in shallah! pic.twitter.com/iQPaPokbwo
— Janibek Alimkhanuly (@qazaqstyle) November 11, 2022
“Yeah, he’s quite tall, and he’s got a big head. I noticed that.” said Bentley about his thoughts on his opponent Janibek. “Other than that, like you said. He’ll probably change on the night. He’ll probably put on a lot of weight, but that’s fine.
“Whatever they’re trying to do, I didn’t take notice. I just focus on what I have to do,” Bentley said when asked if Janibek and his team are trying to get into his head by discussing other fights in the future and assuming that a victory on Saturday night is a forgone conclusion.
“I know that’s their job to try and get us both to try and trash-talk each other, but I don’t bite unless I want to, and I didn’t want to bite today. So, I felt like I’ll just say what I need to say. On Twitter, it’ll be a bit different with back & forth, and it probably wasn’t even him typing anyway.
“Over here, I didn’t say much, and even if he did say all that, it means nothing because on the night, we got to do it. I’m in the track seat. I’m comfortable.
“It’s good that they gave it a shout and respect the British title. Obviously, I’m a Brit, so that means a lot back home. I’m glad that they put that out today and didn’t act like it didn’t mean anything. We had to fight. I want a title that is world-wide.
“Being a British champion, that’s on my resume, getting it twice. Getting a world title would be even better,” said Bentley.