Janibek: "The Middleweight
Nightmare Is Here To Stay!"
The middleweight division’s boogeyman is now a champion.
Janibek “Qazaq Style” Alimkhanuly (12-0, 8 KOs) was
officially named WBO middleweight world champion after the
organization’s previous champion, Demetrius “Boo Boo”
Andrade, elected to ghost the division rather than make a
mandatory defense against Janibek. A 2016 Olympian from
Zhilandy, Kazakhstan, Janibek will make the first defense of
his world title later this year on a Top Rank on ESPN card.
Janibek (12-0, 8 KOs) made his Top Rank debut as a 2-0
prospect in 2018 and quickly moved up the ranks with
victories over the likes of Vaughn Alexander, Steven
Martinez, and Albert Onolunose. He broke through in 2021
with one-sided knockouts over former world champions Rob
Brant and Hassan N’Dam.
In May, Janibek fought Danny Dignum for the interim WBO
middleweight title after multiple prospective opponents
turned down the opportunity. Janibek knocked out Dignum in
the second round. He is now a world champion dealing with
the same issue that plagued him as a contender. Who is
ready, willing, and able to try and solve the “Qazaq Style”
"I would pick Janibek over any middleweight in the world,"
said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. "He is a southpaw with
tremendous power and will reign over the division for a very
This is what the new WBO middleweight world champion had to
“I am honored to be the first WBO world champion from
Kazakhstan. As middleweight champion, I will represent my
nation with great pride.”
“Demetrius Andrade had no interest in fighting me. I wanted
to fight him because I know I would knock him out. He ran
away to super middleweight to avoid fighting me. But don’t
worry, Demetrius. After I unify the belts at middleweight,
we can fight.”
“The middleweight nightmare is here to stay! Now that I am a
world champion, I will continue to show that ‘Qazaq Style’
is the best style.”
“I’d have no issue fighting Jermall Charlo for his WBC
title. We are both champions, so let’s unify the belts.
Charlo would be easy work for me, and he knows that.
Champions should fight other champions. It’s too bad the
other so-called ‘champions’ do not feel that way.”