The WBO Middleweight Championship bout between titleholder Janibek Alimkhanuly and Steven Butler is upon us.
Alimkhanuly comes in with an unbeaten record of 13-0 with eight of those wins coming by way of knockout. Butler enters the title fight with a record of 32-3-1. He’s currently on a four-fight winning streak and hasn’t lost a bout since early 2021. This will be Butler’s second major title fight. His bid for the WBA Middleweight Championship fell short, as the now-retired Ryota Murata stopped him in the fifth round via TKO in their 2019 title fight.
Stockton Arena in Stockton, California will play host to Alimkhanuly vs. Butler. It’ll be Alimkhanuly’s first bout in California since 2019 when he knocked out Albert Onolunose in the sixth round of their WBC Continental Americas middleweight title fight. Believe it or not, this will be Butler’s first pro boxing match in the state of California. Most of Butler’s fights have been held in Canada, but he did make trips to Japan, Mexico, and Las Vegas.
Janibek Alimkhanuly vs. Steven Butler Betting Odds
Per DraftKings Sportsbook, Alimkhanuly is the overwhelming betting favorite at -3000. Butler comes in as the +1300 underdog.
Janibek Alimkhanuly: Decision +440; KO/TKO/DQ -575
Steven Butler: Decision +2400; KO/TKO/DQ +1600
Janibek Alimkhanuly vs. Steven Butler Fight Date, Start Time
Date: Saturday, May 13
Time: 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT
What Channel/Stream Is Janibek Alimkhanuly vs. Steven Butler?
U.S.: ESPN, ESPN+, and ESPN Deportes
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Janibek Alimkhanuly vs. Steven Butler Fight Card
- Janibek Alimkhanuly (c) vs. Steven Butler; For the WBO middleweight title
- Jason Moloney vs. Vincent Astrolabio; For the vacant WBO bantamweight title
- Robson Conceicao vs. Nicolas Polanco; Super featherweight
- Javier Martinez vs. Joeshon James; Middleweight
- Haven Brady Jr vs. D’Angelo Fuentes; Super featherweight
- Gabriel Flores Jr vs. Derrick Murray; Lightweight
- Brian Norman Jr vs. Jesus Campos; Welterweight
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