British middleweight champion Denzel Bentley makes a major step up to face the exciting WBO champion Zhanibek Alimkhanuly in what should be an intriguing contest in Las Vegas.
|What||Zhanibek Alimkhanuly v Denzel Bentley|
|Where||Pearl Concert Theatre, Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas|
|When||Sunday 13th November 2022|
|How to watch||BT Sport|
|Odds||Zhanibek Alimkhanuly 1/20, Denzel Bentley 9/1|
The fight between Zhanibek Alimkhanuly and Denzel Bentley is due to take place in the early hours GMT of Sunday November 13th.
Alimkhanuly’s fight with Bentley is scheduled to take place in the early hours of Sunday November 13th, with the ring walks likely to start at around 3.00am GMT.
The fight is set to take place at the Pearl Theatre at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. The casino recently re-opened and this bout represents one of the first major events it has staged since then.
The theatre has hosted a number of concerts and was a mainstay for hosting UFC events before 2012.
The bout will be shown exclusively live on BT Sport in the United Kingdom.
Alimkhanuly is a heavy favourite in this clash between him and Bentley, priced up at 1/20 to get the victory in Las Vegas.
The outsider Bentley is a 9/1 shot.
The WBO middleweight title is up for grabs in this clash between Alimkhanuly and Bentley.
Alimkhanuly won the belt in his last bout - a knockout victory over Danny Dignum and this will be the Kazakh fighter’s first defence of that belt.
Bentley is no stranger to titles, however, he has won the British middleweight title twice, once in November 2020 and again May of this year.
He retained the belt in his latest knockout win over Marcus Morrison.
Alimkhanuly had a distinguished amateur career before he became a professional, winning gold medals at the 2013 World Championships, 2013 Asian Championships and 2014 Asian Games.
Qazaq Style, as the fighter is known, also represented his nation at the 2016 Olympics but was beaten in the quarter-finals.
As a professional, Alimkhanuly has an impressive perfect record of 12 flights and 12 wins, eight of which have come by way of knockout.
The Kazakh fighter picked up the WBC Continental Americas and WBO Global middleweight titles in that period of time before winning the WBO interim middleweight title in May of this year with a knockout victory of 14-0-1 Englishman Danny Dignum.
Alimkhanuly was upgraded from interim after Demetrius Andrade vacated his title rather than defend it against the 29-year-old.
Bentley has amassed a professional record of 17 wins, one draw and one loss from his 19 fights. Of his 17 victories, 14 have come by way of knockout.
The 27-year-old made his debut in London in 2017 and won the vacant British middleweight title in November 2020 in a rematch with Mark Heffron after the pair drew in their first match-up.
However, Bentley then went on to lose in his first defence of that belt to Felix Cash in April 2021. The pair were also fighting for the Commonwealth middleweight title on that occasion.
Bentley bounced back with a win over Sam Evans, before securing the vacant British middleweight title with a victory over Lindus Udofia in May this year.
2Sharp followed that up by retaining the belt against Marcus in September.
The co-headline for this event sees minimumweight title holder Seniesa Estrada defend her title against Jazmin Gala Villarino, an Argentinian who is making a major step up in class to take this fight.
Exciting unbeaten fighters Raymond Muratalla, Antonio Mireles and Lindolfo Delgado are also featured on the undercard while former Olympian Karlos Balderas will also be in action.