Top Rank Presents Middleweight Title Unification Showdown: Janibek Alimkhanuly vs. Vincenzo Gualtieri

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Top Rank Presents Middleweight Title Unification Showdown: Janibek Alimkhanuly vs. Vincenzo Gualtieri

Saturday, October 14, 10:30 p.m. ET/ 7:30 p.m. PT Live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+

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 Top Rank presented by AutoZone: Janibek vs. Gualtieri will be presented live this Saturday, October 14, at 10:30 p.m. ET/ 7:30 p.m. PT, on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ from Fort Bend Epicenter, Rosenberg, Texas.

In the main event, reigning WBO world champion, Janibek “Qazaq Style” Alimkhanuly, will lock horns against unbeaten IBF world champion Vincenzo Gualtieri in a title unification showdown.

Janibek (14-0, 9 KOs) is a 2016 Olympian from Zhilandy, Kazakhstan, who took the fast lane to top of the division. He became world champion in 2022 and has made two defenses, beating British champion Denzel Bentley via unanimous decision last November and Canadian contender Steven Butler via second-round stoppage in May.

Gualtieri (21-0-1, 7 KOs) debuted as a professional in October 2015. He went 15-0 before fighting to a draw against fellow unbeaten German Thomas Piccirillo in August 2020. He captured the vacant IBF middleweight world title this year with a unanimous decision win against then-undefeated Brazilian Esquiva Falcao.

In the 10-round lightweight co-feature, U.S. Olympic silver medalist from Virginia, Keyshawn Davis (9-0, 6 KOs), takes another step up in class against Philadelphia-born contender Nahir Albright (16-2, 7 KOs). This past July, Davis shut out former European champion Francesco Patera via 10-round unanimous decision, while Albright is coming off an upset majority decision win against U.S. Olympian Karlos Balderas.

The undercard features U.S. Olympic Silver medalist Richard Torrez Jr. (6-0, 6 KOs) making his third appearance of 2023 in a six-round heavyweight battle against Tyrrell Anthony Herndon (21-4, 14 KOs). Torrez hopes to notch his third first-round victory of the year after first-round stoppages over James Bryant in February and Willie Jake Jr. in August.

The undercard Streams Exclusively on ESPN+ at 5:55 p.m. ET / 2:55 p.m. PT.

Calling the action will be Hall of Famer, Timothy Bradley, Jr., Mark Kriegel and Bernardo Osuna.

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 Janibek vs. Gualtieri (All Times ET)

Date Time Event Fights Title Platform
Sat., Oct 14 10:30 p.m. Main Janibek Alimkhanuly (C*) vs. Vincenzo Gualtieri (C**) IBF**, WBO* Middleweight ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN+ (simulcast)


Co-Feature Keyshawn Davis vs. Nahir Albright  
5:55 p.m. Feature Richard Torrez Jr. vs. Tyrrell Anthony Herndon ESPN+
Undercard Guido Vianello vs. Curtis Harper
Undercard Giovanni Marquez vs. Donte Strayhorn
Undercard Duke Ragan vs. Jose Perez
Undercard Kelvin Davis vs. Narciso Carmona
Undercard Alan Garcia vs. Aaron Martinez
Undercard Humberto Galindo vs. Oscar Bravo
Undercard Jakhongir Zokirov vs. Guillermo Del Rio




Ardi Dwornik

I oversee all facets of ESPN’s corporate communications for Tennis and Combat Sports.
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