Boxing Tonight! Janibek vs Gaultieri - ESPN+ - October 14 - 10:30 pm ET

Boxing Tonight! Janibek vs Gaultieri – ESPN+ – October 14 – 10:30 pm ET

Janibek vs Gualtieri will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ at 10:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. PT

Janibek  Alimkhanuly will go toe-to-toe with Vincenzo Gualtieri in a title unification slugfest. Set to unroll on Saturday, October 14, at the recently unveiled Fort Bend Epicenter in Rosenberg, Texas, this is boxing’s inaugural event at the cutting-edge arena.

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The night’s 10-round lightweight co-main event features U.S. Olympic silver medalist Keyshawn Davis stepping up his game against Philly’s own contender, Nahir Albright.

This sizzling double-header is brought to you by Top Rank and AGON Sports & Events and will air live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN+ at 10:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. PT. Tickets punch in at just $35 and will be available from September 6.

Janibek, the Kazakh sensation with a 14-0 record and 9 KOs, is on a fast-track to legendary status. With KO wins over former champs like Rob Brant and Hassan N’Dam, he claimed the WBO interim middleweight title last May. Elevated to world champion status after Demetrius Andrade’s title vacation, Janibek is already a two-time title defender.

Italy’s Gualtieri (21-0-1, 7 KOs) has risen steadily since his pro debut in 2015, securing his own IBF world title with a unanimous decision over the then-unbeaten Brazilian Esquiva Falcao. The Italian Stallion is stepping into the ring hungry for more belts and accolades.

Lightweight phenom Davis (9-0, 6 KOs) is rocketing up the ranks, coming off a victorious streak that includes a ninth-round TKO against Anthony Yigit and a unanimous decision over Francesco Patera. Hailing from Norfolk, Virginia, Davis’ fast fists and tactical talent make him a formidable opponent.

Albright (16-2, 7 KOs) faced early career adversity but rebounded to string together a 14-win streak. His career pivoted dramatically after capturing a regional title and pulling off an upset against U.S. Olympian Karlos Balderas.

The ESPN+ undercard showcases a roster of rising stars:

U.S. Olympic Silver medalist Richard Torrez Jr. (6-0, 6 KOs) is stepping back into the squared circle for the third time this year, taking on Don Haynesworth (17-8-1, 15 KOs) in a six-round heavyweight bout. Torrez is on the hunt for his third first-round stoppage this year, following quick KOs against James Bryant in February and Willie Jake Jr. in August.

Junior welterweight Giovanni Marquez (6-0, 4 KOs), the offspring of ex-world champ Raul Marquez, will defend his undefeated record in a six-round face-off. This Houston native is coming off a second-round TKO against Nicky Vitone last month.

Next up, U.S. Olympic Silver medalist Duke Ragan (8-0, 1 KO) will make his 2023 debut, squaring off against Jose Perez (11-1-2, 5 KOs) in an eight-round featherweight skirmish. Ragan, hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio, last fought in October, successfully fending off Puerto Rican stalwart Luis Lebron at Madison Square Garden’s Theater.

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2016 Italian Olympian Guido Vianello (10-1-1, 9 KOs) is set for an eight-round heavyweight showdown against Florida’s Curtis Harper (14-9, 9 KOs). Vianello is coming back after losing his perfect record; a right hook from Jonnie Rice opened a cut above his left eye, prompting the ref to halt the fight in the seventh round. Vianello was leading on all scorecards at the time of the stoppage.

Kelvin Davis (9-0, 6 KOs), the elder of the fighting Davis siblings from Norfolk, will be featured in an eight-round junior welterweight duel. Davis is back in the ring following a fourth-round KO victory over Derrick Whitley Jr. this past July.

Rounding out the card, undefeated lightweight Alan “Kid Kansas” Garcia (9-0, 8 KOs) is slated for a six-round bout, though his opponent has yet to be named.

Fighter Quotes:

Janibek Alimkhanuly:

“This is set to be an excellent fight. I’m grateful to my competitor for putting his title on the line in this contest. I foresee an intense fight this Saturday night, where I’ll demonstrate the essence of ‘Qazaq Style’ once more.”

“For this fight, I’ve switched trainers. We absorbed all the wisdom we could from Buddy McGirt, and now Brian Viloria guides us. Our training regimen has evolved, embracing new techniques and enhancing my approach. This Saturday, expect to witness a transformed version of me.”

“Having a former world champion as a trainer is beneficial, as he understands the intricacies of this level of competition. Our inaugural training camp didn’t allow for extensive changes, but the ring will showcase the skills I’ve acquired.”

Vincenzo Gualtieri:

“I’m thrilled to be here. Competing in the United States has always been a dream of mine. Now that it’s a reality, I’m determined to emerge victorious this Saturday.”

“This time, I’ve had a broader array of sparring partners and an unprecedented level of concentration. I’ve dedicated myself entirely to this training camp.”

“This fight is the pinnacle for me, the reason behind the immense effort in training. Many might not see my potential, but I’m here to demonstrate my success is inevitable.”

Keyshawn Davis:

“I’m in top shape, better than I’ve ever been. We’ve made significant adjustments, sticking to the strategy throughout training. Honestly, I’ve never felt this ready before a fight.”

“Missing this is not an option; the aftermath will dominate social media. He’ll become infamous on SportsCenter and Sky Sports. He’s nothing but a novice, and I plan to expose that.”

“There’s no playing around in this game. He’s fully aware of my approach. Fear isn’t a prerequisite for defeat!”

Nahir Albright:

“My last fight didn’t present new lessons; it simply confirmed my position {against Karlos Balderas}. I did what was necessary and secured the victory.”

“Every step into the ring is fueled by thoughts of my daughter. She’s the force behind every training session, the source of my relentless energy.”

“Our sparring intensity escalated. I benefited from diverse sparring sessions, including those with my younger brother, Quadir Albright. He’s the rising star in the junior welterweight division.”

Richard Torrez Jr.:

“Expectations should align with my past performances. My strategy revolves around setting an aggressive rhythm, utilizing numerous feints, and controlling the fight. Ultimately, regardless of the opponent, Richard Torrez will maintain a commanding presence. Thus, my focus is less on my opponent’s skills and more on what I contribute to the fight.”

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Start Times

The curtain raises at 2 a.m. UK time/9 p.m. ET, but remember, this is boxing—schedules are more like guidelines, really. The real action is projected to kick into high gear by 4 a.m. in the UK and 11 p.m. ET.

Where’s the Party At?

Stateside, you can catch all the  action live on ESPN+, while our British friends can tune into Sky Sports. Trust me, you won’t want to miss a second.

The Venue:

The heart of the excitement is pulsing from none other than the intimate Fort Bend Community Center, Rosenberg, Texas. Expect every seat to be filled with anticipation!

Fight Card

  • (ESPN, ESPN Deportes & ESPN+, 10:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. PT)    •  Janibek Alimkhanuly 159.3 lbs. vs. Vincenzo Gualtieri 159.5 lbs
    (WBO/IBF Middleweight World Titles – 12 Rounds)

       •   Keyshawn Davis 135 lbs vs. Nahir Albright 134.9 lbs
    (USBA/WBO International/WBC USA Lightweight Titles — 10 Rounds)

    (ESPN+, 5:55 p.m. ET/2:55 p.m. PT)

    •    Richard Torrez Jr. 233.1 lbs  vs. Tyrell Anthony Herndon 234.8 lbs 
     (Heavyweight — 6 Rounds)

    •    Guido Vianello 241.3 lbs  vs. Curtis Harper 275.5 lbs 
     (Heavyweight — 8 Rounds)

    •  Giovanni Marquez 141.3 lbs  vs. Donte Strayhorn 140.2 lbs 
     (Junior Welterweight — 6 Rounds)

    •  Duke Ragan 125.3 lbs vs. Jose Perez 126.4 lbs
     (Featherweight — 8 Rounds)

    •   Kelvin Davis 142 lbs vs. Narciso Carmona 142.6 lbs 
     (Junior Welterweight — 8 Rounds)

    •   Alan Garcia 137.8 lbs vs. Nelson Hampton 137.3 lbs 
     (Junior Welterweight — 6 Rounds)

    •   Humberto Galindo 131.7 lbs vs. Oscar Bravo 130.8 lbs 
     (Junior Lightweight — 8 Rounds)

    •   Jakhongir Zokirov 263.5 lbs vs. Guillermo Del Rio 217.1 lbs 
     (Heavyweight — 4 Rounds)


Oct 14 2023


10:00 PM - 11:50 PM

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Oct 14 2023
  • Time: 10:00 PM - 11:50 PM


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