Janibek vs Gaultieri – ESPN+ – October 14 – ESPN+
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 “Qazaq Style” 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.
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.
On the other end, 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 prowess 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.
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.