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Tickets starting at $25 go on sale tomorrow, Tuesday, April 26, at 10 am PTMiddleweight contender Janibek “Qazaq Style” Alimkhanuly has been eagerly awaiting the spotlight of a main event, and on Saturday, May 21, he hopes to make the most of the opportunity. Alimkhanuly will face undefeated England ‘s Danny Dignum in a 12-round showdown for the vacant WBO interim middleweight world title at the Resorts World Event Center at Resorts World Las Vegas.
In the co-feature, former world champion Jamel “Semper Fi” Herring returns to the lightweight division in a 10-round matchup against undefeated NABF champion Jamaine “The Technician” Ortiz .
The Alimkhanuly vs. Dignum and Herring vs. Ortiz bouts will air live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+.
In a Top Rank promotion, tickets starting at $25 go on sale tomorrow, Tuesday, April 26, at 10 am PT and can be purchased at Etix.com.
“Janibek is a special talent, one of the best to come out of Eastern Europe in recent years,” said legendary Top Rank promoter Bob Arum. “He’s getting the platform he deserves, a Las Vegas main event on ESPN, and I expect him to look sensational against a tough Englishman like Danny Dignum. Janibek has what it takes to reign as middleweight champion of the world for a long time.”
Alimkhanuly (11-0, 7 KOs) is a 2016 Olympian who has been on the fast track to a world title shot since knocking out 50-fight veteran Milton Nunez in his pro debut. The Kazakh southpaw then racked up an additional eight wins before scoring eighth-round stoppages over former world champions Rob Brant and Hassan N’Dam. Despite only having 11 fights, Alimkhanuly has become an actively avoided fighter within his division, as several recognizable names at 160 pounds chose other options when the opportunity presented itself. With this interim title shot, he will finally get his chance on the main event stage.
Alimkhanuly said: “Demetrius Andrade and Jaime Munguia avoided fighting me, so I give a lot of credit to Danny Dignum for stepping up. I will show the whole world the true ‘Qazaq Style’ on May 21, and I will leave the ring as the interim WBO middleweight champion. While the top names in the division avoid me, they won’t be able to race forever. I can’t wait to put on a spectacular display at Resorts World Las Vegas.”
Dignum (14-0-1, 8 KOs) spent most of his amateur career at light heavyweight. In fact, the Essex, England native had never broken the 160-pound limit until November 2019, when he scored a fifth-round TKO over Conrad Cummings to snatch the WBO European crown from him. Dignum has made three regional title defenses of his own, one of which ended in a split draw against Andrey Sirotkin. In February, he dropped Grant Dennis three times en route to a sixth-round knockout victory. Dignum will enter the ring with a height and size advantage in this southpaw battle.
Dignum said, “I am absolutely excited to fight Janibek for the interim WBO middleweight world title. It’s a dream come true to headline a show in Las Vegas. All the sacrifice over the years has been worth it to get to this point. I am very confident in my ability and I will come to Resorts World to win that title.”
Herring (23-3, 11 KOs), a United States Marine Corps veteran and 2012 Olympian, started his pro career somewhat rocky at 135 pounds. However, after signing with Top Rank and dropping down to junior lightweight, he reinvigorated his career with an impressive knockout of Juan Pablo Sanchez on the Jorge Linares vs. Vasiliy Lomachenko undercard. Herring only needed two additional fights before defeating Masayuki Ito for the WBO 130-pound crown. Herring made three tough defenses against Lamont Roach Jr., Jonathan Oquendo and Carl Frampton before losing his belt to Shakur Stevenson in October 2021. With this championship experience, now Herring is ready to give 135 pounds another shot.
Herring said: “I am happy to be back, starting the new year with a fresh start. A lot has changed since the last time I was in the ring. I am working with a new trainer, Manny Robles, and am going back down to the lightweight division for this next fight. I am optimistic that a win here will put me back in the title picture, whether it be at lightweight or junior lightweight.”
Jamaine Ortiz (15-0-1, 8 KOs) is a boxer with fast hands. The only blemish on his record is a majority draw against then-undefeated prospect Joseph Adorno. The 25-year-old displayed speed and punching volume in that fight, qualities that helped him earn a unanimous decision win over Nahir Albright in February to capture the NABF crown. This will be a considerable step in opposition to Ortiz, who will get his second chance to fight on a Top Rank on ESPN card .
Ortiz said, “Jamel Herring is a tremendous boxer with an impeccable resume, and I have all the respect in the world for what he has accomplished, but on May 21 he will step into my ring in my weight class and I will show him and the world find out why I’m the future at 135 pounds. What he saw in February against Nahir Albright is simply a preview of what is to come. We have only scratched the surface. I am looking forward to adding more titles to my own resume as I climb the ladder in 2022.”