WBO middleweight champion Janibek Alimkhanuly has continued to apply pressure on the top contender of the sanctioning body, Chris Eubank Jr.
Janibek is back in action on Saturday night in Texas, when he faces IBF champion Vincenzo Gualtieri in a unification fight.
Eubank returned to the ring last month and avenged a prior defeat when he battered and stopped Liam Smith in their rematch. The victory propelled the British star to the top spot in the WBO’s rankings at 168-pounds.
Janbek has serious doubts that Eubank will ever face him.
“I don’t see Eubank Jr as a good fighter. If he’s running from me, it means he’s in a lower position than Gualtieri, because he’s a champion and he came to fight with me,” Janibek told Sky Sports.
“So, I have more respect for my opponent. But if fighters are running from me, it means they are in a lower position.”
Janibek has held the WBO title since August 2022, but he’s been unable to secure top names.
“The question has to go to all of the opponents who turned me down and who do not want to come to the ring,” Janibek said.
“I am just a fighter. I want to make a history for ‘Qazaq Style’. I just wanted to become one of the best at what they do. I don’t have any pressure. I feel strong. I feel that I have everything that it takes to do here.
“And my goal is to take all four titles in the middleweight division to be undisputed and then I wanted to go into one weight class up and do some damages there as well. I would like to go into different weight classes, maybe even up to four different weight classes. It’s important for me to fight good names like Canelo [Alvarez], [David] Benavidez, the guys in the bigger weight classes.”