Newly-crowned WBO middleweight champion Janibek Alimkhanuly will have an opportunity to prove he is worthy of holding gold on November 12. Janibek faces off against mandatory challenger Denzel Bentley.
The fight takes place inside the Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.
A 2013 World and Asian Championships gold medalist, Janibek turned pro in 2016. In May, he beat Danny Dignam via knockout to win the interim WBO title. He was on track to fight Demetrius Andrade for the regular title. However, Andrade, who hasn’t fought since November 2021, vacated the belt to move to a new division.
This will be Janibek’s first shot as a premier headliner for Bob Arum’s Top Rank.
“I give Denzel Bentley credit for accepting the challenge when so many fighters ran the other way,” Janibek said in a release. “It is a great honor to defend my world title in Las Vegas at The Palms, and I will once again show the world what ‘Qazaq Style’ is about.”
Bentley made his pro debut in 2017. A two-time British middleweight champion, Bentley initially lost the belt against Felix Cash in 2021. He regained the belt in 2022 against Linus Udofia. Bentley’s last fight was in September, beating Marcus Morrison via TKO. Primarily fighting out of the U.K., this will be his U.S. debut.
“Denzel Bentley is backing himself and completely believes he has got what it takes to win the WBO world middleweight championship from a formidable champion in Janibek Alimkhanuly,” said promoter Frank Warren. “It is a golden opportunity for Denzel to step up from being a respected British champion to starring on the world stage in Las Vegas.”
Also on the card will be the Top Rank debut of WBA minimum champion Seniesa Estrada. “Super Bad” defends her title against Jazmin Gala Villarino.
Here is a complete guide for Janibek’s vs. Bentley, including the start time, fight card, price, updated betting odds, and more. The Sporting News will be providing updates as time goes on.
When is Janibek Alimkhanuly vs. Denzel Bentley?
- Date: Saturday, November 12 | Sunday, November 13 (AU)
- Start time: 10 p.m. ET | 3 a.m. BST | 12 p.m. AEST
- Main event: 11:15 p..m ET | 4:15 a.m. BST | 1:15 p.m. AEST (approximately)
The Top Rank-produced event takes place on Saturday, November 12. The main card starts at 10 p.m. ET | 3 a.m. BST | 12 p.m. AEST. Janibek Alimkhanuly and Denzel Bentley should be heading to the ring around 1:15 p..m ET | 4:15 a.m. BST | 1:15 p.m. AEST, depending on how long the undercard fights last.
How to watch Janibek Alimkhanuly vs. Denzel Bentley
|Country||Date||Channel + Live Stream (main card)|
|United States||Sat. Nov 12||ESPN+|
|Canada||Sat. Nov 12||ESPN+|
|United Kingdom||Sun. Nov 12||ESPN, BT Sport|
|Australia||Sun. Nov, 13||FITE.tv|
In the U.S., Janibek Alimkhanuly vs. Denzel Bentley can be watched on ESPN+.
In the U.K., you can watch the fight on ESPN and BT Sport. FITE.tv also will showcase the bout outside of the U.S.
Janibek Alimkhanuly vs. Denzel Bentley price: How much does the card cost?
You can pay $9.99 for a monthly subscription to ESPN+ or buy an annual subscription for $99.99.
|ESPN+ Monthly Subscription||$9.99/month|
|ESPN+ Annual Subscription||$99.99/year|
|The Disney Bundle w/Hulu Ad-Supported||$13.99/month|
|The Disney Bundle w/Hulu No-Ads||$19.99/month|
Where is Janibek Alimkhanuly vs. Denzel Bentley?
Janibek vs. Bentley takes place in Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The venue can hold up to 2,500 people.
How much do tickets for Janibek Alimkhanuly vs. Denzel Bentley cost?
Tickets for Janibek vs. Bentley start at $36, per TicketSmarter.
Prices then range from $70, $80, $100, $200, $300, and $423.
Janibek Alimkhanuly vs. Denzel Bentley betting odds
Per Caesars, Janibek is the -2000 favorite, while Bentley is the +1000 underdog.
In Canada, per Sports Interaction, Janibek is the -2500 favorite, while Bentley is the +1000 underdog.
Janibek Alimkhanuly record and bio
- Nationality: Kazakhstani
- Born: April 1, 1993
- Height: 5-11 1/2
- Reach: 71.5 inches
- Total fights: 12
- Record: 12-0 with eight wins via knockout
Denzel Bentley record and bio
- Nationality: English
- Born: January 29, 1995
- Height: 5-11
- Reach: 72 inches
- Total fights: 19
- Record: 17-1-1 with 14 wins via knockout
Janibek Alimkhanuly vs. Denzel Bentley fight card
- Janibek Alimkhanuly (c) vs. Denzel Bentley for the WBO middleweight title
- Seniesa Estrada (c) vs. Jazmin Gala Villarino for the WBA minimum title