Weigh-In Results: Janibek Alimkhanuly vs Steven Butler & Jason Moloney vs Vincent Astrolabio
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WBO middleweight world champion Janibek “Qazaq Style” Alimkhanuky defends his belt to challenger Steven Butler on Saturday, May 13 at Stockton Arena in Stockton, California. The weigh-in event caught fans' attention as Butler turned away from the face-off with Janibek and promptly walked out, leaving the champion to pose for photos alone. Speculation ensued with many questioning if something has happened behind the scenes for the Canadian to refuse his promotional duties for the event.
In the co-feature, Australian fan-favorite Jason “Mayhem” Moloney will face Filipino contender Vincent Astrolabio for the vacant WBO bantamweight world title.
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Janibek Alimkhanuly 159.2 lbs
Steven Butler 159.6 lbs
12×3 Janibek's WBO Middleweight World Title
Jason Moloney 117.8 lbs
Vincent Astrolabio 117.2 lbs
12×3 Vacant WBO Bantamweight World Title
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Gabriel Flores Jr. 134.4 lbs
Derrick Murray 134.4 lbs
Javier Martinez 161.2 lbs
Joeshon James 161.2 lbs
Ruben Villa 126.4 lbs
Maickol Lopez Villagrana 126.6 lbs
Amado Fernando Vargas 129.4 lbs
Bernardo Manzano 129.6 lbs
4×3 Junior Lightweight
Brian Norman Jr. 148 lbs
Jesus Perez 147 lbs
What have they said?
Janibek Alimkhanuky: “I give all the credit to Steven Butler for accepting this fight. In a division full of ducks, Butler is a true warrior. I know he will come to fight, and we will give the fans a great show.
“Demetrius Andrade gave up his title to avoid fighting me. He ran eight pounds up the scale. He is the ultimate duck. Jaime Munguia turned down a shot at the title to fight weaker opposition. They are the two ducks, but I am the champion now.
“I called out the division’s other champions, and they didn’t answer. Butler answered the call. I am fighting Saturday to prove a point. I will knock out Butler in devastating fashion.
“The middleweight division runs through me now. I am here to stay. While the other champions continue not to fight, I will challenge the best and knock out everyone in my path.”
Steven Butler: “No detail will be spared in this training camp. Expect a big upset on May 13. I am confident that I will bring the belt back to Quebec.”
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