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Alimkhanuly spent the first round gathering data on his opponent, tracking him around the ring and noticing how Butler over-engaged when landing punches.
The 30-year-old Southpaw took advantage of this by landing a counter left uppercut that gave Butler a hard blow in the next round. Alimkhanuly then only needed two or three shots to send him to the canvas.
The fierce attack continued as Alimkhanuly hit hard shot after hard shot, dropping Butler a second time. Referee Jack Reiss allowed Butler to continue, but his legs showed he was on his feet.
Butler had one last chance, but the Zhilandy, Kazakhstan native landed another wave that knocked him down for the third and final time at 2:35 of the second round.
Alimkhanuly said: “Masters. Boxing Stars! Where are you? I’m waiting. Let’s fight. I’m the most avoided boxer. I’m the middleweight king. let’s go. Let’s fight. I’m ready for anyone. whenever. Wherever.”
Moloney said: “I thought I had won by leaving, but winning is all that matters. And now I have this belt for life.
“I broke my arm in the third or fourth round. It hurt every time I threw it. But I knew this was my last chance to make my dream come true.
“That’s half the work done by Team Moloney. Next week (twin brother) Andrew will join me as world champion.”
Featherweight: Former world champion contender Villa Ruben “Dragon” IV (20-1, 7 KOs) made a successful Top Rank debut, losing via TKO in the fifth round Maiccol Lopez Villagrana (16-5, 8 KOs). Villa sent Villagrana to the canvas with a left hand in the fourth. The penalty continued into the next round where several unanswered shots forced referee Gerard White to stop the fight at 1:55.
middleweight: In the battle for unconquered prospects, Javier Martinez (8-0-1, 2 KOs) and Joeshon James (7-0-1, 4 KOs) fought to a split draw after eight rounds of fighting. James had more success outdoors, but Martinez was able to hold the fight at close range for long periods, making it easier to land with his left hand through the opponent’s guard. Points: 79-73 James, 77-75 Martinez and 76-76.
junior weight: Beloved Fernando Vargas (7-0, 2 KOs) returned to the ring after four rounds by unanimous decision of the judges Bernard Manzano (2-5). Vargas earned a knockdown in the first round and dominated the rest of the fight with a constant body attack. Points: 40-35 3x.
welterweight: Prominent born in Atlanta Brian Norman Jr. (24-0, 19 KOs) defeated the tough guy Jesus Perez (24-5, 18 KOs) via unanimous decision after eight rounds of action. Score: 77-75 2x and 78-74.