Janikbek Alimkhanuly vs. Steven Butler Preview and Free Pick

This Saturday the WBO World Middleweight and Bantamweight Titles are on the line, as we take a trip to Stockton, California, to see the exciting double header event happen.

The Stockton Arena will be the venue to host a 9 bouts fight card that culminates with these two title bouts.

Our focus is placed on the headliner fight, between Janikbek Alimkhanuly, the Kazakhstan defending champion, and Steven Butler, the Canadian Challenger who is trying to dethrone him.

We are expecting some good action during the fight, but we are not expecting it to go all the way to the 12 round.

It all goes down on Saturday, so we are going to break down the possibilities right now.


Saturday, May 13th at 9:00 pm ET Stockton Arena, California

Ring walks time:

(Estimated) 11:30 pm ET

Moneyline odds: 

Janikbek Alimkhanuly -2500 

Steven Butler +769

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Why Bet on Janikbek Alimkhanuly?

A 2013 World and Asian Championships gold medalist, Alimkhanuly 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 vacated the belt to move to a new division.

In his last fight in November, Alimkhanuly, now promoted, beat Denzel Bentley to retain the title.

Ready to prove he’s a truly unstoppable force, Janibek Alimkhanuly will defend the WBO middleweight title against Steven Butler.

Why Bet on Steven Butler?

Butler turned pro in 2014. The Canadian is a multi-time title contender, losing against Ryota Murata in 2019 for the WBA middleweight title. 

Following that bout, he has gone 4-1 and is on a four-fight win streak. 

The 27-year-old NABF middleweight champion last fought in December, beating Joshua Conley via unanimous decision.

Final Betting Analysis – Janikbek Alimkhanuly vs. Steven Butler

Alimkhanuly hasn’t been a pro for long but has plenty of amateur experience and appears to be a solid boxer in all areas. 

Butler has power but a suspect chin. He has a reach advantage but isn’t on the same level as Alimkhanuly at this point in their careers. 

We expect Alimkhanuly to leave the ring with his undefeated record intact with another victory, and the odds showcase just how big of a favorite he is.

Our pick is placed on Alimkhanury to finish the fight in under 8 rounds.

Go for a win for Alimkhanuly at -2500. If you bet $100 at such odds you could get $4.00 for a total payout of $104.

Janikbek Alimkhanuly vs. Steven Butler Betting Pick: Janikbek Alimkhanuly

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