#APB – APB Heavyweights to meet up in Rome22 October 2014
It is fitting that one of the most glamorous weight category in Boxing makes its AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) Pre-Ranking debut in one of the classiest cities in the world, as the Heavyweights (91kg) touchdown in Rome on October 24th.
The top seeded boxer in this category Clemente Russo will have the hopes of an entire nation on his broad shoulders, and the Italian enjoys a list of accolades that would make even the greatest boxers of all time blush.
A two-time AIBA World Champion in 2007 and 2013, a brace of silver medals at the Olympic Games in 2008 and 2012, a European Championships gold medallist, plus one of the most successful boxers in the history of World Series of Boxing, where he amassed an astounding 17-2 record for Italia Thunder, becoming a WSB Team Champion in Season III and an Individual Champion in Season II.
Quite simply, Russo is a boxing legend, and at 32, the Italian hasn’t even entered his Heavyweight prime yet. Fast and aggressive, his seed is well deserved, although those expecting a quick night for Russo may be disappointed however, as his week one opponent Roman Golovashchenko has also had quite the career already.
Ukraine’s Golovashchenko is 13-1 as a professional, and can boast of winning two Global Boxing Council cruiserweight titles, and is one of the most respected fighters in his division.
The professional star enters APB after having won his last nine pro bouts, six of these by knockout. His movement is deceptively good for a man his size, and he loves to put pressure on his opponents using his movement and power.
Whether his experience will be enough to defeat one of the greatest boxers of all time is another matter entirely, especially with Russo’s rabid fan base cheering him on at all times.
Current European Champion Aleksei Egorov is young for a Heavyweight at just 23, but the Russian has an incredibly industrious work ethic, with his phenomenally high punch output fuelled by formidable physical conditioning that allows him to keep coming forward throwing punches.
His week one opponent is Algeria’s Chouaib Bouloudinats, who has ten WSB wins to his name, plus an appearance at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
In terms of experience, Bouloudinats is far ahead of his opponent Egorov, and he has a distinctive brawling style, throwing wide open punches in onrushing attacks, plus he also knows how to box on the back foot, picking off his opponents with clever counters.
30 year old Charles is a powerful puncher, who is looking for APB success to define his career. 2-0 as a professional, with both wins coming via first round stoppage, the American boxed for the former Memphis Force franchise in the World Series of Boxing (WSB) and he is adept at avoiding punches, while launching his own dangerous attacks.
Ahmatovic won the bronze medal in 2013’s European Boxing Championships contains a lot of power, with a specialism in boot-shaking hooks, and he is also a master technician who likes to box at distance.
Considering the power of both men, and the pressure they will be under in their first APB contest, this could be the shortest contest of week one, as whoever lands first could be the winner.
The number two seed Heavyweight is Argentina’s 23-year-old Yamil Peralta, who has won all eight of his WSB contests in his career. Peralta represented his country at the London 2012 Olympic Games, and also took home a bronze medal from the 2013 World Boxing Championships in Almaty.
With so much experience already at such a young age, Peralta has a mountainous physique, and has been putting in a lot of hard training ahead of the rigour of APB.
His first week opponent is Anton Pinchuk, who won the gold medal at the Asian Games in Amman 2013.
Pinchuk is one of Kazakhstan’s finest boxers, who utilises his reach advantage over fighters in crafty and creative ways, all the while looking for opportunities to launch his powerful right hand.
Both fighters are blue chip prospects, thus this contest could be a close fought competitive one.
The Italian boxing fans will have a chance to watch the match taking place at PalaTiziano di Roma on October 24th at 22.30 at RaiSport 1.