#APB – Asian, Americas’, Mediterranean and European derbies to open APB Pre-Ranking for Flyweights22 October 2014
The recent AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) Pre-Ranking Draw ended up with four regional derbies in Flyweight category (52 kg) which will be hosted by the Russian third most populous city after Moscow and St. Petersburg – Novosibirsk on October 26. The SKK Sever will see the Asian contest as the Uzbekistan’s Jasurbek Latipov will take on his neighbour from Kazakhstan Ilyas Suleimenov, the America’s clash between the Mexican Elias Emigdio and Argentina’s Fernando Martínez, and the Mediterranean derby between French Redouane Asloum and Algeria’s Mohamed Flissi. The culmination of the evening might be called the European derby, as this contest will take place between the Italian Vincenzo Picardi and Russian Mikhail Aloian.
The two-time AIBA World Championships gold medallist and hometown hero Mikhail Aloian is the top seeded boxer in the category, and the southpaw star also won a bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
In addition to this pedigree, Aloian is also unbeaten in World Series of Boxing competition with the Russian Boxing Team, and he is a masterful defensive technician who mounts a formidable offensive game plan by boxing behind an enigmatically solid defence.
His APB debut sees him compete against Italy’s Vincenzo Picardi, who is also an Olympic bronze medallist, from Beijing in 2008.
Picardi is a two-time European Championships bronze medallist, and also claimed the same coloured medal at the AIBA World Championships in 2007.
The Italian has always been consistently good, but has struggled in the past to get through to the finals of competitions, but his 10-2 record in WSB for Italia Thunder suggests he has started to know how to close out matches more often.
This is an intriguing clash between two highly decorated boxers, with the majesty of the Russian against the marauding style of the Italian.
Argentina’s Fernando Martínez is just 21-years-old, and is an all-round boxing technician who looks to put his opponents under enormous pressure with well-planned, calculated attacks and hard body-head combinations.
Despite his youth, the Argentinian athlete is already a WSB veteran, having fought for Los Angeles Matadors in WSB, before switching to his home country franchise the Argentina Condors in Season III, and he has gained invaluable experience from boxing at such a high level over lengthy rounds.
His opponent in week one is another WSB standout, Mexico’s Elias Emigdio who has won 17 of his 20 bouts in that competition, a record that saw him regarded as the third best Flyweight in the competition.
Emigdio is economical, hardly ever wasting a single punch, who relies on his rhythmic footwork to avoid danger, and maintains a lot of the classic Mexican boxing attributes; a pro fighting style, the heart of a lion, hurtful punching power, an iron chin and a warrior mentality. This, when fused with his mature boxing style, accentuates his potency in the ring.
France’s Redouane Asloum is a veteran of the sport at 33-years-old, and has packed a lot into his career. The multiple Champion represented his country at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and also competed in WSB Season III for the German Eagles.
Since making the change over to the professional game in late 2008, Asloum has managed to capture the WBC Mediterranean flyweight title, and twice challenged for the French flyweight title, compiling a record of 11 wins from 14 bouts, with four of those wins coming via stoppage.
Having fought six rounds a total of six times, and completed the 10 round distance once, the APB format should be no problem for the lively flyweight who likes to bore into his opponents at a relentless pace behind a tight guard before unleashing energy-sapping body shots.
Algeria’s 24-year-old Mohamed Flissi won a sparkling silver medal at the 2013 AIBA World Boxing Championships, and the London 2012 Olympian has also enjoyed a career in the World Series of Boxing, turning out for his native franchise the Algeria Desert Hawks and compiling a solid record which has given him ample experience of a format similar to APB.
In the ring, the Algerian uses his long limbs to maintain distance, attacking in bursts and smartly using periods of aggression when necessary to pick his opponent off with fast two-punch combinations.
With both boxers used to fighting over many rounds, this has the potential to be a cagey clash, with the smarter fighter eventually succeeding.
Ilyas Suleimenov will be looking to build on the experience he gained from boxing in Season IV of WSB for the Astana Arlans Kazakhstan where he most notably defeated Poland’s Grzegorz Kozlowski.
Suleimenov recently won the Asian Games in Incheon, and is coming into this bout on top form. What is special about him as a fighter is his natural fleeting footwork that allows him to slip his opponent’s shots and counterpunch with blurring hand speed.
He will need to be at his best to defeat the number two ranked fighter in week one, Uzbekistan’s Jasurbek Latipov who won a bronze medal at the World Championships in 2011 in Baku and in 2013 he went one better by winning the silver at the same tournament in Almaty.
A stern competitor, he is not afraid to turn things ugly in a fight if he needs to win and also emerged victorious from his sole fight for the Ukraine Otamans in WSB Season IV, Latipov has mastered his craft in the ring while perfecting the knowledge of how to use a rough and tumble style to unsettle his opponents but, despite his ring cunning, nothing can be taken away from his boxing ability.
Follow the live scoring of the match at www.AIBAPROBOXING.com at 18.00 h (GMT +7)