#APB – Astana to host APB Pre-Ranking competition between Lightweights (60kg)22 October 2014
The Daulet Sports Complex in Astana, Kazakhstan hosts the Lightweights (60kg) on October 24th in week one of AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) Pre-ranking Phase.
Berik Abdrakhmanov, who is the top seeded boxer in the category, is one of Kazakhstan’s most popular
athletes, and he will be looking to impress his home fans as he takes on Ireland’s David Oliver Joyce.
Abdrakhmanov won the gold medal at the Asian Games in 2013, and the 28-year-old also claimed a bronze medal at the AIBA World Boxing Championships in Astana later that year.
A stocky powerhouse who is always in tremendous physical condition, the burly Abdrakhmanov likes to unsettle his opponent in the ring with constant lateral movement, and mounts compact attacks by meticulously applying pressure with hard, fast combinations.
His opponent is no stranger to pressure himself, as Joyce is a classic come-forward fighter who possesses a particularly potent left hook, a weapon which he will look to exploit to his full advantage in APB.
The Irishman won the gold medal in the European Union Boxing Championships in Odense in 2009, and also won Germany’s prestigious international boxing tournament, the Chemistry Cup back in June of this year.
With form on his side, Joyce will be looking to make his APB mark early by beating the number one ranked favourite.
Asian Games silver medallist Charly Suarez also took home silver at the President’s Cup Almaty 2014, and with confidence and skill in abundance, the 25-year-old Filipino’s strengths include uncannily quick reflexes and unwavering mental toughness.
He will need all of those attributes in week one, as he faces Italy’s Domenico Valentino, who famously won the gold medal at the AIBA World Boxing Championships in Milan 2009.
The Italian is a policeman outside of the ring, and inside it he is a fearsome competitor who possesses an unbreakable will to win, tons of heart and a wondrous skill set.
He has medalled at every AIBA World Boxing Championships since 2005, as well as claiming three gold medals in the European Union Boxing Championships, two gold medals in the Mediterranean Games and silver and bronze medal at the European Boxing Championships.
If that wasn’t enough, Valentino also possesses WSB experience having boxed for the Italia Thunder franchise, but Suarez is physically always in peak condition, and the styles of both fighters should gel well in Astana.
In the ring, Tojibaev has the knack of controlling the action and regulating the pressure of his opponent, and has in his arsenal exceptional lateral movement.
His week one opponent is Russia’s southpaw Dmitry Polyyanskiy. The aggressive Russian won a silver medal in the European Boxing Championships in Ankara 2011, and comes to the APB after winning bronze in the same tournament last year in Minsk.
Polyyanskiy has excellent reflexes, and also establishes a rough and ready style, staring into opponents’ defences by forcefully walking them down and applying constant, intense pressure.
Number two seed in Lightweight is Brazil’s Robson Conceição, the current AIBA World Boxing Championships silver medallist.
Conceição is a real student of the sport and particularly of the art of defence, with an uncanny ability to read the intricacies of a boxing match, and to methodically outwork an opponent by boxing on the outside fused with effortless fluidity of movement.
Bril won the gold medal at the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in 2010, and the German youngster has already competed in three seasons of the World Series of Boxing, giving him the benefit of extremely apt physical conditioning.
With a relaxed ring style, he will be competing in a real chess match against Conceição who also likes to take his time in the squared circle. This will be a real technical battle, with the winner likely to be the one whose tactics are spot on.
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