#APB – Baku to host the Superheavy Weight, Sofia to show the Light Heavyweights23 October 2014
APB powerhouses to start their saga in Baku
The powerhouses of APB make their debut in the competition on October 24th, as the Super Heavyweights (91+kg) collide in Sarhadchi Complex in Baku, Azerbaijan. The show will start at 19.00 (GMT+5) and will be broadcasted by the Idman Azerbaijan TV. Live scoring of the event will be available at www.aibaproboxing.com
The night in Baku will see four incredible bouts between the strongest boxers of the category as a four-time Romanian National Champion, a 23-year-old Mihei Nistor, who has compiled a record of 4-2 for Italia Thunder in the World Series of Boxing, where he was ranked third in the individual rankings.
His week one opponent is a young German Super Heavyweight boxer, Ali Kiydin. Kiydin enters APB full of confidence after winning the German National Championship in 2014, and he will have to use this confidence and his best boxing if he wants to climb to the top in APB.
Kiydin fought two times last year for his home WSB franchise, Team Germany, which were his first contests in bouts of more than three rounds. And although he is not the tallest in the category, he always enters fights in impeccable shape.
Ukraine’s Sergiy Verveyko was a top ten ranked Super Heavyweight in WSB after his performances for Hussars Poland, and Verveyko’s backstory is as inspiring as it is solemn, with a theme of burning desire and a protagonist who overcame all obstacles that got in his way.
Sergiy crossed the length of the nation from the far eastern city of Krasnodon in the Luhansk Oblast in his native Ukraine and relocated to neighbouring Poland where he has been noticed by boxing experts from AIBA and has been successful ever since.
Now having reached the pinnacle of boxing in APB, he faces Morocco’s Mohammed Arjaoui who represented his country in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing where he lost to American sensation Deontay Wilder.
Arjaoui also has WSB experience, and this is one of the most even contests of week one, with both men looking to get off to a winning start.
Magomed Omarov won the gold medal at the 2011 European Championships where he defeated Italian legend Roberto Cammarelle in the final.
Omarov is a tactically astute boxer who studiously analyses his opponents’ movements before unleashing whipping right hooks and straight lefts. He has a water-tight defence which he uses to deflect punches whilst persistently hunting his opponents around the ring.
The Russian star made his WSB debut in the latter stages of Season IV, narrowly losing by split decision to Cuban star Jose Angel Larduet.
As a student of the game, Omarov will know all about his week one opponent, France’s Tony Yoka, who is a powerful French Super-Heavyweight that has achieved a lot in his career so far despite his youthful age.
After defeating Joseph Parker in the 2010 Youth Olympic Games final, Yoka has spent the last four years competing all over the world, including stints in the World Series of Boxing for both Paris United, and Italia Thunder.
Pfeifer is now 27, and is a boxer who embodies a never-say-die attitude, with a wealth of experience in key competitions around Europe and on the world stage where he has carved out a reputation for being a classic boxer with typically ruthless efficiency.
His opponent in Baku is the “Prince of Egypt” Ahmed Samir. The Egyptian who has earned a strong professional record with eleven wins and just one defeat is now based in New York.
Best known for his powerful punches with four of his professional victories coming via knockout, the Egyptian controls his fights in the middle of the ring, putting pressure on his opponents, and closing the space before attacking to head and body.
Samir reaches APB to show that he can be the best super heavyweight in the world, to prove he has overcome his defeat in his last professional bout last year, and to prove that he has the talent to fight with World and Continental Champions in APB.
APB Light Heavyweights to show top-class performance in Sofia
The long awaited AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) Pre-Ranking stage kicks off on October 24th, with eight world class Light Heavyweights (81kg) in action in Bulgaria’s 3,000 seater Universiada Hall in Sofia at 19.00 (EUBC President AIBA VicePresident Franco Falcinelli to attend the event. The Bulgarian boxing fans will be able to enjoy domestic broadcasting of the event which will start at 19.15 at BNT. Live Scoring of the match will be available for APB followers at www.aibaproboxing.com
The night will start with performance of Uzbekistan’s Oybek Mamazulunov, who won the gold medal at the Asian Games in Amman last year, and at his 25 is beginning to enter his prime as an athlete.
After following up that accolade with a bronze medal in the AIBA World Boxing Championships in Almaty, the man who is known for full power combinations to both body and head could have found a natural home in APB, where he will be able to utilise his low, crouching style which gives him leverage to unleash savage looping hooks from the outside.
Rouzbahani competed in WSB for Astana Arlans Kazakhstan, and will be looking to use that experience in APB, and it will be interesting to see how his distance fighting style will connect with Mamazulunov’s unique stance.
The action will continue with Kennedy St Pierre, who is an impressive boxing prospect and one of the most popular athletes in his native Mauritius.
After he won the gold medal in the All Africa Games in Maputo in 2011, he continued to develop his boxing skills and is now one of the best boxers in Africa.
A technical boxer with good mobility, he will have to adapt his style for APB quickly as he has never fought more than three rounds at a time thus far in his career.
St Pierre enters APB after winning a silver medal in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014, and his first APB challenge will be Germany’s Serge Michel, in what should be really entertaining boxers between two different styles.
In the ring, the German Serge Michel is a boxer with a classical style and a strong technique. He uses a tight stance, and prefers to box with speed and efficiency.
Despite his boxing ability, he can sometimes go looking for a fight in the ring, which was summed up by a commentator during WSB Season IV, who said:
In a competition like this though, that mind-set may be an advantage for him. Considering St Pierre’s lack of round experience, Michel’s seven WSB contests, of which he won four and only lost to the powerful Iranian Rouzbahani, and the strong Hrvoje Sep twice, may mean if the fight goes into the latter stages, he could have the advantage to defeat his opponent and make a name for himself early.
Niyazymbetov has been incredibly consistent over the course of his boxing career, with two AIBA World Boxing Championships silver medals to go along with his Olympic silver medal.
Boasting an imposing physical presence, Niyazymbetov often enjoys a reach advantage over his opponents, and his skill at both offensive and defensive boxing is the reason many are tipping him to finally break his silver curse, and become the best Light Heavyweight in APB.
He will have to beat Bauderlique to get off to a perfect start however, which will not be an easy task at all.
Southpaw Bauderlique is 9-0 as a professional, with four stoppages included in that record, and the French star was also the French National Champion in 2011.
One advantage he may have over Niyazymbetov will be if the fight progresses past three rounds. Bauderlique competed for the Algeria Desert Hawks in WSB Season III, has been the six round distance four times and completed eight rounds on one occasion as a professional, while Niyazymbetov is most used to the three round style in Olympic level boxing.
If stamina is not an issue, we could see one of the best bouts of the APB between two accomplished boxers.
Number two seed Joe Ward turns 21 six days after his APB debut, and the youngster has already amassed an incredible amount of success in his short career so far.
Ward won the European Boxing Championships in Ankara aged just 17, and among many other honours, he also claimed a bronze medal at last year’s AIBA World Championships in Almaty.
Now fighting at Light Heavyweight, the Irish star won the gold at the 2009 Junior World Boxing Championships at Light Middleweight, and he has taken his speed and power up the weight classes, which has resulted in his number two APB ranking.
His opponent in week one is Russia’s current European Champion Nikita Ivanov, who is eight years older than his Irish opponent.