#APB Day 2 – FOCUS on Sofia (81 Kg), Istanbul (75 Kg) and Bergamo (91 Kg)22 November 2014
SOFIA 81 KG Results
Universiada Hall in Sofia was the venue for the memorable and emotional night of Light Heavyweights (81kg) competing in Round 2 of AIBA Pro Boxing’s (APB) Pre-Ranking phase.
The roof was almost raised off the building in Sofia, as their own boxing icon Spas Genov comfortably won his first APB clash against fellow debutant Dzemal Bosnjak.
Starting the fight in front of countless Bulgarian flags and an incredible noise, Genov soaked up the atmosphere and channeled it into non-stop aggression, as he dropped just one round on one scorecard.
Both boxers worked hard, but it was the Bulgarian brawler who just about edged the action in each stanza, with the defter punches and the better movement.
Bosnjak more than played his part in a memorable night and looks like a potential star in the future, but it was Genov’s night to shine, and if he can carry on his slick skills in upcoming fights, he will have a chance to bring back APB glory to his home city once again.
Istanbul 75 Kg Results
Fenerbahçe Ülker Sports Arena in Istanbul, Turkey hosted the Week Two Pre-ranking phase of AIBA Pro Boxing (APB), with eight Middleweight (75kg) boxers giving it their all in front of an amazing audience.
The fight of the night could have been the main event in any city in the world such was the expectation leading up to it, but luckily for Turkey’s Adam Kilicci it was in his home country, and a raucous crowd cheered him to a win over the number one seed Artem Chebotarev.
Turkey’s terror ramped up his aggression from then on, and he and Chebotarev engaged in an all out war during the last four rounds, with Kilicci consistently winning the important exchanges, aided by the cut of Chebotarev worsening dramatically as the fight progressed.
The final result was a 59:55 win for Kilicci across the board, and he is looking like one of the best prospects in any weight class of APB.
Bergamo 91 Kg Results
Bergamo, Italy was the host of week two of AIBA Pro Boxing’s (APB) Pre-ranking phase, and there was plenty of heavy hitting happening as the Heavyweights (91kg) competed.
After knocking out Roman Golovashchenko in week one, home favourite and number one seed Clemente Russo faced Russia’s Aleksei Egorov in Bergamo, and shockingly lost to his younger opponent as two judges awarded Egorov the win, with the third scoring the contest a draw.
Russo was given a hero’s welcome en route to the ring, but Egorov dominated the fight early, winning the first two rounds. As he has done so often in his career, Russo dug deep and took rounds three and four, but a spirited Egorov found his second wind towards the end of the fight, and reasserted control of the battle.
The Russian moves to 2-0 in APB following the result, and the 23-year-old will be celebrating the greatest win of his career long into the night.
For Russo, the shock defeat may spur him on to try even harder to achieve APB, and he will need to work on his accuracy in the latter rounds of fights to fully realise his dream of being the golden boy in the glamour division.