#APB Fearless Flyweights Aleksandrov and Mohammadpour shine in Sofia07 June 2015
The first two flyweight (52 kg) AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) Cycle I Round 1 matches took place on Saturday night from Sofia, Bulgaria, headlined by local legend Aleksandar Aleksandrov winning an epic contest.
Bulgarian hero Aleksandrov reached the quarter-finals of the London 2012 Olympic Games, but his performance against Redouane Asloum will live long in the memory as they engaged in a classic bout.
Aleksandrov competed wearing camouflage shorts, and his style in Sofia had a military precision, with focused attacks and a tight defence his main weapons.
Asloum was composed in response despite fighting in hostile territory, with his combination punching was particularly impressive.
The momentum swung throughout each round, and after the completion of all eight frames, the judges awarded the victory to Aleksandrov as a result of his cleaner work.
He will now meet Sajad Mohammadpour in Cycle I Round 2, after the Iranian debutant sensationally defeated AIBA World Championships silver medalist Mohamed Flissi.
Mohammadpour’s punches startled Flissi on several occasions in their bout, and his relentless energy also confounded the decorated Algerian fighter.
Two further flyweight matches will take place on June 10 in Mexico City, Mexico.
- Mohammed FLISSI (ALG) vs Sajad MOHAMMADPOUR (IRI) W.P.
- Alexandar ALEKSANDROV (BUL) vs Redouane ASLOUM (FRA)