#APB: Rome hosted the First Night of Heavyweights – Almaty was the ringside of the Light Weights25 October 2014
91 KG ROME
The Light Heavyweights (81kg) delivered an incredible show on their first AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) Pre-Ranking night of Week one in Sofia, Bulgaria, while the performance of Heavyweights (91kg) in Rome wrapped up the APB night in Rome with a Technical Knock-Out by the local superstar Clemente Russo.
The Iranian boxer – who has gained a lot of followers since he became one of the key boxers of Kazakhstan’s Astana Arlans Franchise, was hitting really hard all the way. His opponent was always coming forward returning blow for blow with his hands up. Their action resulted in a super explosive and high paced fight
The German boxer was clearly more active in the ring while his opponent was delivering heavy punches hoping for a perfect opportunity for knock-out. Michel was impressing with his continuous combinations with left body hook and left and right uppercuts followed a hard straight right, which seemed to be his favourite move. St Pierre found his rhythm only in the third round, taking advantage of his head movement, but the volume of punches from his opponent was much higher, and this is certainly why the Mauritius boxer did not managed to overcome the German bulldozer.
The next fight of the night brought together Kazakh Adilbek Niyazymbetov and French Mathieu Bauderlique. Niyazymbetov, who is well known to the boxing audience for his silver London 2012 record had an advantage as he was greatly supported by the local audience, which was cheering him on throughout the bout.
The boxers were not taking too many risks and Bauderlique was getting stronger and stronger as the rounds kept going on and he was looking for a KO. That was the high level technical fight of the night, which ended up with a victory on points for a Frenchman.
Since the very start one could see that the Russian boxer was there for business as he puts his body into the shots. He rocked the Irish boxer with every punch, but did expose himself to a few good hits from Ward.
By the middle of the fight both boxers get tired, but it was clear that Ward has difficulty to keep up with the power of his opponent.
The last 10 seconds of this fight were really explosive as both boxers threw everything in the Russian boxer got a deserved victory.
The last fight of the night took place in Rome showcasing a great performance of APB Heavyweights.
The night brought together eight top-class boxers of the division, who contested in their first pre-ranking match on the way to APB glory.
The night started with a great fight between German Emir Ahmatovic and American Charles Javonta. The German dominated in the first two rounds, and managed to send his opponent in Technical Knockout and get his victory in the first APB challenge.
The second fight brought a victory to the Kazakh boxer Anton Pinchuk who overcame his Argentinian boxer since the very first rounds. After the unanimous decision of the judges Pinchuk will meet on the 21st of November in Bergamo German Ahmatovic and Peralta will meet in the ring American Charles.
The Ukrainian boxer tried to put in difficulty home-cheered Russo, but the match was over after four rounds after the TKO by the Italian boxer.
60 KG ALMATY
The first night of AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) Pre-Ranking action started with a top-class performance of Lightweights (60kg) in Astana and Super Heavyweight (91+kg) Baku.
Romanian Mihai Nistor will enter APB history as the first Super Heavyweight to taste the flavor of victory. The Romanian boxer imposed his way with strong punches to Germany’s Ali Kiydin’s face and body. The Romanian superstar won on points with a unanimous judges’ decision and the final score of this fight clearly reflects the great performance of Nistor in his first APB challenge.
In the second bout of the night, Moroccan Mohammed Arjaoui defeated tall Ukrainian Sergiy Verveyko in one of the closest bouts of the night. The first two rounds were for the Moroccan and even if Verveyko showed all his courage in the four final rounds, it wasn’t enough to win.
The next fight saw the impressive victory of French poster boy Tony Yoka who overcame the strong Russian Magomed Omarov. The Russian entered better in the fight and in the second round he found a space in Yoka’s guard and he sent the French to the canvas. However the Frenchman managed to recover and started to control the fight to finally win 2-1 in a close decision.
The last fight in Baku could be called a highlight of the night. The seed number two in his category, German Erik Pfeifer controlled all the fight with his precise movements around the ring. His opponent was the New-York based Egyptian Ahmed Samir, who had got a strong professional record before entering APB. The “Prince of Egypt” answered Pfeifer with dangerous counter-attacks. But the German delivered an incredible right at the end of the second round and Samir kissed the canvas. The Egyptian managed to get up, but Pfeifer didn’t give him any opportunity anymore and clearly won the fight according to all judges.
In the meantime the APB Lightweights offered incredible emotions to the local public in Astana.
Following this emotional and convincing start in APB, the Lightweight and Super Heavyweight boxers will be looking forward to further impress the boxing audience in the week two of the pre-ranking stage of the competition already in December.