#APB World Pre Ranking Day 2 – Preview Astana 60 Kg, Istanbul 75 Kg, Sofia 81 Kg and Bergamo 91 Kg

21 November 2014 News

APB_DRAW_SOFTWARE_results_2000x1000_60kg_Light-1024x512ASTANA 60 Kg Day 2

 

The Daulet Sports Complex in Astana, Kazakhstan hosts the Lightweights (60kg) on Friday November 21st in week two of the AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) Pre-ranking Phase.

One of the most exciting weight classes in APB, the lightweights put on an excellent show during the first week of action, with each fighter displaying spirited and skillful performances.

Top seeded boxer Berik Abdrakhmanov had a surprisingly tough first week of action against Ireland’s David Oliver Joyce, but the AIBA World Boxing Championships bronze medalist eventually managed to win the bout.

He faces Asian Games silver medallist Charly Suarez in Astana, with the Filipino athlete coming into the contest with great confidence after his own opening victory over Italy’s highly decorated Domenico Valentino.

Both fighters possess tremendous physical skills, with the Suarez the faster athlete, and Abdrakhmanov perhaps the stronger.

This will be a terrific scrap between two boxers desperate to remain undefeated in APB.

Two more lightweights who won their first week clashes also square off against each other, with Uzbekistan’s WSB veteran Hurshid Tojibaev competing against Brazil’s Robson Conceição, the current AIBA World Boxing Championships silver medallist.

Tojibaev had a gruelling fight with Dmitry Polyanskiy in his first APB appearance, while Conceição won on points against Germany’s Artur Bril.

The Uzbekistan fighter will be looking to use his exceptional lateral movement, while the Brazilian has an incredible ability to alter his tactics throughout a fight.

A very intriguing and exciting clash follows the undefeated fighters, with Ireland’s David Oliver Joyce in action against Italy’s Domenico Valentino.

Joyce impressed many with his efforts against Berik Abdrakhmanov, coming just short against the top seed, so he will be bursting with enthusiasm against a legend of the sport in Valentino.

The Italian is one of the most decorated fighters in APB, having medalled at every AIBA World Boxing Championships since 2005, but he struggled against the younger Suarez in his first bout.

Joyce is coming into the prime of his career now, and will see Valentino as an opportunity to fully make his mark in APB, while the veteran Italian has his back against the wall already, but he has always pulled fantastic results out of the bag when it matters.

In the last fight of the evening, Russia’s Dmitry Polyanskiy and Germany’s Artur Bril will both look for their first APB victory at the others expense.

Polyanskiy has won two European Championships medals, but his rough and ready style failed to fully shine against Hurshid Tojibaev, while Bril, who has three seasons of WSB experience, will be seeking to shake off the Robson Conceição defeat.

Because both men have to win, an exciting battle could be in store, and Polyanskiy’s excellent reflexes and pressure will have to be at their best, as will Bril’s supreme conditioning.

 

Follow the live scoring of the match at www.AIBAPROBOXING.com

 

APB Lightweight Round 2 Matches

 

 

ISTANBUL 75 Kg Day 2

Fenerbahçe Ülker Sports Arena in Istanbul, Turkey is the location for the Week Two Pre-ranking AIBA Pro Boxing (APB), and the Middleweights (75kg) will be competing in the last of four worldwide events on Friday November 21st.

The middleweight division was somewhat of a rarity in week one, as all of the favourites won their bouts, which makes the four matches taking place in Turkey all the more interesting.

Number one seed Artem Chebotarev is a medal machine with European and World Championships success, and his APB debut was equally impressive as he dominated Ecuador’s Marlo Delgado for nearly six full rounds until the South American star was disqualified.

He takes on home favourite Adam Kilicci, a bronze medallist in the 2007 AIBA World Championships and who was fantastic in front of his Turkish fans in week one against Kenya’s Nickson Otieno Abaka.

Chebotarev is the number one seed for a reason, but the power of home support could lift Kilicci up even more levels, and this is a bout that has captured the attention of the boxing world.

Egypt’s Hosam Abdin cooly disposed of France’s Michel Tavares in his APB debut, and he faces number two seed and 2012 Ukrainian National Champion Dmytro Mytrofanov who won a close fight against Bogdan Juratoni.

Abdin’s body punching was flawless in his opening bout, and despite his lack of six-round experience, he improved as the fight progressed, and always offered the sharper and cleaner work.

Mytrofanov also took hold of his contest against Juratoni in the latter rounds, eventually winning by split decision, and he will be looking for a more decisive victory against the Egyptian to remind people why he is the number two seed in APB.

Both Marlo Delgado and Kenya’s Nickson Otieno Abaka have competed in the Olympic Games, but neither had a successful opening in APB, with Delgado disqualified in his bout, and Abaka losing every round in his.

This makes their clash in Istanbul all the more gripping, with the loser facing a long way back to APB glory, and the winner reinvigorated with their first victory on board.

Delgado started his fight off against Chebotarev with some acclaim, before succumbing to the Russian’s supreme ability, while Abaka was coming up against not just a great fighter in Kilicci, but an entire country.

The WSB experience of Delgado could be the difference in this bout, but keep an eye out for Abaka’s energy, which he could use to his advantage as Delgado struggled towards the latter stages of his first round fight.

France’s Michel Tavares has 21 WSB bouts to his name, but despite his awkward southpaw stance and experience over the longer rounds, his APB debut was a disappointment as he lost convincingly to Hosam Abdin, while Romania’s decorated Bogdan Juratoni lost a close fight to the number two seed.

Tavares will have less confidence coming into the fight than Juratoni, but the Romanian’s nose was damaged in his first fight, and the stinging jab of the French star could cause aggravation to that area, which could swing the fight in a different direction.

 

APB Middleweight Round 2 Matches

 

Sofia 81 Kg Day 2

Eight world class Light Heavyweights (81kg) are in action for week two of AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) Pre-Ranking action, with Sofia, Bulgaria’s 3,000 seater Universiada Hall in Sofia the venue.

The 81kg fighters started the entire APB project off with great style in week one, and this time around there are four more fights that promise some gripping action.

France’s Mathieu Bauderlique is 9-0 as a professional, with four stoppages included in that record, and his experience in WSB also helped him hugely in his week one victory over Adilbek Niyazymbetov.

The Frenchman faces number one seed and Commonwealth Games silver medalist Kennedy St Pierre, who surprisingly lost his first ABP clash against Germany’s Serge Michel.

Bauderlique will be brimming with confidence following his first victory, and can smell another big win coming against the top seeded Mauritian.

St Pierre has tremendous technical ability, and he will need to rely on that against Bauderlique who will have the advantage should the fight go into the latter rounds.

Iran’s Ehsan Rouzbahani is one of the most popular Asian boxers in the world due to his excellent performances in the World Series of Boxing, and he defeated Uzbekistan’s Oybek Mamazulunov in a minor upset during week one, which sees his second fight against Russia’s Nikita Ivanov now an all-important one.

Ivanov avenged his 2011 European Championships defeat against Ireland’s Joe Ward in his debut APB bout, and arguably looked the best light heavyweight during the first week of competition.

The Russian dominated the contest, and his heavy hands and clever movement could trouble Rouzbahani, who will offer constant forward pressure and heavy hands.

This could be the most exciting fight of the night, while the contest between Joe Ward and Uzbekistan’s Oybek Mamazulunov may be one of the most engaging.

Ward was heavily hyped coming into his bout against Ivanov, and will want to come back strongly and quickly, while Mamazulunov, an Asian Games gold medalist and World Championships bronze holder is not used to losing, and both fighters will be desperate to claim their first win in Sofia.

The Irishman has recently turned 21, and will be looking to utilise his speed and power, while Uzbekistan’s great hope is the king of combination punching, and fast punches troubled Ward in his earlier fight.

Rounding off the evening are two new fighters to the APB fold, as Bulgaria’s Spas Genov gets the opportunity to fight in front of his home fans against Sarajevo’s Dzemal Bosnjak.

Bulgarian banger Spas Genov has experienced an explosive career as a professional, recording six stoppage victories in his seven wins, and ‘Oktopod,’ as he is known on the pro circuit, won a silver medal in the European Amateur Championships in 2006 boxing as a welterweight.

The rangy slugger has fast, powerful hands and will look to make it an early night against Dzemal Bosnjak who competed for USA Knockout in Season IV of WSB, plus reached the third round of the 2011 AIBA World Championships, defeating Hrvoje Sep in round two.

Although Genov has the professional experience, he has only been past four rounds twice, while Bosnjak will believe that his WSB background should mean that the longer the fight goes on, the more chance he has of causing a huge upset in Genov’s own country.

 

APB Light Heavyweight Round 2 Matches

 

Bergamo 91 Kg Day 2

Bergamo, Italy is the host for week two of the AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) Pre-Ranking event, with eight Heavyweights (91kg) in action.

Number one seed, two time AIBA World Champion and home favourite Clemente Russo enjoyed a dream debut in front of his adoring fans in Rome during week one, where he knocked out Ukraine’s Roman Golovashchenko.

The Italian icon faces Russia’s Aleksei Egorov in week two, who defeated Chouaib Bouloudintas by unanimous decision in his first fight in the competition.

Egorov competed in Season IV of WSB for Russian Boxing Team, and is young for a heavyweight at just 23, and his incredibly industrious work ethic saw him upset Bouloudintas.

He will look to maintain the pressure against Russo who is almost a decade older than his Russian opponent.

With Russo having already proved that fighting in his home country only makes him better, the pressure will be on Egorov to ignore the crowd and focus on his own game, while at the same time he will be trying to evade Russo’s power and strength.

Germany’s Emir Ahmatovic engaged in a classic Heavyweight shootout in week one, as he stopped America’s Javonta Charles in the third round of their contest.

Ahmatovic will want a similarly early night against the Kazakh Anton Pinchuk, but is unlikely to have such a brief evening again.

Pinchuk defeated Argentina’s Yamil Peralta by just one round on one scorecard in their opening bout, and will take much encouragement from that performance, with the 2013 Asian Games gold medalist a towering figure, who will look to negate the German’s power with his lofty reach and his own powerful right hand.

Many expected Ukraine’s Roman Golovashchenko to perform better against Russo in Rome, but the 13-1 professional was perhaps overawed by the occasion.

He will look to return to winning ways against Chouaib Bouloudinats , who also underperformed in the first week of competition.

Golovashchenko has tremendous movement, and will need to be clever in the ring against his Algerian opponent who is an Olympian, as well as a veteran of 10 WSB wins.

Already at this early stage of the competition the pressure is on both fighters to win, and it may come down to who has the better stamina, and how well Golovashchenko has reacted to being stopped in round four against Russo.

The last heavyweight fight may well be the most enthralling and unpredictable, as Argentina’s World Championships bronze medalist and undefeated WSB star Yamil Peralta faces newcomer Croatian Marko Calic, who replaces Javonta Charles.

Peralta was just one round away from winning his debut APB match, and will want to make sure his second bout leaves nothing to chance.

Argentina’s star athlete survived the six rounds just fine which shows his cardio is not an issue, but fighting a new opponent is always awkward.

Calic reached the quarter-finals of the 2013 AIBA World Championships before losing to Clemente Russo, and the Croatian will be jumping at the chance to cause an upset in his first APB appearance.

 

APB Heavyweight Round 2 Matches

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