#APB World Pre Ranking Day 2 – Preview Astana 60 Kg, Istanbul 75 Kg, Sofia 81 Kg and Bergamo 91 Kg21 November 2014
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Sofia 81 Kg Day 2
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.
Bauderlique will be brimming with confidence following his first victory, and can smell another big win coming against the top seeded Mauritian.
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.
The Russian dominated the contest, and his heavy hands and clever movement could trouble Rouzbahani, who will offer constant forward pressure and heavy hands.
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.
Bergamo 91 Kg Day 2
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.
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.
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.