#APBNews: The men at 64kg – Meet the APB’s light welterweights28 August 2014
AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) has announced the light welterweight category (64kg) for the upcoming APB competition, confirming a stellar line-up of established professionals, Olympians and international multi-medalists.
“This competition format is really unique. Finally AIBA has offered boxers the optimal way to become pro within the APB competition structure.” said the young prodigy and 2012 Olympic Games bronze medalist when asked for his thoughts on APB.
“For the first time in the history of boxing we have the chance to make the step up from three round competitions to six, eight and then 10 rounds, but not jump all of sudden to 12 round fights. This process is extremely difficult and not all boxers hoping to turn professional manage to adapt to it and develop their career. I find AIBA’s innovative process to turn pro a really good move for boxers and boxing in general.” he added.
Petrauskas will be joined by EUBC European Cup winner Vyacheslav Kyslytsyn from Ukraine, British-based Bulgarian professional and Olympic bronze medalist Boris Georgiev and battle-weary Algerian and All-Africa Games gold medalist Abdelkader Chadi.
Russian southpaw stylist Armen Zakaryan and last year’s European Boxing Championships bronze medalist Artem Harutyunyan from Germany conclude the lineup, completing a pool of hungry fighters looking to put everything on the line to qualify for Rio 2016 through a glittering group of mercurial boxing talent at 64kg.