Armenia made a perfect competition day with three victories at the AIBA World Boxing Championships15 September 2019
The winners of the flyweight (52kg), lightweight (63kg) and middleweight (75kg) advanced to the last 16 on the sixth day of boxing at the Yekaterinburg 2019 AIBA World Boxing Championships. Armenia had three boxers in action during the competition day and all of their three tough hopes as Artur Hovhannisyan, Hovhannes Bachkov and Arman Darchinyan won their contests.
Among the participating 78 nations and 365 boxers, Europe represents the Yekaterinburg 2019 AIBA World Boxing Championships with 169 athletes from 36 countries. The following 36 European nations are attending in the AIBA World Boxing Championships in Yekaterinburg: Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Moldova, Monaco, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and Wales.
Bout of the day
Armenia’s Hovhannes Bachkov was bronze medallist at the Hamburg 2017 AIBA World Boxing Championships therefore his target in Yekaterinburg is even higher. The Armenian, who won the last edition of the European Games and the EUBC European Boxing Championships, used his speed to take the lead against Thailand’s Somchay Wongsuwan in the first round. The Thai lightweight (63kg) boxer developed well this year and became more competitive against Seed No.3 than expected. Wongsuwan caught the quick Armenian a few times but Bachkov increased his tempo in time to beat his Southeast Asian opponent.
Surprise of the day
France’s Billal Bennama won the Cologne Boxing World Cup this April and collected many big scalps in the preparation tournaments but he had to face in the last 32 with China’s Hu Jianguan at the flyweight (52kg). The Chinese boxer earned bronze medals in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and in the Doha 2015 AIBA World Boxing Championships therefore Bennama did not expect an easy fight. The French boxer exceeded the expectations with his speed and eliminated one of the gold medal contenders in Yekaterinburg.
Russia’s EUBC European Champion Vasiliy Egorov moved up from the light flyweight (49kg) to the flyweight (52kg) but his skills were enough to beat Ecuador’s promising teenager Luis Delgado in their meeting on Day6. His teammate Gleb Bakshi had also a tough rival Azerbaijan’s Amin Kushkov which was closer than Egorov’s contest but the local favourite worked enough to advance to the last 16 of the middleweight (75kg).
Bulgaria’s two-time EUBC European Champion Daniel Asenov also started his campaign in Yekaterinburg where he controlled his fight against Indonesia’s Aldoms Suguro. Azerbaijan’s Masud Yusifzada was also enough strong to beat Morocco’s Said Mortaji at the flyweight (52kg). The Azeri boxer will be meeting in the last 16 with Armenia’s Rio 2016 Olympian and European Games winner Artur Hovhannisyan who eliminated Jordan’s Mohammad Al-Gharaghir on Day6.
France’s Sofiane Oumiha won the gold medal at the Hamburg 2017 AIBA World Boxing Championships and the star of the lightweight (63kg) had to wait for his firs mission until the sixth competition day. The Rio 2016 Olympic Games silver medallist was smarter than South Korea’s Kang Hyeon Bin and his tricky style delivered him to the next stage. Further European favourites as England’s Luke McCormack and Russia’s Youth Olympic Champion Ilia Popov also advanced to the last 16 in Yekaterinburg.
European Games silver medallist Salvatore Cavallaro was confident in his opening fight against Serbia’s Sandro Poletan who moved back to the middleweight (75kg) before the start of the event but could not stop the Italian attacks. Armenia’s Arman Darchinyan eliminated England’s Mark Dickinson in the first day of boxing and he had to wait for his second appearance until Day6. The Armenian middleweight (75kg) boxer spent less than one round in the ring against Saudi Arabia’s Jaber Al-Faifi which meant the Caucasian country made a perfect day in Yekaterinburg.