Belarus’ Uladzislau Smiahlikau surprised his Uzbek star rival in the Governor Cup21 April 2021
Parallel to the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships, the Governor Cup is an important money prize competition for the elite boxers in St. Petersburg, Russia. The battles are holding in the Sibur Arena where the main sensation of the day was delivered by Belarus’ Uladzislau Smiahlikau.
The money prize event was held last time in 2019 but and after two years of break the Governor Cup is scheduled once again. Many of the top nations such as Uzbekistan, Russia, Kazakhstan, India, Thailand, Kyrgyzstan, Belarus, Italy, Romania, Moldova, Netherlands, Morocco, and others joined to the new edition of the Governor Cup.
The champions and medallists are awarded with medals and money prizes in the Governor Cup in St. Petersburg. Elite male boxers can compete in 10 weight categories and those who were born between 1981 and 2002 are eligible to attend in the Governor Cup.
The safety of all participants, the continuous medical checks, the social distancing, the hygienic preparations, wearing masks and all of the health controls are the responsibility of the local organizers in Russia to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the Governor Cup.
The bout of the day
Uzbekistan’s Nodirjon Mirzakhmedov and Kazakhstan’s Temirtas Zhussupov both won gold medals in the previous editions of the ASBC Asian Elite Boxing Championships. The Uzbek is the titleholder in that event while the WSB veteran Zhussupov took that gold medal in 2013. The smaller Kazakh boxer tried to use different tactic than in their last contest and moved ahead more in St. Petersburg. The Uzbek light flyweight (49kg) boxer adopted the rhythm and his excellent footwork was enough to win the most difficult contest of the day.
The surprise of the day
Belarus’ Uladzislau Smiahlikau achieved silver medal at the Minsk 2019 European Games but he was not the favourite against Uzbekistan’s AIBA World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Sanjar Tursunov who qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games. The Belarusian heavyweight (91kg) boxer tried to use his speed in the contest against the 23-year-old Uzbek and he surprised Tursunov in the contest. Smiahlikau overcame his Uzbek rival in the attacks therefore he could celebrate the surprise of the day in St. Petersburg’s Sibur Arena.
Russia’s Vladimir Strygin had impressive European schoolboys, junior and youth results but in the recent years he was not enough successful as U22 and elite boxer. Strygin is still a strong future hope who started his campaign at the lightweight (60kg) well enough against Kyrgyzstan’s next generation boxer, Mirzokhidjon Imamnazarov. The Kyrgyz was a physically tough rival therefore Strygin had to do his best until the final bell to beat the Central Asian opponent.
Moldova’s Dorin Bucsa won the title of the EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships seven years ago and since then he claimed medals in several elite tournaments. The Moldovan lightweight (60kg) boxer used his energetic style against Estonia’s Mark Andrejev but his opponent surprised him with his level. Bucsa changed his rhythm in time to beat the Baltic boxer who progressed well in the recent months. In the second Moldova vs. Estonia battle of the day, Vadim Todorov was able to triumph over his Baltic rival, Stiven Aas at the light heavyweight (81kg).
Uzbekistan’s sensation, Youth Olympic Games winner Abdumalik Khalakov was a hard target for Italy’s Francesco Iozia in the first round of their lightweight (60kg) contest. The 20-year-old Uzbek is one of the top favourites in St. Petersburg and his virtuoso technical skills cleared his way to the next stage of boxing. Khalakov won the contest by unanimous decision and delighted the Governor Cup with world class performance. His powerful teammates such as medallists from the previous AIBA World Boxing Championships, Bobo-Usmon Baturov and Dilshodbek Ruzmetov also shined in St. Petersburg.