Elated Elias Emigdio seals Flyweight glory after Mexico City masterpiece28 July 2015
A thrilling duo of AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) Cycle I Round 2 Flyweight (52 kg) matches entertained the boxing world on Sunday night in Mexico City, Mexico.
Emigdio’s victory earned him a future title match with APB Flyweight Champion Misha Aloian (RUS), as well as a qualification quota for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Inspired by the presence of international teammates Joselito Velazquez and Lindolfo Delgado who won gold and silver medals at the recent Toronto 2015 Pan American Games at ringside, Emigdio used the most aggressive tactics we have seen from him thus far in APB to establish control early.
It was Suleimenov who many expected to produce the power shots after he had already stopped three opponents in this competition, but the Mexican WSB veteran planted his feet in the opening stages to assert his dominance.
This was a rematch of an earlier APB match which saw Emigdio emerge victorious, and he looked on course to do so again as the first few rounds progressed.
Suleimenov began to rally however, and stunned his opponent with a stiff shot in the third round before Emigdio responded in kind with a powerful left hand shortly after.
The action began to tilt on a pendulum, as one man would gain the upper hand before the other stormed back to remind the judges that they were very much still in the contest.
Emigdio soaked up the huge support in the arena as the fight neared its climax, and despite slipping in the seventh frame, he managed to maintain composure and claim the victory despite the incredible effort from his Kazakh rival.
After all eight rounds had been completed, the building erupted in glee as their Mexican hero was named the winner 77:75 on all three scorecards.
- Fernando MARTINEZ (ARG) TKO R4 vs Jasurbek LATIPOV (UZB)
- Elias EMIGDIO (MEX) W.P. (77:75/77:75/77:75) vs Ilyas SULEIMENOV (KAZ)