Emigdio and Suleimenov meet in Mexico City showdown

26 July 2015 News

emigdio-1796x900The boxing hotbed of Mexico City, Mexico will host two key AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) Cycle I Round 2 Flyweight (52 kg) matches on Sunday night.

From 17:20 (GMT -5), viewers around the world will be able to watch Mexican hero Elias Emigdio (MEX) fight Ilyas Suleimenov (KAZ) live and free at https://www.youtube.com/user/AIBAproboxingTV.

There is tremendous reward on the line for the triumphant boxer, as the winner will become the number one contender for APB Flyweight Champion Misha Aloian (RUS), while also earning a qualification quota for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in the process.

Formerly a hugely successful athlete in the World Series of Boxing, Emigdio beat Fernando Martinez (ARG) for the second time in this competition during Round 1, and the popular star enjoys tremendous support in his native Mexico.

Emigdio used a change of tactics in his rematch with Martinez, as the two boxers engaged in an attritional battle with plenty of action taking place in the middle of the ring.

The Mexican maestro showed tremendous toughness to weather the early storm from his Argentine opponent, while his world class head movement allowed him to evade power punches with ease.

He faces a difficult challenge in this crunch match however, as Suleimenov is in tremendous form and most recently stopped two-time AIBA World Championships medalist Jasurbek Latipov (UZB) in round four of their Round 1 contest.


Suleimenov has finished three of his opponents in this competition, and is the most powerful fighter in the Flyweight division.

Body shots are a key weapon in his repertoire, as he has the ability to produce sickening hooks to either side of the midsection.

This will be a rematch of an earlier APB match which saw Emigdio emerge victorious over six frames despite losing the first two rounds of the bout.

Their second bout will take place over eight rounds, a distance Emigdio comfortably performed well in during his last match, while Suleimenov has yet to compete past six rounds in this competition.

With the altitude in Mexico traditionally energy sapping, the Kazakh star will be aiming to finish the fight early once again, with his Mexican rival keen to take to contest into the latter stages.

A second Flyweight contest will take place on the undercard as Fernando Martinez (ARG) and Jasurbek Latipov (UZB) bid to move up the rankings.

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