Greatness in Guiyang expected as Quipo and Zhakypov fight for glory09 July 2015
AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) Cycle I Round 2 begins on Friday night in Guiyang, China with two world class Light Flyweight (49 kg) matches, and boxing fans can watch live and free from 19:00 (GMT +8) at https://www.youtube.com/user/AIBAproboxingTV.
Both Carlos Quipo (ECU) and Birzhan Zhakypov (KAZ) will step into the ring knowing that a victory will result in not just a coveted APB title match against Light Flyweight Champion Bin LV (CHI), but also a qualification quota for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Ecuador’s Quipo competed at London 2012, and is eager to reach his second Olympic Games, but Zhakypov has qualification dreams of his own.
Quipo will look to draw influence from his special memories of fighting in Guiyang, after he impressively outpointed home star Zhonglin Wu (CHI) in Cycle I Round 1.
Zhakypov, the 2013 AIBA Light Flyweight World Champion and a veteran of two Olympic Games, enjoyed a composed victory over Patrick Lourenco (BRA) at the beginning of June, which enabled him to qualify for this all important contest.
Despite fighting in the smallest weight class of APB, both Quipo and Zhakypov controlled the centre of the ring in their Round 1 matches, and their strength was a key difference maker against their opponents.
At 31-years-old, Zhakypov is six years older than his South American rival so will seek to use his added experience throughout their contest.
Quipo is a very confident fighter who sets a high pace in his matches however, with his frequent head movement and unerring accuracy excellent hallmarks of his APB career thus far.
The Ecuadorian recovered from losing the first two rounds against Zhonglin to control the middle and latter stages of the bout, but he will need to stamp his authority from the outset if he is to succeed once again in China.
Zhakypov has a remarkable defence which allows him to time shots to perfection, and though his punch output is not as rapid as Quipo’s, his sense of space and angles is scientific in its approach, and often leads to stinging hooks which surprise his opponents.
Expect to see eight rounds of frenetic action with barely a second spent on the back foot from either fighter.
With so much at stake, whichever boxer remains the calmest amidst the torrential pressure will have an advantage, and the fans watching in Guiyang and around the world on YouTube are set for an incredible fight.
A second Light Flyweight battle will take place on the undercard, as Leandro Blanc (ARG) meets Ariunbold Ganselem (MGL).
Blanc defeated Fazil Juma Kaggwa (UGA) in Round 1, while Ganselem gained a victory over London 2012 Olympic Games bronze medalist David Ayrapetyan (RUS).
This will be a rematch of an earlier APB Exhibition bout, which was won narrowly by Blanc back in February.