Harutyunyan vs Chadi will determine the Light Welterweight hero of Hamburg30 July 2015
Hamburg, Germany will be the venue for a pivotal AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) Cycle I Round 2 Light Welterweight (64 kg) match on Thursday night, where fans around the world will be able to watch live and free from 20:00 (GMT +2) at https://www.youtube.com/user/AIBAproboxingTV.
In the main event of the evening, Artem Harutyunyan (GER) fights Abdelkader Chadi (ALG) in a match which will determine the number one contender for APB Light Welterweight Champion Armen Zakaryan (RUS), while the winner will also earn a qualification quota for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in the process.
A bronze medalist from the 2013 European Championships, Harutyunyan was in excellent form in his Round 1 match with Evaldas Petrauskas (LIT) and dropped just one round on a single scorecard against his tough opponent.
Chadi has performed well in many formats of boxing, and used his speed and guile to tremendous effect as he outperformed Carlos Aquino (ARG) last time out.
With so much at stake for the fighters, they will both have studied their earlier APB meeting in December which was won by Harutyunyan in close fashion.
Over six rounds, the two competitors consistently moved forward and earned success with fluid attacks, but it was the German who emerged victorious on one scorecard, with the remaining two judges declaring the contest as a draw.
Their rematch will take place over eight rounds in Hamburg, a distance both men covered with consummate ease during their Round 1 matches.
Busy, active and always performing with a smile on his face, Harutyunyan has emerged as one of APB’s most popular and entertaining fighters over the course of his career, and is desperate to earn an opportunity to face Armen Zakaryan for the third time in this competition.
Chadi is an impressive athlete too, who uses exceptional head movement and footwork through his bouts which allows him to maintain and utilise a steady stream of jabs and power punches.
There is every chance this match could end up as one of the most entertaining in APB history, as both men have supreme stamina, creative attacking instincts, and a will to win that is absolutely essential in such a gruelling stage of sport.
Harutyunyan has the slight power advantage and will enjoy home advantage in front of his big fanbase in Germany, while the overall boxing experience belongs to the determined Algerian star, who will be able to block out the noise and focus on his tactics.
- Evaldas PETRAUSKAS (LIT) vs Carlos AQUINO (ARG)
- Artem HARUTYUNYAN (GER) vs Abdelkader CHADI (ALG)