Mikhail Aloian: “I’m glad I can defend my title and prove that I deserve my belt”01 September 2015
AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) is home to many of the greatest boxers on the planet, but among an extraordinary group of world class fighters, Russia’s Mikhail Aloian stands out as a truly special athlete.
The 27-year-old entered the competition after winning consecutive AIBA World Boxing Championships, and quickly adjusted to life in APB with exceptional victories over Beijing 2008 Olympic Games bronze medalist Vincenzo Picardi (ITA), and Aleksandar Aleksandrov (BUL).
Those triumphs led to a bout with Elias Emigdio (MEX) for the inaugural APB Flyweight Championship last January, where Aloian controlled the contest to win the title in front of his home fans in Novosibirsk.
Aloian will soon return to Russia to defend his belt for the very first time, and the in-form Emigdio shall be his opponent once again.
Undefeated through his APB career thus far, the decorated star is excited to compete at home once again.
“In Russia, people have always supported me,” he tells AIBAProBoxing.com. “But I don’t owe anything to anyone. I step in the ring to win, and I’m 100% ready to win.
“Emigdio is a great boxer, and it will be a great fight. I’m really happy to box with him, because I only want to fight the best.”
All of the APB World Championship Matches will take place over 12 rounds, which is a welcome distance for the Russian Champion to fight over.
“I have never doubted in my capacity to fight lots of rounds, and I always dreamed of fighting more rounds.”
Aloian’s masterful defensive capabilities allow him to build creative offensive attacks while maintaining a formidable distance from his opponents, and he has rarely looked troubled in an APB ring.
Citing influences as diverse as Sergey Kovalev and Roy Jones Jr, Aloian has crafted a unique style which causes havoc for anybody he faces inside the squared circle.
Despite his excellent record in all forms of boxing, Aloian maintains a level head on his hugely talented shoulders, and is realistic about what it takes to succeed in this competition.
“I don’t think that I’m an unbeatable boxer because I’ve been defeated in my career, but those defeats made me stronger and better,” he suggests.
“Working closely with my coach, we constantly work and change our tactics and techniques to try and be better than my opponents. I work hard, and I’m very focused.”
Training hard is a quintessential attribute for any successful boxer, and Aloian’s schedule puts most fighters to shame.
“I wake up early, and usually train 2-3 times a day,” he recalls.
“There is the physical training, endurance, strength and sparring but it’s also very demanding for the mind. It forces you to train your focus and your character. You must never give up, never surrender and always learn from your defeats.
“Furthermore I must say that I’m lucky to have such a close relationship with my trainer – I trust him, and trust is extremely important when training. Knowing that you can rely on your training is a very important factor.”
The life of an APB Champion requires tremendous amounts of discipline and desire to succeed both in and out of the ring, but Aloian is hugely enjoying his time as the number one Flyweight.
“To me, this is not only a good way to earn your quota for the Olympics, it’s also a great opportunity for boxers to enter the world of pro boxing. I would love to personally involve myself into the APB Project, and make it famous worldwide.
“It’s a wonderful experience, and exactly what I expected in my career – to perfect my technique and to box more rounds. I really enjoy showing my abilities to box at a pro level”
Aloian’s initial victory over Emigdio also gave him a quota place for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, and after a hard earned bronze medal at London 2012, the Champion is excited about his prospects of adding Olympic gold to his glistening résumé next year in Brazil.
“I’m very excited to perform better in Rio,” he confirms. “In London I won bronze, and this time I hope I will be prepared to win gold.”
With two AIBA World Championships and the APB Flyweight title already in his possession, the future looks incredibly bright for Aloian as he enters the prime of his career.
Amidst the accolades often comes a burden of success, yet tension is not a word the Champion lives by.
“I don’t feel any pressure, it’s all an adrenaline rush,” he confirms. “I’m glad I can defend my title and prove that I deserve my belt.”