Nazirov survived the dangerous moments but Beliakova suffered an unexpected loss at the World Cup of Petroleum Countries Tournament

13 December 2019 News

The second competition day of the World Cup of Petroleum Countries Tournament for the memory of Farman Salmanov delivered top fights, exciting developments and several surprises as well. Russia’s European Games winner Bakhtovar Nazirov survived his dangerous moments on Day2 but Anastasia Beliakova was eliminated by Tunisia’s Khouloud Hlimi which was the main surprise of the session.

The previous editions of the World Cup of the Petroleum Countries Tournament were held in Nizhnevartovsk, in Khanty-Mansiysk and in Surgut and the competition returned to Beloyarskiy after two years of break.

The World Cup of Petroleum Countries Tournament is holding in five female and eight male weight classes and the total number of athletes is 127 in Beloyarskiy. Besides to the European boxing powers, Afghanistan, Angola, Ecuador, Venezuela, Tunisia, Morocco, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Thailand are also sent boxers to the four-day long competition which is holding in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous region.

Bout of the day

Russia’s Bakhtovar Nazirov claimed the gold medal at the Baku 2015 European Games and he won high number of international tournaments. The 25-year-old Russian bantamweight (57kg) boxer was confident in the first round against Ukraine’s Oleksiy Kozelok but his opponent found Nazirov’s weak points in the second. The final verdict was depended on their performance in the third round when Nazirov worked slightly better than the Ukrainian surprise and advanced to the next stage of the World Cup of Petroleum Countries Tournament.

Surprise of the day

Russia’s Anastasia Beliakova was AIBA Women’s World Champion in 2014 and claimed bronze medal in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games but in the recent one year she suffered a few unexpected losses. The 26-year-old Russian was the top favourite was the top favourite in her quarter-final against Tunisia’s Khouloud Hlimi. The Russian boxer received strong punches already in the first round and one of the best African girls delivered a sensational result in the second day of boxing. Hlimi was able to keep her world class rhythm until the end of the bout and eliminated a top Russian at the lightweight (60kg).

The Round-Up

Tajikistan’s Shoira Zulkaynarova won her first top medal a bronze at the 2015 ASBC Asian Women’s Boxing Championships. The tall Tajik girl moved down to the lightweight (60kg) and tried to control already the first round of her quarter-final against a local favourite, Anastasia Gorozhantseva. The 24-year-old Tajik, who was quarter-finalist in the 2018 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships, kept her Russian opponent long and advanced to the semi-finals in Beloyarskiy.

Kyrgyzstan’s Munarbek Seyitbek Uulu moved down to the bantamweight (57kg) and started strongly in Beloyarskiy where he eliminated Thailand’s Asian Games bronze medallist Rujakran Juntrong on Day1. The 23-year-old Kyrgyz boxer was not able to repeat that strong performance in the second day of boxing and suffered a loss to Uzbekistan’s newcomer Fazliddin Kattakulov in the event.

Italy’s EUBC European Boxing Championships bronze medallist Francesco Maietta won his opening fight on Day1 which was the bout of the day in Beloyarskiy. Following his first split decision success, the Italian had another tight fight in the World Cup of Petroleum Countries Tournament. Maietta could not keep his rhythm in the second part of the bout therefore his Russian opponent, Aleksey Moskvin was able to beat him in a top bantamweight (57kg) bout.

Estonia’s Pavel Kamanin developed this year step by step and he is now among those boxers at the welterweight (69kg) who can win fights in a row during the events. The 20-year-old Estonian met with Armenia’s Arsen Grigoryan and started his campaign with tough jabs which determined their fight. The Armenian boxer could not change his rhythm therefore the Baltic talent won the contest by unanimous decision.

Russia’s defending AIBA World Champion at the welterweight (69kg) Andrey Zamkovoy is already 32 but he has his new golden era during his career. The Russian boxer delivered another smart performance in his debut at the World Cup of Petroleum Countries Tournament on Day2. His opponent was Sweden’s Adel Belalia whose physical skills are amazing but Zamkovoy’s technical skills controlled their fight.

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