Perfect start for Armenia in the Governor Cup08 May 2019
The first competition day of the Governor Cup saw 21 preliminary male contests in St. Petersburg, Russia. The Armenian boxers have done a perfect competition day, all of their three hopes as Artur Hovhannisyan, Hovhannes Bachkov and Gurgen Hovhannisyan won key contests on Day1.
St. Petersburg Boxing Federation is hosting the competition in the historical city where the first edition of the Governor Cup was held still in the era of the Soviet Union. Next to the European nations, Brazil, Cuba, Kazakhstan, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan also sent boxers to the Governor Cup.
Bout of the day
Armenia’s Gurgen Hovhannisyan was silver medallist at the 2016 EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships and his physical condition developed strongly in the recent two years. The Armenian super heavyweight (+91kg) boxer’s best ages are still coming soon but his presence is also excellent. Hovhannisyan had to meet with Cuba’s WSB Team Champion and AMBC American Champion Jose Angel Larduet who is one of the best boxers in the heaviest weight class. In spite of the previous chances the Armenian boxer delivered his best ever performance in the first day of the Governor Cup and shocked his more experienced Cuban star rival. Larduet is member of the Cuban national team since 2008 but Hovhannisyan was able to eliminate him in a superb spectacular contest.
Surprise of the day
Fedor Stepanov claimed bronze medal in the 2015 Russian Youth National Championships and he attended a few international events as the Bocskai Memorial Tournament but he had to face against such experienced boxer as Mauritius’ Richarno Colin. The two-time Olympian Mauritian was All Africa Games winner, AFBC African Champion and bronze medallist from the Commonwealth Games. The light welterweight (64kg) hope Stepanov knew his opponent and his tactic was strong enough to make another surprise in the first competition day following Hovhannisyan’s unexpected success over Larduet.
Armenia’s Rio 2016 Olympian Artur Hovhannisyan is in top form this year and following his strong silver medal at the Cologne Boxing World Cup he is attending at the Governor Cup where he opened his campaign against Russia’s Umed Bobojonov. The Armenian boxer won all of the rounds in each scorecard and as expected he marched to the next stage of the Governor Cup in St. Petersburg.
The classical KO is rare in the boxing events but at the Governor Cup the crowd had to wait only for the third bout to watch a knockout. Mongolia’s Enkhmandakh Kharkhuu attended in the ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships in Bangkok until April 26 but he needs to raise his international experiences and arrived to St. Petersburg. The Mongolian flyweight (52kg) boxer had lethal combinations in the second round against Russia’s Murad Bachayev and the referee confirmed his KO.
Belarus’ Dzmitry Asanau was bronze medallist already in the Doha 2015 AIBA World Boxing Championships at the age of 19 and following his EUBC European U22 title he is ready to win another big event in 2019. The Belarusian No.1 used his footwork to keep the best fighting distance against Mexico’s Alberto Mora and his valuable tactical skills delivered a success for Asanau.
Russia’s Youth Olympic Games winner and EUBC European Youth Champion Ilia Popov also opened his campaign in the Governor Cup and defeated Azerbaijan’s Bakhtiyar Gazibayov at the light welterweight (64kg). In another key contest of the division Armenia’s defending EUBC European Champion Hovhannes Bachkov was too smart for Mongolia’s Byambatsogt Tuguldur and advanced to the next round.
Russia’s Andrei Kirichenko had a tough battle against Estonia’s Pavel Kamanin but his stamina was enough to eliminate his Baltic rival on Day1. Another Russian boxer Nikita Kuzmin impressed against Scotland’s debutant in the elite level Samuel Hickey and he also won his opening bout in St. Petersburg. A third Russian boxer at the welterweight (69kg) Sipan Antonyan bowed out Tajikistan’s National Champion Shokhrukh Oganazarov and joined to the last eight.