Russia’s European Games winner duo Sagaluev and Nazirov won the gold medals at the World Cup of Petroleum Countries Tournament17 December 2018
Europe’s last big boxing event in 2018 the World Cup of the Petroleum Countries Tournament finished in the city of Khanty-Mansiysk in the Russian Federation. Russia topped the team rankings and among their boxers Natalia Shadrina and their Baku 2015 European Games winner duo Bator Sagaluev and Bakhtovar Nazirov were the bests.
The 37 participated women boxers could attend in four different weight classes in Khanty-Mansiysk: at the flyweight (51kg), light welterweight (64kg), middleweight (75kg) and at light heavyweight (81kg). The number of the men boxers was 84 in the World Cup of the Petroleum Countries Tournament and 10 champions were crowned from the light flyweight (49kg) up to the super heavyweight (+91kg).
The previous editions of the World Cup of the Petroleum Countries Tournament were held in Beloyarskiy, Nizhnevartovsk and in Surgut and the competition returned to Khanty-Mansiysk after three years of break.
Russia claimed fantastic 10 gold medals out of the available 14 but Ecuador, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Belarus also won one title in Khanty-Mansiysk. Altogether 14 nations achieved medals in the World Cup of the Petroleum Countries Tournament including Bangladesh, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Syria and Tajikistan as well.
Following Kazakhstan’s Angelina Lukas’ success over Poland’s Baku 2015 European Games silver medallist Sandra Drabik at the women’s flyweight (51kg), Russia achieved its first title at the lightweight (60kg). Their Natalia Shadrina trains in Ulan-Ude which city will be the host of the 2019 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships. Shadrina felt the tempo well in the opening two rounds against Kazakhstan’s Rimma Volosenko and won the gold medal.
The next gold medal in the women’s part of the World Cup of the Petroleum Countries Tournament was taken by Russia’s Elena Gapeshina who defeated her teammate Elmira Azizova in the final of the middleweight (75kg). Russia’s Liubov Yusupova won the fourth gold of the competition, she used her attacking style against Taipei 2015 AIBA Women’s Youth World Champion Vlada Kalacheva in the final of the light heavyweight (81kg).
Belarus’ lone title in the World Cup of the Petroleum Countries Tournament was earned by EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships bronze medallist Yauheni Karmilchyk who defeated Russia’s Andrei Potemkin in Khanty-Mansiysk. Russia’s Baku 2015 European Games winner Bator Sagaluev moved up to the flyweight (52kg) and the 27-year-old boxer was too strong for Rasul Dzhaayev in the final.
Another Baku 2015 European Games winner Russian boxer Bakhtovar Nazirov won his division in Khanty-Mansiysk beating Ecuador’s Jean Carlos Caicedo in the final of the bantamweight (56kg). Russia’s next impressive performance was delivered by 26-year-old Artur Subkhankulov who won all of the rounds in each scorecard in the final of the lightweight (60kg) against Russia’s Ruslan Mirzoyev.
A top final was held at the men’s welterweight (69kg) which was won by Yagub Nuriyev against his WSB experienced teammate Albert Karibyan. The next top performance was done by Azerbaijan’s EUBC European Youth Champion 19-year-old Mahammad Abdullayev who defeated EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships bronze medallist France’s Djamili Dine Aboudou Moindze in the final of the super heavyweight (+91kg).