Russia’s Magomedmurad Arslanbekov eliminated a top Uzbek rival in the Great Silk Way Tournament

30 March 2019 News

Twenty-two quarter-finals contests were held in the third competition day of the new edition of the Great Silk Way Tournament in Baku, Azerbaijan. The winners are surely medallists in the event following their performance on Day3. Russia’s heavyweight (91kg) power Magomedmurad Arslanbekov eliminated his top Uzbek rival in the bout of Day3.

Azerbaijan Boxing Federation hosted the first edition of the Great Silk Way Tournament in 2007 and after two years of break the competition returned to the European boxing map. Altogether 117 boxers are attending in the current Great Silk Way Tournament from such powerful countries as host Azerbaijan, Russia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Turkey, Morocco and Turkmenistan.

Bout of the day

Magomedmurad Arslanbekov attended in his first ever international tournament still in 2012 and moved forward in the Russian national ranking step by step. Following his successes at the Kadyrov Memorial Tournament and the Governor Cup, he won the title of the strong Korotkov Memorial Tournament in Khabarovsk one year ago. Arslanbekov, who earned bronze medal in the last edition of the Russian National Championships, tried to control the first round against Uzbekistan’s Sardorbek Yormukhammedov whose experiencing level is the similar as the Russian heavyweight (91kg). Arslanbekov was better in their tough exchanges and eliminated a top opponent in the quarter-final of the Great Silk Way Tournament.

Surprise of the day

Azerbaijan’s Dzhabrail Elekov achieved bronze medal at the 2018 FISU University World Boxing Championships and another one at the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships in Vladikavkaz two weeks ago. The 22-year-old light heavyweight (81kg) boxer eliminated Turkmenistan’s strong favourite Nuryagdy Nuryagdyyev as first and he had to meet with Uzbekistan’s AIBA Junior World Boxing Championships silver medallist Dilshodbek Ruzmetov. Elekov absolutely gave in everything, he was super tired after the end of the bout he was able to win their key quarter-finals by split decision.

The Round-up

Azerbaijan’s Farid Agamoglanov started his career at the bantamweight (56kg) but currently he is attending at the light welterweight (64kg). The experienced Azeri boxer had to face with Russia’s Aigum Idrisov in the quarter-final stage of the category and he opened the first round better than his opponent. Both boxers increased the rhythm and their manly fight became one of the closest ones on Day3. The final verdict was split decision to Agamoglanov who is now a guaranteed medallist in Baku.

Russia’s Alisa Sharifov is the current FISU University World Champion who has been attending in the international events since 2013 when he competed in a Serbian youth tournament. The 23-year-old Russian light welterweight (64kg) boxer was too experienced for Azerbaijan’s younger hope Nabi Iskandarov on their meeting. Sharifov dictated the tempo, ruled the middle areas of the ring therefore he won the contest unanimously advancing to the semi-finals in Baku.

Azerbaijan’s Rauf Rahimov had excellent junior and youth results, he claimed the gold medal at the Dublin 2011 EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships. As elite athlete he had a break in his career but he fully returned in top shape and proved his very best in the quarter-finals of the Great Silk Way Tournament. His opponent was Georgia’s former EUBC European Junior Champion Aleksandr Dokvadze but Rahimov’s current form was enough to beat his neighbouring rival at the light heavyweight (81kg).

Russia’s Shigabudin Aliyev moved up to the super heavyweight (+91kg) in the recent years and claimed good results using his strength. The Dagestan-based Russian boxer eliminated Azerbaijan’s Matin Mekhraliyev in the first day of the Great Silk Way Tournament but his second rival was more competitive. Georgia’s Temuri Macharashvili had a brave attempt to beat his Russian rival had enough advantage from the first two rounds to keep his narrow win in their superb quarter-final.

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