The APB show to continue in Baku with classy Welterweights

24 October 2014 News


The Sarhadchi Complex in Baku, Azerbaijan hosts the second night of the Pre – Ranking Phase of AIBA Pro Boxing Competition on October 25th, with one of the strongest weight classes in action, the Welterweights (69kg). The show will start at 19.30 (GMT+5) and will be broadcasted by the Idman Azerbaijan TV. Live scoring of the event will be available at

Marcos Nader is the number one seed in the division, and with good reason. 83 wins from 98 fights is a startling statistic, but a glittering pro record of 18-1-1 in the professional ranks, including holding the EBU European Union belt proves his worth at the top of the rankings.

Nader is a strong fighter who likes to box on the back foot behind a probing jab, which gives him a platform on which to build flurried attacks. He uses good lateral movement, allowing him to slip punches and counter effectively. He also has tremendous focus, which is invaluable in a competition of this layout.

Looking to qualify for Rio 2016 via APB, his first opponent in week one is Kenya’s Rayton Nduku Okwiri. He recently won gold in the international tournament the Lion’s Cup 2014 held in Sri Lanka’s largest city, Colombo, and enjoys phenomenal support from his fans in Kenya. Therefore the boxer will want to do everything he can to make them feel proud and earn the chance to represent his nation’s colours in Rio 2016.

Turkey’s Onur Sipal meets Lithuania’s Eimantas Stanionis in an intriguing clash which pits two stylists up against each other.

Sipal won a silver medal at the World University Boxing Championships in 2010 whilst campaigning as a lightweight and also won a bronze three years later in the 2013 Summer Universiade in Kazan, Russia.

The 2008 Beijing Olympian is a strong boxer who mixes up his attacks to the body and head and is a very competent counter puncher.

20-year-old Stanionis had a very successful youth career with many tournament victories, plus a top 8 place at the 2012 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in Yerevan, Armenia.

Although Stanionis is young, he is not a rookie, having already fought in more than 120 contests during his career, and he enters APB very motivated after having won his second Lithuanian National Championship, and the silver medal in the European Union Championships.

With Sipal’s strength against the excellent defence of the Lithuanian, we could have a highly skilled fight in store.

24-year-old Ukrainian Denys Lazarev boasts WSB experience with Ukraine Otamans, as well as being a consistently high performer in major competitions, with an array of successes in both national and international tournaments.

With a low centre of gravity, he likes to fight on the inside, constantly bobbing and weaving before throwing hurtful hooks and uppercuts from a low, crouching stance. His timing is impeccable and his head movement flowing and fluent.

He takes those attributes into APB, and his first opponent is Hungary’s 32-year-old veteran Gyula Kate, who won the gold medal at the 2000 World Junior Boxing Championships before graduating to win bronze medals at the AIBA World Boxing Championships in 2003 and 2009.
A two-time Olympian, and four time European medallist, Kate will look to use his reflexes and experience against his Ukrainian opponent.

Number two ranked Fariz Mammadov is 34-years-old, and has built up a very solid professional career, amassing a 16-1-1 record, and is the current WBO European Welterweight champion.

With 100 professional rounds to his name, and ten stoppages, the Azeri athlete makes his APB debut against Russia’s Andrey Zamkovoy, who won the bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Zamkovoy’s route to bronze in London saw him defeat professional standout Errol Spence Jr, and the Russian also won the silver medal at the 2009 AIBA World Championships.

A true clash between professional boxing pedigree, and Olympic style prowess, Mammadov vs Zamkovoy should be something special.

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