Zamkovoy and Mamedov are finalists at the Governor Cup26 April 2021
The semi-finals with 20 contests were held in the fifth competition day of the Governor Cup in St. Petersburg, Russia. The host nation’s veteran AIBA World Champion Andrey Zamkovoy is still in top form and advanced to the final of the welterweight (69kg). The anticipated selection bout between their two stars was won by Gabil Mamedov over Ilia Popov in the semi-finals.
The money prize event was held last time in 2019 but and after two years of break the Governor Cup is scheduled once again. Many of the top nations such as Uzbekistan, Russia, Kazakhstan, India, Thailand, Kyrgyzstan, Belarus, Italy, Romania, Moldova, Netherlands, Morocco, and others joined to the new edition of the Governor Cup.
The champions and medallists are awarded with medals and money prizes in the Governor Cup in St. Petersburg. Elite male boxers can compete in 10 weight categories and those who were born between 1981 and 2002 are eligible to attend in the Governor Cup.
The safety of all participants, the continuous medical checks, the social distancing, the hygienic preparations, wearing masks and all of the health controls are the responsibility of the local organizers in Russia to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the Governor Cup.
The bout of the day
One of the most exciting contest has been held between two Russian boxers at the light welterweight (63kg) in St. Petersburg. European Games silver medallist Gabil Mamedov met with his teammate, Youth Olympic Games winner Ilia Popov in the semi-finals of the Governor Cup. Mamedov is six-years older than his compatriot and he defeated Popov a few times in the recent two years. The 21-year-old Popov has done better performance this time and he tried to use his speed to avoid Mamedov’s tough attacks. To give fair play for the boxers, only neutral referees worked in the contest which was won by Mamedov who advanced to the final of the event.
The surprise of the day
Russia’s Igor Tsaregorodtsev is not an experienced international boxer at the light flyweight (49kg) yet but he has done a superb job in the Governor Cup. The Russian boxer had a super talented opponent, Daniyal Sabit who won the gold medal in the last edition of the Kazakhstan Elite National Championships. The Kazakh was the strong favourite of their contest but Tsaregorodtsev worked through well the nine minutes and won their semi-final by split decision.
Russia’s Albert Batyrgaziev is already a Tokyo Olympian boxer but he is planning to get the gold medal in the upcoming European Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event which was suspended in March 2020. The Russian competes in his original and previously preferred lightweight (60kg) at the Governor Cup and he continued his winning path in St. Petersburg where he was too experienced for Kazakhstan’s Beknur Ozhanov. For the title, he will be boxing with Uzbekistan’s Youth Olympic Games winner star, Abdumalik Khalakov.
Russia’s Andrey Zamkovoy is the current AIBA World Champion at the welterweight (69kg) who used all of his previous experiences to control his semi-final against Italy’s Gianluigi Malanga. The Russian boxer has been attending in the international stage since 2004 and after 17 years of hard work, he is still in excellent form. The Russian boxer won all of the rounds in each scorecard which means he can fight for the title against Kazakhstan’s Aslanbek Shymbergenov who has done revenge to Uzbekistan’s Bobo-Usmon Baturov due to his previous loss.
Belarus’ European Games silver medallist Uladzislau Smiahlikau returned to the international events in good shape and he had a tough performance once again in St. Petersburg. The Belarusian heavyweight (91kg) boxer met with Kazakhstan’s Youth Olympic Games winner young talent, Aibek Oralbay and he surprised his Central Asian rival with strong combinations. Smiahlikau will be meeting for the gold medal with Russia’s defending AIBA World Champion Muslim Gadzhimagomedov.