Siberia hosts #APB performance with Light Welterweights in action27 October 2014
Novosibirsk will enter in the history of boxing as the first host of the AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) Pre-Ranking fights for Flyweights (52kg) and Light Welterweights (64kg). The big night of APB Flyweights (52 kg) will take place tonight in SKK Server of the third biggest city of Russia, while who will hosts the Light Welterweights (64kg) will compete tomorrow, on October 27th.
The number one seed in the division is home favourite, and 2013 European Boxing Championships gold medallist Armen Zakaryan, whose southpaw stance often causes confusion for his opponents.
A 2012 Russian National Champion, he looks to control his opponents with the use of his jab and he has a wondrous fluidity of movement and lightning reactions.
His first clash in APB sees him up against Ukraine’s Vyacheslav Kyslytsyn, a vastly experienced boxer who won a gold medal on home turf in the European Cup held in Kharkiv in 2010.
The Ukrainian boxer has openly acclaimed the concept of AIBA Pro Boxing, seeing it as an outstanding positive for both the sport of boxing and the careers of boxers like him.
It is therefore unlucky for him that his first match is against the number one seed, but the Ukrainian may see this as his opportunity to make his mark on his rivals early.
Bulgaria’s Boris Georgiev won a bronze medal at the 2004 Olympic Games, and turned professional in the United Kingdom in 2009 under the moniker Bobby George.
Prior to his professional career, Georgiev managed the exceptional feat of winning two silver medals at successive European Boxing Championships in 2000 and 2002, before eventually winning the gold medal in his home country in Plovdiv in 2006.
In the paid ranks, he won all seven of his professional contests, with three wins inside the distance, utilising his long reach, head movement and tricky feints.
His first APB opponent is Germany’s Artem Harutyunyan, a crowd-pleasing brawler who managed to capture a bronze medal at the 2013 European Boxing Championships held in Minsk, Belarus.
The Armenian-born fighter lands snapping straight shots on his way inside and, when in range, his money punch is a huge overhand right, and his contest with Georgiev is sure to be an entertaining clash.
Mexico’s Juan Pablo Romero was the WSB Season II Individual Champion, and like the majority of Mexican boxers, Romero already possesses the distinguished ‘professional’ style of fighting, and the boxer prefers to walk his opponents down whilst firing unorthodox hooks and uppercuts.
He takes his WSB form into APB, where his week one opponent is Argentina’s Carlos Daniel Aquino, a 25-year-old KO-king who goes by the name of ‘El Terrible’.
The Argentinian has a 13-1 professional record, with ten wins coming via knockout. Aside from his devastating power, Aquino never neglects the boxing basics, with precise footwork that allows him to come into range and fire hard, crisp combinations while all the time retaining a tight guard.
This is a mouth-watering contest between two highly skilled fighters who have achieved success via different competitions in boxing.
Seed number two at Light Welterweight is Lithuania’s Evaldas Petrauskas, who was a star of the WSB “Ukraine Otamans” franchise last season won a bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games at just 20 years old.
Now 22, he was also the gold medallist at the 2009 Junior European Boxing Championships in Yerevan and followed that up by winning silver medals in two events in 2010 – at the Junior Olympic Games in Singapore and the Youth World Boxing Championships in Baku.
Petrauskas has the perfect style to cause problems for all comers in the Light Welterweight division. A muscle-bound brawler with an abundance of boxing brain, he likes to apply constant pressure on his opponents, imposing his squat, stocky stature with hurtful power punches.
Algeria’s Abdelkader Chadi is the man to attempt to combat that in Week One, and he won gold in the 2013 Mediterranean Games, and has qualified for the Olympic Games twice before, Beijing 2008 and London 2012, reaching the quarter finals of the former.
The battle-hardened Chadi has also managed to forge a sound career in the World Series of Boxing (WSB), participating in four seasons of the competition, firstly for French franchise Paris United, with whom he became Season I team champion, and In Season IV he won three of his four bouts for the Algeria Desert Hawks.
His WSB experience, plus excellent combination punching could make his clash with Petrauskas much closer than it initially appears.