'Road to Baku' keeps only one representative
After eight competition day in the AIBA World Championships, Lithuania's Beijing Olympian Egidijus Kavaliauskas is the last hope from AIBA 'Road to Baku' members. The welterweight will face Ireland's Roy Sheehan in the round of 16 for a quota place at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Only one AIBA 'Road to Baku' boxer could join Kavaliauskas this Monday 3 October. AIBA Youth World Championships bronze medallist, 19-year-old Kyrgyz Islomzhon Dalibaev finished fourth at the 1st Youth Olympic Games in Singapore last year. His dream was to secure his place at the 2012 Olympic Games. The young Kyrgyz moved up a weight class this year and was competing in his first international tournament in the middleweight division.
Dalibaev had to face European Championships bronze medallist, 22-year-old Bulgarian Mladen Manev who already competed at an AIBA World Championships, in 2009. The AIBA 'Road to Baku' boxer had a three points deficit after the first round, tried to reduce it but faced a very experienced Manev who kept his advantage after six minutes (10:7). Dalibaev stormed his Bulgarian opponent in the final round but the European had an excellent footwork to finally win the bout by 17:10.
Kavaliauskas Egidijus LTU (red-winner) vs Bilik Robert CZE
Aloyan secures his place in the last 16
Flyweight favourite, European Champion and AIBA World Championships bronze medallist Misha Aloyan of Russia made his long-awaited debut on the seventh day of competition. The 23-year-old star dominated his fight against Botswana's All Africa Games winner Oteng Oteng, who eliminated Turkey's tough competitor Selcuk Eker in the previous round, with the final score in their bout 18:5. Aloyan is now one win away from securing Olympic qualification for London.
Cuba's Youth Olympic Games winner Robeisy Ramirez outclassed Nepal's last hope Sudesh Manandhar with the referee stopping the one-sided contest in the second round when the Caribbean fighter led 12:0. Ramirez will be celebrating only his 18th birthday in December but despite his tender years he stands a good chance against Aloyan in the next round. Uzbekistan's 20-year-old Tsarukyan Memorial Tournament silver medallist Jasurbek Latipov did not give any chance to Belarus' Liventsev Memorial Tournament winner Ivan Fihurenka in their flyweight bout. The Uzbek boxer was ruthless in securing his place in the last 16 by winning the bout 21:7.
England's European Championships silver medallist and Beijing Olympian Khalid Yafai is only 22 years old but has been involved with his national elite team since 2007. His opponent in the last 32 was Japan's two-time Asian Games bronze medallist Katsuaki Susa who had struggled to make weight. Following a tight first round former AIBA Cadet World Champion Yafai stepped up a gear and defeated his Japanese rival 28:16.
Ukraine's Denis Berinchyk, who eliminated Tajikistan's Nazir Piraki and Cuba's defending AIBA World Champion Roniel Iglesias Sotolongo, was fighting for the third time in Baku. Berinchyk looked at ease against Ecuador's 19-year-old Panamerican Youth Championships silver medallist Anderson Rojas, collecting 26 points to his opponent's 13.
Russia's European Championships bronze medallist Alexander Solyanikov has now got a chance to secure his place at the Olympic Games, having eliminated Turkmenistan's former Asian Champion and AIBA World Championships quarter-finalist Serdar Hudayberdiyev by an unexpected 17:6.
Kazakhstan's Asian Games winner 20-year-old Daniyar Yeleussinov is one of the big favourites in the light welterweight class with his 14:4 victory over AIBA World Championships bronze medallist Masatsugu Kawachi of Japan not surprising anyone. Irish favourite in this division, current European Champion Raymond Moylette was unexpectedly defeated by India's Commonwealth Games winner Manoj Kumar 19:7.
In the welterweight category, European Champion and top seed, 23-year-old Balazs Bacskai of Hungary made his debut in Baku and dispatched of Venezuela's Gabriel Maestre who had eliminated Mexico's AIBA Youth World Champion Oscar Molina. The Hungarian won convincingly 22:9 and will meet with US National Olympic Trials winner Errol Spence.
Kazakhstan's team captain, two-time AIBA World Champion and Asian Games winner, Serik Sapiyev had an unexpected close first round against Thailand's Southeast Asian Games winner Apichet Saensit but the Central Asian star turned up the heat in the second with the referee having to stop the onslaught with Sapiyev leading 16:7.
Russia's AIBA World Championships silver medallist Andrey Zamkovoy also had a close battle but advanced to the last 16 after beating Mongolia's University World Champion Byamba Tuvshinbat 14:8, he will now meet Dutchman Stephen Danyo.
Ukraine's European Championships bronze medallist, hardman Taras Shelestyuk caused a surprise in Baku when he narrowly beat Cuba's Beijing Olympic Games silver medallist Carlos Banteur 17:15. The Cuban boxer was aslo eliminated at the preliminary stage in Milan two years ago.
Russia's defending AIBA World Champion and two-time European Championships gold medallist, 27-year-old Egor Mekhontsev had a hard battle against Estonia's European Cup silver medallist Ainar Karlson in the light heavyweight class. The Russian star had only one point advantage after the first round but made sure of his advancement to the last 16 by winning 19:12.
Azerbaijan's 22-year-old Great Silk Way Tournament silver medallist Ramil Aliyev had an easier afternoon than expected as the local fighter defeated Turkmenistan's President's Cup silver medallist Rasul Yuldashev 23:6. Aliyev will next face Ukraine's Turkish Prime Ministry Tournament winner Oleksandr Gvozdyk.
In the light heavyweight division, Australia's 19-year-old Youth Olympic Games winner Damien Hooper also advanced to the next stage of the championships after beating Jordan's Asian Championships bronze medallist Ahmad Al-Teimat in a close contest 15:9. Hooper will now meet India's Dinesh Kumar in the next round of the competition.
In the super heavyweight division, China's Beijing Olympic Games silver medallist and AIBA World Championships bronze medallist Zhang Zhilei defeated New Zealand's top rated boxer, Youth Olympic Games silver medallist Joseph Parker by a clear 15:7 and will now be fighting against his old rival, Kazakhstan's Ivan Dychko.
Belarus' Athens Olympic Games silver medallist Viktar Zuyeu claimed a bronze medal at the last edition of the AIBA World Championships. In his last competitive event, he was defeated by Lithuania's veteran Vitalijus Subacius and will now face him again as he aims to advance to the last 16.
Kavaliauskas follows his winning path
Lithuania's welterweight No.1, AIBA World Championships quarter-finalist and Beijing Olympian, Egidijus Kavaliauskas who eliminated a tough Chinese boxer in the first preliminary round, continued his winning series in Baku. The 23-year-old AIBA 'Road to Baku' member defeated Usti nad Labem's Grand Prix bronze medallist, Czech Robert Bilik by an impressive 15:4 and will meet with Ireland's Roy Sheehan in the next round.
World Combat Games silver medallist, 19-year-old Tajik Safoviddin Yusufi had the chance to beat current Asian Games champion, Filipino Rey Saludar, but failed after 3 minutes. Saludar only had a three points advantage by then but he raised his speed and finally won the flyweight contest by a large margin of points, 28:12.
In the light welterweight class, African Zonal Champion, 22-year-old Brice Romaric Bassole had to meet with two-time European Championships silver medallist, experienced English Thomas Stalker who was nominated best boxer UK last year. The English boxer kept some power for the next stage as he defeated Bassole by 13:2.
Youth Olympian, 18-year-old Saint Lucia's Lyndel Marcellin opened with an historical victory in the Azeri capital city but had to fight today against AIBA World Championships bronze medallist, Mongolian veteran Uranchimeg Munkherdene. The young Saint Lucian boxer fought until the final gong but as expected, Munkh-Erdene advanced to round of 16 winning the bout by 20:6.
Tajikistan's light heavyweight No.1 and Nurmagambetov Tournament silver medallist, 22-year-old Dilovarsho Abdurakhmonov also had a tough opponent in Baku: defending European Champion and AIBA Youth World Champion, Irish Joseph Ward who is not even 18 yet. The Tajik only had a two point deficit after the first round but received a warning in the fifth minute and could not find the winning tactic against the young Irish who finally won the contest by 22:4.
AIBA World Championships bronze medallist and Beijing Olympian, 28-year-old Lithuanian Daugirdas Semiotas was involved in the AIBA 'Road to Baku' program. Following his first success in Baku, he had to face Asian Championships silver medallist, Chinese Meng Fanlong. Their contest started badly for the Lithuanian and surprisingly the Chinese boxer increased his advantage in the second round. Semiotas tried to turn back the fight in the last three but Meng's footwork was excellent and the AIBA 'Road to Baku' member bowed out of the championships.