MIDDLE 75 KG - SUNDAY, 26 JULY (18:00 GMT+3)
Location: Moscow – Venue: Druzhba
The APB Middleweights return to Moscow with four outstanding matches
The Middleweight (75 kg) division of AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) will make their eagerly awaited return to the competition on Sunday night, as they compete in four crucial Cycle I Round 1 matches.
Following the provisional suspension of APB Middleweight Champion Adem Kilicci, the Title Bout for the Middleweight weight class has been cancelled.
This means that on Sunday night, the four top tier boxers will compete to progress towards Cycle 1 Round 2 bout for this division in September.
Number one ranked Middleweight Artem Chebotarev (RUS) will compete in the main event in Moscow against Bogdan Juratoni (ROU).
2010 European Champion Chebotarev is an extremely gifted boxer who prefers to fight from range, while his quick reflexes and ferocious attacks allow him to compete equally well on the front or back foot.
2011 AIBA World Championships bronze medalist Juratoni is a mentally tough boxer who will not allow the away crowd in Moscow to change his emotions or tactics throughout the contest.
The Romanian has won two of his last three matches in this competition, and will be keen to make it a hat-trick in this key match.
Either Chebotarev or Juratoni will meet the winner of Michel Tavares (FRA) vs Dmytro Mytrofanov (UKR) in Cycle I Round 2.
French southpaw Tavares competed in 21 matches of the World Series of Boxing, and looked excellent in his last APB match against Juratoni.
Mytrofanov also has plenty of WSB experience, and the 2013 Summer Universiade gold medalist loves to attack his opponents with fierce body shots.
With all four matches on the night taking place over eight grueling rounds, the winner of each contest could well be the man who has worked the hardest on his stamina.
Two further Middleweight matches will feature in Moscow, as Nickson Abaka (KEN) fights Marlo Delgado (ECU) while Hosam Abdin (EGY) battles Xhek Paskali (GER).
FLY 52 KG - SUNDAY, 26 JULY (17:20 GMT-5)
Location: Mexico CIty – Venue: Plaza condensa
Emigdio and Suleimenov meet in Mexico City showdown
The boxing hotbed of Mexico City, Mexico will host two key AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) Cycle I Round 2 Flyweight (52 kg) matches on Sunday night.
From 17:20 (GMT -5), viewers around the world will be able to watch Mexican hero Elias Emigdio (MEX) fight Ilyas Suleimenov (KAZ) live and free at https://www.youtube.com/user/AIBAproboxingTV.
There is tremendous reward on the line for the triumphant boxer, as the winner will become the number one contender for APB Flyweight Champion Misha Aloian (RUS), while also earning a qualification quota for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in the process.
Formerly a hugely successful athlete in the World Series of Boxing, Emigdio beat Fernando Martinez (ARG) for the second time in this competition during Round 1, and the popular star enjoys tremendous support in his native Mexico.
Emigdio used a change of tactics in his rematch with Martinez, as the two boxers engaged in an attritional battle with plenty of action taking place in the middle of the ring.
The Mexican maestro showed tremendous toughness to weather the early storm from his Argentine opponent, while his world class head movement allowed him to evade power punches with ease.
He faces a difficult challenge in this crunch match however, as Suleimenov is in tremendous form and most recently stopped two-time AIBA World Championships medalist Jasurbek Latipov (UZB) in round four of their Round 1 contest.
Suleimenov has finished three of his opponents in this competition, and is the most powerful fighter in the Flyweight division.
Body shots are a key weapon in his repertoire, as he has the ability to produce sickening hooks to either side of the midsection.
This will be a rematch of an earlier APB match which saw Emigdio emerge victorious over six frames despite losing the first two rounds of the bout.
Their second bout will take place over eight rounds, a distance Emigdio comfortably performed well in during his last match, while Suleimenov has yet to compete past six rounds in this competition.
With the altitude in Mexico traditionally energy sapping, the Kazakh star will be aiming to finish the fight early once again, with his Mexican rival keen to take to contest into the latter stages.
A second Flyweight contest will take place on the undercard as Fernando Martinez (ARG) and Jasurbek Latipov (UZB) bid to move up the rankings.
LIGHT WELTER 64 KG - SUNDAY, 26 JULY (17:20 GMT-5)
Location: Mexico CIty – Venue: Plaza condensa
Romero vs Kyslytsyn expected to entertain in pivotal Light Welterweight clash
Two AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) Cycle I Round 2 Light Welterweight (64 kg) matches will take place in Mexico City, Mexico on Sunday night, which fans can watch live and free from 17:20 (GMT -5) at https://www.youtube.com/user/AIBAproboxingTV.
In the headline bout, Juan Pablo Romero (MEX) will bid for his second successive APB victory against Vyacheslav Kyslytsyn (UKR) in front of his supportive home fans.
Romero memorably entered the ring while wearing a traditional sombrero during his last bout with Chabane Fehim (FRA), and his fluid combination punching eventually led to a deserved victory.
The Mexican became the WSB Season II Individual Champion after a series of impressive performances, and he seems to have transferred that excellent record into APB.
Speed and desire are traditional hallmarks of boxers from Mexico, which are two attributes Romero enjoys in aplomb.
“The win against Chabane in Round 1 gave me a lot of confidence, but the best thing is that I worked hard in the gym for this fight. To fight in Mexico in front of a home crowd is very good, and to hear the fans cheer me on is an extra bonus. Kyslytsyn is a very strong opponent, and we need to handle the middle distance,” said Romero at the weigh-in.
Kyslytsyn represents a difficult challenge for Romero as the 28-year-old Ukrainian is an extremely resilient and experienced competitor.
The 2010 EUBC European Cup gold medalist has yet to find his best form in this competition, but he has been training hard ahead of this key clash which will see the winner will move up the all-important APB rankings.
A second Light Welterweight match will also feature in Mexico, where Livan Marcel Navarro Cupelian (CUB) will become the second Cuban to feature in this competition when he battles Chabane Fehim (FRA).
The 24-year-old has performed well at domestic and international tournaments over the past year, and has developed an entertaining style under the tutelage of Head Coach Rolando Acebal.
Following the success of teammate Arisnoidys Despaigne, he will be keen to keep the undefeated record of his proud boxing nation alive in APB, but needs to defeat the talented Fehim in order to do.