FLYWEIGHT 52 KG - SATURDAY, 18 JULY (21:00 GMT+3)
Location: Sofia – Venue: Hall Sofia
Aleksandrov vs Mohammadpour set to produce frenetic Flyweight fury in Bulgaria
Bulgaria’s Aleksandrov reached the quarter-finals of the London 2012 Olympic Games, but his performance against Redouane Asloum (FRA) in Cycle I Round 1 was one of the best of his entire career, after his focused attacks and tight defence resulted in a well-deserved victory.
Mohammadpour produced one of the biggest shocks of Round 1 when he clinically defeated AIBA World Championships silver medalist Mohamed Flissi in his APB debut.
Although only 22-years-old, the Iranian did not look fazed in the slightest in his inaugural match in this competition where his tireless work rate impressed many onlookers.
Both boxers met before at the 2014 Strandja Memorial Tournament in Sofia where Mohammadpour sensationally defeated the Bulgarian by split decision.
Their rematch in APB will take place over eight rounds, a distance which Aleksandrov completed very comfortably against Asloum.
This will be an intriguing battle between a smart, tactical fighter with over a decade of experience against a young sensation who is eager to claim another significant scalp in the premier boxing competition.
Another wonderful Flyweight match takes place in Sofia as Mohamed Flissi (ALG) and Redouane Asloum (FRA) both need a vital victory to move up the rankings.
Mohamed FLISSI (ALG) vs Redouane ASLOUM (FRA)
Aleksandar ALEKSANDROV (BUL) vs Sajad MOHAMMADPOUR (IRI)
LIGHTWEIGHT 60 KG - SATURDAY, 18 JULY (20:00 GMT+5)
Location: Tashkent – Venue: O‘zbekiston Sport Majmuasi
Olympic dreams and APB title shots on the line as Tojibaev and Polyanskiy fight in Tashkent
The Lightweight (60 kg) division of AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) will complete their Cycle I Round 2 matches on Saturday night in Tashkent, Uzbekistan headlined by a key bout between Hurshid Tojibaev (UZB) and Dmitriy Polyanskiy (RUS).
From 20:00 (GMT+5), fans in the arena and those watching around the world live and free at https://www.youtube.com/user/AIBAproboxingTV will be able to watch the match that will determine the number one contender for APB Lightweight Champion Berik Abdrakhmanov (KAZ).
The winner of this contest will additionally earn a qualification quota place for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, and both boxers have been training incredibly hard in preparation for this momentous opportunity.
To add even more intrigue to an already significant bout, this will be the second time in APB history that the two boxers have met, after Tojibaev outpointed Polyanskiy in the first week of the competition.
Tojibaev won the first five rounds of that contest before Polyanskiy claimed the last frame, and the Russian will take much confidence from finishing strongly as their rematch will take place over two extra rounds.
Both boxers competed well over the eight round distance in their Cycle I Round 1 matches, where Tojibaev produced an early boxing clinic over David Oliver Joyce (IRI).
Backed by a supportive crowd in Tashkent, Tojibaev showed the full extent of his exceptional ability as he effortlessly switched from defence to attack in the blink of an eye to bamboozle and frustrate his talented Irish opponent.
Although the Uzbek star comfortably won the bout against Joyce on points, he did once again fade towards the latter stages when he lost two of the last three rounds, while Polyanskiy recovered from a slow start in his match with Robson Conceicao (BRA) to dominate the second half of their battle.
Polyanskiy is a busy fighter with a tremendous left hook, but he will need to be full of energy on Saturday night to infiltrate the tight guard of Tojibaev and upset the Uzbek fighter in his home country.
Three further Lightweight matches will be held in Uzbekistan, starting with an APB debut for Shafiq Chitou (BEN) against Artur Bril (GER).
An excellent contest between body shot extraordinaire Charly Suarez (PHI) and 2009 AIBA World Champion Domenico Valentino (ITA) is sure to entertain, while David Oliver Joyce (IRE) vs Robson Conceicao (BRA) should also produce plenty of action.
Shafiq CHITOU (BEN) vs Artur BRIL (GER)
Charly SUAREZ (PHI) vs Domenico VALENTINO (ITA)
David Oliver JOYCE (IRE) vs Robson CONCEICAO (BRA)
Hurshid TOJIBAEV (UZB) vs Dmitriy POLYANSKIY (RUS)
LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT 81 KG - SATURDAY, 18 JULY (21:00 GMT+3)
Location: Sofia – Venue: Hall Sofia
A stunner in Sofia expected as Genov and Bauderlique battle in crunch Light Heavyweight clash
Two crucial AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) Light Heavyweight (81 kg) Cycle I Round 2 matches will take place on Saturday night in Sofia, Bulgaria where Spas Genov (BUL) fights Mathieu Bauderlique (FRA) in the main event.
Viewers around the world will be able to watch the match live and free from 21:00 (GMT+3) at https://www.youtube.com/user/AIBAproboxingTV, as both men are desperate to earn a future title match with APB Light Heavyweight Champion Ehsan Rouzbahani (IRI).
Additionally, the winner will also secure a qualification quota for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Genov superbly won the 2006 European Championships, before a switch to the professional ranks resulted in an excellent 7-0 record with six stoppage victories.
Only APB allows pro boxers to compete in the Olympic Games however, so Genov’s switch to the premier format of boxing has enabled him to stand on the cusp of qualification for Rio 2016, and he can achieve that momentous honour in front of his passionate Bulgarian fanbase.
Strong southpaw Bauderlique represents a very difficult opponent though, and he amassed a superb 9-0 undefeated record in the professional ranks, before also signing with APB in order to achieve his dream of competing at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Bauderlique shockingly stopped Joseph Ward (IRE) in round four of their Cycle I Round 1 bout, while Genov’s strength took him to a well-deserved victory over Kennedy St Pierre (MRI).
The power both men generate is among the best in APB, and each has the ability to land a match-stopping blow at any point in their contest.
Genov has the advantage of having boxed over the eight round format in this competition which he comfortably achieved against St Pierre, while Bauderlique has stopped his last two APB opponents in four and six rounds respectively.
With so much at stake, and so much experience belonging to each world class athlete, expect a tremendously absorbing battle with plenty of heart, strength and technical ability.
The second Light Heavyweight match in Sofia will see Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games silver medalist Kennedy St Pierre (MRI) and 2013 AIBA World Championships bronze medalist Joseph Ward (IRE) aim to return to winning ways, and move up the APB rankings as a result.
Kennedy ST PIERRE (MRI) vs Joseph WARD (IRE)