LIGHT 60 KG – SATURDAY, 30 MAY (20:00 GMT+5)
Location: Tashkent – Venue: O‘zbekiston Sport Majmuasi
AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) begins Cycle I Round 1 on Saturday night in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, as the Lightweight (60 kg) division compete in four Lightweight (60 kg) matches, which can be watched live at 20:00 (GMT +5) on https://www.youtube.com/user/AIBAproboxingTV.
An excellent main event will delight the audience inside the O‘zbekiston Sport Majmuasi, with home star Hurshid Tojibaev set for a pivotal match with Ireland’s David Oliver Joyce.
Fourth ranked Joyce has a 2-2 record in this competition, and the Irish star is full of confidence despite his opponent enjoying home advantage in this fixture.
Both boxers possess excellent stamina which makes this matchup a very even contest, although the power advantage perhaps belongs to the Uzbek fighter.
Joyce is always composed in the ring however, and has the ability to successfully change his tactics during different stages of a fight, which is an invaluable attribute in the longer round format of APB.
A key aspect to consider is that neither man dominated the majority of their APB Pre-Ranking and Ranking Phase matches.
Tojibaev failed to win on all three scorecards against either Charly Suarez or Robson Conceicao, while Joyce has been on the losing end of tight decisions twice in his APB career.
With such a narrow battle in store, whoever can unlock the superior desire and skill to succeed will move onwards to Cycle I Round 2, where they will meet the winner of Dmitry Polyanskiy vs Robson Conceicao, who also clash in Uzbekistan.
Number two ranked Polyanskiy has an outstanding 3-1 APB record, while the third ranked Conceicao achieved a strong victory in his last match.
Elsewhere in Tashkent, 1-3 Charly Suarez meets debutant Magomedrashid Dzhabrailov, and five-time AIBA World Championships medalist Domenico Valentino looks for his second consecutive triumph over Germany’s Artur Bril.
- 20:00: Artur BRIL (GER) vs Domenico VALENTINO (ITA)
- 20:30: Charly SUAREZ (PHI) vs Magomedrashid DZHABRAILOV (RUS)
- 21:00: Robson DONATO (BRA) vs Dmitry POLYANSKIY (RUS)
- 21:30: Hurshid TOJIBAEV (UZB) vs David JOYCE (IRL)