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The men at 64kg – Meet the APB’s light welterweight boxers

AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) has announced the light welterweight category for the upcoming APB competition, confirming a stellar line-up of established professionals, Olympians and international multi-medallists

The Olympic bronze medallist, prodigal Lithuanian Evaldas Petrauskas who rocked last season in the WSB Ukraine Otamans team, will be one of the boxers to make up a deeply talented field of fighters at 64kg.

Speaking ahead of the APB competition, Petrauskas said: “This competition format is really unique. Finally AIBA has offered boxers the optimal way to become pro within the APB gradual competition structure. For the first time in the history of boxing we have the chance to make the step up from three round competitions to six, eight and then 10 rounds, but not jump all of sudden to 12 round fights. This process is extremely difficult and not all boxers hoping to turn professional managed to adapt to it and develop their career. I find AIBA’s innovative process to turn pro a really good move for boxers and boxing in general.”

The Lithuanian boxer will be joined by EUBC European Cup winner Vyacheslav Kyslytsyn from Ukraine, British-based Bulgarian professional and Olympic bronze medallist Boris Georgiev and battle-weary Algerian and All-Africa Games gold medalist Abderkader Chadi.

Argentine knockout artist Carlos ‘El Terrible’ Aquino adds spark to a weight division also featuring Mexican sensation, the World Series of Boxing Season II Individual Champion Juan Pablo Romero.

Russian southpaw stylist Armen Zakaryan and last year’s European Boxing Championships bronze medallist Artem Harutyunyan from Germany conclude the lineup, completing a pool of hungry fighters looking to put everything on the line to qualify for Rio 2016 through a glittering group of mercurial boxing talent at 64kg.