APB Flyweights bring glory to Mexico, Algeria, Kazakhstan and Russia in their debut night in Novosibirsk

Lausanne, Switzerland, October 26, 2014 – The SKK “Sever” in Russia’s Novosibirsk provided the floor today to a great performance of AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) Flyweights (52kg) in Week One of the Pre-Ranking stage of the competition.

The Siberian boxing fans have been treated to unforgettable derbies between some of the best APB boxers.

The first fight brought together the best of the America’s APB Flyweights – Elias Emiglio from Mexico and Argentina’s Fernando Martínez. It was a tremendous start of the night as both boxers were constantly throwing back to back punches throughout all six rounds. The 21-years-old boxing technician Martínez, was using his well-planned, calculated attacks showing great combination and style. However the freshness and aggressive style of the Mexican boxer made the difference and brought him his first victory in the brand-new APB competition. Martínez and Emigdio, who are both WSB veterans came out of this battle exhausted, and made it clear that they had given it all in the opposite corner of the world to prove their worth to take part in APB ranks.

The night continued with a derby between the Mediterranean boxing stars – Mohamed Flissi from Algeria and Redouane Asloum from France. The boxers entered the ring with full confidence and started to act straight with technical punches without losing time to observe each other. The Algerian boxer though was touching very precisely and much more his opponent since the beginning. This fight was the shortest of the night as already in Round Two Flissi managed to send Asloum down on the canvas. The Frenchman, who reacted by getting up and was counted to 8, had been attacked straight away by Flissi’s heavy combination, which left Asloum almost out of breath. As the French boxer could not find anymore his balance, the referee had no choice but to stop the fight at the second minute of Round Two, thus giving Flissi his first victory in APB by TKO.

“I am really glad for my victory in the fight with Redouane Asloum, who is a great boxer, – stated Flissi right after his debut fight in APB. – It is very significant victory for my country Algeria as I overcame a French boxer. I have been training really hard ahead of this fight and it brought its fruits. It has been almost two months that I have been getting ready for this night and this preparation included work on my moral, technical and physical conditions. At this moment I can say that it is with my heart that I won. I am already looking forward to having my next fight in APB and I will do my best to be in a great shape for it.”

The next derby was contested between Asian boxers – the recent Incheon 2014 Asian Games Champion Ilyas Suleimenov from Kazakhstan and number two seed of the category Uzbekistan’s Jasurbek Latipov. This fight was less dynamic than the previous two as both boxers were constantly observing their opponent. Suleimenov managed to convince the judges with his more precise punches and was granted victory on points after six exhaustive rounds.

The Kazakh boxer was not hiding his contentment and shared his satisfaction with us some minutes after his sensational start in APB: “I am really satisfied about the warm welcome I received here in Novosibirsk and a great organisation of the event. As for my fight, I knew my opponent already, and I am really happy that my tactics was right and everything went exactly as I had planned. Finally, I would like to wish a lot of luck and success to all athletes of this tournament”

The night reached the culminating point when the Novosibirsk-born Russian boxing hero and seed number one of Flyweight category Mikhail Aloian entered the SKK Sever arena. The packed 1600-seater venue completely supported Aloian since the very first seconds of the fight. The two-time AIBA World Boxing Champion and London 2012 Mikhail Aloian debuted in APB by taking on Italy’s Beijing 2008 Olympic bronze medallist Vincenzo Picardi. Although the Italian was fighting hard, it seemed almost mission-impossible to beat a confident Aloian at home The Russian boxer was technically superior and even slowed down at some point his pace in order to throw fewer but heavier punches.

Aloian was smartly counter-attacking all moves of the Italian, and it resulted into a great start in APB for him with a doubtless victory by unanimous decision.

“First of all, I would like to say thank you for such a great project! This is really a spectacular Pro Boxing program with eight of the strongest elite level boxers per category, who can showcase themselves as pro. I really enjoyed fighting over six rounds, and even felt some reserves left at the end of fight. I like it a lot and I feel that this format of boxing suits me perfectly,” – shared Mikhail Aloian wrapping up the APB boxing night in Novosibirsk.