4000 fans witnessed a spirited fight between Latipov and the Iranian Sajad Mohammadpour, who is currently ranked as the number 5 boxer in APB. Both boxers fought hard in the knowledge that the winner would get to the top tier of the 52 kg ranking, moving them closer to a title fight against current APB World Champion Misha Aloian.
The crowd favourite is a slick boxer who likes to keep his distance and score with power punches, but Mohammadpour had done his homework, getting closer to the taller Latipov and launching in with aggressive combinations. The occasional success from the Iranian was not enough to overcome Latipov’s superior technique, and the openings in Mohammadpour’s defence were exploited by the home favourite as he controlled the match to eventually win the important APB bout.
Earlier on in the evening another local favourite, Ikboljon Kholdarov, bronze medalist at the 2014 AIBA Youth World Championships in Sofia, made his APB Debut against Ireland’s former EUBC European Champion Raymond Moylette. Moylette pressured the local boxer throughout the bout using smart defence and explosive power-shots, showing a clear improvement from his last bout and adjusting well to the longer APB distance. However Kholdarov, the youngest AIBA Pro Boxer, moved around the ring like a cat making it hard for the Irishman to score, and the judges awarded the Uzbek a narrow split decision for his immense work-rate and overall control of the bout.
The third APB Bout of the evening saw the Uzbek boxer Dilshod Makhmudov battle it out with Onder Sipal, brother of the Turkish Welterweight APB World Champion Onur Sipal. Both boxers have great experience of winning medals in major tournaments over the years and their respect for each other showed as the sized eachother up in the early exchanges. From the second round on, both were fully engaged and trading punches in an all-action encounter until, to the delight of the home crowd, Makhmudov was declared the winner.
A great event with an enthusiastic crowd and spirited displays of pro boxing made for another gripping night of APB action, and it won’t be the last time that the fans get to see APB boxing in this part of the world.