Fifteen spectacular bouts delighted the watching fans in Vargas, Venezuela today as further preliminary battles were held on the second competition day of the AMBC American Confederation Boxing Championships.
Boxers from the Light Flyweight (49 kg), Bantamweight (56 kg), Light Welterweight (64 kg), Middleweight (75 kg) and Heavyweight class (91 kg) were all in action on a busy day of competition.
Bout of the day
Canada’s Arthur Biyarslanov shocked all of his rivals at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games when he secured gold in the multi-sport event, and opened his tournament in Venezuela with an enthralling Light Welterweight contest against Brazil’s Sportaccord World Combat Games winner Joedison Teixeira.
The Brazilian boxer started the bout better, with his exceptional footwork causing all sorts of problems for the Canadian.
Biyarslanov, nicknamed the “Chechen Wolf” improved in the second frame when he adapted to the rhythm of Teixeira’s work, and began to get the better of the exchanges in the middle of the ring.
After a third round which followed a similar pattern to the second, the final verdict was a split decision victory for Biyarslanov, who will next meet USA’s Tyrek Irby in the quarter-finals.
Team of the day
Venezuela, the host nation of the AMBC American Confederation Boxing Championships achieved another perfect day in the important qualification event for the AIBA World Boxing Championships Doha 2015.
Jose Diaz opened the winning day at Bantamweight with a spirited victory over US National Champion and WSB standout Francisco Martinez.
2013 AIBA World Boxing Championships quarter-finalist Luis Arcon then advanced to the last eight of his home tournament by stopping Trinidad & Tobago’s Akiel Outram after a barrage of hard punches in the opening round of their Light Welterweight battle.
Middleweight Endri Saavedra claimed bronze at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games, and became the host nation’s third athlete to win on Day 3 by outpointing Chile’s Toronto 2015 Pan American Games competitor Joseph Cherkashyn.
Surprise of the day
Ecuador’s Light Flyweight class (49 kg) athlete Carlos Quipo almost qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games during his participation in AIBA Pro Boxing, but surprisingly lost his opening bout in Venezuela to Colombia’s Yubergen Martinez.
Cayman Islands’ Commonwealth Games quarter-finalist Tafari Ebanks proved his strength in his debut bout against Trinidad & Tobago’s Jude Franklin in a spectacular Bantamweight bout.
Dominican Republic’s Toronto 2015 Pan American Games silver medallist Hector Luis Garcia also won at Bantamweight, when he survived a dangerous first round to eliminate Guatemala’s Central American & Caribbean Games bronze medallist Juan Reyes.
United States’ Singapore 2010 Youth Olympian WSB boxer Joshua Temple spent only a short time in the ring before he knocked down and stopped Nicaragua’s Alvaro Mendoza in their Heavyweight bout.
Fact of the day
After the finish of the preliminaries, both Cuba and Venezuela remain perfect in the AMBC American Confederation Championships with all ten of their athletes remaining.
Quote of the day
“My first thought after winning the bout tonight was great motivation and joy knowing I am that much closer to achieving my Olympic dream. My tactics were very diverse, and I give a lot of credit to my awesome corner that worked with me well in the fight to help me to accomplish the goal of winning by TKO. It is a great feeling to start the Championships with one of the first TKO victories,” commented US Heavyweight Joshua Temple.
The first stage of the quarter-finals will be held on the third competition day tomorrow, where the winners of the Flyweight (52 kg), Lightweight (60 kg), Welterweight (69 kg), Light Heavyweight (81 kg) and Super Heavyweight (+91 kg) matches will become guaranteed medallists.