Major upset at the AIBA World Championships


BOUT 155 Solotongo Roniel CUB vs Berinchyk Denys UKR (blue-winner)

The fifth day of competition in Baku was dedicated to fighters in the Light Welterweight (64kg) category with Cuba's reigning AIBA World Champion and World No.1 ranked fighter Roniel Iglesias Sotolongo up first against a tough opponent in the shape of Ukraine's European Cup winner and University World Champion Denys Berinchyk. The Ukrainian started the brightest and led 6:5 after the first round but Cuba's finest responded in style as he clawed his way back to take a one point advantage into the final round. Berinchyk however was not to be denied as his aggressive approach ensured the biggest upset to date at the 16th edition of the AIBA World Championships.

Two other great prospects, Uzbekistan's Asian Championships gold medallist Sanjarbek Rahmonov and Youth Olympic Games winner and European Youth Champion 18-year-old Ricardas Kuncaitis of Lithuania came head-to-head in a spectacular battle in Baku. Rahmonov held a narrow lead 14:13 after two rounds but had the reserves to increase his advantage and take the bout 21:17.

England's two-time European Championships silver medallist Thomas Stalker, also awarded the UK's best boxer trophy last year, has travelled to Baku as one of the gold medal hopefuls in this Light Welterweight category. His opponent in his first fight was Venezuela's Panamerican Games Qualification Tournament winner Yoelvis Hernandez, who only turns eighteen later this year, and although Stalker struggled in the early stages he managed to break Hernandez's stubborn resistance in the final round to win the contest 17:10.

Turkmenistan continued its unexpected winning streak in Baku as former Asian Champion and AIBA World Championships quarter-finalist 25-year-old Serdar Hudayberdiyev, who failed to reach the medal stages at the annual Asian Championships in Incheon, successfully won a close fought contest 7:6 against Romania's AIBA Cadet World Championships bronze medallist Daniel Badulescu.

Russia's European Championships bronze medallist and three-time National Champion Alexander Solyanikov had a hard battle against Kyrgyzstan's 24-year-old World Combat Games winner Ermek Sakenov. Russia's veteran boxer was victorious 13:9 and will now face Turkmenistan's Serdar Hudayberdiyev in the next round of the competition.
China's former Asian Games winner Hu Qing moved up a weight class this year and progressed in Baku after convincingly defeating US National Olympic Trials winner and World Military Championships silver medallist Jamel Herring 20:5.

Ireland's current European Champion and former AIBA Youth World Champion Raymond Moylette looked sluggish in overcoming the challenge posed by Latvia's 22-year-old Arturs Ahmetovs as the Irish boxer had to come from a point down to win and advance to the last 32.

Hungary's 29-year-old two-time AIBA World Championships bronze medallist and European Championships silver medallist Gyula Kate also made a successful debut in the Azeri capital as he defeated Belarus' World Military Games silver medallist Yauheni Ramashkevich 24:14.

Kazakhstan's medal contender and reigning Asian Games winner Daniyar Yeleussinov faced Scotland's only competitor in Baku, Commonwealth Games silver medallist Josh Taylor. With both fighters born in 1991 the standard of boxing on show belied their ages but it was Yeleussinov who was decisive, winning the contest 11:5.

Czech Republic's AIBA Youth World Championships bronze medallist Zdenek Chladek is still waiting for his big break but is now one step closer to qualifying for the London Olympic Games after dominating Thailand's former Asian Champion Wuttichai Masuk to win 17:11.

Moscow's European Champion and Beijing Olympic Games bronze medallist, 27-year-old Hrachik Javakhyan of Armenia was also victorious in Baku as he defeated Germany's National Champion and European Championships quarter-finalist David Muller using his excellent footwork in the ring. Muller became the first German boxer to fail to reach the last 32.

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