Lithuania's welterweight No.1, AIBA World Championships quarter-finalist and Beijing Olympian, Egidijus Kavaliauskas who eliminated a tough Chinese boxer in the first preliminary round, continued his winning series in Baku. The 23-year-old AIBA 'Road to Baku' member defeated Usti nad Labem's Grand Prix bronze medallist, Czech Robert Bilik by an impressive 15:4 and will meet with Ireland's Roy Sheehan in the next round.
World Combat Games silver medallist, 19-year-old Tajik Safoviddin Yusufi had the chance to beat current Asian Games champion, Filipino Rey Saludar, but failed after 3 minutes. Saludar only had a three points advantage by then but he raised his speed and finally won the flyweight contest by a large margin of points, 28:12.
In the light welterweight class, African Zonal Champion, 22-year-old Brice Romaric Bassole had to meet with two-time European Championships silver medallist, experienced English Thomas Stalker who was nominated best boxer UK last year. The English boxer kept some power for the next stage as he defeated Bassole by 13:2.
Youth Olympian, 18-year-old Saint Lucia's Lyndel Marcellin opened with an historical victory in the Azeri capital city but had to fight today against AIBA World Championships bronze medallist, Mongolian veteran Uranchimeg Munkherdene. The young Saint Lucian boxer fought until the final gong but as expected, Munkh-Erdene advanced to round of 16 winning the bout by 20:6.
Tajikistan's light heavyweight No.1 and Nurmagambetov Tournament silver medallist, 22-year-old Dilovarsho Abdurakhmonov also had a tough opponent in Baku: defending European Champion and AIBA Youth World Champion, Irish Joseph Ward who is not even 18 yet. The Tajik only had a two point deficit after the first round but received a warning in the fifth minute and could not find the winning tactic against the young Irish who finally won the contest by 22:4.
AIBA World Championships bronze medallist and Beijing Olympian, 28-year-old Lithuanian Daugirdas Semiotas was involved in the AIBA 'Road to Baku' program. Following his first success in Baku, he had to face Asian Championships silver medallist, Chinese Meng Fanlong. Their contest started badly for the Lithuanian and surprisingly the Chinese boxer increased his advantage in the second round. Semiotas tried to turn back the fight in the last three but Meng's footwork was excellent and the AIBA 'Road to Baku' member bowed out of the championships.
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