Azerbaijan gets past Poland

Lausanne, Switzerland, 12 January 2013 – Azerbaijan Baku Fires remain undefeated in Group A after a flawless victory over Hussars Poland at the Olympic Sports Center ‘Serhedchi’. Reigning World Series of Boxing (WSB) Individual Champions Gairbek Germakhanov and Ramazan Magomedau both recorded wins to add to those of Mikalai Vesialou, Uzeypat Ismailov and Albert Selimov, with the latter moving up to first in the Lightweight (57-61kg) rankings following another impressive display at home.

Gairbek Germakhanov of Azerbaijan Baku Fires

Germakhanov put in an accomplished performance in the night’s opening contest against Poland’s teenaged WSB debutant Grzegorz Kozlowski. 25-year-old Germakhanov, last season’s top ranked Bantamweight (50-54kg), went on the offensive from the very first round, dictating the tempo and moving well to apply constant pressure on his opponent. The Azeri orthodox fighter mixed it up throughout the five rounds, keeping Kozlowski at bay by a stiff jab before unleashing some precise combinations on the way to a victory that gave the hosts the early advantage in the match.

Russian 2007 AIBA World Champion Selimov, who linked up with the Azeri team this summer, then showcased his exquisite shot-making skills versus the Hussars’ 24-year-old Jacek Wylezol in the Lightweight (57-61kg) bout. For four rounds the Pole put up a brave resistance against the experienced Selimov, who was throwing punches from all angles. In the fifth however the 26-year-old Russian stepped up his efforts and a huge swinging right hook connected flush on Wylezol’s chin, the Pole having to take a standing eight count. That flash of brilliance in the closing stages put the gloss on an electric performance from Selimov.

Hard-hitting 25-year-old Vesialou then extended his unbeaten WSB record to 4-0 after the Belarusian Middleweight (68-73kg) sensation overpowered Hussars Poland’s competition debutant Dawid Pac. The Azerbaijan southpaw moved well, soaking up pressure before picking his spots on the counter, his game plan worked to perfection as Pac could just not get to grips with him. Vesialou was just too powerful and when he connected, the young Pole was feeling it, and in the end it was another solid victory for the home team.

Reigning WSB Light Heavyweight (80-85kg) Champion Magomedau, astutely dealt with the threat posed by Poland’s tough Ukrainian Serhiy Radchenko in the penultimate contest of the evening. After dominating the first three rounds with his quick movement and quick feet, Magomedau knew that all he had to do was box clever on the counter and he did just that in the remaining two as Radchenko ran out of ideas. Magomedau’s twelfth WSB career win sending Azerbaijan 4-0 up on the night

It was a bruising encounter in the evening’s final battle, with the Fires’ promising 23-year-old Heavyweight (91+kg) Ismailov locking horns with Poland’s slippery Belarusian Yan Sudzilouski. Each boxer connected with some powerful blows throughout, going toe-to-toe for most of the five rounds. It was very evenly matched with the two going into the final round almost level, however Ismailov did enough to edge it to make it impressive night’s work by Azerbaijan.

Poland next host Mexico Guerreros at the Hala Znicz Pruszkow on Friday 18 January whilst Azerbaijan now travel to Argentina to meet the Condors at the Club Social Y Deportivo the night after.

Thirteen Young Boxers with Junior World Team Open Titles and Berths on the Junior World Championships Team

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – The first-ever Junior World Team Open concluded with thirteen championship bouts on Friday at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nev. All of the victors in the evening’s action earned the opportunity to represent the United States at the 2013 AIBA Junior Men’s World Championship in August in Kiev, Ukraine.

Boxers from eight different states won titles on Friday night with California athletes taking the largest number of victories on the night, but a wide range of visiting boxers enjoyed success as well. It was a non-west coast boxer taking the first victory of the night. Pinweight Jordan White (Waldorf, Md.) kicked off the evening with a win in his bout with Szel Martinez (Ontario, Ore.). White took a 17-9 victory over Martinez in the championship round opener to claim the first spot on the World Championships team.

The state of California took the next two victories in final round action. Light flyweight Daniel Gonzalez (Moreno Valley, Calif.) won a 25-19 decision over Freduis Rojas (Las Vegas, Nev.) in their championship round contest and flyweight Evan Sanchez (Fresno, Calif.) claimed a 29-19 in the flyweight title bout.

In the light bantamweight division, Shakur Stevenson (Newark, N.J.) won a second championship for the east coast. Stevenson earned a 16-8 victory over Noah Contreras (Fort Mohave, Ariz.) to win the light bantamweight gold medal.

The lone Nevada native pulled out a tiebreaker win in the bantamweight class to win the Junior World Team Open. Devin Haney (Las Vegas, Nev.) claimed victory with his 34-30 tiebreaker edge breaking a 10-10 tie with Isidro Ochoa (Fresno, Calif.). The tiebreaker loss ended Ochoa’s three bout winning streak in Reno.

Featherweight Michael Nelson (Mansfield, Ohio) enjoyed a strong week of boxing in Reno as well and it culminated in a final round victory on Friday. Nelson defeated Garret Rincon (Irvine, Calif.) to take the featherweight championship.

The state of Hawaii boasted two boxers in the tournament final in Reno and lightweight Keoni Adric Jr. (Haleiwe, Hawaii) was able to take home a gold medal in his championship round contest. Adric Jr. defeated Jose Guevara (Phoenix, Ariz.), 35-26, to win the lightweight title.

Fellow Hawaii native, Hunter-Gabriel Manaba (Kaunakakas, Hawaii) didn’t enjoy the same success in his light welterweight title bout. It was Brandon Trejo (Napa, Calif.) taking the light welterweight crown, winning a 14-11 decision over Manaba.

California boxers won the next four bouts in Reno, continuing the streak started by Trejo. Following his stoppage win in semifinal action, Javier Estrada (Palmdale, Calif.) won a 23-16 decision over Christopher Gonzalez (Tucson, Ariz.), for the welterweight championship.

Junior middleweight Alexis Rocha (Santa Ana, Calif.) ended Veles Cup team member Edgar Berlanga’s (Brooklyn, N.Y.) run. Rocha won a close 11-9 decision over Berlanga to earn a spot on the World Championships team.

In the first middleweight bout of the tournament, Eric Murguia (Sylmar, Calif.) won a 21-13 decision over Akeem Mayle (Zanesville, Ohio) to take the gold medal.

Light heavyweight Suray Mahmutovic (Daly City, Calif.) won a convincing victory in his final round bout with Matthew Hernandez (San Antonio, Texas). Mahmutovic won the light heavyweight crown with a 23-9 victory over Hernandez.

The event closed with heavyweight action as Pano Tiatia (St. George, Utah) and Ricky Pina (Dorchester, Mass.) facing off. It was Tiatia taking the final gold medal, winning a 16-9 decision over Pina to claim the final spot on the Junior World Championships squad.

The 13 male boxers join female featherweight champion JaJaira Gonzalez (Glendora, Calif.), who won her title on the opening day of the tournament. In addition, there were five unopposed female champions at the first Junior World Team Open. They are pinweight Caitlin Orosco (Anaheim, Calif.), flyweight Nysja Barrientes (Las Vegas, Nev.), light bantamweight Ashley Perez (Sparks, Nev.), bantamweight Jessica Galvrez (Sparks, Nev.) and lightweight Iesha Kenney (Alexandria, Va.)

Championship Round Results

101 lbs: Jordan White, Waldorf, Md., dec. Szel Martinez, Ontario, Ore., 17-9
106 lbs: Daniel Gonzalez, Moreno Valley, Calif., dec. Freudis Rojas, Las Vegas, Nev., 25-19
110 lbs: Evan Sanchez, Fresno, Calif., dec. Jospeh Cuellar, Tulare, Calif., 29-19
114 lbs: Shakur Stevenson, Newark, N.J., dec. Noah Contreras, Fort Mohave, Ariz., 16-8
119 lbs: Devin Haney, Las Vegas, Nev., dec. Isidro Ochoa, Fresno, Calif., 10-10, 34-30
125 lbs: Michael Nelson, Mansfield, Ohio, dec. Garrett Rincon, Irvine, Calif., 12-7
132 lbs: Keoni Adric, Jr., Haleiwe, Hawaii, dec. Jose Guevara, Phoenix, Ariz., 35-26
138 lbs: Brandon Trejo, Napa, Calif., dec. Hunter-Gabriel Manaba, Kaunakakas, Hawaii, 14-11
145 lbs: Javier Estrada, Palmdale, Calif., dec. Christopher Gonzalez, Tucson, Ariz., 23-16
154 lbs: Alexis Rocha, Santa Ana, Calif., dec. Edgar Berlanga, Brooklyn, N.Y., 11-9
165 lbs: Eric Murguia, Slymar, Calif., dec. Akeem Mayle, Zanesville, Ohio, 21-13
176 lbs: Suray Mahmutovic, Daly City, Calif., dec. Matthew Hernandez, San Antonio, Texas, 23-9
176+ lbs: Pano Tiatia, St. George, Utah, dec. Ricky Pina, Dorchester, Mass., 16-9

Female Unopposed champions
101 lbs: Caitlin Orosco, Anaheim, Calif.

110 lbs: Nysja Barrientes, Las Vegas, Nev.

114 lbs: Ashley Perez, Sparks, Nev.

119 lbs: Jessica Galvrez, Sparks, Nev.

132 lbs: Iesha Kenney, Alexandria, Va.

USA Boxing, as the national governing body for Olympic-style boxing, is the United States’ member organization of the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) and a member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).


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