AIBA World Championship Preview 2017

By Cain Bradley on August 24, 2017
AIBA World Championship Preview 2017
The 19th edition of the AIBA World Championships begins on August 25, in Hamburg.

It was Kazakhstan who won the most gold medals in 2013, Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics and Ukraine at the 2011 World Championships…

The 19th edition of the AIBA World Championships will begin on August 25, in Hamburg, Germany. The Uzbekistan team will look to continue the dominance that they established at the 2016 Olympic Games. Cuba are historically the team to beat and will surely bring back an impressive set of medals. It was Kazakhstan who won the most gold medals in 2013, Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics and Ukraine at the 2011 World Championships. Arguably none has the same level of team as when winning the medal table but the foundations are there and all will be expecting a good start to the Olympic cycle. The United States of America begun their path back to relevance at the Olympics while Azerbaijan and Colombia will also potentially be strong. The draw was not available at the time of the preview, making it tougher.

WSB 17 Kaz (3) Cub (2)

Light Flyweight
The favourite has to be the reigning Olympic champion is Hasanboy Dusmatov. He is unbeaten in the WSB, beating many of the top opponents he will face here and at the Olympics defeated Hernandez, Velazquez, Zhakipov and Martinez. The favourite heading into the Olympics was Johanys Argilagos where he won bronze, losing to Yurbejen Martinez. Still only 20, he is the reigning world champion. His form this year has not been that impressive losing to Martinez twice, Dusmatov and Zhussupov in the WSB Final. Martinez will have to find his way past Dusmatov but he could be the best of the rest. The next contenders are all from Europe. Egorov came second at the last World Championships and the good southpaw beat Gamal Yafai to win the European Championship. The improving Brit is also a southpaw who is 6-1 in the WSB. He beat Samuel Carmona, who he leads 2-1 in a trilogy. The Spaniard finished 6th at the Olympics, surprising Paddy Barnes. Carlos Quipo, Matias Hamunyela, Roger Ladon and Gan-Erdene Gankhuyag are all possible contenders while Yauheni Karmilchyk has only turned 19 and finished 3rd at the EU Championships.
● Hasanboy Dusmatov
● Yurberjen Martinez
● Gamal Yafai
● Vasili Egorov

Flyweight
Actually a very open weight division, with three potential favourites missing in Shahobiddin Zoirov, Yoel Finol and Hu Jianguan. The favourite is probably double World Championship medalist Yosbany Veitia. He won silver in 2015 and bronze in 2013. The southpaw has gone 21-4 in the WSB and will be happy with the absence of Finol and Jianguan who he has had struggles against. Mohammed Flossi is another returning medalist with silver and a bronze in 2015 and 2013. At the Olympics he defeated Daniel Asenov, the impressive 20-year-old who won the European Championships before losing to Finol. Asenov has looked more like the complete article this year. Another former medalist is the Uzbekistani who replaced Zoirov in Jasurbek Latipov. He has silver medals from the 2011 and 2013 World Championships. The final boxer to have medalled is Dmytro Zamotaev, having got a bronze at light flyweight in 2015. He finished third at the EU Championships alongside Brendan Irvine who lost his semi final to Niall Farrell. He surprisingly beat Manuel Cappai along the way to second place. David Avila went well at the Olympics, finishing in sixth and has a good WSB record. Inkyu Kim and Hamza Touba are also potential wild cards.
● Mohammed Flissi
● Daniel Asenov
● Yosbany Veitia
● Dmytro Zamotaev

Bantamweight
Robeisy Ramirez is the dominant boxer in this weight but will not compete here. His Cuban replacement will be Javier Ibanez who is 3-3 in WSB. He split bouts with Leonel De Los Santos in the WSB and the Dominican has beat many of the great boxers in the division. Murodjon Akhmadaliev is the only Olympic medalist to return, having won bronze last summer. He is the reigning silver medalist from 2015 when losing to Michael Conlan in the final. He beat Jiawei Zhang in the Asian Championships but the Chinese boxer is a fancied one. Kairat Yeraliyev has a bronze medal from the 2013 but has not shown the same form since. Mykola Butsenko also has a bronze medal from 2013 and won a silver medal at the recent European Games when losing to Peter McGrail. The aggressive southpaw has bronze medals from youth Olympics and World Championships but only managed a 3-4 WSB record. Duke Ragan is the 19-year-old American hope after winning the Chemistry Cup and defeating Yeraliyev. Alberto Melian, Kurt Walker and Christopher Flores have chances.
● Murodjon Akhmadaliev
● Leonel De Los Santos
● Javier Ibanez
● Peter McGrail

Lightweight
The favourite will probably be Lazaro Alvarez given he has won three World Championships on the bounce but has only won bronzes at the Olympic Games. Dorinyambuu Otgondalai also won bronze at the 2016 Olympics but could not get past the semi finals at the Asian Championships, losing to Shiva Thapa. The reigning world championship bronze medalist would proceed to lose in the final to Elnur Abduraimov. The Uzbekistani lost in the semi final to Alvarez at the last World Championships to win bronze. The Olympic silver medalist, Sofiane Oumiha is well fancied but hopes were dented when losing to Iurii Shestak at the European Championships. The Ukrainian went on to win the tournament impressively also defeating Callum French and Gabil Mamedov. That group of names makes up the main issue contenders with Reda Benbaziz, Otar Eranosyan, Nick Okongo and Enrico La Cruz needing some luck to compete.
● Lazaro Alvarez
● Iurii Shestak
● Elnur Abduraimov
● Sofiane Oumiha

Light-Welterweight
This is another very deep weight. Lorenzo Sotomayor was perhaps the most impressive fighter at the Olympics although could only win a silver medal. The Azerbaijani could has struggled this year and lost to Mateusz Polski in the European Championships. The winner of the Championships was Hovhannes Backhov. The favourite comes from Cuba. Andy Cruz won the Americas Championship and is an incredible 11-0 in the WSB. Vitaly Dunaytsev was the 2015 World Champion and won bronze at the Olympics but has struggled this year, losing to Sean McComb at the European Championships. Artem Harutyunyan also won bronze at the Olympics after a strong showing in the APB. Ikboljon Kholdarov is the Uzbeki representative, having won the Asian Championships although he did lose his WSB bout. The most impressive win he had in those Championships was over highly regarded Kazakh Bekdaulet Ibragimov. Evaldas Petrauskas has also medalled on a world stage when winning a bronze at the 2012 Olympics. He has not shown similar form since losing to Manoj Kumar at the Olympics who is now up at 69kg and at the European Championships to Luke McCormack. Artur Biyarslanov is another contender although tends to lose to the top opponents.
● Andy Cruz
● Hovhannes Backhov
● Ikboljon Kholdarov
● Lorenzo Sotomayor

Welterweight
Roniel Iglesias is probably the most recognizable name, looking to add to his Olympic and World titles. His win at the recent Americas Championship may have come as a surprise given his recent tournament form saw him not medal at the recent Olympic and World Championships while only winning silver at the Pan-American Games. His WSB record of 20-4 is superb though and he is still a major challenge. Shakhram Giyasov beat him at the Olympics as well as taking at Mohammed Rabii on his way to silver. He beat Ablaikhan Zhussupov in the Asian Championships and Boxing News have him ranked 3rd in the world. He has a few losses to other boxers in this tournament which could perhaps suggest that is a bit hopeful. Pat McCormack beat him in the Olympics whilst Abbas Baraou beat him earlier this year. These two fought in the European Championship final with Baraou coming out on top. Parviz Baghirov is a returning medalist after winning in the 2015 World Championship. The aforementioned Manoj Kumar has moved into the welterweight division but lost at the Asian Championship to Tuvshinbat Byamba. Quinton Randall is another top American prospect and he impressed when making the finals of the Americas Championship. He beat Gabriel Maestre in the quarter final, who is the Pan-American champion and finished fifth at the Olympics. Vincenzo Manigcapre, Alexandros Tsankidis and Sergei Sobylinskiy are all potential contenders.
● Shakhram Giyasov
● Pat McCormack
● Roniel Iglesias
● Quinton Randall

Middleweight
Arlen Lopez is likely the name you will recognize as the reigning Olympic and World Champion. He did win the Americas Championship this year but that came after struggling in the WSB where he lost twice to Jorge Luis Vivas and once to Israil Madrimov. It was Vivas he beat in the Americas final and the Colombian must have a good chance but struggled at the Olympics losing to Wilfried Ntsengue. Madrimov impressed in the WBS this season and then won the Asian Championships. He beat Abilkhan Amankul, a classy southpaw in the semi final, but the Kazakh could be the next big thing of amateur boxing. Another returning Olympic medalist is Kamran Shakhsuvarly who won bronze after a great win over Alimkhanuly. He could only finish second in the European Championships, losing to Ukrainian Oleksandr Khyzhniak. In that tournament he had wins wins over Petr Khamukov, who went 9-1 in the WSB, and Ben Whittaker. Hossam Abdin, Zoltan Harcsa, Max Van Der Pas and Vikas Yadav also have chances.
● Oleksandr Khyzniak
● Arlen Lopez
● Abilkhan Amankul
● Israil Madrimov

Light Heavyweight
Julio Cesar La Cruz has been one of the classiest boxers in the amateur scene for years and is a three time world champion and won at the Olympics. He won the Americas Championship in the buildup to the tournament defeating Carlos Mina in the final. Mina has gone 4-1 in the WSB and shocked Joe Ward at the Olympics. Ward is a four time European Champion and has won a medal at the last two World Championships, losing to Cruz to win bronze and silver. Bektemir Melikuziev has moved up from middleweight where he is the reigning World and Olympic silver medalist. Valentino Manfredonia has been a European Championship medalist twice beating by Joe Ward but was surprised by Mikhail Dauhaliavets at the Olympics. Albert Ramirez, Damir Plantic and Michel De Souza Borges also are potential contenders.
● Julio Cesar La Cruz
● Bektemir Melikuziev
● Joe Ward
● Carlos Mina

Heavyweight
The only division other than light-flyweight to have the Olympic gold and silver medalist compete is heavyweight. The final was one of the more controversial bouts as Evgeny Tishchenko beat Vassiliy Levit. Tishchenko won that bout and is also the reigning world champion. The southpaw has also gone 6-1 in the WSB and won the European Championships. Levit is 14-1 and won the silver medal at the Olympics. He beat Erislandy Savon, the highly rated Cuban in the semi final who is the reigning silver medalist. Yamil Peralta lost a split decision in the final of the Americas Championship to Savon and is looking to retain a medal having won bronze in 2013. In 2015 Abdulkadir Abdullayev won a bronze medal. He lost to Cheavon Clarke at the European Championships where the Brit also beat Ray Korving. Deivis Julio is ranked 3rd in the world by Boxing News and recently took Savon to a split decision. Juan Goncalves Noguiera, Julio Torres, Paul Biongolo, David Nyika and Ramazan Muslimov are all possible contenders.
● Vassiliy Levit
● Evgeny Tishchenko
● Erislandy Savon
● Yamil Peralta

Super Heavyweight
Almost certainly the weakest division with a lot of turnover in recent years. The favourite is Viktor Vykhryst given his performances in the European Championships which he won. Mihai Nistor may be the biggest name, well known for defeating Anthony Joshua. He lost to Vykhryst in the European Championships and to Hussein Iashaish at the Olympics. Bakhodir Jalolov is probably the biggest danger from Asia having beaten Iashaish at the Asian Championship and when winning bronze at the 2015 World Championship. Mahammadrasul Majidov is the boxer who has done the most, twice winning the World Championships. He lost in the European Championships to Djamili Aboudou. Joseph Goodall and Dean Gardiner also have potential chances but this is the hardest division to predict.
● Viktor Vykhryst
● Bakhodir Jalolov
● Djamili Aboudou
● Dean Gardiner

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