Men’s Light Flyweight (-49Kg)
ZOU Shiming vs David AYRAPETYAN (4)
Serdamba PUREVDORJ (3) vs SHIN Jong (2)
Three of the top 4 seeded boxers are in the semi-finals of the light flyweight division in the 2011 World Amateur Boxing Championships. The only unseeded boxer in the Final 4 is none other than Zou Shiming, the defending Olympic champion. Zou is also got the gold in the 2005 and 2007 world championships, and he is the 2006 and 2010 Asian Games Gold medallist. It is quite strange that he is not even seeded in this tournament owing to his lofty resume. Zou’s oppinent David AYRAPETYAN is the 2009 world championship silver medallist in the light flyweight division. He also won the 2006 European Championships.Zou and Ayrapetyan met at the World Championships 2007 with the Chinese boxer winning the bout, 28-17. The other pairing pits Serdamba PUREVDORJ of Mongolia against Korean SHIN Jong. Purevdorj is the reigning World Champion (won over Ayrapetyan) and Olympic Silver medallist (lost to Zou). Shin Jong-Hun won a bronze medal in the 2009 World Championships after losing to Ayrapetyan, 1-9, in the semifinals. The four light flyweights are familiar with each other they are indeed the top of their class in the last few years. The semifinal bouts are definitely are to predict. Will it be a 2009 rematch? Will Zou reign again? Will Shin make a career breakthrough? We will know soon.
Men’s Flyweight (-52Kg)
Misha ALOIAN (1) vs Raushee WARREN (4)
Jasurbek LATIPOV vs Andrew SELBY (10)
3 seeded boxers are in the semifinals of the below 52 kg category. Russian Misha Aloian is a bronze medallist in 2009. He will fight Warren, the 2007 champion. Raushee Warren qualified for his third straight olympics. 10th seeded Andrew Selby is the reigning European Champion. He will face Uzbekistan’s Latipov who used to campaign in the light flyweight division. The Aloian-Warren match would be one of the marquee bouts this round.
Men’s Bantamweight (-56Kg)
Luke CAMPBELL vs John NEVIN (4)
Anvar YUSUNOV (6) vs Lazaro ALVAREZ
Luke Campbell, the 2008 European Champion faces John Nevin, a bronze medallist in 2009 World championships in the semifinals of the men’s bantamweight. The other match will be between the 6th-seeded Anvar Yusunov of Tajikistan and Cuba’s Lazaro Alvarez. Alvarez is one of the 6 boxers from the vaunted Cuba boxing team to get an automatic slot to London. He was an AIBA Cadet World Champion
Men’s Lightweight (-60Kg)
Domenico VALENTINO (1) vs Vasyl LOMACHENKO
Yasnier TOLEDO (3) vs Gani ZHAILAUOV
In the lightweight division, Domenico VALENTINO just needs to win 2 more bouts to defend his 2009 gold medal in Milan. The Italian will face Ukraine’s Lomachenko, who also was a gold medallist in Milan but in the featherweight division. The Ukranian was also a gold medallist in the 2008 Olympics. The other semifinalists are Yasneir Toledo Lopez and the Panamerican champion and former World Junior Champion, and Kazakhstan’s Gani Zhailaouv, an Asian Championships bronze medal winner.
Men’s Light Welterweight (-64Kg)
Denys BERINCHYK vs Thomas STALKER (5)
Everton dos SANTOS vs Vincenzo MANGIACAPRE
Thomas Stalker of England is the only seeded fighter left in the light welterweight category. He is the 2010 Commonwealth Games champ and a silver medallist in the 2011 European Championships. He will battle Ukraine’s Berinchyk who upset reigning world champion Roniel Iglesias in the first round in Baku 2011. The other pairing is between Éverton dos Santos Lopes of Brazil, the 2007 PanAm silver medallist, and the surprising Vincenzo MANGIACAPRE of Italy.
Men’s Welterweight (-69Kg)
Serik SAPIYEV vs Egidijus KAVALIAUSKAS
Taras SHELESTYUK vs Krishan VIKAS
The welterweight class is one of the most difficult to predict as no seeded boxer made it to the Top 4. Sapiyev is the 2005 and 2007 world champion. Lituania’s Kavaliauskas qualified for his second straight olympics. Ukraine’s Shelestyuk is a European Bronze medallist. Vikas Krishan Yadav of India is the 2010 Asian Youth and World Youth champion.
- AIBA World Boxing Championships Baku 2011: Quarterfinal match-ups (caloysports.wordpress.com)
- AIBA World Boxing Championships Baku 2011: Saludar’s hopes alive as Warren wins Quarterfinal bout (caloysports.wordpress.com)
- AIBA World Boxing Championships Baku 2011: Barriga upsets 8th seeded Barnes (caloysports.wordpress.com)
- Team USA Goes 2-0 on Opening Day at 2011 AIBA Men’s World Championships (timesunion.com)