The Sarhadchi Complex in Baku, Azerbaijan was the venue for the AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) Welterweight (69 kg) World Title Match, where Onur Sipal became the second Turkish fighter in two days to become an APB Champion.
Sipal, following in the footsteps of compatriot and fellow titleholder Adem Kilicci, faced Kenya’s Rayton Okwiri in Baku, a rematch of an earlier APB match which was won by the Turkish fighter.
In their second contest, Sipal started explosively, taking the first three rounds on all of the scorecards to assert his dominance early.
Okwiri has been one of the stars of the competition so far, and improved as he won the fourth round, showing the form which saw him defeat the decorated Marcos Nader and Olympic bronze medalist Andrey Zamkovoy.
Sipal was performing at a different level to his African opponent though, and the now 4-0 APB superstar reasserted his control of the bout in the fifth and sixth rounds, which meant that Okwiri would need a knockout to win the Title.
Kenya’s new hero tried his very best to achieve that in the seventh round, and he gave himself hope by winning the round across the board, and taking the contest into a final frame.
The new Turkish Champion kept his focus in the last round, winning it on two scorecards, and displaying his boxing skills which have enabled him to remain undefeated in the competition.
Okwiri, now 2-2 in APB will come again, but the final result was a unanimous points win for Sipal who makes a great leap forwards towards qualification for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.