Two outstanding Light Welterweight (64 kg) matches in AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) Cycle I Round 1 delighted the watching crowd on Saturday night at Palazzetto dello Sport, Manerba del Garda Italy.
In the main event of the evening, number one ranked Artem Harutyunyan (GER) was in amazing form against Evaldas Petrauskas (LIT), and earned a near shutout victory over his decorated opponent in the process.
Harutyunyan used his jab effectively in the opening stages of the bout to create a vital distance between himself and his opponent, which allowed him to land often with accurate punches.
Petrauskas tried to get his own shots off, but was negated constantly by the stoic defence of the German.
The first few rounds of the fight followed a similar pattern, as the reach advantage of Harutyunyan enabled him to stay out of range and attack when he felt it was necessary.
Control is a key aspect Harutyunyan’s boxing style, and he used that technique time and time again in this contest.
Petrauskas constantly worked hard and occasionally managed to get through with some rapid combinations, but Harutyunyan’s grip of the fight was too great to break consistently.
After all eight rounds had been completed, Harutyunyan had won every round according to two scorecards, while the third judge awarded the German the victory by seven rounds to one.
Harutyunyan will now fight Abdelkader Chadi (ALG) in Cycle I Round 2 after the African star convincingly outpointed Carlos Aquino (ARG).
Chadi’s work-rate was exemplary throughout the eight round distance, and his stamina allowed him to evade the power punches of Aquino while peppering his South American opponent with constant shots.
- Artem HARUTYUNYAN (GER) W.P. (80:72/80:72/79:73) vs Evaldas PETRAUSKAS (LTU)
- Carlos AQUINO (ARG) vs Abdelkader CHADI (ALG) W.P. (74:78/74:78/74:78)