Artem Harutyunyan is the light welterweight hero after wonderful win over Abdelkader Chadi

A tremendous evening of world class AIBA Pro Boxing entertainment took place on Thursday night in Hamburg, Germany, where Artem Harutyunyan (GER) defeated Abdelkader Chadi (ALG) in an astonishing Light Welterweight (64 kg) main event.

Harutyunyan’s crucial Cycle I Round 2 victory secures his place as the number one contender against the APB Light Welterweight Champion Armen Zakaryan (RUS), while also earning him a qualification quota for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

A packed crowd in Hamburg erupted in noise at the start of round one as chants of ‘Artem’ reverberated around the arena, and their star boxer gave the crowd even more to cheer about when he won the first frame as a result of his cleaner work and accurate punches.

Chadi started the second round in a more aggressive fashion, but was soon picked off by Harutyunyan who reverted to a successful counter-attacking style as the frame progressed.

The third round followed a similar pattern, as the focused German star patiently waited for his opponent to attack, before firing off damaging shots of his own in rampant retaliation.

After a near identical fourth frame, Chadi finally began to make his mark in round five when his relentless pressure finally began to wilt the previously watertight defence of Harutyunyan.

It proved to be a false dawn for the talented Algerian fighter however, although he won the round of all three scorecards, it would be his only true success of the match.

Chadi’s long reach usually allows him to control matches from range, but Harutyunyan changed tactics once again in the closing stages of the contest, with a new pressure style allowing him cleanly hit his elusive rival throughout the seventh round.

By the start of the eighth and final stanza, Harutyunyan had built up an unassailable points lead, and secured his tremendous triumph by performing serenely through the remaining three minutes of the bout.

After the final bell had rung, the hand of Harutyunyan was raised by the referee after all three judges awarded him the victory 79:73.

A second Light Welterweight fight also thrilled the spectators in Hamburg, where Evaldas Petrauskas (LIT) recovered well after losing the first round against Carlos Aquino (ARG) to defeat his opponent in the second frame by TKO.

Match results:

  • Evaldas PETRAUSKAS (LIT) TKO R2 vs Carlos AQUINO (ARG)
  • Artem HARUTYUNYAN (GER) W.P. (79:73/ 79:73/ 79:73) vs Abdelkader CHADI (ALG)