Bronze medalist of Tokyo 2020, world’s two-time bronze medalist, two-time European champion Hovhannes Bachkov made it to the quarter-final of the World Boxing Championships taking place in Belgrade.
The captain of the Armenia national football team competed with Italy’s representative Gianluigi Malanga in the 1/8 final of the 63.5 kg category boxers and defeated Malanga 3-2.
The situation was rather tense in the first round. The opponent was regularly protecting himself from Bachkov’s strikes with his hands, but the referee wasn’t responding to this. During the tense competition, the referees gave the advantage to Armenia’s representative.
In the second round, Bachkov added pressure and didn’t give the opponent the chance to strike back. In the second round, the referees gave points to Hovhannes Bachkov.
In the third round, the Italian boxer was almost always protecting and was doing his best to avoid engaging in a close combat with Bachkov.
The 28-year-old Armenian boxer started from the 1/16 final during which he had scored an impressive victory over Azerbaijani Malik Hasanov.