Tokyo 2020: Armenia’s Hovhannes Bachkov Beats Azeri Boxer to Advance to Quarterfinals


Armenian boxer Hovhannes Bachkov has advanced to lightweight (63kg) quarterfinals at Tokyo Olympics with an impressive 4:1 victory over Azerbaijan’s Javid Chalabiyev, days after defeating Alston Ryan of Antigua and Barbuda.In what was an absolute war of a fight. First round went to Chalabiyev on four cards, but Bachkov’s constant pressure put on his opponent and just being better at the style they established in the first round put him through in the rest of the fight. He’s a real handful, just a hell of a fighter. Certainly not the most technically sound guy you’ll see in Tokyo, but a warrior indeed.Speaking after the bout, Bachkov said: “Thank you to all those who were waiting for this victory. I have received so many messages, thank you for your support.”Bachkov’s next opponent is Uzbekistan’s Elnur Abduraimov on August 3.


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