The 2nd day of semi-final action took place in Hamburg with the other 10 finalists being decided.
At flyweight (52kg) Korea’s Kim Inkyu had Uzbekistan’s Jasurbek Latipov in the other corner. Kim made the aggressive start and took the fight to Latipov but a right hand made the Korean touch down but no count was issued. Kim really loaded up on his punches in round 2 but the accuracy was badly lacking from both men. Again in round 3 there was a huge amount of missing until Latipov caught Kim with a solid right hand and it was the Uzbek who took the unanimous decision to move on to the final where he will face Yosbany Veitia who prevailed via split decision over Russia’s Tamir Galanov.
At lightweight (60kg) Mongolia’s Otgondalai Dorjnyambu was up against France’s Sofiane Oumiha. Dorjnyambu was on the front foot from the get go and made a very positive start but the Mongolian suffered a cut and Oumiha was finding his timing by the end of the first stanza. The Frenchman carried on his good work from the end of round 1 in to the 2nd, tagging Dorjnyambu repeatedly with the counter right hand. Both landed with quality shots in a thoroughly enjoyable final 3 minutes but it was Oumiha who claimed the unanimous verdict and he will take on Cuba’s Lazaro Alvarez who saw off Otar Eranosyan of Georgia by unanimous decision.
It was an all Asian contest at welterweight (69kg) with Uzbek Shakhram Giyasov versus Kazak Ablaikhan Zhussupov. Both landed a few single shots of note in an otherwise quiet opening round. Giyasov upped the tempo and landed numerous right hands in round 2 and a previously suffered cut opened up giving Zhussupov an extra issue to deal with. Zhussupov caught Giyasov with a terrific left hand right at the start of round 3 with Giyasov retaliating almost immediately. The pair then gave it their all for the rest of the round but it was Giyasov who advanced to the final via split decision where he will square off against Cuba’s Roniel Iglesias who overcame Germany’s Abass Barraou by split decision.
Up next were the light heavyweights (81kg) and Ireland’s Joe Ward took on Bektemir Melikuziev from Uzbekistan with the winner to face formidable Cuban Julio Cesar La Cruz who beat Ecuador’s Carlos Mina by unanimous decision. Ward was content to fight on the back foot and was very comfortable in the opening stanza. Melikuziev pressed the action a lot more in round 2 and had far more success as the 2 met in some toe-to-toe exchanges. The Uzbek was putting everything in to his punches but Ward landed the cleaner shots and it was the Irishman who won the split decision in a very tight contest that could have easily gone the other way.
Finally it was time for the big men at super heavyweight (91+kg) and Kazakhstan’s Kanshybek Kunkabayev took on Cameroon’s Fokou Arsene. Kunkabayev controlled proceedings in the first as Arsene telegraphed his big right hand. Arsene was beginning to gain some momentum in round 2 before a right jab resulted in a standing 8 count and the man from Cameroon needed a big turnaround. Despite his best efforts in the 3rd Arsene had come up short and it was Kunkabayev who gained the unanimous points victory and the Kazak will be up against Azerbaijan’s Mahammadrasul Majidov who overcame Australia’s Joe Goodall on a split decision.