Featherweight Erdenebat too good for Walker at AIBA Men's World Championships

Asian featherweight champion Tsendbaatar Erdenebat of Mongolia defeated European gold medallist Kurt Walker of Ireland here at the International Boxing Association (AIBA) World Championships.

In the battle of the best featherweights of Asia and Europe, Tsendbaatar came out the unanimous winner. 

He will now face Mirazizbek Mirzkhalilov of Uzbekistan, who overcame the defending champion, Kairat Yeraliyev of Kazakhstan.

Yeraliyev was under-par throughout the fight, with the referee stopping the contest and handing Mirzkhalilov the victory. 

Lazaro Álvarez of Cuba, the division's top seed, will feature in the other featherweight semi-final.

The three-time world and Pan American Games champion got past Russia's Albert Batyrgaziev 4-1 to silence the partisan crowd. 

Álvarez will fight Commonwealth champion Peter McGrail of England, who unanimously defeated Kavinder Singh Bisht of India. 

England's European and Commonwealth champion Pat McCormack edged past Sewonrets Okazawa of Japan 3-2 to reach the welterweight semi-final ©Yekaterinburg 2019
England's European and Commonwealth champion Pat McCormack edged past Sewonrets Okazawa of Japan 3-2 to reach the welterweight semi-final ©Yekaterinburg 2019

But Roniel Iglesias was unable to emulate the performance of his fellow Cuban in the welterweight division. 

The top seed crashed out to Russia's Andrei Zamkovoi 4-1. 

Kazakhstan's Ablaikhan Zhussupov recorded a unanimous win against Germany's Nick Bier to set up a clash with the home favourite. 

Asian Games gold medallist Bobo-Usmon Baturov of Uzbekistan dominated against Zeyad Eashash of Jordan 5-0, while England's European and Commonwealth champion Pat McCormack edged past Sewonrets Okazawa of Japan 3-2.

Baturov and McCormack will battle it out for a place in the final.

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First Exhibition of Cuba in Moscow to kick off tomorrow

The Cuba Chamber of Commerce organizes the First National Exhibition of Cuba in Moscow, to be held from September 18 - 20, 2019, in Expocentre- the largest fairground of the Russian capital.

In an area of 600 square meters, about fifty Cuban entities will promote the export of their products and services, as well as the presentation of foreign investment projects with greater opportunities in the Russian market of the main sectors of the Cuban economy, including agro-industry; food and drinks; science, technology and environment; medical services; products, services and technologies of the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry; culture, mining and energy, tourism, construction and services.

In that same context it will take place the 10th Session of the Cuba-Russia Business Committee, which provides for the realization of a Business Forum and the signing of the Action Plan for the period 2019–20.

The Cuban Exhibition in Moscow is part of the activities for the 60th anniversary of the restoration of diplomatic relations between Cuba and Russia that will be commemorated next year.

This exhibition is an expression of the close economic and commercial ties between these two countries.

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Russia conducts massive military drills with China, sending a message to the West

Russia is carrying out a series of large-scale military exercises with China, India and Pakistan in what experts believe is Moscow trying to send a powerful message to the West.

The military drills take place annually but Russia has upped the ante this year by inviting forces from China, India and Pakistan (as well as Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan) to take part in the drills.

The exercises will involve 128,000 military personnel, more than 20,000 weapons and military equipment, about 600 aircraft and up to 15 ships and support vessels, according to the Russian defense ministry. The drills are designed to test the combat-readiness of the military command and troops within the central military district in Russia (hence being called “Tsentr-2019”) and will also see the country test its military capabilities in the Arctic.

The season of Tsentr exercises actually started in June but this week is seen as the culmination of those in the most important “strategic command post exercise,” known as the “hot phase” by experts.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu insisted earlier in September that the strategic military exercises are not directed against other countries but are instead focused on countering the threat from international terrorism.

But experts say the exercises are also designed to show Russia’s military strength and abilities, showcase its weaponry for commercial purposes and, most importantly, are meant to send an unequivocal message to the West.

“This is very much an anti-American message, an anti-Western message that Russia is not isolated and Russia can operate with a potential rival — because China is very much seen both as a friend and an enemy and potential competitor to Russian interests in the future,” Mathieu Boulegue, research fellow of the Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House, said in a briefing ahead of the exercises.

“The message is quite clear when it comes to Russia, it means that ‘we’re not alone, we have a lot of partners, we’re not isolated so whatever efforts the West are trying to do against us we are still able to have powerful military alliances with China, India and Pakistan’,” he said.
Just for show?

Experts like Boulegue view the annual military drills with skepticism, especially when it comes to the number of military personnel and equipment involved.

“Don’t trust the numbers, honestly, don’t believe the figures. They’re here to show the strength of the Russian army,” he said, noting that any kind of military drill taking place in Russia over the last four months could be labeled a part of “Tsentr,” hence inflating the size of the exercise.

Anyone watching Tsentr 2019 should expect a carefully choreographed military spectacle, Boulegue said. And with China involved (as it was last year too), Russia will be keen to avoid mishaps that could embarrass Russia’s defense ministry. In the 2017 military drills a helicopter was filmed accidentally firing a rocket at a cargo vehicle, for example.

The exercises have also been a way for Russia to show off its military wares to potential arms buyers, although the most significant element of this year’s training is the participation of China, Boulegue said. He added that it shouldn’t be taken as a sign of a new strategic alliance between the two nations that are both seeking to build stable ties in the face of a more unpredictable U.S. power, while remaining potential rivals on an economic and political level.

“What Russia is actually doing here is demonstrating status and performing the link with China that it’s trying to build in the security sphere on the world stage,” Boulegue said, emphasizing that “this is not a strategic alliance, there is nothing strategic about China-Russia relations right now … But what it’s showing is just a meaningful defense and security partnership.”

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Yeraliev and Finol Rivas made the 7th Day of AIBA World Boxing Championships

Exciting Day 7 of AIBA World Boxing Championships in Ekaterinburg gets us closer to the game-changing rounds. The top-16 boxers of 57 kg, 81 kg and 91 kg are set.

Next round of 1/8 finals for all three weight classes is scheduled on September 17.

FEATHERWEIGHT DRAMA

Three times World champion Lazaro Alvares Estrada (CUB) met with Jean Caicedo (ECU). Cuban southpaw used his reach and successfully worked from distance. He won unanimously and next round meets with Dorin Busca (MDA) who defeated Mohammad Alwadi with split decision 3:2.

Defending World champion Kairat Yeraliev (KAZ) had tough and spectacular fight with Olympic silver medalist Yoel Finol Rivas (VEN) but won on points 3:2. Next round he meets Chatchai Butdee (THA) who won two first fights unanimously.

First fought of Kavinder Bisht (IND) against Chen Zhihao (CHN) was successful for Indian with split decision 3:2. Peter McGrail (ENG) unanimously won against Yechan Lee (KOR) and meets with Tayfur Aliev (AZE), who had tho wins in a row. Tsenbaatar Erdenebat (MGL) started with win against Munarbek Seitbek (KGZ).

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT STARS

Olympic champion, 4-times World champion Julio Cesar La Cruz (CUB) show his excellence in the fight against Mohamed Houmri (ALG). Next round 30-years-old Cuban meets Gaetan Ntambwe (FRA).

Keno Machado (BRA) unanimously defeated Erkin Adylbek (KGZ) and meets Bekzad Nurdauletov (KAZ) who already made two wins with 5:0.   

Loren Alfonso Dominguez (AZE) had not easy bout with Gazimagomed Jalidov Gafurova (ESP) who made his first fight with RSC in first round. But second seeded boxer from Azerbaijan won 3:2 and meets Umar Dzambekov from Austria.

HEAVYWEIGHT BATTLE

For defending World champion Erislandy Savon (CUB) was not a big issue to defeat Nikoloz Begadze (GEO) and proceed to the next round with Alexander Bwambale (SWE). Winner of European Games 2019 Muslim Gadzhimagomedov (RUS) met with Berat Acar (TUR) and on the third round he didn’t give any chance to his rival. His next opponent is David Nyika (NZL).

Olympic silver medalist Vassily Levit (KAZ) on his first fight won David Mikhalek (SVK) with judges decision 5:0. Next round he meets with Ukranian Marat Hryhoryan.

Uzbek Sanjar Tursunov was better than Abner Teixeira Da Silva and his next rival is Sanjeet Sanjeet from India.

WHO ARE OTHER TOP-16?

The day before three other weight categories representatives knew their 1/8 final rivals.

Light welterweight star Andy Cruz Gomez (CUB) meets Zakir Safiullin (KAZ) who won his second fight by walkover. Hovhannes Bachkov (ARM) defeated Thai Somchay Wongsuwan and meets with Jose Viafara Fori from Colombia.   

Luke McCormack had to have two fights, but first won with walkover and second unanimously. Next round he meets Leonel De Los Santos (DOM).

Sofiane Oumiha from France won Hyeonbin Kang (KOR) and next round goes to the ring with Bakhodur Usmonov (TJK).

In flyweight Indian Amit fights with Batuhan Citfci from Turlkey, both unanimously won on Sunday their first bouts on the tournament. Cuban Yosvany Veitia Soto after first not easy success against Algerian meets with Gaial Yafai (ENG).

Middleweight #2 seeded Tarik Allali from Morocco lost to Eumir Marcial (PHI). Tursunbay Kulakhmet (KAZ) had his first won and in next round goes with Javier Martinez (USA). Arlen Lopez (CUB) meets Euri Cedeno from Dominican Republic.

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Nihal Sarin stuns Jorge Cori in World Cup chess

Teen sensation Nihal Sarin pulled off a clinical win against Jorge Cori in 57 moves to take a 1-0 lead in the two-game Round One of the World Cup chess championship here on Tuesday.

P. Hari Krishna and B Adhiban were the other winners and need only a draw on Wednesday to move into the second round.

Vidit Gujrathi, M. Karthikeyan, Abhjeet Gupta and Aravindh Chithambaram were involved in drawn encounters. However, Surya Shekhar Ganguly, S. L. Narayanan and S. P Sethuraman lost their games.

Nihal, at 15, the youngest member of the Indian contingent, punished Cori for a series of sub-optimal moves after the Peruvian handed over the initiative on the 18th move. Leading to the 40th move, both players could not filter out the best available options but Nihal reinforced his grip. Eventually, Cori resigned when Nihal threatened to trade his rook for a bishop and polish off the queen-side pawns.

“I am pleased with how things went and also happy with the quality of the game. Will try to repeat that tomorrow,” said Nihal after the victory.

The Results

Round One - Game One:

Yuri Gonzalez Vidal (Cuba, 2552) lost to P. Hari Krishna (2746);

Vladimir Fedoseev (Russia, 2664) bt Surya Shekhar Ganguly (2658);

M. Karthikeyan (2617) drew with Ernesto Inarkiev (Russia, 2693);

Aravindh Chithambaram (2609) drew with Michael Adams (England, 2694);

David Anton Guijarro (Spain, 2674) bt S. L. Narayanan (2611);

Eduardo Iturrizaga Bonelli (Venezuela, 2626) lost to B. Adhiban (2639);

Alan Pichot (Argentina, 2600) drew with Vidit Gujarathi (2718);

Abhijeet Gupta (2609) drew with Anton Korobov (Ukraine, 2679);

Nihal Sarin (2610) bt Jorge Cori (Peru, 2676);

S. P. Sethuraman (2624) lost to Tamir Nabaty (Israel, 2658).

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Russia and Cuba coordinate joint transport projects

Representatives of Russian and Cuban transport ministries Dmitry Zverev and Naima Alfonso Acosta have signed a final protocol at the session of the transport group of the Russian-Cuban intergovernmental commission, a TASS correspondent reported.

"Agreement was reached on many pressing issues of cooperation between Russia and Cuba - Russia's longtime partner and good friend. An agreement was reached on cooperation in the sphere of railway, maritime and aviation transport and on implementation of concrete investment projects with participation of Russian investments and Russian companies, as well as of joint projects with Cuban partners," Russian Deputy Transport Minister Dmitry Zverev said. "In accordance with the agreement which was signed in June in St. Petersburg between our governments, preparations are underway to coordinate a schedule of events and discuss terms of the contract, so that the sides can start the process of modernizing the island's railway system," he added. Zverev said that the ministries will also cooperate on training pilots.

The Russian Transport Ministry's delegation headed by deputy minister Dmitry Zverev held meetings with representatives of the Cuban Transport Ministry on Wednesday and Thursday. At the session of the Russian-Cuban intergovernmental commission, the sides discussed issues of bilateral cooperation on railways, aviation, maritime and automobile industries.

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Russia offered to sell Trump hypersonic weapons – Putin

Moscow offered Washington the chance to purchase Russian hypersonic weapons instead of developing its own, Vladimir Putin has revealed. The US, however, is seeking to create analogues.

The bombshell revelation was made by Russia’s president on Thursday, as he was speaking at the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) in Vladivostok.

“I’ve told Donald [Trump]: Do you want us to sell it [hypersonic weaponry] to you? And we would balance everything by that,” Putin said when asked how new Russian weaponry might fit into existing arms-control agreements.

 
It remains unclear if the US president has considered the offer, as Washington is seeking to create hypersonic weapons of its own.

“Well, maybe they will. But why spend money when we’ve already spent it and could have got something in return without hurting our own security and for the sake of creating balance?” Putin added.

It was not immediately clear if Russia’s president was serious about his offer or if it was an example of very high-profile trolling, since Moscow – just as anybody else – has always been quite reluctant  to sell the newest weapons abroad or, at least, created special export versions of them. The hypersonic missiles can achieve very high speeds which make them more difficult – if not impossible – to intercept with existing systems designed to counter their slower counterparts.

A whole bunch of new weapons, including hypersonic missiles, lasers, cruise missiles and underwater drones with nuclear power engines, were unveiled by Russia’s president in March 2018. Some of the weapons, such as an air-launched hypersonic Kinzhal missile, have already been shown in action to the general public. Other systems, namely the Peresvet ‘combat laser complex’ are veiled in mystery and their exact purpose and capabilities remain unknown.

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