Unbeaten professional Hovhannes Bachkov marked his return to amateur boxing with a convincing win in his opening bout at the European Amateur Championships.
Bachkov, 3-0 in the paid ranks and pushing towards world title contention, is representing Armenia in the light welterweight category and won his preliminary bout with Great Britain’s Josh Tyers, earlier today.
The 29-year-old made a similar move last summer, when already a pro, to compete at the delayed Tokyo Olympics and Bachkov returned home with a bronze medal.
Bachkov produced a convincing display against GB’s Tyers, being declared a unanimous winner after three rounds in which all five judges ruled in his favour.
Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, is hosting the tournament and national hero Backhov has taken advantage of rules that allow professionals to return and compete in amateur competitions.
The No1 seed in the 63.5kg division, Bachkov won European Championships gold in 2017 and is due to box in the quarter-finals on Friday.
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