KANAT ABUTALIPOV WINS WSB 118LB
So far Kanat Abutalipov is unbeaten, he won all six WSB bouts and the semi-final, he is ranked number one in the individual bantamweight ranking.
In his boxing career Abutalipov reached the quarter-finals at the AIBA World Championships in Milan in Italy in 2009. He also competed at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
Abutalipov was born on March 22, 1983 in Barshino, Kazakhstan. He didn't dream of becoming a boxer, but was noticed while playing football and invited to boxing training. As 13 years old he won a junior boxing tournament in Karaganda. As a boxer he considers his strengths: his speed, hard punches and technique.
Q: At the beginning of the 1st season of the WSB in November what were your thoughts about WSB competition? And what do you think today at the end of the season?
KA: I was hesitating when I was invited to this project first. But now I know that it is a very good and interesting project. I like it, even more than regular amateur boxing.
Q: At WSB what did you find most challenging/different than what you have experienced so far in your boxing career?
KA: The most challenging was to fight without headgear. But now I feel very comfortable without headgear.
Q: Which bout at WSB do you remember the most?
KA: The first bout was the most difficult for me. I fought against the Korean boxer Dongsik.
Q: When the season started what did you think about your chances of being in the Finals of the Individual Championships?
KA: Yes, I tried to make it. It was my goal from the very beginning of the project. The possibility of getting an Olympic qualification was the reason why I joined this project.
Q: Today you are qualified for the finals for Individual Championships, the winner will qualify automatically for the Olympic Games and wins prize money of $20,000, how do you feel about it?
KA: It is good. I will be very glad to win the Olympic qualification.
Q: Both you and your opponent Nordine Oubaali from Paris United are unbeaten this season. This is an impressive record for both of you, so what do you think will make the difference for the winning boxer in the individual final?
KA: It depends on psychological preparation and desire to win.
Q: Have you watched Oubaali fighting? What do you think about his boxing style?
KA: He fought as an amateur one weight category below me. I think I have more experience than him.
Q: Today do you feel prepared for this final bout? Or is there anything that you want to work on in these final preparations before?
KA: I think I am ready.
Q: What are your plans after the WSB finals?
KA: I want to go for a vacation with my family. As during the season I don't spend so much time with them