Vugar Alakbarov

Wugar Mursal Alakparow ( Azerbaijani: Vüqar Mursal Ələkbərov, English transcription: Vugar Mursal Alakparov; born January 5, 1981 in Mingəçevir ) is a former boxer from Azerbaijan, who won the Olympic bronze medal in the middleweight division in 2000.

Boxing career

Wugar was initially active in rowing, where he could reach two national championship titles. The end of 1995 he moved to boxing where he won a national championship title after around 18 months of training here. In 1999 he won the gold medals at the Brandenburg Cup in Germany and the Sorokin Memorial in Russia as well as the silver medal with the Romanian Golden Belt Tournament at middleweight. Participation in the 2000 European Championships in Tampere, Finland, where he would be able to qualify for the Olympic Games, the Azerbaijani Boxing Association could not afford financially.

Due to his previous successes to him, however, a license to participate in the 27th Summer Olympic Games in Sydney 2000 was issued by the Olympic Committee, where he went to the start at middleweight. There he met in the preliminary round bout on Peter Kariuki, Kenyan bronze medalist of the Pan-African Games in 1999 and defeated these 12:3 on points. In the second round he met the Australian, Paul Miller, who had four months earlier won the gold medal at the Oceanic Championships and performed here in Sydney home crowd. However Alakparow won the fight with almost 9:8 on points and moved into the quarter-finals. In his struggle there he met the native Georgians Kuloğlu Akın, who started for Turkey and had qualified with a third place at the World Championships in 1999 for the Olympic Games. Here, Alakparow prevailed with 18:8 clearly on points and thus the semi-finals against Jorge Gutierrez Cuba, Vice World Champion of 1999. Alakparow this finally succumbed 9:19 on points and was eliminated with a bronze medal from the games from. He thus became the first Azerbaijani medal winner at the Olympic Games in boxing and in addition Namig Abdullayev ( gold rings ) and Zemfira Meftəhəddinova (gold in shooting ), one of only three Azerbaijani medal winners this summer games.

Subsequently, he was sent in June 2001 to the World Championships to Belfast, where he however in the second preliminary round lost to Carl Froch from the UK. Also at the European Championships in 2002 in Russian city of Perm, he left in the second round against the Ukrainian Oleg Mashkin. In 2003 he won the silver medal at the Military World Games in Catania in the light heavyweight division. He succeeded in doing in the quarterfinals a remarkable victory against Clemente Russo.

By winning the Gold Medal at Feliks tribe Tournament in Poland, he also qualified for the 28th Summer Olympic Games in Athens in 2004, where he went to the start at heavyweight. There he beat in the second round the Greeks Spiridon Kladouhas 18:14, but different in the quarterfinals against the Syrians Naser Al Shami by disqualification from.

At the 10th World Cup in Moscow in 2005 and the 11th World Cup in Baku in 2006, he took part in the heavy or super heavyweight. He won it for his team against Li Zheshuan from China ( 30:12 ), the reigning U.S. champion Jonte Willis (Co ) and Alexander Makarov from Kazakhstan ( 22:2 ), losing to Vitali Mikschiejenko from Ukraine ( 20:26 ) and Odlanier Solis of Cuba ( 4:22 ). He also started in 2005 in the super heavyweight still at the World Championships in Mianyang, where he was defeated by the home favorite Zhang Zhilei in the second round.

Selection int Tournament Results

  • November 1997: 1st place at Light Middleweight at the 2nd Anwar Chowdhry Junior Tournament in Azerbaijan
  • March 1999: 1st place in the middleweight division at the Junior Sorokin Memorial in Russia
  • August 1999: 1st place in the middleweight division at the 4th Brandenburg Cup in Germany
  • November 1999: 2nd place in the middleweight division at the 28th Golden Belt Tournament in Romania
  • March 2002: 1st place in the light heavyweight division at the 6th Anwar Chowdhry Cup in Azerbaijan
  • April 2004: 1st place in the heavyweight division at the Feliks tribe Tournament 21 in Poland
  • March 2005: 2nd place in the heavyweight division at the 9th Anwar Chowdhry Cup in Azerbaijan
  • March 2007: 3rd place in the super heavyweight at the 1st Great Silk Road Boxing Tournament in Azerbaijan