On February 20, Moscow will be presented with an event that is poised to combine happy and sad moments within a single card. The eventual headliner of the evening (which will be officially announced later) will be the opportunity to see one of Russia’s best boxing operators in action and to say goodbye to the end of his boxing career.
“You shouldn’t be surprised with my decision,” Mikhail “Misha” Aloyan, a retired major challenger, told RIA Novosti, a Russian news agency.
“It’s (my) age. So, I decided I was done with boxing; it’s time to call it a day. I had planned to announce my retirement on November 30 last year in Kemerovo, but this event was canceled. Everything was postponed to February. On February 20, I will see action for the last time – both as an amateur and as a boxer. I had a brilliant career. Now I’m in diligent training mode to win my last fight and put an impressive finishing touch to it.”
Aloyan, 33, had an illustrious amateur career. He won gold at the World Championships in Baku 2011 and Almaty 2013. He also won a gold medal at the European Championship 2010 in Moscow. Aloyan’s Olympic dreams were shattered twice, however. He was beaten (on a single point) in the semi-finals of the London 2012 Olympic Games against Tugtsogt Nyambayar. Aloyan went one step better four years later in Rio – losing in the final to Uzbekistan’s Shakhobiddin Zoirov – but had his silver medal stripped due to doping test violations.
As an amateur, Aloyan scored a number of victories over future professional talent, including future champions Nordine Ouabali, Khalid Yafai, Rau’Shee Warren and Amnat Ruenroeng as well as two-time Olympic gold medalist Robeisy Ramirez and the Welshman Andrew Selby.
Aloyan made his transition to professional play in July 2017. He had four straight wins over Nicaraguan opponents before challenging WBO bantamweight champion Zolani Tete in the quarterfinals of the second WBSS season in October 2018. Aloyan lost a close unanimous decision (111-114, 111-114 and 110-115) and fought sporadically thereafter. His current record is 7-1, with 1 knockout, and his opponents have a solid 18-3-0 average record.
“I hope everything will end perfectly but it’s boxing – you never know…” said Aloyan, who started boxing in Novokuznetsk but later moved to Novosibirsk.
“I’m definitely not here to lose. Certainly, it would have been much better to fight in Siberia – in Kemerovo or in Novosibirsk – but that’s how it is, and I have to fight in Moscow”.
Aloyan head trainer Eduard Kravtsov has revealed that Misha will be fighting an undisclosed Colombian opponent with a 16-1 record, indicating it may likely be super flyweight Jose Soto, although his record is 15-1, 6 KOs.
Kravtsov also reported that young light welterweight contender Khariton Agrba (7-0, 4 KOs) will also see action on the card. In his finest in-ring appearance, Agrba defeated veteran 42-6-4 Petr Petrov in just three rounds.