Yuri Arbachakov - The first Eastern European champion and most technically skilled boxer-puncher

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  1. Flo_Raiden

    Flo_Raiden Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Before the rise of Lomachenko, Kovalev, Golovkin, Klitschko, Tszyu, and other EE boxers that became champions there was Yuri Arbachakov. The first Russian pro boxing champ and probably the first EE champ as well. IMO he was one of the most well rounded, skilled boxer punchers with perfect technique that rivals with Finito Lopez. This man deserves more exposure to the casuals. Educate yourself. One of the best punchers you'll see, had shades of Arguello and Louis.

     
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  2. bcr

    bcr Well-Known Member Full Member

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    The first fighter that showed what the soviet school was capable of in pro boxing, world amateur champ in 1989 (teammate of Kostya Tszyu), Japanese champ in 7 fights, world champion a few fights after that, only one loss and a great technical style mixed with power.
    There's even an anime character based on him.
     
  3. Flo_Raiden

    Flo_Raiden Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Shame that not many has heard of this guy. His style was like a mix of GGG and JMM. He’s probably Top 10 one of the best flyweights ever. And he still gets no recognition even as the rise of EE fighters continues to grow. He deserves more exposure, especially from fans of EE fighters. Arbachakov arguably started it all.
     
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  4. Chuck Norris

    Chuck Norris Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Volg from Hajime No Ippo?
     
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  5. McGrain

    McGrain Diamond Dog Staff Member

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    Yeah, he's a wonderful fighter.

    His legacy is hugely overrated at fly though. Certain people love him because he was "correct" and small, but if you look a the names he actually took there are many with much more impressive ledgers.
     
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    Cafe Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    Great fighter with a very pleasing boxer-puncher style.
     
  7. Vysotskyy

    Vysotskyy Boxing Addict booted Full Member

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    Watching Yuri do his thing is artistic perfection. Definitely not as naturally heavy handed as those two or even his contemporaries Tszyu and Nazarov but a supurb precision puncher like Louis in addition to phenomenal timing and that accuracy made him a dangerous hitter.
     
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  8. Flo_Raiden

    Flo_Raiden Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Bump. Yuri’s style really was picture perfect in terms of technique, reminding me of Harold Johnson.
    Had Yuri been an American or Mexican I think he would have been more well known me thinks.
     
  9. mirkofilipovic

    mirkofilipovic ESB Management Full Member

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    He would have been elevated to Castillo status.
     
  10. WhataRock

    WhataRock Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    Agreed.

    Beautiful to watch but purists get a little bit carried away with what he actually has achieved.

    Flyweight historically is proper deep.
     
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  11. OvidsExile

    OvidsExile I Live! I Die! I Live Again! Full Member

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    Like Ricardo Lopez?
     
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  12. bcr

    bcr Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Yeah, he was a Russian, world amateur champion that became the japanese national champion and then world champion.
     
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  13. McGrain

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    yup
     
  14. Badbot

    Badbot Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    He retired relatively young.
    He was 31, which is old for a Flyweight, but he did not have that many bouts under his belt.

    Kinda curious as to why he retired after his first loss.
     
  15. minemax

    minemax Boxing Addict Full Member

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    He seriously injured his hand in the fight with Puma Toguchi. In the last fight it deteriorated.
     
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