Excel hosts world's top boxing amateurs
Croatian Filip Hrgovic won the heavyweight crown to round off an explosive night of boxing in the WSB World Championships at the Excel centre on Saturday.
The 20-year-old fighter, who represents Paris United, comfortably held off Ruslan Myrsatayev of Kazhakstan.
"It was tough but I boxed extremely well, this is a victory dedicated to my coach and my team, Paris United," said Hrgovic, who knocked down his opponent - seven years his elder - in the fifth round before winning on points.
In the prelude to this year's Olympic boxing, which will be held at the same venue in the coming weeks, the first of five championship fights saw Azerbaijan's Gairbek Germakhanov win the bantamwieght class.
The 27-year-old overcome Elias Emigdio, 20, following a close start.
In the lightweight class, Mexican Juan Romero unleashed a stinging left hook in an electric final round to beat Russian Adlan Abduasidov in a split decision.
The third fight saw Sergiy Derevyanchenko take on Heybulla Mursalov in the middleweight division.
Reigning WSB champion Derevyanchenko for Ukraine beat his showboating Azerbaijan opponent on points in a scintillating battle.
Before the heavyweight battle, 22-year-old Azamat Murtuzaliyev fought Ramazan Magomedau, 26, in the light heavyweight division.
Magomedau won by technical knockout in the third round when Murtuzaliyev retired after pulling a muscle in his back.
Magomedau said: "One of the hardest fights that I have been in, it is unlucky for Azamat to get injured. I am a World Champion. Baku Fires are Number one."