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We will see a new World Champion U100kg. Reigning champion Aaron Wolf lost in the quarter final to Russian revelation Niyaz Ilyasov and will now fight Michael Korrel in the repechage. The sixth day of the World Championships in Baku saw a few surprises U100kg.
We expected Wolf to come on tops in the pool of death where the Japanese defeated 5 time World medallist Kirill Denisov (RUS). Then World silver medallist in 2015 Karl-Richard Frey was beaten but Niyaz Ilyasov develops really well and was already counted in for the part in our preview. Although he didn’t have the toughest draw, he was stable and showed his skills against Wolf scoring a direct ippon.
Ilyasov will now face Cho Gu-Ham of Korea in the semi final. Also he had a tough road. First he started against Cyrille Maret (FRA) who keeps struggling to be successful at World Championships. Then Karolis Bauza (LTU) was put aside and in the quarter Michael Korrel who had beaten the Korean in Paris this year but Cho took him down in the final of the Grand Slam in Tokyo last year. Cho never fought Ilyasov.
The other semi final is between Varlam Liparteliani, the only favourite and world number one who kept his promise to the Georgian fans. He wasn’t placed in the hottest pool but wit Iddir, Gasimov and Darwish not easy opponents. All these guys have a bag of experience, but not so much as Liparteliani who finally can win gold, will he? After four consecutive world medals including two lost finals, we just beg him to take the title this time. He earns it on paper, he just has to finish it.
His opponent in the semi final is Mongolian Otgonbaatar Lkhagvasuren. Liparteliani beat him twice, in U90kg and U100kg, even this year in Düsseldorf. Mind that Niyaz Ilyasov defeated Liparteliani in their only fight in May 2017.
Liparteliani vs Lkhagvasuren
Cho vs Ilyasov
Darwish vs Fonseca
Korrel vs Wolf
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