Worlds-2017 weight classes review, p. 2 ()
The fight in the category of up to 70 kg was one of the longest in time. The composition was very strong - Arthur Makarov, Zair Ahmedov, Emil Amirshadyan, Mindaugas Tarasaitis and others. Excellent fights were shown by Valentin Gospodinov from Bulgaria, who on his left hand won Engin Terzi and Zair Akhmedov in eliminations and pulled to reach the final. In the final on the left hand the European champion Mindaugas Tarasaitis came without defeats, and it seemed that gold was in his pocket. But Daniel Procopciuk from Moldova also wanted to get this gold, he lost to Engin in the preliminary, but then he swept away everyone on his way. In the struggle for reaching the semi-final Daniel defeated the current champion - Emil Amirshadyan, in the semifinals - Valentin Gospodinov, and in the final in two strong-willed duels he defeats Mindaugas Tarasaitis and becomes the world champion on his left hand. Bravo!
On the right hand, Daniel withdrew after one or two fights, and we do not know why yet. A good fight was shown by Sergey Yermolchik from Kazakhstan, who put all 100% in each of his duel, and every victory was great work. Also note the junior from Georgia Irakli Zirakashvili, who did not have one victory to get into the top three. Semifinal on the right hand turned out to be competitive and tense, and Emil Amirshadyan defeated Mindaugas Taraasitis. But in the finals, the main favorite for the right hand was Arthur Makarov from Russia. Emil managed to slip but Arthur is too strong. If Arthur Makarov does not move into another weight category, he will be in leaders of 70 kg class for a long time.
The category of 75 kg is full of talented athletes and there are many contenders for victory here. But, perhaps, no one will argue that the heroes of this category were two juniors, two permanent rivals - Betkili Oniani and Vladislavs Krasovskis.