Mirtaleh Aslanov, European heavyweight champion from Azerbaijan, who has no equal competitors in his homeland, actively develops his professional career at the international level. Apart from his last performance in Europe at ZG Strong, we receive news of his successes from ... Bolivia. About how the conquest of South America is going and, of course, about the preparation for the main professional event of the year, we asked the champion during phone conversation. ()
Mirtaleh, please tell us about your success in South America.
I took part in the 9th season of the ZT League, the qualifying tournament that was held in Bolivia. This became possible thanks to the support of my sponsors and, of course, thanks to the organizers of this event - ZT League and Bolivia ZT, who are real enthusiasts of arm wrestling in South America. They conduct qualifying tournaments in Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia and other countries. In Bolivia, the organizer of the competitions is Roberto Pojero, who did a really serious job. I won the qualifying tournament and now, on August 11th, I will take part in the ZT League Finals, which will also take place in Bolivia. My main serious contender there, Paolo Massud, got injured and now I have all chances to win the ZT League Champion belt.
Your plans are very ambitious! It looks like their implementation takes serious financial support. If it is not a secret, who is your sponsor, who supports arm-wrestling in Azerbaijan?
I'm really very lucky with the sponsor. This is a large company "Retro Holding", which is a leading player at the market of construction, tourism and other various markets. I am very happy that such strong partners help me to defend the honor of my country. They finance my training, trips to competitions and even recently granted me a great apartment. At the moment, I can focus on my sports results. After the finals in Bolivia, my only goal is to win the Zloty Tur in November.
Mirtaleh, before the "ZG STRONG" Cup in Croatia Dmitry Trubin noted the high level of your preparation and looked worried by the possible competition from your side. What happened? Why did not you pull in the Open weight category for the main trophy?
I was really very well prepared for "ZG STRONG" and easily won the fights on the left hand.