In connection with the "withdrawal" of the strongest athletes from the "Zloty Tur" World Cup to the Armfight, some skeptics try to question the importance and prestige of the main professional armwrestling event of the year. Armpower.net already wrote about the historical strength and significance of the "Zloty Tur" and how the armfight format appeared. Nevertheless, we decided to continue the conversation on this subject with the owner and promoter of the "Zloty Tur” Professional World Cup, creator of the Armfight competition format Igor Mazurenko. ()
Igor, what do you think about the discussion about the fact that armfights steal the importance off the "Zloty Tur” World Cup?
Indeed, the combination of the Armfight with the Professional World Cup leads some observers into slight bewilderment. But, I am sure that this refers to outside observers only, not the participants and spectators of the "Zloty Tur" in its new form. The matter is that we receive only positive feedback as from spectators, as from the athletes. Armfight, with its intrigue and emotionality, added new colors to the bright stage of the World Cup, added entertainment and emotions.
If we talk about this combination from the point of view of the armwrestler’s career, then I would like to draw the reader's attention to the following fact. "Zloty Tur" appeared earlier and today can perfectly exist without armfights, by itself. But armfights can not exist without "Zloty". At least those that boost the interest of the general public. All participants of the armfights took part in the Professional World Cup. There is only one extraordinary exception - Devon Larratt at the Vendetta All Stars this year. The World Cup is the only place where we are looking for interesting matches and confrontations.
And there will be no other way.
As for the titles, the title of the World Cup winner is equated to the title of the World Champion in the professional arm wrestling. And in those weight classes, where the official PAL armfights are not held yet, this title is the highest point of professional career as of today.
Armfights opened the way to the heights of professional arm wrestling for the new talents. The "withdrawal" of the strongest athletes to the armfights not only freed the pedestal of the "Zloty Tur", but also set new tasks for the stars themselves.