Michael Hunter Drops His Opener at the AIBA World Cup

Dec. 10, 2008, 2:28 p.m. (ET)

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) - Super heavyweight Michael Hunter (Las Vegas, Nev.) returned to action on Wednesday at the AIBA World Cup in Moscow, Russia. Unfortunately his first bout in eight months wasn't a victorious one. Hunter lost a 14-7 decision to Russia's Niyaz Fazullin in quarterfinal competition at the "Megasport" Sports Palace.

Hunter led by a 4-2 margin after the first round of action, but couldn't hold on to his advantage in the four round bout. His loss eliminates Hunter from competition. The 20-year-old super heavyweight was the lone competitor for the United States due to the invitation only set-up of the World Cup.

Eight athletes in each weight division from across the globe are competing in the World Cup, which will run through Sunday. The bout is Hunter's first bout since the third Americas Qualifier, April 25-30 in Guatemala City, Guatemala.