Abdaliyev Memorial Tournament
Zarykkanov, Kozhamzharov, Negmatulloev and Sametov delivered sensations in the Abdaliyev Memorial Tournament
The Karakozy Abdaliyev Memorial Tournament was held in Shymkent which city is located in South Kazakhstan. Kazakhstan claimed nine while Tajikistan one gold medal in the current edition which was stronger than in the previous years.
Kazakh U21 National Tournament winner Dulat Dauitov of Kyzyl-Orda defeated AIBA Youth World Champion 19-year-old Shalkar Aikynbay in the semi-final and Youth National Champion Saken Bibosynov in the gold medal bout of the Light Flyweight class (49 kg). Former Youth National Champion Yermek Madiyev bagged only bronze medal in the Abdaliyev Memorial Tournament.
Maksutkan Zarykkanov of Almaty region had sensational triumphs over Olzhas Bayniyazov and Kanat Turganbayev of Karagandy in spite of the fact he was totally unknown before the Abdaliyev Memorial Tournament. The young Flyweight class (52 kg) boxer shocked all of his rivals and won his first international tournament during his career.
Bagdaulet Sovet competed in some national and international events but he was not the favourite against Astana Arlans Kazakhstan’s WSB team member Miras Zhakupov in the final of the Bantamweight class (56 kg). The 20-year-old younger hope defeated his tough rival while AIBA Junior World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Olzhas Kalaubek lost his semi-final contest in Shymkent.
Two youngsters advanced to the final of the Lightweight class (60 kg) where 19-year-old Rauan Zatulla defeated Kazakh U21 National Tournament bronze medallist Bekdaulet Ibragimov who is only some months older than his opponent. Zatulla, who competed in the junior and youth level successfully, proved his best against his talented rival and claimed his first elite tournament title in Shymkent.
Zhanaidar Kozhamzharov of Astana is a real example of the great background of Kazakhstan’s boxing life. The newcomer boxer defeated Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games winner and AIBA Youth World Champion 18-year-old Abylaykhan Zhussupov in the semi-final and he was also too smart for Zhanibek Kushenbayev of Dzhambul in the final of the Light Welterweight class (64 kg). Another favourite in this weight class Asian Games competitor Aidar Amirzakov took only a bronze medal in Shymkent.
Nurmakhanov Memorial Tournament gold medallist Akhmet Mombekov moved up one weight class in the recent months. The 23-year-old boxer defeated in the final of the Welterweight class (69 kg) Russia’s Aleksandr Morokhin who was member of their youth national team in a few years ago.
Tajikistan’s gold medal was achieved by AIBA Junior World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Shabbos Negmatulloev who turned to 18 only this year. The ASBC Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championships silver medallist talent defeated Uzbekistan’s Shakhboz Kudratov in the semi-final and he was also too strong for Kazakhstan’s experienced top athlete Yerik Alzhanov.
Kazakh Federation Team Cup bronze medallist Bayanbek Sametov of Almaty region delivered a big surprise when he defeated Kazakh National Championships silver medallist Nurzat Sabirov in the final of the Light Heavyweight class (81 kg). Kazakh National Championships bronze medallist Nurbol Altayev claimed only bronze medal in this Abdaliyev Memorial Tournament.
Shokhr Boltekuly Memorial Tournament bronze medallist Erzhan Seitimbetov of Aktobe was too smart for Russia’s Aleksandr Sidorin in the final of the Heavyweight class (91 kg) while the host nation’s two youngsters such as ASBC Asian Youth Champion Adilet Orynbasarov and 19-year-old Nurbolat Sermakhanov bagged the bronzes in Shymkent. Both bronze medallists have been training in the capital city of the country in Astana.
Nurzhan Bekzatov won the Gee Bee Tournament in Finland and the Belgrade Winner Tournament in Serbia therefore he was the top favourite for the gold at the Super Heavyweight class (+91 kg) in the Abdaliyev Memorial Tournament. The 23-year-old boxer defeated Uzbekistan’s Ikrom Saidov in the semi-final and his teammate Nurlan Nurseitov in the final contest of the whole tournament.
Winners in the Abdaliyev Memorial Tournament
49 kg: Dulat Dauitov, Kazakhstan
52 kg: Maksutkan Zarykkanov, Kazakhstan
56 kg: Bagdaulet Sovet, Kazakhstan
60 kg: Rauan Zatulla, Kazakhstan
64 kg: Zhanaidar Kozhamzharov, Kazakhstan
69 kg: Akhmet Mombekov, Kazakhstan
75 kg: Shabbos Negmatulloev, Tajikistan
81 kg: Bayanbek Sametov, Kazakhstan
91 kg: Erzhan Seitimbetov, Kazakhstan
+91 kg: Nurzhan Bekzatov, Kazakhstan