After Doha Bektemir Melikuziev achieved another silver medal for Uzbekistan


Uzbekistan’s Bektemir Melikuziev advanced to the gold medal bout of the Men’s Middleweight class (75 kg) in Rio de Janeiro where he did his very best but finally he achieved only silver medal after the final bell. Asia finally secured 17 medals in the boxing tournament in Rio de Janeiro which is record in the Olympic history and after the two titles our continent will have two more chances to get gold in the upcoming last competition day.

Men’s Middleweight class (75 kg):
Uzbekistan’s Bektemir Melikuziev was amazing among the youth boxers in 2014 when he claimed gold at the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships and following that in the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing. The Uzbek boxer began his elite career with gold at the ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships and silver at the Doha 2015 AIBA World Boxing Championships.
The 20-year-old super talented Uzbek boxer was seeded as No.2 in the current event and won his first contest against Australia’s No.1 Daniel Lewis in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and continued his winning path against India’s Vikas Krishan Yadav. Melikuziev’s semi-final rival was Mexico’s last remained boxer Misael Rodriguez who could not adopt the Uzbek athlete’s level today. The Uzbek youngster launched several successful punches in their contest which was an easy one for Melikuziev which means he can box for the gold medal with AIBA World Champion Arlen Lopez of Cuba.
Melikuziev was Asia’s lone chance today and began their contest with great fighting spirit and quick single shots. The Uzbek boxer found the best fighting distance against the slower and passive Cuban hope in the first round. Lopez had only counter-attacks in the bout as he did not want to dictate the rhythm in their close contest. Melikuziev had to go ahead in the final round due his disadvantage and he did not have the chance to handle his defence well enough. The Uzbek youngster moved ahead, tried to catch his Cuban opponent and he had several great punches but finally Lopez’s hand was raised.