Ahmet Comert Youth Tournament
Five Asian gold medals in the Ahmet Comert Youth Tournament
Five Asian talents claimed gold medal in the Ahmet CÃ¶mert Youth Tournament in Istanbul, Turkey where the athletes prepared for later targets. Used to be the prestigious event was held for the elite boxers but the Turkish Boxing Federation decided to host the competition for youth athletes this year.
Among the Asian nations Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea and Uzbekistan sent teams to the strong event to Istanbul. Most of the Asian participated athletes were born in 1998 and spending their first year in this youth age group.
The first Asian gold medal was achieved by Uzbekistanâ€™s Youth National Champion 17-year-old Otabek Holmatov who defeated Kazakhstanâ€™s Rustam Khamidov in the final of the Light Flyweight class (49 kg) in Istanbul. Both boxers were born in 1998 and will be able to box in the 2016 ASBC Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championships and also in the 2016 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Iranâ€™s Kamyab Moradi fought at the Flyweight class (52 kg) last year but he moved up two weight categories in the recent half year. The 18-year-old Iranian boxer was the main sensation of the whole Ahmet Comert Youth Tournament. The Lightweight class (60 kg) hope defeated Koreaâ€™s Lee Jong Un in the semi-final and Azerbaijanâ€™s Elmaddin Ismailov in the final which delivered for him an unexpected gold medal.
Kazakhstanâ€™s Pavlyukov Youth Memorial Tournament winner Sadreddin Akhmedov proved he could be the next top star of the Central Asian country. The 17-year-old boxer eliminated Hungaryâ€™s Laszlo Kozak by unanimous decision in the semi-finals after two quick successes and controlled his final battle over Turkeyâ€™s Yunus Emre Batman. His gold at the Welterweight class %