AIBA Junior World Boxing Championships – Day 6 – Asian Performance
Asia achieved 17 guaranteed medals in St. Petersburg
The sixth competition day in the AIBA Junior World Boxing Championships was the most important for our boxers in St. Petersburg, Russia. The winners of today’s quarter-final bouts are guaranteed medallists in the global event. The number of the Asian boxers in the quarter-finals was 30 among the 104 remained talents while our continent was able to get 17 medals in St. Petersburg. Asia claimed 33% of the possible medals in the event.
Pinweight class (46 kg)
Kazakhstan’s 15-year-old Aibek Dossanov was gold medallist at the ASBC Asian Confederation Junior Boxing Championships in Tashkent and he defeated Hungary’s Alex Baki and Azerbaijan’s Kenan Aliyev as well. Asia’s second quarter-finalist was Thailand’s new sensation Thitisan Panmod but the two boxers had to meet each other in the sixth competition day in St. Petersburg. The final verdict of their bout was split decision to the Asian Junior Champion who is the lone athlete from our continent in the semi-final of the Pinweight class (46 kg).
Light Flyweight class (48 kg)
Uzbekistan’s defending ASBC Asian Junior Champion Halimbek Utegenov destroyed his US opponent’s Angel Martinez defense in the second round and defeated his tough rival in spite of the fact he moved up to the category only last month. Kyrgyzstan’s Temirlan Nurlan Uulu reached his career highlight when he triumphed over Thailand’s Songsaeng Phoyaem and secured a guaranteed medal in St. Petersburg. Japan’s Takumi Tamura could not win a medal at the ASBC Asian Confederation Junior Boxing Championships in Tashkent but he advanced to the quarter-finals where he was competitive rival for Russia’s Ilia Popov.
Flyweight class (50 kg)
Thailandâ€™s new sensation Atichai Phoemsap lost to Italyâ€™s 15-year-old Alessio Cangelosi in the first quarter-final of the category but following his narrow loss, an Asian boxer could get the most expected medal in the event. Kazakhstanâ€™s defending ASBC Asian Junior Champion Daulet Nyssan had an early final against Cubaâ€™s Erislandy Alvarez and his stamina and physical condition was enough to defeat his rival.
Light Bantamweight class (52 kg)
Kyrgyzstan’s ASBC Asian Confederation Junior Boxing Championships bronze medallist Anarbek Zhaparov has not got realistic chance to beat Russia’s Nikita Piskunov but Asia has got medal in this weight class. Uzbekistan’s ASBC Asian Confederation Junior Boxing Championships silver medallist Murodjon Aliyev eliminated a tough Asian athlete Philippines’ Cristian Pitt Laurente but he had to meet another one Kazakhstan’s Junior National Champion Samatali Toltayev. On their re-match the Kazakh boxer did revenge and defeated his strong Uzbek rival in the St. Petersburg event.
Featherweight class (57 kg)
Asia did great performance at the Featherweight class (57 kg) where three of our talented hopes claimed medals. Thailand’s Sakda Ruamtham eliminates Ukraine’s Maksym Boryghpolets which was Asia’s first big success in the weight class. Kyrgyzstan’s Aknazar Zhyldyzbek Uulu continued the winning path of our continent following his victory over Finland’s Assame Nouali while Uzbekistan’s defending ASBC Asian Junior Champion Bilolbek Mirzarakhimov was in totally different level than Belarus’ Zhukov Memorial Tournament winner Artur Tuniyeu.
Lightweight class (60 kg)
Kyrgyzstan’s Meirambek Kaykiyev could not win any bout in the ASBC Asian Confederation Junior Boxing Championships in Tashkent but he was able to advance to the quarter-finals in the AIBA Junior World Boxing Championships in St. Petersburg. The 16-year-old boxer arrived from the Dzhalal-Abad region and in spite of his great efforts he could not beat Ireland’s Patrick Donovan on Day 6.
Light Welterweight class (63 kg)
Kazakhstan’s Aibol Zhambirbay won silver in Tashkent three months ago and now he can get at least a bronze in St. Petersburg following his winning bout over Azerbaijan’s Sayad Lalayev. Uzbekistan’s current ASBC Asian Junior Champion Timur Merzhanov advanced to the quarter-finals following his triumph over Germany’s tough Richard Meinecke. The 15-year-old Uzbek talent secured a further victory as he was too strong for Scotland’s Tyler Jolly in a one-sided bout.
Welterweight class (66 kg)
Kazakhstan’s ASBC Asian Junior Champion Aldiyar Tursynali and Kyrgyzstan’s Aibek Akylbek Uulu lost their quarter-final bouts to Russian and Polish boxers but Asia left one hope in the category after the sixth competition day. Uzbekistan’s Governor Junior Cup bronze medallist Dilshodbek Ruzmetov bagged silver in the continental event in Tashkent three months ago and now he defeated Turkey’s Bulutcan Sahin winning all of the rounds as the scoring of 10:9.
Light Middleweight class (70 kg)
Uzbekistan’s ASBC Asian Junior Champion Yakhyokhon Saidkhonov is only 15 but following his great job today he is a guaranteed medallist in St. Petersburg. The Uzbek competitor did not give any chance to Latvia’s last hope Aleksejs Aboltins and secured Asia’s lone medal in the weight class. Kazakhstan’s strong favourite Daulet Zaushev surprisingly lost to Hungary’s Szilard Laszlo and failed to get any medal in the AIBA Junior World Boxing Championships.
Middleweight class (75 kg)
Uzbekistan’s ASBC Asian Junior Champion Kosimkhon Kosimov secured his nation’s sixth medal when he was able to beat Australia’s Philip Kovacs in the event. Tajikistan’s last remained boxer Akhmadjon Saidov had some difficulties against New Zealand’s Te Tohu in the opening round but following that he knocked out his Kiwi opponent and the Scottish referee stopped their bout in the middle part of the second tow minutes. India’s Sandeep Ghanghas defeated favourites in St. Petersburg and he was near to win a medal but Romania’s Alberto Biro eliminated him in a narrow bout.
Light Heavyweight class (80 kg)
Asia’s last hope in the division was Kazakhstan’s Khurshedshokh Iskandarov who had a hard job in the sixth competition day in St. Petersburg. The 16-year-old boxer had to find Finland’s Krenar Aliu’s weak points and after analyzing his European opponent, the Kazakh Junior National Champion was able to defeat his unbeaten rival in the event.
Heavyweight class (+80 kg)
Uzbekistan’s ASBC Asian Junior Champion Profsor Rorimsha was not enough shape in the quarter-finals but his strength was too much for Georgia’s Artyom Yordanyan. Kazakhstan’s Ardak Alimkhan replaced Nurdaulet Ulanuly in the national junior team since the ASBC Asian Confederation Junior Boxing Championships but he could not win a medal in the St. Petersburg event following his narrow loss to Germany’s Daniel Malsam.