AIBA Junior World Boxing Championships – Finals
Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan claimed three gold medals for Asia in St. Petersburg
The AIBA Junior World Boxing Championships was finished in St. Petersburg, Russia where ASBC President Mr. Serik Konakbayev and ASBC Vice-President Mr. Orzubek Nazarov watched our six finalists in the event. Among our six hopes in the day of the finals three were able to win the gold medal in St. Petersburg. Asia claimed altogether 17 medals in the AIBA Junior World Boxing Championships in St. Petersburg which is a top performance and our continent ranked as second short after Europe.
Flyweight class (50 kg)
Kazakhstanâ€™s best boxer in their Junior National Championships and defending ASBC Asian Junior Champion 16-year-old Daulet Nyssan had an early final against Cubaâ€™s star Erislandy Alvarez but he was able to solve that hard job in the quarter-finals and eliminated the favourite three days ago. The 16-year-old Kazakh boxer faced with Italyâ€™s Alessio Cangelosi in the semi-final stage of the AIBA Junior World Boxing Championships and as expected he won all of the rounds against the European hope. Nyssan did his very best in the gold medal bout against US Junior National Champion Rey Diaz who had also great experiences in our sport. The final verdict was split decision to the Kazakh boxer who claimed our continent’s first gold medal in St. Petersburg.
Featherweight class (57 kg)
Our continentâ€™s No.1 at the Featherweight class (57 kg) Uzbekistan’s defending ASBC Asian Junior Champion 16-year-old Bilolbek Mirzarakhimov won all of his bouts in St. Petersburg by large margin of differences. The Ferghana region’s boxer dominated all of the rounds in his semi-final contest and repeated his best performance also in the gold medal match. Mirzarakhimov was enough strong to control his final from the first seconds until the finals against US Junior National Champion Gabriel Flores. The final scoring was 3:0 to the Uzbek boxer who won his next title in St. Petersburg.
Light Welterweight class (63 kg)
Asia’s third hope in the day of the finals was Uzbekistan’s current ASBC Asian Junior Champion Timur Merzhanov who proved better performance than all of his rivals in St. Petersburg. He is only 15 but he is a super talented fighter with excellent future expectations in our beloved combat sport. The Uzbek boxer fought for the final with US Junior National Champion Leon Lawson and he could won all of the rounds in their battle. His final opponent after that difficult semi-final was Russia’s Governor Junior Cup winner Osman Aliyev in St. Petersburg. The younger Uzbek boxer was in different level than the host nation’s pride and following his elder brother Eldar’s bronze medal in the 2013 AIBA Junior World Boxing Championships in Kiev, Timur bagged a gold in the current edition.
Welterweight class (66 kg)
Uzbekistan’s Governor Junior Cup bronze medallist Dilshodbek Ruzmetov was the lone Asian athlete in the last four at the Welterweight class (66 kg). He bagged silver in the continental event in Tashkent three months ago and arrived to the venue as secret favourite. He defeated his semi-final opponent Irelandâ€™s Paul Ryan but he could win only one round in the final of the category against Russia’s EUBC European Schoolboys Champion Edgard Tcambov which was not enough to get the gold in St. Petersburg.
Middleweight class (75 kg)
Uzbekistan’s ASBC Asian Junior Champion Kosimkhon Kosimov secured his nation’s sixth medal in St. Petersburg three days ago and had to face with another Asian athlete Tajikistan’s last remained boxer Akhmadjon Saidov in the semi-finals. The Tajik talent is a strong fighter but his technical skills were not enough yet to keep the level of the Uzbek boxer who won all of the rounds. Kosimov tried to use his height advantage in the gold medal bout against Russia’s Magomedbek Makhmudov but his European opponent had some clear punches in the opening round. Kosimov tried to do his very best in the final round but his efforts were not enough to turn back their contest in St. Petersburg which meant Uzbekistan secured two gold, two silver and three bronze medals in the current AIBA Junior World Boxing Championships.
Light Heavyweight class (80 kg)
Asia’s last hope in the Light Heavyweight class (80 kg) was Kazakhstan’s Junior National Champion Khurshedshokh Iskandarov who eliminated Finland’s Heydar Aliyev Junior Cup winner best junior boxer Krenar Aliu in the quarter-finals and Ukraineâ€™s EUBC European Junior Champion Arkadii Karcan in the semi-finals. Following his remarkable victories he could not win his gold medal bout against Cuba’s Dainier Pero Justiz whose footwork was one of the best one in the entire AIBA Junior World Boxing Championships.