AIBA World Boxing Championships – Asian History
The most important event of the year the AIBA World Boxing Championships will be helding in Doha, Qatar next month where 66 Asian boxers will be fighting for the medals and quota places in the event.
Among the 194 previous champions Asia had 22 gold medallists in the recent seventeen editions of the AIBA World Boxing Championships. Asiaâ€™s first gold medal was achieved by Koreaâ€™s Sung Kil Moon in 1986 while Uzbekistanâ€™s legend Rufat Riskiyev claimed gold still in 1974 but for the Soviet Union as the Central Asian nation was not an independent one until 1991. Altogether our continent achieved 116 medals in the history of the AIBA World Boxing championships.
Asia hosted the AIBA World Boxing Championships in Bangkok, Thailand in 2003, in Mianyang, China in 2005 and in Almaty, Kazakhstan in 2013 therefore the new edition in Doha will be the fourth venue in our continent. The upcoming event in Qatar will be the first AIBA World Boxing Championships in Asia when the competition will be combined with Olympic qualifications.
Kazakhstan is No.4 in the overall medal table of the AIBA World Boxing Championships with 10 golds in spite of the fact the Central Asian country is taking part in the event since 1993 short after their independence. Bolat Dzhumadilov was their first gold medallist in Houston in 1999 while their stars such as Serik Sapiyev and Daniyar Yeleussinov also secured titles in the AIBA World Boxing Championships. Kazakhstan was the first Asian nation which could win the team rankings in the history of the event in 2013.
Uzbekistan is also in the overall Top8 of the medal rankings and No.2 in the Asian continent with 24 medals including five golds. Their first gold medal in the history of the AIBA World Boxing Championships was Ruslan Chagayev who defeated Cuban legend Felix Savon in the final of the 1997 edition in Budapest. Uzbekistanâ€™s Sydney 2000 Olympic Champion Makhammatkodir Abdullayev, Utkirbek Haydarov and Abbos Atoyev also claimed gold medals in the AIBA event.
China received the right to host the Beijing Olympic Games in 2001 and following that their boxing life turned to the golden age. Zou Shiming claimed three gold medals in the event, the first one in 2005 and following that he could get the title in 2007 and also in 2011. His teammates were able to win further eight medals since 2005 therefore China is the No.3 in the ranking among the Asian nations.
Korea claimed two gold medals in the history of the AIBA World Boxing Championships, the first one in 1986 while the second in 2005 when Lee Ok Sung claimed the gold medal at the Flyweight class in Mianyang. Their first medal in the history of the event was a bronze which was achieved by Chung Kim Chil in 1978.
Mongolia was there in the first edition in 1974 and their first medal a silver was bagged by Rawsalyn Otgonbayar four years later. The current General Secretary of the Mongolian Boxing Federation Purevdorj Serdamba won their lone gold medal in Milan in 2009 while veteran and still active Uranchimeg Munkherdene secured two bronze medals in two previous editions in Milan and in Almaty.
Thailand secured one gold medal in the history of the AIBA World Boxing Championships which was achieved by their Olympic Champion Somjit Jongjohor. Their last medallist was Chatchai Butdee in Almaty in 2013 and he will be also there in the upcoming Doha edition with great expectations.
DPR Korea claimed three medals in the Moscow edition in 1989 while their total number of medals is 7 in the event. Philippines claimed its first medal in Budapest in 1997 when Roel Velasco bagged valuable silver at the Light Flyweight class (48 kg). Philippines secured all of their four medals in the lowest weight category. Harry Tannamor was able to get a bronze in 2001 and following that he could achieve two further medals in Bangkok and in Chicago.
Japan claimed three medals and their lone silver was achieved by London 2012 Olympic Champion Ryota Murata in 2011 while their first podium place was achieved by Ishi Koki in 1978. Tajikistan achieved three bronze medals in the previous editions: Abdusalom Khasanov in 2003, Sherali Dostiyev in 2005 and Anvar Yunusov in 2011.
India bagged only two bronze medals in the history of the AIBA World Boxing Championships: Vijender Singh in 2009 and Vikas Krishan Yadav in 2011. Pakistan is the twelfth Asian nation which could get a medal in the previous editions. The independent Kyrgyzstan could not achieve any medal in the history of the AIBA World Boxing Championships since 1993 yet but the current ASBC Vice-President Mr. Orzubek Nazarov was able to win bronze in 1986 as a Soviet Union boxer.
The Asian medal table of the AIBA World Boxing Championships 1974-2013
|Country||Debut in the World Championships||Gold||Silver||Bronze||Total|
|7. DPR Korea||1982||0||2||5||7|