Anvarzhon Khodzhiev is the first Kyrgyz winner at the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships

The second competition day of the new edition of the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships had two sessions in Kielce, Poland. The Asian female and male boxers proved fantastic performance on Day2, the Uzbeks, the Indians, the Kazakhs, the Thais, the Kyrgyz talents, the Mongolians and the Iranians all won important contests.

Many of the Asian National Federations worked hard to give chances to their youth boxers to compete in the international stage again including the big powers and several developing nations. Boxers who were born in 2002 and in 2003 are eligible to attend in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in Kielce which is the first ever global event in Poland.

Kazakhstan’s Kenzhe Muratuly claimed gold medals in the recent national events but he lost his quarter-final at the Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament. Following that, de moved up to the flyweight (52kg) and the head coach of the Kazakh youth national team, Mr. Kairat Satzhanov selected him to compete in his new category in Kielce. The Kazakh met with Scotland’s Lennon Mulligan and he landed the better punches in their contest which meant Muratuly can continue in the last 16.

Uzbekistan’s Pavlyukov Youth Memorial Tournament winner Shakhzod Muzaffarov claimed silver medal in the 2020 Elite National Championships and arrived to Kielce as one of the favourites at the flyweight (52kg). The Uzbek boxer was highly confident against Iran’s Moustafa Rigi who had experiences also from ASBC events. Muzaffarov moved forward without any stoppage and won the contest by unanimous decision in Kielce.

Mongolia’s Enkhzorigt Sukhbat achieved silver medal in their last national event at the Battulga Memorial Tournament among the elite boxers and he was better than Germany’s Francesco Messineo at the flyweight (52kg). Following the Mongolian success, Japan’s ASBC Asian Junior Champion 17-year-old Daiya Kira has done a wonderful performance in the same weight category and stopped his Brazilian opponent, Brazil’s Ronald Ribeiro. After the third standing count, the referee stopped their unequal contest in Kielce and confirmed Kira’s RSC success.

India’s Vikas Singh is a newcomer in the national team, he competed only one international event, at the Danas Pozniakas Youth Memorial Tournament in Lithuania on March 2020. The 18-year-old Indian used the recent one year to strengthen his punches and following these extra works, he delivered the main sensation of the second competition day. Vikas kept the distance well enough against Bulgaria’s two-time EUBC European Youth Champion Yasen Radev and he had advantage after three minutes. The Indian had the strong strategy, stamina and power to beat one of the main favourites of the flyweight (52kg) in Kielce.

Kazakhstan’s ASBC Asian Junior Championships bronze medallist Madi Amirov controlled all of the three rounds against Italy’s Luca Tistarelli and advanced to the next stage of the heavyweight (91kg). Another Asian boxer in the category, India’s Vishal Gupta found his best rhythm in the middle of the first round against Bulgaria’s Georgi Stoev and won the contest by unanimous decision.

India’s defending ASBC Asian Youth Champion Poonam eliminated a strong Colombian opponent in the first day of boxing in Kielce and she continued her winning path in the event on Day2. The Indian moved up to the featherweight (57kg) but she had the power advantage against Hungary’s Beata Varga and became the first boxer in the event who won her second contest. Poonam spent less than two minutes in the ring and the referee stopped the bout and confirmed the Indian girl’s RSC success. Thailand’s Panida Kawkankhun also eliminated a European opponent, Bulgaria’s Anna-Maria Dyalova in this weight class.

Kazakhstan’s Nazerke Serik and Mongolia’s Nomin-Erdene Tugsjargal both claimed gold medals at the Fujairah 2019 ASBC Asian Junior Boxing Championships. As youth boxers both compete at the featherweight (57kg) and their contest was a real Asian battle between the two talents. The Mongolian tried to use her distance in the first round but Serik was quicker and her punches came with perfect timing. The Kazakh girl was a too difficult opponent for the Mongolian therefore Serik marched into the quarter-finals in Kielce.

India’s ASBC Asian Youth Champion Vinka moved down to the lightweight (60kg) but she has the strength advantage against all of the rivals. The Indian spent short time in the ring against Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Tara Bohatjuk and won the contest by RSC. Uzbekistan’s duo Sitora Turdibekova (57kg) and Dilfuza Bekova (60kg) both dominated their contests against European opponents as Belarus’ Maryna Muliarchyk and Hungary’s Rebeka Dobos.

Kyrgyzstan’s first success in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships was taken by their Elite National Championships bronze medallist Anvarzhon Khodzhiev who eliminated Ukraine’s Dmytro Pashchenko in the men’s flyweight (52kg) using his intensive attacks. The last Asian triumph of the second competition day delivered by Uzbekistan’s ASBC Asian Junior Champion star, Jakhongir Zokirov who stopped Colombia’s Marlon Andres Hurtado at the super heavyweight (+91kg).

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