ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships – Day6 Report
Uzbekistan has got still nine boxers in the Top8 after six days of preliminaries
The sixth preliminary day was held at the ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships in Bangkok, Thailand where the goal of the competitors was the same as yesterday to advance to the quarter-finals of the event. The top 80 boxers kept their gold medal chances alive in the championships, among them nine have arrived from Uzbekistan, eight from Kazakhstan but Iran, Thailand, Japan and the AIBA Team also proved top performance in the preliminaries.
Flyweight class (52 kg):
In the opening bout of the day Iranâ€™s Sajad Mohammadpour had to meet with Turkmenistanâ€™s Zarip Jumayev who proved top quality of fighting spirit in the first preliminary round. The boxer from Turkmenistan defeated all of his previous Iranian rivals during his career and he worked well in the first two rounds while Mohammadpour could do his best only in the final three minutes. The final verdict of their contest was unanimous decision to Jumayev who defeated the Seed No.1 in the championships.
Thailandâ€™s Tanes Ongjunta was bronze medallist in the last edition of the ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships in Amman, Jordan while since then his skills were developed well enough. He won two international tournaments this year but suffered a loss in the final of the Southeast Asian Games. He had to meet with Kazakhstanâ€™s Olzhas Sattibayev who won the title in the Season V at the World Series of Boxing. The Kazakh boxing fans did great atmosphere in the venue and in spite of the fact Ongjunta had some effective punches in the final round which came very late, Sattibayev could win the contest.
Philippinesâ€™ Southeast Asian Games winner and ASBC Asian Youth Continental Champion Ian Clark Bautista also opened his competition in Bangkok where his first opponent was Vietnamâ€™s Presidentâ€™s Cup silver medallist Bui Tron Thai. The Vietnamese boxer had a great body punch in the second round and following that Bautista also improved his attacks and final her was able to defeat his strong regional rival.
Kyrgyzstanâ€™s Azat Usenaliev arrived to Bangkok as the defending champion and following his unexpected loss in the quarter-final at the Incheon 2014 Asian Games he was a bit nervous in the opening round against Sri Lankaâ€™s Roshan Bulugaha Elegedara Warnasooriya. The 24-year-old WSB boxer raised his rhythm and had great actions in the second round of their bout. Usenaliev tried to control the bout and attacked more than in his previous bouts in the recent years which delivered for him a clear success in Bangkok.
DPR Koreaâ€™s Korotkov Memorial Tournament winner Ri Chung Il is a technician boxer who proved his very best in his first preliminary bout against Nepalâ€™s Prem Chaudhary who fought in only a few international events. The North Korean boxer will now meet with Chinaâ€™s WSB boxer Hu Jianguan who eliminated Koreaâ€™s AIBA World Boxing Championships quarter-finalist Kim In Kyu in a narrow bout.
Uzbekistanâ€™s Incheon 2014 Asian Games silver medallist Shakhobiddin Zoirov came from a strong boxing school and proved he has got one of the best footwork in the Flyweight class (52 kg). The 22-year-old Uzbek hope controlled the first round against Japanâ€™s Ryomei Tanaka who is a new national team member. Both boxers are southpaw and had great experiences in our sport but finally Zoirov was able to advance to the quarter-final of the championships. His quarter-final opponent will be AIBA Teamâ€™s Madan Lal who defeated Iraqâ€™s Murtadha Al-Sudani in a hectic and tight bout.
Light Welterweight class (64 kg):
Thailandâ€™s best boxer Incheon 2014 Asian Games winner Wuttichai Masuk had to meet with Mongoliaâ€™s World Military Champion Battarsukh Chinzorig in his opening contest which was a frustrating bout for the host nationâ€™s competitor. The Mongolian boxer was in the same level as Masuk who tried to use his footwork to win the bout. The host nationâ€™s best hope for a gold medal did not prove his best ever performance but finally he was able to beat his Mongolian opponent in Bangkok.
Turkmenistanâ€™s Incheon 2014 Asian Games bronze medallist Aziz Bebitov used his height advantage against Vietnamâ€™s Nguyen Van De who received the right at the very first time to show his skills in a major competition. The 22-year-old Turkmen athlete was not enough shape as in the quarter-finals of the Incheon 2014 Asian Games in Korea but his efforts were enough to win the bout and advanced to the quarter-finals as fourth boxer from his nation.
Koreaâ€™s Lim Hyun Chul was silver medallist in the Incheon 2014 Asian Games but he suffered some losses in the preparation events to Bangkok. The young Korean boxer had to meet with another promising hope AIBA Junior World Boxing Championships silver medallist Sahm Qarrar Kadhim Al-Ezirej in the preliminary round. The Iraqi southpaw did not move too much back in spite of the fact he was taller than his Korean opponent. Both boxers loved to fight in the bout which
Kyrgyzstanâ€™s ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships bronze medallist Ermek Sakenov won several international tournaments in the recent years while his opponent Pakistanâ€™s Gul Zaib boxed only in the local events. The 28-year-old experienced Central Asian boxer found his best fighting distance in the second minute and proved he is in different level than his Pakistani opponent. He advanced to the quarter-finals as third Kyrgyz boxer in the continental event.
Syriaâ€™s ASBC Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championships silver medallist Ahmad Ghossoun is a super talented fighter who proved his skills once again. The 19-year-old hope was in totally different level than Sri Lankaâ€™s Niel Hettiarachchi who competed only at the Doha International Tournament this year. Ghossoun had lethal punches in the second round and also in the third therefore the referee stopped their unequal contests. His next opponent will be Japanâ€™s former AIBA World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Masatsugu Kawachi who eliminated Chinaâ€™s Yang Jun.
Uzbekistanâ€™s London 2012 Olympic Games quarter-finalist Fazliddin Gaibnazarov and Kazakhstanâ€™s Samat Bashenov who is their team captain in the World Series of Boxing had to meet each other in the preliminary round instead of the final in Bangkok. Bashenov was taller and had a serious punch in the opening round but Gaibnazarov was also able to keep his rhythm. The Uzbek boxer had more effectiveness in the final round which means he could eliminate Kazakhstanâ€™s No.1 in the weight class. Gaibnazarov will now meet with AIBA Teamâ€™s Commonwealth Games winner Manoj Kumar who defeated Nepalâ€™s Deepak Shrestha in a one-sided bout.
Light Heavyweight class (81 kg):
Kazakhstanâ€™s Adilbek Niyazymbetov claimed silver medals in the important events of the 2011, 2012 and 2013 championships and finally he could win the gold at the Incheon 2014 Asian Games. Niyazymbetov did not compete too much this year therefore he was hungry for fighting in the event in Bangkok. The Kazakh boxer did not launch too much punches in the bout but his defence was excellent in his bout against Turkmenistanâ€™s Azizbek Achilov. Niyazymbetov advanced to the next round of the tournament which means he is near to qualify to the Doha 2015 AIBA World Boxing Championships.
Syriaâ€™s Alaaldin Ghossoun secured several great results in the recent two years while hs first opponent Thailandâ€™s Anavat Thongkrathok was bronze medallist in the last edition of the ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships in Amman. The Thai boxer attacked from the first seconds while Ghossoun needed to use his great footwork to work longer. Ghossounâ€™s defence was great in the opening round while Thongkratho raised his efforts and his condition was enough strong to attack also in the third three minutes. Ghossoun knocked down his Thai opponent and his effectiveness delivered for him a place in the last 8.
Vietnamâ€™s Vo Van Que moved down from the Heavyweight class (91 kg) therefore his strength was dangerous to Bhutanâ€™s Tashi Norbu who is an experienced fighter. The Vietnamese boxer proved he has got enough technical knowledge to the level of a continental event. Vo was better in the first round but his opponent re-newed in the further part of the actions and delivered an incredible success for Bhutan in Bangkok.
Iranâ€™s Hassan Shahini replaced Ehsan Rouzbahani who has already qualified to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The Iranian boxer had to face with Mongoliaâ€™s veteran Sandagsuren Erdenebayar in his opening bout. The Mongolian boxer claimed bronze at the Bocskai Memorial Tournament in Debrecen, Hungary this year and reached better results in the preparation events than in the recent years. Shahini proved excellent fighting spirit in the bout and the Mongolian boxer injured following his serious punches.
Kyrgyzstanâ€™s Erkin Adylbek Uulu won the last edition of their National Championships and received the right to box for his nation in Bangkok. His opponent was Iraqâ€™s 19-year-old Ahmad Al-Mahdawi who took part in the 2014 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in Sofia. The Iraqi boxer started better the bout but he was too exhausted in the final round to stop the attacks of the Kyrgyz competitor who won the bout by unanimous decision.
Uzbekistanâ€™s two-time Asian Games winner Elshod Rasulov also began his competition in Bangkok where he stepped into the ring against Qatarâ€™s Hakan Nuraydin who decided to return to our sport after a long break. His punches were at least two-time faster than his Qatari opponent and dominated their contest.
Chinaâ€™s Zhang Aolin was not enough strong physically to stop AIBA Teamâ€™s Kuldeep Singh who moved up a weight class since the last edition of the ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships. The Indian boxer controlled their contest and had serious punches from the first round and advanced to the quarter-finals where his next opponent will be Koreaâ€™s Incheon 2014 Asian Games silver medallist and former ASBC Asian Continental Champion Kim Hyeong Kyu who eliminated Pakistanâ€™s Awais Ali Khan.
Day 7 â€“ Quarter-finals:
The ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships will be continued with its seventh preliminary day tomorrow when the first part of the quarter-finals with 20 bouts will be held in Bangkok.