ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships – Day8 Report
The best 40 boxers remained in the ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships
The second day of the quarter-finals were held at the ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships in Bangkok, Thailand which means only the best 40 boxers remained in the competition.
Flyweight class (52 kg):
Kazakhstanâ€™s Olzhas Sattibayev won the title in the Season V at the World Series of Boxing and eliminated a host nation star Tanes Ongjunta in the preliminary round. He had to meet with Turkmenistanâ€™s Zarip Jumayev who proved top quality of fighting spirit in the preliminary battles when he eliminated Iranâ€™s Seed No.1 Sajad Mohammadpour. Southpaw Jumayev was in the same level as the Kazakh boxer and tried to keep the distance against the strong Sattibayev. The Kazakh star had some strong punches in the middle part of the bout and pressurized Jumayev in the final one which delivered for him a clear triumph in Bangkok.
Kyrgyzstanâ€™s Azat Usenaliev is the defending champion in the ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships and following his WSB experiences he arrived to Bangkok with more powerful punches. The 24-year-old Kyrgyz boxer met with a younger opponent Philippinesâ€™ Southeast Asian Games winner Ian Clark Bautista in a great bout. After the first tactical round Usenaliev raised the rhythm and controlled the second round with strich jabs. Bautista tried to come back to the bout but Usenaliev was better today and secured Kyrgyzstanâ€™s first guaranteed medal in Bangkok.
DPR Koreaâ€™s Korotkov Memorial Tournament winner Ri Chung Il met with Chinaâ€™s WSB boxer Hu Jianguan who eliminated Koreaâ€™s AIBA World Boxing Championships quarter-finalist Kim In Kyu. The Chinese boxer has got great future expectations and did excellent footwork in their bout. Hu could avoid the North Korean punches and his counter-attacks reached the targets several times in the second round. Hu was not only quick but strong as well because his North Korean rival was injured.
Uzbekistanâ€™s Incheon 2014 Asian Games silver medallist Shakhobiddin Zoirov is also a gold medal favourite in the event who replaced APB boxer Jasurbek Latipov in the national squad. The 22-year-old Uzbek boxer had more than 35 attacks in the opening round with 3-5 punches combinations against AIBA Teamâ€™s Madan Lal who is competing in his first ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships. The Uzbek boxer controlled their contests and advanced to the semi-final stage of the ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships.
Lightweight class (60 kg):
Mongoliaâ€™s Dorjnyambuu Otgondalai had a great run last year when he claimed the gold medal at the Incheon 2014 Asian Games which was his nationâ€™s first ever title. Otgondalai tried to control the contest from the first round against Thailandâ€™s Pachanya Longchin who is newcomer in the national squad. The 21-year-old Thai boxer planned a great tactic in the bout but Otgondalaiâ€™s rhythm was too much to the host nationâ€™s athlete. The Mongolian star was able to raise his speediness in the second round and controlled the final round as well which means he is also a medallist in Bangkok.
Uzbekistanâ€™s two-time National Champion Elnur Abduraimov eliminated strong athletes in the previous rounds in Bangkok and started his quarter-final better than Iranâ€™s China Open Tournament winner Golara Forootan. Abduraimov controlled the first two rounds while Forootan proved top performance only in the final three minutes which was not enough to turn back the bout in Bangkok.
Japanâ€™s currently best boxer Daisuke Narimatsu had two serious contests in the preliminary stages and his next opponent Vietnamâ€™s Nguyen Van Hai was also a great fighter. The Japanese southpaw was patient in the opening round and awaited for the best attacking moments while his Vietnamese opponent was great in the second three minutes. After the first round Narimatsu was able to control the bout and advanced to the semi-final as first Japanese boxer in Bangkok.
Kazakhstanâ€™s WSB Team Champion Zakir Safiullin eliminated his main rival Philippinesâ€™ Charly Suarez in the preliminary stage of the event and has got good chance to win the whole tournament. The two-time National Champion was confident against DPR Koreaâ€™s Kwon Chol Guk in the bout and in spite of his small injury in the final round Safiullin advanced to the semi-final following his virtuoso style of boxing.
Welterweight class (69 kg):
Kazakhstanâ€™s current AIBA World Champion and two-time Asian Games winner Daniyar Yeleussinov needed to do more than in the opening round against Chinaâ€™s Liu Wei but following his great second and final round he could win his quarter-final by unanimous decision. His next opponent will be Mongoliaâ€™s Byamba Tuvshinbat who eliminated Iranâ€™s London 2012 Olympian Amin Ghasemipour. The Iranian boxer received a warning and following Tunshinbatâ€™s great punches his eyes had been cut. Tuvshinbat proved great final round and bagged a deserved medal in Bangkok.
Japanâ€™s London 2012 Olympian Yasuhiro Suzuki had to meet with Turkmenistanâ€™s last remained boxer Timur Tajimov who replaced their former ASBC Asian Continental Champion Serdar Hudayberdiyev. The 28-year-old Japanese boxer was taller than his Central Asian rival and tried to keep the fighting range in the bout. The Japanese southpaw was not enough shape in the opening round yet but his jabs the attack of the Turkmen boxer from the second three minutes.
Thailandâ€™s two-time Olympian Saylom Ardee moved up two weight classes following his previous competitions and trie to use his speed against Philippinesâ€™ AIBA Junior World Champion Eumir Felix Marcial. The 20-year-old Filipino boxer defeated Thai athletes this year but never met with Ardee previously. Both boxers were patient but Ardeeâ€™s attacks were most successful in the opening round. Marcial adopted the level of the bout and he was able to turn back the contest in Bangkok.
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 in Korea. The strong Kazakh boxer had to meet with Syriaâ€™s Alaaldin Ghossoun who has got a good style which based on his footwork. Niyazymbetov had stronger punches in the bout against the taleted Syrian boxer and advanced to the semi-final.
Iranâ€™s Hassan Shahini replaced Rio 2016 Olympian Ehsan Rouzbahani in this championships but he was also able to advance to the quarter-finals where he fought with Bhutanâ€™s Tashi Norbu who wrote history in Bangkok. The Iranian boxer had height and physical advantage in the contest which he used up as weapon. Norbu injured in the opening round which meant Iran secured also medal in the championships.
Uzbekistanâ€™s two-time Asian Games winner Elshod Rasulov is a veteran boxer but he was still quicker than Kyrgyzstanâ€™s Erkin Adylbek Uulu who won the last edition of their National Championships. Rasulovâ€™s next opponent will be Koreaâ€™s Incheon 2014 Asian Games silver medallist and former ASBC Asian Continental Champion Kim Hyeong Kyu who defeated AIBA Teamâ€™s Kuldeep Singh in a tight bout. The Indian boxer moved up a weight class since the last edition of the ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships and did great performance but finally Kim could advance to the next round.
Super Heavyweight class (+91 kg):
Kazakhstanâ€™s London 2012 Olympic Games bronze medallist and Incheon 2014 Asian Games winner Ivan Dychko had to meet his top opponent Uzbekistanâ€™s Bakhodir Jalolov in the quarter-final of the category. The Kazakh star found his own rhythm and fighting distance in the second round and his efforts delivered for him a guaranteed medal in the ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships.
Jordanâ€™s ASBC Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championships bronze medallist Hussein Iashaish defeated Sri Lankaâ€™s Lahiru Tharanga Rathnadiwakara in the final of the Doha International Tournament. The 20-year-old boxer had similar number of punches like a Lightweight class (60 kg) boxer and the taller Sri Lankan fighter could not stop his continuous attacks in the Thammasat University Gym 6.
AIBA Teamâ€™s Satish Kumar was quarter-finalist in the last edition of the AIBA World Boxing Championships and had more punches in the opening round than Tajikistanâ€™s Singapore 2010 Youth Olympian Siyovush Zukhurov. The referee stopped their bout in the final round when Satish Kumar had lethal combinations.
Iranâ€™s Abdulmajid Sepahvandi was silver medallist in the 2011 ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships in Incheon and now he regained his place in the national team. The 29-year-old Iranian boxer fought for the guaranteed medal with Chinaâ€™s WSB boxer Wang Zhibao. Sepahvandi could not repeat his preliminary performance and suffered a lost to the Chinese boxer who was more accurate in the final round.
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Day 9 â€“ Semi-finals:
The ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships will be continued with the most exciting semi-finals after the rest day on September 4 when 20 contests are in the official program in two sessions.