ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships – Finals

Medal Cerempony
Kazakhstan topped the team rankings in Bangkok
After the spectacular semi-finals the gold medal bouts were held at the ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships in Bangkok, Thailand in the tenth and last competition day. Kazakhstan topped the medal standings winning five gold medals in Bangkok, Uzbekistan and host Thailand both secured two top positions while Mongolia also bagged a title in the ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships.

Light Flyweight class (49 kg):
Uzbekistan’s Hasanboy Dusmatov won all of his WSB bouts this year and arrived to the venue as favourite of the lowest weight class. He eliminated AIBA Team’s Laishram Devendro Singh in the semi-finals and had to meet with Philippines’ Southeast Asian Games silver medallist Rogen Ladon who was too strong for Mongolia’s Gankhuyag Ganerdene in the last four. Dusmatov had to reduce the fighting distance against his taller Filipino opponent in the opening round. The Uzbek boxer received a warning from the Kazakh referee in the middle of the bout and following that he raises his number of attacks. Dusmatov had clear punches in the final round and deserved the gold medal in the ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships in Bangkok.

Flyweight class (52 kg):
Kazakhstan’s Olzhas Sattibayev won the title in the Season V at the World Series of Boxing and eliminated a host nation star Tanes Ongjunta, Turkmenistan’s Zarip Jumayev and Kyrgyzstan’s defending champion Azat Usenaliev in the road to the finals. His final opponent was Uzbekistan’s Incheon 2014 Asian Games silver medallist Shakhobiddin Zoirov who had a bit easier road to the finals. The Uzbek southpaw looked fresh than his Kazakh opponent in the opening round but Sattibayev worked more from the second round and he was able to turn back their final contest in Bangkok. The medals was presented by ASBC President Mr. Serik Konakbayev in the ceremony.

Bantamweight class (56 kg):
Thailand’s Chatchai Butdee was bronze medallist in the last edition of the AIBA World Boxing Championships in Almaty but the Southeast Asian athlete reached that result in the Flyweight class (52 kg). Now he moved up one category and eliminated Kazakhstan’s Seed No.1 Kayrat Yeraliyev in the semi-finals. His final opponent was Uzbekistan’s AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships silver medallist Murodjon Akhmadaliyev who won the last two editions of their National Championships did not give any chance to AIBA Team’s titleholder Shiva Thapa in the semi-final. The 20-year-old Uzbek focused to the attacks and he was really wild and confident in the opening round. Akhmadaliyev had great combinations in the second round while Butdee also had some jabs which reached the target. The Thai boxer had great stamina in the final and following his performance he bagged the host nation’s first gold medal in Bangkok.

Lightweight class (60 kg):
Mongolia’s Incheon 2014 Asian Games winner Dorjnyambuu Otgondalai eliminated Thailand’s Muay Thai star Pachanya Longchin and Uzbekistan’s two-time National Champion Elnur Abduraimov in the previous rounds. He had to fight with Kazakhstan’s WSB Team Champion Zakir Safiullin who eliminated his main rival Philippines’ Charly Suarez and also Japan’s Daisuke Narimatsu in the semi-final. The Mongolian boxer had some injuries in the previous rounds and he was also bleeding in the final round. Safiullin had great footwork while Otgondalai’s fighting spirit was excellent in the day and the Mongolian boxer was able to win their tight battle.

Light Welterweight class (64 kg):
Thailand’s Incheon 2014 Asian Games winner Wuttichai Masuk was gold medallist at the 2009 ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships in Zhuhai at the age of 19 and eliminated with Korea’s Lim Hyun Chul on their re-match in the semi-final. His gold medal opponent was Uzbekistan’s London 2012 Olympic Games quarter-finalist Fazliddin Gaibnazarov who was too strong for Syria’s super talented Ahmad Ghossoun. Thailand’s national pride had excellent footwork in the opening round and tried to use his longer reach in the gold medal bout. The Uzbek boxer was also well concentrated but Masuk had better day in the front of the home crowd.

Welterweight class (69 kg):
Kazakhstan’s current AIBA World Champion, ASBC Asian Champion and two-time Asian Games winner Daniyar Yeleussinov is not only the best boxer in Asia but the top one in the entire globe. The 24-year-old boxer had one warm moment in the semi-final against Mongolia’s London 2012 Olympian Byamba Tuvshinbat but finally he could solve that issue. His final opponent Philippines’ AIBA Junior World Champion and ASBC Asian Youth Champion Eumir Felix Marcial began the bout an aggressive style to surprise the Central Asian star. Both boxers are southpaw and has got the same virtuoso style. Yeleussinov was quicker in the second round and he dominated the middle part of the bout. Marcial tried to do his very bets in the final round but Yeleussinov won their contests by unanimous decision.

Middleweight class (75 kg):
Uzbekistan’s Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games winner and AIBA Youth World Champion Bektemir Melikuziev eliminated his main rival Kazakhstan’s AIBA World Champion Zhanibek Alimkhanuly in the quarter-finals and he was the favourite for the gold medal. He met with AIBA Team’s former Asian Games winner and AIBA Youth World Champion Vikas Krishan Yadav in the final. The Uzbek boxer had great punches in the second round while his Indian rival could not reach Melikuziev. Vikas Krishan received warning from the second round and raised his level but the Uzbek boxer was too good for him in the day of the finals.

Light Heavyweight class (81 kg):
Kazakhstan’s London 2012 Olympic Games silver medallist Adilbek Niyazymbetov dominated all of his bouts and won the gold medal in Bangkok without bout. His final bout should have been Uzbekistan’s two-time Asian Games winner Elshod Rasulov who was even more confident than Korea’s Incheon 2014 Asian Games silver medallist and former ASBC Asian Continental Champion Kim Hyeong Kyu in the semi-final but due his cut eyes he could not box in the final.

Heavyweight class (91 kg):
Kazakhstan’s WSB Individual and Team Champion Vasiliy Levit proved wonderful performance against Tajikistan’s former Asian Games winner Jakhon Qurbonov in the semi-final and he tried to repeat that good job. The 27-year-old former ASBC Asian Champion met with Uzbekistan’s strong fighter Rustam Tulaganov in the gold medal bout. Both boxers had very different average rhythm compare to the other Heívyweight class (91 kg) fighters. Tulaganov was bleeding in the final round following Levit’s serious punches therefore the Kazakh boxer was able to get their fourth gold in Bangkok.

Super Heavyweight class (+91 kg):
Kazakhstan’s London 2012 Olympic Games bronze medallist and Incheon 2014 Asian Games winner Ivan Dychko eliminated Uzbekistan’s Bakhodir Jalolov in the quarter-final of the category who was his main rival in Bangkok. Dychko also defeated Jordan’s last remained hope ASBC Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championships bronze medallist Hussein Iashaish in the semi-final. For the title he had to meet with China’s WSB boxer Wang Zhibao who was seeded as No.2 in the event. Dychko’s right jabs were dangerous in the opening round while the Chinese boxer could not find the best fighting distance in final. Dychko was able to defend his throne in Asia following his great performance in the entire event.
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