ASBC Heroes – Uzbekistan’s 15-year-old ASBC Asian Women’s Junior Champion Aziza Zokirova
Uzbekistan’s Aziza Zokirova was one of the surprise gold medallists at the Fujairah 2019 ASBC Asian Junior Boxing Championships in the United Arab Emirates. She won the title of the light welterweight (63kg) and became one of the ASBC Woman Heroes in 2019. Aziza Zokirova was the youngest female winner in the continental event and remained among the junior boxers this year as well.
Aziza Zokirova was born in the city of Dzhizak on December 1 in 2004 and began her boxing career at the age of 9 following her father’s tradition. The currently 173cm tall boxer’s father is Lazizbek Zokirov who claimed silver medal at the Tashkent 1995 Asian Boxing Championships and works as coach with the national team in our present days.
Following the Uzbekistan Schoolboys National Boxing Championships and their Junior National Olympiad, another event was held for the female juniors in the Central Asian boxing power in Spring 2019. The event was held in the city of Dzhizak which is one of the pioneer regions in Uzbekistan’s female boxing life. Dzhizak’s Aziza Zokirova won the title of the welterweight (66kg) winning her contests by RSC including her final over Tashkent region’s Sofya Akhmedgariyeva.
Aziza Zokirova began her campaign at the Fujairah 2019 ASBC Asian Junior Boxing Championships with United Arab Emirates’ Rahmah Khalfa Humaid at the light welterweight (63kg). The Uzbek boxer controlled the first round with tough punches and one of her combinations decided their bout in the second when the referee confirmed her RSC triumph.
India’s Khushi claimed the gold medal in their Junior National Championships earlier this year and advanced to the final of the light welterweight (63kg) in Fujairah. The Indian teenager was the favourite for the gold when she faced with Uzbekistan’s Aziza Zokirova in the final of the weight class in Fujairah. The Uzbek looked fresh in the first round of their final battle and landed tough punches from closer distance. The Indian tried to use her longer hands in the final but Zokirova was the better boxer today and achieved Uzbekistan’s fourth title in the female part of the championship. Aziza Zokirova had already more than 35 contests during her career in the recent six years and could be Uzbekistan’s impressive future hopes in the upcoming years, firstly at the 2022 youth events. She will be 20 by the time of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games which is her longer term objective.
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