ASBC President Mr. Anas Alotaiba and the ASBC management send their best wishes to the Kazakhstan Boxing Federation on their 30th Independence Day

The President of the Asian Boxing Confederation Mr. Anas Alotaiba, furthermore the whole ASBC management are sending their best wishes, happiness and prosperity to the Kazakhstan Boxing Federation and their whole Boxing Family on their 30th Independence Day.

Kazakhstan was the last state in the Soviet Union which declared its independence on 16 December in 1991. Following the quick collapse of the Soviet Union, Kazakhstan became member of the United Nations on March 1992.

Their first President Mr. Nursultan Nazarbayev approved the Constitution of Kazakhstan in 1993 and he had an active role to manage the independent country into a developing direction. To remember his hard work for Kazakhstan’s developments there are boxing events under his name and the capital city was re-named from Astana to Nur-Sultan.

The holiday in Kazakhstan is celebrated for two days on December 16 and 17. If December 16 falls on a weekend, the next Monday is also a public holiday in Kazakhstan. Traditional tents called them yurts are set up in many villages where local delicacies and national foods will be served indoor in the cold winter period.

Kazakhstan’s boxing life began nearly 90 years ago and one of their pioneers in boxing was a legendary coach Mr. Shokhr Boltekuly. The Kazakh boxers represented the Soviet Union in the international events until 1991 when the country separated from the big state. Until that era the boxers from the Kazakh SSR achieved dozens of titles in the Soviet Union National Boxing Championships.

Former ASBC President Serik Konakbayev achieved two gold medals in the European Boxing Championships representing the Soviet Union and at the age of 21 he achieved silver at the Moscow 1980 Olympic Games. Viktor Demyanenko also achieved silver medal as Konakbayev at the Moscow 1980 Olympic Games. Another Kazakh SSR boxer, Aleksandr Miroshnichenko bagged bronze medal at the super heavyweight (+91kg) in the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games.

The independent Kazakhstan produced 24 medals between 1996 and 2021 in the boxing events of the Olympic Games. Kazakhstan is No.9 in the current Olympic boxing medal table with seven gold, seven silver and ten bronze medals in spite of the fact their boxers could represent the independent country only six editions from 1996 until 2016. Their first Olympic gold medal was taken by Vasiliy Zhirov at the light heavyweight (81kg) in the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games.

Their current manager in the Federation, Mr. Yermakhan Ibraimov achieved bronze in 1996 which he changed into gold at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Bekzat Sattarkhanov was only 20 when he claimed gold medal at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games but he had a car crash and died a few months later.

Kazakhstan dominated the welterweight between in the Olympic Games between 2004 and 2016 making an amazing record in that category. Bakhtiyar Artayev, Bakhyt Sarsekbayev, Serik Sapiyev and Daniyar Yeleussinov each won the gold medals at the welterweight in four editions of the Olympic Games. Kazakhstan’s recent star, Daniyar Yeleussinov won the gold medal at the welterweight (69kg) in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and became the fourth-in-a-row from his strong nation who could win the title in this category. 

Kazakhstan achieved 16 gold, 13 silver and 12 bronze medals in the history of the boxing events of the Asian Games between 1994 and 2018. The country topped the medal table at the Incheon 2014 Asian Games where the Kazakh boxers achieved six gold medals. Kazakhstan became No.1 in the medal standings five-times at the 1994, 1995, 2004, 2013 and 2015 editions of the Asian Elite Boxing Championships.

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