Asian final will be held at the Men’s Welterweight class


An Asian final will be held at the Men’s Welterweight class (69 kg) after Kazakhstan’s Daniyar Yeleussinov and Uzbekistan’s Shakhram Giyasov won their semi-finals today. Kazakhstan’s Vassiliy Levit boxed in the final contest of the tenth competition day at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and claimed a valuable silver medal.

Women’s Lightweight class (60 kg):
China’s Yin Junhua was gold medallist in the Incheon 2014 Asian Games and also in the AIBA Asian & Oceanian Olympic Qualification Event and arrived to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games as a medal favourite. The Chinese boxer eliminated Morocco’s Hasnaa Lachgar who is Africa’s best in this weight class. The Chinese boxer advanced to the quarter-finals where her next was Azerbaijan’s AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships silver medallist experienced Yana Alekseevna. Yin proved one of her best ever performance in their quarter-final and controlled the first two rounds in their key contest. The Chinese boxer’s hand was raised after the final bell which meant she is now a guaranteed medallist in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Men’s Flyweight class (52 kg):
Kazakhstan’s ASBC Asian Champion experienced boxer Olzhas Sattibayev opened his participation at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games against Puerto Rico’s Jeyvier Cintron who qualified for the event from the World Series of Boxing. The Kazakh boxer defeated his 21-year-old Puerto Rican rival and continued his participation against Azerbaijan’s AIBA World Champion Elvin Mamishzada. Kazakhstan’s best Flyweight class (52 kg) boxer did a wonderful final round with his great stamina but their contest was won by Mamishzada.
Uzbekistan’s AIBA Asian & Oceanian Olympic Qualification Event winner and Incheon 2014 Asian Games silver medallist Shakhobiddin Zoirov developed well years by year in the current Olympic era. The Uzbek boxer trusted on his speed and his boxing school was stronger than Ireland’s Brendan Irvine’s background in the sport. Zoirov could attend today in his second contest against United States’ Toronto 2015 Panamerican Games winner Antonio Vargas. The Uzbek boxer began their contest better and took the lead after three minutes of fight with his effective attacks. Zoirov kept his focus until the final gong and eliminated his 19-year-old US rival by unanimous decision.
China’s AIBA World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Hu Jianguan was an unknown boxer two years ago but he proved on his international appearances he is among the bests in this weight class. The 23-year-old Chinese boxer was in different level than Turkey’s two-time Olympian Selcuk Eker and received the right to box for the last eight against Armenia’s Narek Abgaryan. Hu Jianguan moved back and launched his successful counter-attacks in their contest therefore he had the advantage after three minutes of fight. The Chinese boxer was too quick to his Armenian opponent and after Zoirov he advanced to the quarter-finals.

Men’s Welterweight class (69 kg):
Uzbekistan’s Shakhram Giyasov moved up to the Welterweight class (69 kg) only last year and quickly won their National Championships. The Uzbek head coach decided to take him to the AIBA Asian & Oceanian Olympic Qualification Event which he won and qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Following his first success in Rio de Janeiro the Uzbek boxer defeated a seeded rival Lithuania’s Eimantas Stanionis and did a great sensation in the quarter-finals when he met with Cuba’s London 2012 Olympic Games winner Roniel Iglesias. Giyasov is Uzbekistan’s third guaranteed medallist in the boxing tournament of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games after Hasanboy Dusmatov and Rustam Tulaganov but he was tried to advance to the final of the category. The 23-year-old Uzbek had to meet with Morocco’s Mohammed Rabii in the semi-final and Giyasov proved his best performance here in Rio de Janeiro just in time. The Uzbek hope dominated his fight against the Moroccan and secured his place in the final beating the current AIBA World Champion.
Kazakhstan’s AIBA World Champion Daniyar Yeleussinov was the Best Boxer of the World in 2013 and also in 2014 therefore he is the favourite of the Welterweight class (69 kg) in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The 25-year-old Kazakh star eliminated Great Britain’s Baku 2015 European Games bronze medallist Joshua Kelly in his debuting match in Rio de Janeiro and continued his winning path against Venezuela’s AIBA World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Gabriel Maestre. Yeleussinov is in one of his best form therefore he could control the opening round against France’s Souleymane Cissokho in the important semi-final. Kazakhstan’s national team captain changed his tactic in the beginning of the second round which was a smart boxing from Yeleussinov who secured his place in the final.

Men’s Middleweight class (75 kg):
Kazakhstan’s Zhanibek Alimkhanuly was ASBC Asian Champion and AIBA World Champion in 2013 but he returned this year in top form after a few unexpected losses. The Central Asian No.1 was in different level in his opening bout against such a top opponent as Great Britain’s Anthony Fowler who was bronze medallist at the Almaty 2013 AIBA World Boxing Championships. The Kazakh boxer eliminated Algeria’s Ilyas Abbadi in his second bout and tried to do his best against Azerbaijan’s Kamran Shakhsuvarly as well. Alimkhanuly worked well in the bout, launched several big punches but unexpectedly the Azeri boxer’s hand was raised after the final bell.
Uzbekistan’s Bektemir Melikuziev was amazing among the youth boxers in 2014 when he claimed gold at the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships and following that in the Youth Olympic Games. The Uzbek boxer began his elite career with gold at the ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships and silver at the Doha 2015 AIBA World Boxing Championships. The 20-year-old super talented Uzbek boxer was seeded as No.2 and won his first contest against Australia’s Daniel Lewis in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Melikuziev was amazing in the second round against India’s Vikas Krishan Yadav and kept his rhythm also in the final three minutes which meant the Uzbek star advanced to the semi-finals in the Olympic Games winning a further medal for his proud nation.

Men’s Heavyweight class (91 kg):
Kazakhstan’s WSB star Vassiliy Levit arrived to the venue of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games as a medal favourite and he was able to realize his minimum goal in the competition. The 28-year-old boxer dominated his quarter-final bout against Mauritius’ All Africa Games winner APB talent Kennedy St. Pierre and defeated Cuba’s AIBA World Boxing Championships silver medallist Erislandy Savon in a hard contest and advanced to the final of the Games. Kazakhstan’s pride has done amazing job in the first round against Russia’s defending AIBA World Champion Evgeny Tishchenko who was seeded as No.1 in this weight class. Levit was excellent in the gold medal bout and he had several clear punches but the taller Russian also did his very best in the fight. The final verdict was unanimous decision to Tishchenko therefore Levit secures silver for Kazakhstan this night.