China, Japan and Uzbekistan claimed altogether seven gold medals in the strong Korotkov Memorial Tournament
Thirteen remarkable final contests were held in the fifth and final day of the Korotkov Memorial Tournament in Khabarovsk which is located in the Russian Far East. China won three gold medals in the women’s part of the Korotkov Memorial Tournament while Japan and Uzbekistan both earned two titles in Khabarovsk.
The competition was named by the hero of the Soviet Union Mr. Korotkov and the competition began on the Victory Day in Khabarovsk. Besides to the Russian teams, many European and Asian squads decided to attend in the strong Korotkov Memorial Tournament including Uzbekistan, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, China, DPR Korea and Mongolia.
Japan’s Tsukimi Namiki won the first gold medal in the women’s event
Japan’s Tsukimi Namiki won all of their high school national events in the recent years before joining to their elite squad. The 20-year-old boxer achieved bronze medal at the New Delhi 2018 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships which was her career highlight at the flyweight (51kg). Namiki, who will be turning to 21 this year, eliminated such strong boxer as Russia’s EUBC European Confederation U22 Boxing Championships silver medallist Olga Gurova during her road to the finals in Khabarovsk. Japan’s new sensation impressed in the final against DPR Korea’s Kim Kum Son and won the first title of the whole Korotkov Memorial Tournament.
China earned three gold medals in the women’s event of the Korotkov Memorial Tournament
The Chinese female boxers impressed in the New Delhi 2018 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships and also in the ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships in Bangkok topping the team standings. Their new generation of women boxers claimed finally three gold medals also in the Korotkov Memorial Tournament. Firstly Liu Piaopiao won the gold medal at the featherweight (57kg) before Wei Liping claimed the title of the welterweight (69kg) against Russia’s Anastasia Sigayeva. The third Chinese gold medal was achieved by 21-year-old Zheng Lu who defeated Russia’s AIBA Women’s Youth World Champion Anastasia Rybak in the final of the middleweight (75kg).
Two Uzbek gold medals in the male part of the Korotkov Memorial Tournament
Uzbekistan’s best boxers attended in the ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships in Bangkok, Thailand last month. Their strong hopes have been divided and some of them attended in the Governor Cup in St. Petersburg while others competed in the Korotkov Memorial Tournament in Khabarovsk. Uzbekistan’s tough flyweight (52kg) boxer Abrorjon Kodirov used up his strong WSB experiences to beat Japan’s Ryomei Tanaka in the final of the event. Uzbekistan’s second gold medal was taken by ASBC Asian Youth Champion and AIBA Junior World Champion Bilolbek Mirzarakhimov who stopped Russia’s Ivan Stypin in the final of the welterweight (69kg).
AIBA Youth World Champion Hayato Tsutsumi returned with gold medal
Japan’s No.1 Hayato Tsutsumi was gold medallist in the St. Petersburg 2016 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships and he claimed two titles in the 2016 and in the 2017 editions of the ASBC Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championships. Tsutsumi returned from his hand injury and won all of his contests in Khabarovsk eliminating Belarus’ Mikalai Shakh, Mongolia’s Buyandalai Bayarkhuu and Azerbaijan’s Eflatun Babayev during his road to the finals. His fourth rival in the final of the bantamweight (57kg) was Russia’s experienced WSB boxer Ovik Ogannisian but Tsutsumi was quicker and motivated than his seven-year older opponent and returned to the world of boxing with a gold medal.
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