Daily Report on Asian U22 Championship 2023 Bangkok – Day 6 – Cambodia and Indonesia won historic semi-finals

The ASBC Asian U22 Boxing Championship 2023 continued with the grueling sixth day of competition that saw 26 nail-biting matches in the men’s semifinals at the Huamark Indoor Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand.

Reigning overall champion Uzbekistan was the winningest nation on Monday with 10 finalists while developing Southeast Asian countries Cambodia and Indonesia achieved history with their bets advancing to the gold medal round.

Philippines, Thailand, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and China also secured at least a silver medal in the second edition of the Asian U22 tourney.

Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, host Thailand, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam are the participating 20 countries in Bangkok. Among them ten nations have finalists in the ASBC Asian U22 Boxing Championships.

Here are the highlights from Day 6:

Rising star Jakhongir Zokirov, who is also a former youth world and Asian youth titlist, highlighted Uzbekistan’s dominance after crushing Kazakhstan’s Amanat Sabyrgali, 5-0, for a shot at keeping his super heavyweight (+92kg) throne.

Fellow defending champ Dilshod Abdumurodov (light-60kg), Bekhzod Khamidov (welter-67kg) and Shodiyor Melikuziev (minimum-48kg) also tallied convincing wins for the previous year’s host.

Ex-Uzbek standout Abdulla Rajapov made a milestone for Cambodia, becoming the country’s first ASBC finalist as he tripped Kyrgyzstan’s Bakyt Toktosun Uulu, 3-1, in heavyweight (92kg).

Southeast Asian Games winner Maikhel Roberrd Muskita emereged as Indonesia’s first Asian U22 finalist after stopping Nepal’s Bijya Bata right in the opening round of their cruiserweight (86kg) bout.

Fellow SEA country Philippines also enjoyed victories in the semis courtesy of Aaron Jude Bado in flyweight (51kg) and Flint Jara in bantamweight (54kg).

Reigning Asian elite champion Sanzhar Tashkenbay opened the day for Kazakhstan with a 5-0 decimation against hometown bet Natthaphong Thuamcharoen in minimumweight.

World Championships 2021 bronze medalist Thanarat Saengphet provided a quick bounce-back for Thailand after manhandling Mukhammadkodir Mamirjonov of Uzbekistan in flyweight.

Thailand’s Sarawut Sukthet is currently the best boxer in his homeland at the featherweight (57kg) and he felt the fighting range against the bronze medallist from Amman, Mongolia’s Gantumur Lundaa. The 21-year-old former Youth Olympic medallist Thai will meet in a dream final Kazakhstan’s World Boxing Championships silver medallist Makhmud Sabyrkhan.

Mongolia’s mainstay, the 22-year-old Tulga Oyunbaatar stunned Kazakhstan’s ASBC youth and national titlist Mukhammedsabyr Bazarbay Uulu via split decision in the light welterweight (63.5kg). China’s new sensation, Halimulati Rehemandu sustained his surprising run in light heavyweight (80kg) as he knocked down Tajikistan’s Shakhboz Khaitov in the first round en route to a lopsided 5-0 triumph.

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