Doha 2015 AIBA World Boxing Championships – Day3 Report

Thirteen Asian quarter-finalists are guaranteed
The third competition day of the AIBA World Boxing Championships was held in the Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiya Arena in Doha where the boxers who won their contests advanced to the quarter-finals in the event. Philippines’ and the world’s boxing icon Manny Pacquiao visited the third competition day in Doha.

Light Flyweight class (49 kg)
Philippines’ ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships silver medallist Rogen Ladon had a very difficult opponent after his successful debut in the Doha 2015 AIBA World Boxing Championships as he had to box with Mexico’s two-time Panamerican Games winner Joselito Velasquez who was seeded as No.1. Ladon impressed the judges in the opening round with his great combinations and took the lead after three minutes. The 22-year-old Filipino boxer was in different level than his Mexican opponent and shocked Velasquez’s fans in Doha while delighted Manny Pacquiao.
Japan’s 19-year-old Tomoya Tsuboi defeated Indonesia’s Cornelis Kwangu Langu in the opening round and had to meet with another Asian boxer Mongolia’s ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships bronze medallist Gankhuyag Ganerdene. Tsuboi felt the rhythm so much in the first part of the bout and his tricky style was successful but Ganerdene turned up the heat and he was able to turn back their contest.
Uzbekistan’s defending ASBC Asian Champion and unbeaten WSB boxer Hasanboy Dusmatov met with Azerbaijan’s Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games winner Rufat Huseynov and controlled the bout but not as much as in Bangkok. The Azeri boxer worked from longer distance and shocked all of the Uzbek fans when his hand was raised.

Bantamweight class (56 kg)
Uzbekistan’s ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships silver medallist Murodjon Akhmadaliev was in top form in the entire year and tried to control his bout against Kazakhstan’s Kairat Yeraliyev who was seeded as No.1 in Doha. The 21-year-old Uzbek boxer pressurized his neighbouring rival and defeated one of the favourite in the event.
Thailand’s current ASBC Asian Champion Chatchai Butdee had a big task against Denmark’s lone boxer in Doha Frederik Lundgaard Jensen who was a taller rival. Butdee needed to reduce the fighting distance against the Northern European boxer and he was successful in the match. Thailand’s top athlete won their contest by unanimous decision.
India’s former ASBC Asian Champion Shiva Thapa defeated a North African boxer in the opening round of the event and had to meet with another one on Day 3 Morocco’s Mohamed Hammout. Thapa tried to control the bout but the Moroccan counter-attacks were successful in the first part of the bout. Thapa did not give up the fight and one of his serious right hook shocked Hammout who was on the floor after the punch. The Indian star knocked out his rival in the third round and advanced to the quarter-finals.
Qatar’s APB boxer Hakan Erseker was seeded in the Doha 2015 AIBA World Boxing Championships and he was the favourite against Vanuatu’s Boe Warawara who impressed the fans and won his opening bout. Erseker had enough experiences during his career to control the first two rounds against the tough boxer from Vanuatu and his efforts delivered for Asia a fourth place in the quarter-finals. Mongolia’s Iderkhuu Enkhjargal proved his best but he was defeated by Azerbaijan’s Baku 2015 European Games bronze medallist Tayfur Aliyev.

Light Welterweight class (64 kg)
Uzbekistan’s ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships silver medallist and London 2012 Olympian Fazliddin Gaibnazarov needed only 79 seconds when he knocked down his rival Qatar’s Thulasi Tharumalingam and advanced to the quarter-finals in Doha. Thailand’s current ASBC Asian Champion and Asian Games winner Wuttichai Masuk had an easy opponent in his debuting match in Doha as Australia’s David Biddle is not among the bests in the world. Masuk controlled all of the contests and won by unanimous decision in their bout which means Thailand’s second favourite advanced to the last eight.

Middleweight class (75 kg)
India’s AIBA World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Vikas Krishan Yadav eliminated Hungary’s Zoltan Harcsa in the opening round and had to meet with another Eastern European boxer Poland’s WSB No.1 Tomasz Jablonski. Vikas Krishan had great jabs in the opening round and he had some lethal punches also in the second three minutes. He moved more in the final frame but his efforts were enough to beat the Seed No.4 of the Middleweight class (75 kg).
“I was expected a strong fight but my Polish opponent was not enough good today therefore I could win the contest easily. I need only one further step to get a medal in Doha,” said India’s Vikas Krishan Yadav who is in top form.
Uzbekistan’s sensation ASBC Asian Champion and Nanjing Youth Olympic Games winner Bektemir Melikuziev impressed the fans on Day1 when he knocked out his Georgian rival. His second opponent was a top one France’s Christian Mbilli Assomo but he played with his European rival using his wonderful defense. His counter-attacks reached the target several times and eliminated his strong European rival.
Kazakhstan’s defending AIBA World Champion Zhanibek Alimkhanuly did not do his very best but he could win all of the rounds against Mexico’s Misael Rodriguez who was brave but technically he was not in the same level. Alimkhanuly will now meet for the guaranteed medal with Ireland’s strong Michael O’Reilly.

Heavyweight class (91 kg)
Uzbekistan’s ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships silver medallist Rustam Tulaganov had to meet with Oceania’s best boxer with Commonwealth Games winner David Nyika of New Zealand. Tulaganov was there in the Top8 in Almaty two years ago and he could repeat at least that performance as he was able to beat the strong Kiwi athlete who moved up to the Heavyweight class (91 kg) this year. Kazakhstan’s two-time ASBC Asian Champion and WSB Champion Vassiliy Levit walked over to the next round as Brazil’s Juan Nogueira could not fight against him.