Doha 2015 AIBA World Boxing Championships – Day5 Quarter-finals
Uzbekistan amazed in the quarter-finals in Doha
Amazing quarter-final contests were held at the Doha 2015 AIBA World Boxing Championships in the Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiya Arena where the winners of todayâ€™s contests advanced to the semi-finals and they are guaranteed medallists of the event. Thirteen Asian boxers secured their places in the last four and Uzbekistan became the continentâ€™s best nation in Doha.
Light Flyweight class (49 kg)
Philippinesâ€™ ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships silver medallist Rogen Ladon had a very difficult opponent but he could beat Mexicoâ€™s two-time Panamerican Games winner Joselito Velasquez who was seeded as No.1. Ladon played in the quarter-finals with Polandâ€™s Dawid Jagodzinski which bout was easier than his previous contests. The final verdict of their bout was unanimous decision to Ladon who reached his career highlight and secured Asiaâ€™s first guaranteed medal in Doha.
Mongoliaâ€™s ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships bronze medallist Gankhuyag Ganerdene eliminated Japanâ€™s Tomoya Tsuboi and boxed with Russiaâ€™s EUBC European Champion Vasilii Egorov for the guaranteed medal. The Mongolian boxer did his very best but finally his opponentâ€™s hand was raised.
Flyweight class (52 kg)
Kazakhstanâ€™s defending ASBC Asian Continental Champion Olzhas Sattibayev arrived to the Doha 2015 AIBA World Boxing Championships as a gold medal favourite. The Central Asian boxer eliminated Ukraineâ€™s Ihor Sopinskyi and Bulgariaâ€™s EUBC European Champion 18-year-old Daniel Asenov in the preliminaries. Uzbekistanâ€™s Shakhobiddin Zoirov claimed three silver medals in the last three editions of the Asian continental events but was defeated by Chinaâ€™s WSB athlete Hu Jianguan which was a surprise in Doha. Sattibayev used different tactic against the Chinese boxer but surprisingly he was eliminated by 22-year-old Hu Jianguan who is not guaranteed medallist in Doha.
Bantamweight class (56 kg)
Uzbekistanâ€™s ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships silver medallist Murodjon Akhmadaliev eliminated Kazakhstanâ€™s Kairat Yeraliyev who was seeded as No.1 in Doha and had to box against another top Asian rival Thailandâ€™s current ASBC Asian Champion Chatchai Butdee in Doha. The Thai boxer won their contest in Bangkok five weeks ago but now Akhmadaliev was more confident and attacked from the first seconds which efforts were enough to do revenge.
Indiaâ€™s former ASBC Asian Champion Shiva Thapa defeated two North African boxers in the preliminaries and the second one he knocked out in Doha. Thapaâ€™s next opponent was Qatarâ€™s APB boxer Hakan Erseker who was seeded in the Doha 2015 AIBA World Boxing Championships and he was the last hope of the host nation. Shiva Thapa had some unexpected losses in the recent one and half year but the Indian boxer was patient and awaited for the best attacking moments which was the way to the success.
Lightweight class (60 kg)
Dorjnyambuu Otgondalai secured Mongoliaâ€™s first ever gold medal in the history of the Asian Games and continued the winning path in the ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships in Bangkok. He was seeded as No.4 and defeated an extremely strong rival Italyâ€™s former AIBA World Champion Domenico Valentino in Doha. Otgondalai had to meet with Uzbekistanâ€™s ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships bronze medallist Elnur Abduraimov who defeated Algeriaâ€™s All Africa Games winner Reda Benbaziz and New Zealandâ€™s Chad Milnes in the previous rounds. The Mongolian boxer tried to control the contest but his Uzbek opponent used different tactic what he expected. Abduraimov surprised the world when he could win their quarter-final bout in Doha.
Light Welterweight class (64 kg)
Uzbekistanâ€™s ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships silver medallist and London 2012 Olympian Fazliddin Gaibnazarov needed only 79 seconds when he knocked down his rival Qatarâ€™s Thulasi Tharumalingam and advanced to the quarter-finals in Doha. Gaibnazarovâ€™s next opponent was Italyâ€™s Vincenzo Mangiacapre who took medals in all of the major international championships. The 24-year-old Uzbek boxer had enough great battles in the previous years to solve that tactical issue what he had in the fifth competition day. Gaibnazarov proved better performance, attacked more than his Italian rival and advanced to the semi-finals of the event.
Thailandâ€™s current ASBC Asian Champion and Asian Games winner Wuttichai Masuk had an easy opponent in his debuting match in Doha, Australiaâ€™s David Biddle. The 25-year-old Thai No.1 tried to do his very best against Puerto Ricoâ€™s Danielito Zorrilla in the quarter-finals of the AIBA World Boxing Championships. Masuk was excellent in the first two rounds and kept his advantage until the final gong of the bout. The strong fighter delivered a medal for Thailand in the Doha 2015 AIBA World Boxing Championships.
Welterweight class (69 kg)
Kazakhstanâ€™s defending AIBA World Champion, Asian Games winner and ASBC Asian Champion Daniyar Yeleussinov has begun his way to the final glory in Doha and defeated Belarusâ€™ EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships silver medallist Pavel Kastramin. The 24-year-old Kazakh star met with Philippinesâ€™ ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships silver medallist Eumir Felix Marcial which bout was the repeat of the Bangkok final. Kazakhstanâ€™s No.1 won all of the rounds against Marcial who was a competitive rival for Yeleussinov but could not stop his star rival in Doha.
Chinaâ€™s Liu Wei surprisingly defeated Mongoliaâ€™s Byamba Tuvshinbat in a close contest but his next opponent was Lithuaniaâ€™s Eimantas Stanionis who claimed gold medal in the EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships in Samokov two months ago. The Chinese boxer was even better in each rounds and surprised their delegations as well when his hand was raised. Liu Wei secured Chinaâ€™s second guaranteed medal in Doha.
Middleweight class (75 kg)
Indiaâ€™s AIBA World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Vikas Krishan Yadav eliminated Hungaryâ€™s Zoltan Harcsa and Polandâ€™s WSB No.1 Tomasz Jablonski. Vikas Krishan fought for the guaranteed medal with Egyptâ€™s last remained boxer Hossam Bakr Abdin. The Indian boxer could not repeat his previous performance and suffered a loss to his north African rival.
Uzbekistanâ€™s sensation ASBC Asian Champion and Nanjing Youth Olympic Games winner Bektemir Melikuziev won two preliminary contests and had to meet with another gold medal contender Russiaâ€™s Petr Khamukov. His opponent claimed gold at the EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships but Melikuziev was able to control the first two rounds, worked more than his rival and reached the semi-final of the Doha 2015 AIBA World Boxing Championships.
Kazakhstanâ€™s defending AIBA World Champion Zhanibek Alimkhanuly met for the guaranteed medal with Irelandâ€™s strong Michael Oâ€™Reilly who claimed gold medal in the Baku 2015 European Games. The 22-year-old Kazakh No.1 was not enough shape in the opening round but he stepped into the gas and tried to control the contest. Alimkhanuly and Oâ€™Reilly did the bout of the day but finally the Irish boxerâ€™s hand was raised.
Light Heavyweight class (81 kg)
Kazakhstanâ€™s London 2012 Olympic Games silver medallist Adilbek Niyazymbetov had to meet with his main Asian rival in the quarter-finals as his opponent was Uzbekistanâ€™s two-time Asian Games winner Elshod Rasulov who was medallist in the AIBA World Boxing Championships in 2009 and in 2011 as well. Niyazymbetov was better than in the last round but Rasulov was really energetic in their contest and surprised the Kazakh ringside. Rasulov defeated his big rival and continued Uzbekistanâ€™s winning path in the Light Heavyweight class (81 kg) which begun in 2005.
Heavyweight class (91 kg)
Uzbekistanâ€™s ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships silver medallist Rustam Tulaganov had to meet with Cubaâ€™s Seed No.1 Erislandy Savon and he was a competitive rival for the Caribbean star in spite of the fact he lost his contest narrowly. Kazakhstanâ€™s two-time ASBC Asian Champion and WSB Champion Vassiliy Levit walked over to the quarter-finals as Brazilâ€™s Juan Nogueira could not fight against him two days ago but now he had to fight against Ukraineâ€™s Gevorg Manukian. Levitâ€™s opponent was silver medallist in the Baku 2015 European Games and shocked the Kazakh ringside when his hand was raised after the final bell.
Super Heavyweight class (+91 kg)
Kazakhstanâ€™s London 2012 Olympic Games bronze medallist and Asian Games winner Ivan Dychko outpointed Brazilâ€™s Rafael Duarte Lima and met with Germanyâ€™s promising Florian Schulz in the quarter-finals. Dychko had bigger punches and following the second round he could dominate his bout against his tiring opponent in Doha.
Uzbekistanâ€™s Bakhodir Jalolov won three international tournaments this year and arrived to the Doha event as medal favourite. The 21-year-old Uzbek boxer defeated Cubaâ€™s Leinier Pero in the previous round and he was the favourite against Jordanâ€™s ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships bronze medallist Hussein Iashaish who eliminated Georgiaâ€™s Mikheil Bakhtidze in Doha. Jalolov had lethal punches in the opening round and the referee counted to the younger Jordan boxer who was brave and tried to turn back the contest but he was not successful against the taller Uzbek talent.