Dozens of Asian Champions will represent Uzbekistan at the ASBC Asian U22 & Youth Boxing Championships

Uzbekistan is aiming for the top of the podiums in several weight categories in the upcoming ASBC Asian U22 & Youth Boxing Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan. The Uzbek U22 and youth squad contains several previous Asian Champions, and World medallists as well.

Uzbekistan claimed 14 gold, 4 silver and 3 bronze medals in the last edition of the ASBC Asian U22 Boxing Championships in Bangkok and the country became the best in that event on January 2023.

The Uzbek team finished as runner-up in the 2023 ASBC Asian Youth Boxing Championships behind Kazakhstan with 8 gold, 8 silver and 4 bronze medals which they achieved in Astana last November. 

The 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 born boxers will be able to compete at the U22 age group in Astana, Kazakhstan. Boxers who were born in 2006 and in 2007 will be eligible to participate in the youth age group in this specific continental event.

The selection competitions for the Uzbeks were held in December 2023 and the beginning of the year in the national level. The youth and U22 boxers competed in various international competitions in Spain, in Romania, in Bulgaria, in Azerbaijan and other countries as well.

Among their female U22 boxers is Nigina Uktamova who qualified for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games at the bantamweight (54kg) and she will use the event in Astana for a preparation. Farzona Fozilova (48kg), Gulsevar Ganiyeva (50kg), Feruza Kazakova (52kg), Mokhinabonu Abdullayeva (63kg), Aziza Zokirova (75kg), and Oltinoy Sotimboyeva (81kg) all have several international titles during their career.

The female youth team has also medallists from the previous Asian Junior and Youth Boxing Championships. Jasmin Tokhirova (48kg), Zilolakhon Yusufova (52kg), Uzukjamol Yunusova (54kg), Rukhshona Shakarova (66kg), the three-time Asian Champion Oysha Toirova (70kg), Sanobar Bozorboyeva (75kg) and Sobirakhon Shakhobiddinova (+81kg) are all were named among the favourites in Astana.

The U22 male boxers have strong options for the gold medals in Astana such as Shodiyorjon Melikuziev (48kg), the Asian U22 Champion Asilbek Jalilov (51kg), Khujanazar Nortojiyev (54kg), Shavkatjon Boltayev (67kg) and Javokhir Ummataliyev (75kg) as well. Fazliddin Erkinboyev is a fantastic sensation at the light heavyweight (80kg), he won all of his recent competitions. Jakhongir Zokirov is on Bakhodir Jalolov’s pathway, the strong super heavyweight (+92kg) boxer is the defending champion at the ASBC Asian U22 Boxing Championships as well.

There were several surprises in the recent Uzbekistan Youth National Championships but the registered main team has strong international experiences as well. Abdulaziz Abdunazarov (51kg), Sobirjon Tastanov (54kg), Mironshokh Norkosimov (60kg), Abdullokh Tokhirov (63.5kg), Makhsudkhon Meliyev (92kg) and Shakhzod Polvonov (+92kg) all have impressive technical skills.

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