Eight-strong team represents Uzbekistan in the AIBA World Boxing Championships with stars in the line-ups
Asia’s best boxing team, Uzbekistan is ready for the forthcoming AIBA World Boxing Championships which will be held in Yekaterinburg, Russia on September 8-22. Mr. Marat Kurbanov is the head coach of the Uzbek national team who selected the eight-strong team including Olympic Champion, Asian Games winners, medallists from the recent AIBA World Boxing Championships.
Uzbekistan amazed in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and topped the team rankings, furthermore Hasanboy Dusmatov won the Val Barker Trophy. Uzbekistan earned one gold medal in the last edition of the AIBA World Boxing Championships in Hamburg, Germany two years ago but Shakhram Giyasov is not team member anymore, he has been focusing to his professional career.
Uzbekistan claimed four gold medals in the Bangkok 2019 ASBC Asian Elite Boxing Championships this April and their current squad in Yekaterinburg is stronger than that one in the continentals. Rio 2016 Olympic Games winner Shakhobiddin Zoirov returned to the flyweight (52kg) and involved to the team following his successful professional debut who will be strengthening Team Uzbekistan.
Mirazizbek Mirzakhalilov fought out his place in the national team after five years of hard work and won the gold medal at the Jakarta 2018 Asian Games and also at the Bangkok 2019 ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships. The Uzbek bantamweight (57kg) boxer is one of the medal favourites in Yekaterinburg as well.
Another returning boxer, Elnur Abduraimov was bronze medallist at the Doha 2015 AIBA World Boxing Championships and became ASBC Asian Champion in 2017. Following five strong professional successes, he returned to the Olympic boxing and will be attending at the new lightweight (63kg) in Russia.
Bobo-Usmon Baturov had the same way as Mirazizbek Mirzakhalilov, he won the title of the Jakarta 2018 Asian Games and the Bangkok 2019 ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships. The Islamic Solidarity Games winner boxer is newcomer in the AIBA World Boxing Championships but he is medal contender at the welterweight (69kg).
Fanat Kakhramonov is a newcomer in the national team who claimed bronze medal at the Thailand Open International Boxing Tournament and will be representing Uzbekistan at the middleweight (75kg). AIBA Junior World Boxing Championships silver medallist Dilshodbek Ruzmetov also joined to the national team in 2019 as Kakhramonov but he has more international experiences.
Former ASBC Asian Youth Champion Sanjar Tursunov was involved to the national elite team two years ago before his 19th birthday and since then he is Uzbekistan’s No.1 at the heavyweight (91kg). Tursunov was bronze medallist at the Hamburg 2017 AIBA World Boxing Championships and he is planning to repeat at least that performance.
Two-time ASBC Asian Champion Bakhodir Jalolov was bronze medallist at the Doha 2015 AIBA World Boxing Championships and returned from the professional boxing to represent Uzbekistan in Yekaterinburg. The 200cm tall super heavyweight (+91kg) boxer is gold medal contender this time besides to his Cuban, US, Russian, English and Kazakh rivals.
The Uzbek team in the AIBA World Boxing Championships
52kg: Shakhobiddin Zoirov
57kg: Mirazizbek Mirzakhalilov
63kg: Elnur Abduraimov
69kg: Bobo-Usmon Baturov
75kg: Fanat Kakhramonov
81kg: Dilshodbek Ruzmetov
91kg: Sanjar Tursunov
+91kg: Bakhodir Jalolov
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