Eighteen Asian female and male finalists in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships
The semi-finals were held at the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in Kielce, Poland in two sessions today. Among them 40 female and male finalists, 18 are Asians representing India, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Japan in Kielce.
Altogether 414 boxers from 52 nations are attending in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships. Many of the Asian National Federations worked hard to give chances to their youth boxers to compete in the international stage again and 11 sent their talents to Kielce. Boxers who were born in 2002 and in 2003 are eligible to attend in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in Kielce which is the first ever global event in Poland.
India’s Naorem Babyrojisana Chanu is a finalist in the women’s flyweight (51kg)
India’s Naorem Babyrojisana Chanu is ASBC Asian Youth Champion from Ulaanbaatar and she won all of her contests since that event. The Indian flyweight (51kg) boxer knew more about boxing than Italy’s Lucia Elen Ayari and took the lead on the scorecards after three minutes of fight. The Indian girl had impressive attacks in the second and third rounds therefore the final result was determined. Chanu eliminated her Italian rival and can prepare to her gold medal bout against Russia’s Valeria Linkova.
Uzbekistan’s first ever finalist in the history of the event is Nigina Uktamova
Uzbekistan’s Nigina Uktamova robbed into the world of boxing when she won the gold medal at the Fujairah 2019 ASBC Asian Junior Boxing Championships. The 18-year-old controlled all of her contests in the recent one and half year and she had excellent motivation against Russia’s Anastasia Kirienko. Following the first round, Uktamova increased her tempo which was too much for the Russian boxer today. Kirienko was exhausted due to Uktamova’s pressurizing tactic therefore the Uzbek advanced to the final of the bantamweight (54kg).
India’s Poonam remained unbeaten after the semi-finals
India’s ASBC Asian Youth Champion Poonam had three easier contests during her road to the semi-finals of the featherweight (57kg) at the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships. The Indian had a tough first round against Uzbekistan’s Sitora Turdibekova in Kielce which was her most difficult period in the whole event. She had great right-handed hooks in the second round and got back the control in time therefore Poonam will be boxing for the title of the category with France’s Sthelyne Grosy.
Further Indian successes in the afternoon session
ASBC Asian Youth Champion Vinka was impressive once again in the semi-finals of the women’s lightweight (60kg) in Kielce. The experienced and internationally unbeaten Indian reduced the fighting distance successfully against Czech Republic’s Veronika Gajdova and advanced to the final. The next Indian hope, Arundhati Choudhary used her height advantage well enough in the bout against Uzbekistan’s Khadijabonu Abdullaeva and she can also compete for the title of the welterweight (69kg).
Kazakhstan’s Shayakhmetova and Diday are finalists in Kielce
Kazakhstan’s Zhuldyz Shayakhmetova had a neighbouring Central Asian opponent, Dilfuza Bekova of Uzbekistan and their contest delivered wonderful technique and nice combinations. Both boxers landed effective punches in the semi-final of the lightweight (60kg) which was won by Shayakhmetova closely. Kazakhstan’s second finalist will be ASBC Asian Junior Champion Dana Diday who eliminated Uzbekistan’s Sokhiba Ruzmetova in another hectic battle between the two powers.
Kazakhstan’s male team amazed in Kielce
Kazakhstan’s head coach Mr. Kairat Satzhanov selected an experienced and strong team to the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships. Their boxers claimed five medals in Kielce and among these semi-finalists four joined to the title contests. Sanzhar Tashkenbay eliminated India’s Bishwamitra Chongtham in the men’s light flyweight (49kg) before Yerbolat Sabyr was too strong for Russia’s Aleksey Shendrik at the bantamweight (56kg). Yelnur Suyunbay had a clear dominancy over Colombia’s Jhon Elin Orobio while Sabyrzhan Akkalykov won their fourth semi-final in Kielce.
Uzbekistan’s Shakhzod Muzafarov dominated his semi-final
Uzbekistan’s National Championships silver medallist Shakhzod Muzafarov arrived to Kielce as one of the favourites for the gold medal at the men’s flyweight (52kg) and following his success over Japan’s ASBC Asian Junior Champion Daiya Kira, he was even more confident in the semi-finals. The Uzbek boxer was in different level than Ukraine’s Ruslan Tsykalo who replaced more experienced athletes in the national team. Muzafarov dominated the second and third rounds therefore he remained his gold medal chances alive in Kielce.
Japan’s Reito Tsutsumi made perfect performance in the semi-finals
Japan’s and the world’s great sensation Reito Tsutsumi proved that he is a fantastic talent and despite of the tough situation, he developed all of his skills in the recent one year. Reito, whose elder brother Hayato was AIBA Youth World Champion and two-time ASBC Asian Youth Champion, met with Bulgaria’s European Youth Champion Radoslav Rosenov in the semi-finals of the lightweight (60kg). Following the tactical first minute, Tsutsumi dominated the contest, knocked down also his Bulgarian opponent and will be meeting for the gold medal with Kazakhstan’s tall Yelnur Suyunbay.
Uzbekistan’s Jakhongir Zokirov landed tough body shots today
Uzbekistan’s ASBC Asian Junior Champion Jakhongir Zokirov eliminated one of his main rivals, Kazakhstan’s ASBC Asian Youth Champion Amanat Sabyrgali in the preliminary stage of the super heavyweight (+91kg) and continued his strong performance in the semi-finals. He did not underestimate Hungary’s powerful Elite National Champion Levente Kiss and tried to use his distance and height advantage. Zokirov landed tough body shots in the contest and his longer reach was the difference today therefore the Uzbek can box for the gold medal in Kielce.
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