Erkin Adylbek Uulu notches first win for Kyrgyzstan in Bocskai tilt

Three-time ASBC Asian Elite Championships medalist Erkin Adylbek Uulu handed Kyrgyzstan its first win in the 67th Bocskai Istvàn Memorial Tournament on the third day of competition in Debrecen, Hungary.

The 32-year-old Adylbek, who won bronzes in the past three editions of the Asian elite tourney and served as the flagbearer of his country in the Rio Olympics 2016, used his speed to score a second-round stoppage over hometown bet Kevin Beri in the cruiserweight (86kg) class.

Defending world champion Temirtas Zhussupov of Kazakhstan put on a clinical 4-1 performance against the younger Doniyor Bekmurodov of Uzbekistan to barge into the minimumweight (48kg) semifinals.

Kazakhstan’s reigning Asian elite champ and Youth Olympics 2018 gold medalist Aybek Oralbay knocked Germany’s Alexander Okafor out right in the opening round of their heavyweight (92kg) tiff.

Other Kazakh stars in World Championships silver winner Serik Termizhanov (feather-57kg) and ex-Asian youth titlist Yermakhan Zhakpekov (light middle-71kg) also assured themselves of a podium finish after booting out separate foes.

Uzbekistan’s former Asian youth champ Samandar Kholmurodov pipped Hungary’s Roland Veres via split decision while Thailand’s Youth Olympics silver medalist Sarawut Sukthet subdued Ukraine’s Taras Bondarchuk, 4-1, to enter the featherweight semis.

In the women’s division, Thailand’s Jutamas Jitpong (bantam-54kg) and Baison Manikon (middle-75kg) as well as Kazakhstan’s Rimma Volossenko (light-60kg) and Valeriya Axenova (heavy-+81kg) advanced to the finals.

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