Eshaish’s revenge and Dev’s impressive start delighted the evening session in Bangkok

The boxers at the men’s light middleweight (71kg) were in actions in the sixth session of the 2nd World Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event in Bangkok. All of the winners advanced to the Round of 32 including several stars such as India’s Nishant Dev and Jordan’s Zeyad Eshaish.

Altogether 579 boxers from 133 countries are participating in the 2nd World Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event in Bangkok where the total number of the available quotas for the Paris 2024 Olympics is 51. The number of the coaches, officials and team delegations members is 610 in Thailand.

Turkmenistan’s Shukur Ovezov and Saparmyrat Odayev both won their first preliminaries in the Huamark Indoor Stadium but their No.1, the Asian Games bronze medallist Bayramdurdy Nurmuhammedov failed to make his first step at the light middleweight (71kg). The Turkmen moved forward without any stoppage and he planned to land a lethal shot but Mongolia’s Byamba-Erdene Otgonbaatar was smarter today in tactics.

The strong puncher Shamsher Saidov won the Tajikistan Youth National Championships in 2019 and after that he continued his boxing career in Russia. The 23-year-old boxer returned to the national team of Tajikistan and he won the Elorda Cup in Kazakhstan as well. Saidov used his power to stop Germany’s Deniel Krotter and he shared his energies well enough to win this preliminary battle in Bangkok.

Jordan’s Tokyo Olympian Zeyad Eshaish was expected a hard battle against Albania’s historic World bronze medallist Alban Beqiri on their re-match. Eshaish surprisingly lost to the Albanian in the 2021 World Boxing Championships in Belgrade but he was more focused this time and he made a revenge in Bangkok.

India’s outstanding Nishant Dev was bronze medallist in the World Boxing Championships one year ago and the 24-year-old light middleweight (71kg) boxer is one of the favourites for an Olympic spot in Bangkok. The Indian was better in all aspects of boxing than his African opponent, Bissau Guinea’s Naae Armando Bighafa Bighata who competed in all of the three qualification events.

Kyrgyzstan’s Asian Championships bronze medallist Nuradin Rustambek Uulu regained his place in the national team at the light middleweight (71kg) and he was grateful to his last chance in Bangkok. The 23-year-old former Asian Youth Champion met Finland’s newcomer Akseli Saurama in the Round of 64 and the Kyrgyz had the better shots in this hectic contest. Rustambek Uulu had to keep the focus until the last gong but due to his routine he won their contest by 4:1 split decision.

Thailand’s Peerapat Yeasungnoen had to box already in the Round of 128 during the first competition day in Bangkok but he managed to beat the opponent from Venezuela. The 24-year-old Thai had a very difficult battle against Cook Island’s Tawhiri Toheriri-Hallett who lives in New Zealand and he competed in the Commonwealth Games. Yeasungnoen felt the rhythm slightly better and he won a manly battle in the front of the home crowd.

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