Five Uzbeks cruise to Kuwait international tilt finals

round of the 1st Kuwait International Boxing Championships held over the weekend in the Kuwaiti capital.

AIBA World Boxing Championships 2021 silver finisher Khalokov, who is also a former youth world champion and youth Olympics winner, was too quick to handle for Hong Kong’s Tso Sing Yu as the 22-year-old star scored a decisive 5-0 victory in their featherweight (57kg) tussle.

Ruzmetov, a silver winner in the World Championships 2019, sneaked past Iran’s two-time Asian bronze medalist Seyed Shahin Mousavi via a 3-2 split decision in the light heavyweight (80kg) division.

Asian U22 and national champion Javlonbek Yuldashev (light middleweight-71kg), Abdumajid Manopov (flyweight-51kg) and Diyorbek Uralov (heavyweight-92kg) also secured at least a silver medal each for Uzbekistan.

Meanwhile, Thailand had three finalists in Sukthet Sarawut (featherweight), Khunatip Pidnuch (light welterweight-63.5kg) and Sitthisak Choomkumarn (light middleweight).

Syrian Arab Boxing Association president Mohamed Kamel Shbib, one of the most experienced officials in Asian boxing, was assigned as the technical delegate of the competition that pitted boxers in seven weight classes.

Kuwait Boxing Federation advisor Adnan Bin Ali and Iranian Boxing Federation president Hossein Souri, who are both members of the ASBC Board of Directors, attended the new international event organized by the Kuwait Boxing Federation.

National teams from Bahrain, Bulgaria, China, Germany, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Morocco, Palestine, Qatar, Syria, United Arab Emirates and Yemen also joined Kuwait’s inaugural international tilt.

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