Huang Hsiao Wen and Chinzorig Baatarsukh were the heroes of the finals in the ASBC Asian Grand Slam Championships
The finals of the first edition of the new ASBC Asian Grand Slam Boxing Championships was held in the city of in Xiamen, China. Chinese Taipei’s AIBA Women’s World Champion Huang Hsiao Wen and Mongolia’s Chinzorig Baatarsukh were the biggest stars of the finals which delivered surprises in Xiamen.
The following 11 nations attended in the ASBC Asian Grand Slam Boxing Championships in Xiamen: Australia, India, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Tajikistan, Chinese Taipei, and United Arab Emirates. ASBC President Mr. Anas Alotaiba followed final day of boxing in the Asian Grand Slam Boxing Championships together with several top officials.
The ASBC Asian Grand Slam Boxing Championships was held in the official Olympic categories which scheduled also for Tokyo in 2020. The first edition of the ASBC Asian Grand Slam Boxing Championships was a money prize event, all of the medallists got payments during the competition in the city of Xiamen.
Chinese Taipei’s Huang Hsiao Wen achieved the first female title in Xiamen
Chinese Taipei’s Huang Hsiao Wen claimed gold medal at the bantamweight (54kg) of the 2019 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Ulan-Ude and she arrived to Xiamen as the biggest name of the competition. The 22-year-old boxer fought at the flyweight (51kg) this time but she was fit to box in this division and used her longer reach against Tajikistan’s Farida Samieva which was clear dominancy in the first two rounds. Following the second knock down, the Tajik ringside abandoned the fight and Huang continued her winning path.
Philippines’ younger Petecio reached her career highlight in Xiamen
Philippines’ Nesthy Petecio won the title of the featherweight (57kg) at the Ulan-Ude 2019 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships which was an amazing success for the Southeast Asian country this year. Nesthy’s younger sister Nicezzaa Petecio returned to the national team after a few years of break and attended various international tournaments in 2019. The 25-year-old boxer also fought at the featherweight (57kg) as her sister and took the title after beating Nepal’s Minu Gurung in the final of the Grand Slam.
Thailand’s Janjaem Suwannapheng amazed in the women’s lightweight (60kg)
Thailand’s No.1 at the women’s lightweight (60kg) is Sudaporn Seesondee who achieved several medals in the AIBA and ASBC events in the recent five years. For the Asian Grand Slam Boxing Championships, she was replaced by Janjaem Suwannapheng who is a promising talent in Thailand. The Thai girl had to face for the gold medal with Mongolia’s 20-year-old Namuun Monkhor who has been attending in the international events as a junior since 2014. Suwannapheng found her more experienced Mongolian opponent’s weak points in time and defeated the main favourite proving her developments.
India’s Pooja won the last female final in Xiamen and two of their male compatriots also took gold medals
India’s Pooja received the right to compete at the middleweight (75kg) in Xiamen where she earned the last female title beating Mongolia’s AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships competitor Munkhbat Myagmarjargal. India’s first male title was achieved by South Asian Games winner Sparsh Kumar who was slightly better than Philippines’ Marvin Tabamo at the flyweight (52kg). India’s third gold medal was achieved by Krishan Sharma who was too strong for Mongolia’s Daivii Otgonbayar at the super heavyweight (+91kg). The Indian boxer knocked down his veteran Mongolian opponent twice and the Irish referee stopped their unequal final.
Mongolia’s Chinzorig Baatarsukh impressed in the key male final
Mongolia’s Asian Games silver medallist and Rio 2016 Olympian Chinzorig Baatarsukh had a tough final against Thailand’s Somchay Wongsuwan who is also a well-known name at the men’s lightweight (63kg). The 28-year-old Mongolian felt the tempo better and won their final unanimously in Xiamen. Australia’s former AIBA Junior World Champion Clay Waterman controlled all of the rounds against Tajikistan’s Amman 2013 ASBC Asian Boxing Championships silver medallist Navruz Jafoev and became the champion of the light heavyweight (81kg).
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