Islam Salikhov is the king of the heavyweight in Yerevan
The IBA Junior World Boxing Championships has finished with its second part of the finals in Yerevan, Armenia where 13 bouts were on the schedule of the last day.
Twenty-five Asian boxers advanced to the finals of the IBA Junior World Boxing Championships in Yerevan, Armenia and among them twelve claimed gold medals.
Boxers who were born in 2007 and in 2008 were eligible to participate in the Junior World Boxing Championships. Afghanistan, Chinese Taipei, India, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Qatar, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan sent their boxers from the Asian continent.
India had fantastic women results at the recent ASBC Asian Junior Boxing Championships in Astana but some of their reserves received the right to compete in Yerevan. Payal is a new face in their junior national team but she exceeded all of the expectations with her powerful attacks in this championship. The young Indian won all of the three rounds in each scorecard in the final against Armenia’s Heghine Petrosyan and she earned her nation’s first gold medal in Yerevan.
India’s Nisha is another strong hope in their junior squad who eliminated the best boxers on the road to the finals and she was still fresh enough to beat Tajikistan’s Farinoz Abdulloyeva to win the title of the women’s light bantamweight (52kg). In the next Asian female final battle, Uzbekistan’s Sevara Mamatova won a crucial battle against an Asian Junior Champion, India’s top talent, Vini at the featherweight (57kg).
India’s Akansha Phalaswal had a close success in the final of the ASBC Asian Junior Boxing Championships in Astana and she was strongly motivated to win her next title in Yerevan. The Indian light middleweight (70kg) boxer outpointed Russia’s Elizaveta Taymazova in the final in Armenia’s capital and she achieved her country’s third gold medal.
Kazakhstan’s Nurassyl Tulebek was their lone male finalist in the Junior World Boxing Championships but he had strong motivation to win the title of the bantamweight (54kg). The 16-year-old boxer looked unstoppable in the first round against India’s Jatin and he had the advantage on the scorecards. Tulebek increased his speed and followed Mr. Arkadiy Topayev’s strategy therefore he earned their first male gold medal after the successes of the girls.
Uzbekistan’s Firuzjon Sadullayev impressed in all of the preparation tournaments and he continued his winning series in Yerevan as well. The Uzbek lightweight (60kg) boxer defeated Armenia’s Andranik Martirosyan in the final bout and he remained unbeaten in 2023. His teammate, Islam Salikhov had the stronger shots than India’s Hemant Sangwan and he earned Uzbekistan’s next title winning the heavyweight (+80kg) in Yerevan.
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