Islamic Solidarity Games winner Arslanbek Achilov won the Turkmenistan National Cup in his new weight class
The Turkmenistan National Cup for the elite women and elite men boxers was held in the city of Ashgabat which was the last big competition in the country this year. Turkmenistan’s Islamic Solidarity Games winner Arslanbek Achilov moved up to the heavyweight (91kg) and won the title in his new category with top performance.
Turkmenistan achieved one bronze medal in the ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships in Tashkent and their top squad took also one title in the Islamic Solidarity Games in Baku half year ago. The former successful Russian national coach Mr. Aleksandr Lebziak joined to Turkmenistan’s boxing life earlier this year and
Women boxing was launched in Turkmenistan in 2009 and their boxers attended also in the 2010 ASBC Asian Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships in Astana but after that participation the female part of the sport did not develop in the Central Asian country. Following a few poor years in women’s boxing their first national winners have been crowned in Ashgabat: Lebap’s Yulduz Madyarova (51kg), Dashoguz’s Cemen Durdygylyjova (54kg) and Ashgabat’s Ogulnur Hudaybergenova (69kg).
The first male gold medal of the Turkmenistan National Cup was achieved by Ashgabat’s Dayanch Annaseidov who is three-time National Champion at the light flyweight (49kg) and has been competing in the international events since 2015. The 24-year-old boxer was too smart for Lebap’s Jabbar Meyliyev and secured his next title in Turkmenistan.
Turkmenistan’s most experienced national team member Lebap’s Zarip Jumayev has been competing in the international tournaments since 2009. He was the lone boxer from Turkmenistan who could beat a Cuban opponent in the recent years, therefore his success over Shokhrat Yesenov was not a surprise at the flyweight (52kg).
Ashgabat’s ASBC Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championships competitor Begench Alimov claimed bronze medal in the 2017 Turkmenistan National Championships. The 19-year-old bantamweight (56kg) boxer was silver medallist in the last National Cup which he changed to gold now after beating Mansur Salimov in the final.
Ashgabat’s Hursand Imankuliyev attended in the 2015 ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships following his junior and youth successes. The 21-year-old lightweight (60kg) boxer is a top national team member in Turkmenistan who continued his winning series in his homeland and defeated ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships competitor Yazmyrat Gurbanov and Arslan Urunov in the final stages of the National Cup.
Ashgabat’s National Championships silver medallist and Youth National Champion 20-year-old Togrulbeg Pazzyyev eliminated National Champion Sunnet Annaseidov in the semi-final of the light welterweight (64kg) and continued his strong performance against Shokhrat Durdiyev in the final. ASBC Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championships bronze medallist Muhammet Berdibayev took only bronze in the National Cup.
Ashgabat’s Sapardurdy Bagiyev achieved bronze medal in the last edition of the Turkmenistan National Cup but after his strong attitude in the trainings he was able to beat all of his rivals including Rahim Atabayev in the final of the welterweight (69kg). ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships competitor Serdar Amangeldiyev claimed only bronze medal in the National Cup.
Ashgabat’s Hamburg 2017 AIBA World Boxing Championships competitor Azizbek Achilov dominated the middleweight (75kg) and defeated veteran Rasul Yuldashev and Ovezgeldi Garajayev in the final stages. Dashoguz’s first gold medal was taken by 2015 National Cup winner Ustabek Samandarov at the light heavyweight (81kg) following his superb performance against Yazmuhammet Orazov in the final of the event.
Lebap’s Islamic Solidarity Games winner Arslanbek Achilov is Turkmenistan’s No.1 boxer who moved up to the heavyweight (91kg) this time but dominated all of his fights in Ashgabat and defeated Dovlet Matsharipov in the final. Lebap’s last title was achieved by National Champion Shokhrat Pirimanov who defeated tough Tejen Hommadov in the final of the super heavyweight (+91kg).
Winners in the Turkmenistan National Cup
Women’s 51kg: Yulduz Madyarova
Women’s 54kg: Cemen Durdygylyjova
Women’s 69kg: Ogulnur Hudaybergenova
Men’s 49kg: Dayanch Annaseidov
Men’s 52kg: Zarip Jumayev
Men’s 56kg: Begench Alimov
Men’s 60kg: Hursand Imankuliyev
Men’s 64kg: Togrulbeg Pazzyyev
Men’s 69kg: Sapardurdy Bagiyev
Men’s 75kg: Azizbek Achilov
Men’s 81kg: Ustabek Samandarov
Men’s 91kg: Arslanbek Achilov
Men’s +91kg: Shokhrat Pirimanov