Ismoil Hamzaaliyev Memorial Tournament in Khudjand
Asror Vohidov was the best boxer in the Ismoil Hamzaaliyev Memorial Tournament
The Ismoil Hamzaaliyev Memorial Tournament is a traditional event in Tajikistan which competition was postponed from August and held in the end of the year. Khudjand hosted the event once again which city is located in the Northern part of the country in the Ferghana Valley near to the Uzbek border.
The competition was also the first selection event for the Tajik athletes to the 2016 AIBA Asian & Oceanian Olympic Qualifiers which to be scheduled in Qianan, China next March. Tajikistan’s main national events were held in March while since then their squad took part in several international competitions including the ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships.
Two elite men boxers from Tajikistan could qualify to the Doha 2015 AIBA World Boxing Championships as Murodjon Rasulov and Doha 2006 Asian Games winner 29-year-old Jakhon Qurbonov. Tajikistan also claimed record number of two medals in the ASBC Asian Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships in Wulanchabu, China this August but the new edition of the Ismoil Hamzaaliyev Memorial Tournament was scheduled only for men athletes.
ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships quarter-finalist Murodjon Rasulov eliminated his teammates such as Parviz Ahmadov in the semi-final and Daler Davlatov in the gold medal bout of the Light Flyweight class (49 kg). Relatively unknown Sherzod Mavlonov triumphed over Bakhtovar Sagiz in the final of the Flyweight class (52 kg) and took his career highlight.
Tajikistan’s former AIBA Junior World Champion Asror Vohidov subdued all of his rivals in the Ismoil Hamzaaliyev Memorial Tournament including Akmal Abdurakhimov in the final of the Bantamweight class (56 kg) while Kyrgyzstan’s former WSB boxer Mirbek Sherov claimed only bronze in Khudjand. The 20-year-old top talent became the best boxer of the whole competition and he is ready to get big results in 2016.
Tajikistan’s top man boxer Anvar Yunusov injured in the ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships in Bangkok and in his absence Dushanbe City Championships winner Vaysiddin Sattorov was too strong for Mekhrodj Nazarov at the Lightweight class (60 kg) while former Youth National Champion 21-year-old Ibodullo Karimov bagged bronze.
Tajikistan’s main future hope 21-year-old Shavkatjon Rakhimov had visa problems and could not attend in the ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships in Bangkok and also were not there in the Ismoil Hamzaaliyev Memorial Tournament. In his absence Uzbekistan’s Ravshanbek Murodov defeated Tajikistan’s bests such as ASBC Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championships competitor Akbar Safarov and Kozim Khalimov.
Dushanbe City Champion Shafar Davlatov delivered one of the biggest sensation of the Ismoil Hamzaaliyev Memorial Tournament in Khudjand where he could beat Tajikistan’s National Champion 23-year-old Mirzomukhammed Bakhtiyar in the final of the Welterweight class (69 kg).
Tajikistan’s promising star AIBA Junior World Boxing Championships 18-year-old Shabbos Negmatulloev claimed gold medal in the Abdaliyev Memorial Tournament and also in the Rafael Vakhitov Tournament in Kazakhstan therefore he could not attend in the Ismoil Hamzaaliyev Memorial Tournament. Saido Samadov has been competing in the ASBC Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championships in 2010 and had enough experiences to beat all of his rivals in Khudjand.
Tajikistan’s newcomer Amir Mahmudov claimed the gold medal at the Light Heavyweight class (81 kg) after beating his teammate Raufjon Giyasov. Uzbekistan’s Rinat Sharafutdinov eliminated Tajikistan’s Sulaymon Nodirov and Shavkat Usto in the Heavyweight class (91 kg) and secured his nation’s second gold in Khudjand.
Tajikistan’s eighth gold medal was achieved by Useyn Adzhidzhemil who eliminated AIBA Asian Olympic Qualifiers competitor experienced Dilovarshakh Abdurakhmanov and ASBC Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championships bronze medallist 19-year-old Daler Sulaymonov in the final of the Super Heavyweight class (+91 kg).
Winners in the Ismoil Hamzaaliyev Memorial Tournament
49 kg: Murodjon Rasulov, Tajikistan
52 kg: Sherzod Mavlonov, Tajikistan
56 kg: Asror Vohidov, Tajikistan
60 kg: Vaysiddin Sattorov, Tajikistan
64 kg: Ravshanbek Murodov, Uzbekistan
69 kg: Shafar Davlatov, Tajikistan
75 kg: Saido Samadov, Tajikistan
81 kg: Amir Mahmudov, Tajikistan
91 kg: Rinat Sharafutdinov, Uzbekistan
+91 kg: Useyn Adzhidzhemil, Tajikistan