Kazakhstan topped the team rankings at the AIBA World Boxing Championships

The AIBA World Boxing Championships finished with all of the 13 finals in Belgrade, Serbia where Kazakhstan topped the team standings returning to the top after the Almaty 2013 edition. Kazakhstan’s duo Temirtas Zhussupov and Saken Bibossynov were among the gold medallists in the championship which means the country won the smallest two weight categories in Belgrade.

The new head coach of the Kazakhstan Boxing Federation, Mr. Kayrat Satzhanov selected their line-ups to the AIBA World Boxing Championships and the country covered all of the 13 weight categories as usual. Among them 10 advanced to the quarter-finals and five reached the semi-finals taking medals in Belgrade.

Their final performance was two gold, two silver and one bronze medal and 43 points in the official team ranking. Kazakhstan became the No.1 in the team ranking ahead of Cuba, United States, the Russian Boxing Federation, Japan, India, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Thailand Boxing Federation and France.

ASBC Asian Elite Boxing Championships silver medallist 19-year-old Daniyal Sabit won the Shokhr Boltekuly Memorial Tournament in Aktau but he was replaced by former ASBC Asian Champion veteran Temirtas Zhussupov at the minimumweight (48kg). The 33-year-old Zhussupov was in brilliant form and he defeated all of his top rivals including Uzbekistan’s Nodirjon Mirzakhmedov, Belarus’ Yauheni Karmilchyk and Thailand Boxing Federation’s Wuttichai Yurachai.

Their 2019 AIBA World Boxing Championships and Olympic Games bronze medallist Saken Bibossynov returned to the team quickly after Tokyo and he had amazing preparations for the Belgrade edition. The 24-year-old boxer also defeated the favourites such as Uzbekistan’s Hasanboy Dusmatov, India’s Deepak, Colombia’s Yuberjen Martinez, Thailand Boxing Federation’s Thanarat Saengphet and United States’ Roscoe Hill at the flyweight (51kg).

Kazakhstan’s ASBC Asian Junior Champion and two-time ASBC Asian Youth Champion Makhmud Sabyrkhan won his first elite tournament, the Bocskai Memorial in February 2020 and the 20-year-old talent proved fantastic developments. He won four contests in Belgrade and only Japan’s eventual winner Tomoya Tsuboi was able to stop him in the final of the bantamweight (54kg).

Pavlodar-based Serik Temirzhanov achieved gold medal at the 2016 ASBC Asian Youth Boxing Championships and joined to their top elite national team in the end of 2019. He won one contest at the Tokyo Olympic Games but returned in Belgrade with developed skills in defence and strength. Temirzhanov defeated Mongolian, Japanese, Indian, Russian and Cuban opponents in Belgrade and only the US teenage star, Jahmal Harvey was able to stop his great march in the final of the featherweight (57kg).

Two-time AIBA World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Ablaikhan Zhussupov was not successful in his two Olympic Games therefore he arrived to Belgrade in top shape to get a big elite title. The 24-year-old boxer dominated his four contests until the semi-finals where eventual winner Sewon Okazawa of Japan defeated him in an amazing bout.

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