Kazakhstan’s duo Sailau and Urakbayeva defeated European opponents at the Bocskai Memorial Tournament on Day2

The Bocskai Memorial Tournament is Hungary’s traditional boxing competition which continued with its second competition day in the Eastern region of the country in the city of Debrecen. Among the Asian nations, Kazakhstan won two impressive contests, Arman Sailau and their former AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships silver medallist Zhazira Urakbayeva controlled their challenges on Day2.

Kazakhstan Boxing Federation is very active in the boxing map, they sent a strong team to the European competition where 22 nations are attending this week. Among the top boxing nations, England, France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Turkey, Georgia, host Hungary, Finland, Wales and Algeria are also there in Debrecen. The first day of preliminary contests were held in the opening session with 31 bouts in the event.  

Arman Sailau is not the most experienced welterweight (69kg) boxer in the Kazakhstan but the 20-year-old boxer produced a great first round in the Bocskai Memorial Tournament. The Kazakh southpaw worked more on feet than Croatia’s Filip Kolar and maintained the best fighting range quickly. Kazakhstan has done a great run in the recent four Olympic Games at the welterweight (69kg) and Sailau continued their traditions. The young Kazakh was better in all aspects of boxing and advanced to the last eight in Debrecen.

Ayat Marzhikpayev was silver medallist at the 2016 Children of Asia Games at the age of 16 and he arrived to Debrecen to increase his elite international experiences. The 20-year-old boxer moved up to the light heavyweight (81kg) last year but he had the power to accept the level of the category. The Kazakh hope had a tough opponent, Italy’s European Games bronze medallist 31-year-old Simone Fiori in Debrecen. Marzhikpayev moved ahead but the Italian counter-attacks decided their contest at the Bocskai Memorial Tournament.

Kazakhstan’s AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships silver medallist Zhazira Urakbayeva joined to the elite age group in 2018. The 20-year-old talent moved up to the flyweight (51kg) in the recent one year and received the right to attend at the Bocskai Memorial Tournament in Debrecen. Urakbayeva has done great job in the second competition day against Hungary’s 18-year-old Zsanett Balogh and dominated her debut in the event. The referee counted her opponent in the third round therefore Urakbayeva was confirmed as the winner of their bout.  

Aizhan Khodzhabekova was bronze medallist at the Astana 2016 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships but she lost her place in the top team following she was defeated by Vladislava Kukhta in the final of the 2020 National Championships. The 24-year-old boxer moved up to the lightweight (60kg) and met with Turkey’s Esra Yildiz in the Bocskai Memorial Tournament. The Kazakh girl is new in this category but she fought well against her Turkish opponent, both of them landed tough punches. The final verdict was split decision in the favour of Yildiz but Khodzhabekova has done a great opening at the lightweight (60kg).

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