Kazakhstan’s Nazym Kyzaibay won key contests in the Volnova Prizes Women’s Tournament
The Volnova Prizes Women’s Tournament was held in the city of Shuchinsk in Kazakhstan where 82 strong elite boxers fought for the medals and prizes. Kazakhstan’s defending AIBA Women’s World Champions as Nazym Kyzaibay, Dina Zholaman and Lazzat Kungeibayeva won the titles in Shuchinsk where Ukraine also claimed three gold medals.
Shuchinsk hosted also an international woman elite event in 2017 and among those winners four boxers defended their titles. The competition was named by strong Marina Volnova who was the first Kazakh woman boxer who claimed medal in an Olympic Games, a bronze in London six years ago.
Ukraine sent a strong team to the Volnova Prizes Women’s Tournament to Shuchinsk where their first gold medal was achieved by a young talent, Anna Okhota. The Ukrainian light flyweight (48kg) boxer eliminated Kazakhstan’s No.1 Alua Balkybekova and defeated another host nation talent, Aigerim Kasenayeva in the final.
Kazakhstan’s Nazym Kyzaibay is two-time AIBA Women’s World Champion but she moved up to the flyweight (51kg) in the recent one year. The 24-year-old boxer used her tricky style and her world class technique to beat Russia’s Geliusa Galieva, India’s AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships silver medallist Sarjubala Shamjetsabam Devi and her main local rival Zhaina Shekerbekova in the final.
Kazakhstan’s second AIBA Women’s World Champion who achieved gold medal in the Volnova Prizes Women’s Tournament was Dina Zholaman at the bantamweight (54kg). Following her successes against Kazakhstan’s Gulmira Baymanova and India’s Manisha she walked over to the title against Ukraine’s Ivanna Krupeniya who was satisfied with her silver medal in Shuchinsk.
Kazakhstan’s Saniya Sultankyzy is trying to regain her place at the featherweight (57kg) in the national team and worked hard in the Volnova Prizes Women’s Tournament to win all of her three contests including the final against Dametken Kelimbet. Rimma Volosenko is Kazakhstan No.1 at the lightweight (60kg) who proved strong performance and great development in the tactical level in Shuchinsk. The 26-year-old Volosenko used effective punches in the final against her teammate Karina Ibragimova.
Ukraine’s second gold medal was delivered by Anna Lysenko who defeated Kazakhstan’s Alia Abdraimova in the final of the light welterweight (64kg) in Shuchinsk. The young Ukrainians claimed their third title short after that success by Yuliya Stoyko who shocked Kazakhstan’s ASBC Asian Women’s Champion Madina Nurshayeva in the final of the welterweight (69kg). The 22-year-old Nurshayeva moved up one category in the recent weeks and she still needs to adopt the strength of the punches.
Kazakhstan’s Rio 2016 Olympic Games bronze medallist Dariga Shakimova eliminated India’s ASBC Asian Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships runner-up Pooja Rani i the semi-final. Her main rival Chinese Taipei’s AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Chen Nien Chin defeated Russia’s National Champion Oksana Trofimova and Ukraine’s Tatyana Petrovich during her road to the final. Chen was unable to box against Shakimova in the gold medal bout due her light injury.
India’s new face Kalawanti secured a sensational gold medal at the light heavyweight (81kg) following her triumphs over Kazakhstan’s Fariza Shaltay and Yulduz Mamatkulova. Kazakhstan’s AIBA Women’s World Champion Lazzat Kungeibayeva won the last title of the Volnova Prizes Women’s Tournament in Shuchinsk following her performance against her younger teammate Umida Sadykova.
List of the winners in the Volnova Prizes Women’s Tournament
48kg: Anna Okhota, Ukraine
51kg: Nazym Kyzaibay, Kazakhstan
54kg: Dina Zholaman, Kazakhstan
57kg: Saniya Sultankyzy, Kazakhstan
60kg: Rimma Volosenko, Kazakhstan
64kg: Anna Lysenko, Ukraine
69kg: Yuliya Stoyko, Ukraine
75kg: Dariga Shakimova, Kazakhstan
81kg: Kalawanti, India
+81kg: Lazzat Kungeibayeva, Kazakhstan