Kazakhstan’s U22 age group shined in the finals of the Shokhr Boltekuly Memorial Tournament

The new edition of the Shokhr Boltekuly Memorial Tournament finished in Aktau, Kazakhstan where thirteen champions have been crowned after the day of the finals. Nine out of the thirteen winners are still in the U22 age group but all of them are experienced boxers and won several titles as youth hopes.

The event was a selection competition for the upcoming AIBA Men’s Elite World Boxing Championships which will be starting in Belgrade, Serbia on October 24. Kazakhstan claimed only two bronze medals in the Tokyo Olympic Games and their next generation is ready to prove their progress in the upcoming events.

The number of the elite boxers was 143 and these young hopes competed from the light flyweight (48kg) up to the super heavyweight (+91kg) in the Shokhr Boltekuly Memorial Tournament. Aktau was the host of the event as all of the previous editions and the bouts are holding in the Khalyk Sport Arena.

Mr. Shokhr Boltekuly was one of the pioneers of boxing in Kazakhstan, he had an important role to build up the sport in the country during the period of the Soviet Union still in the 1920s and 1930s. He trained several generation of boxers in Kazakhstan and the event holds the name of the iconic boxing coach.

ASBC Asian Elite Boxing Championships silver medallist 19-year-old Daniyal Sabit was the gold medal contender of the light flyweight (48kg) and the National Champion realized his dreams after beating Talip Ryskhan in the final. AIBA World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Yerzhan Zhomart moved up to the flyweight (51kg) and returned with a gold medal following his success over Zhandos Zhumabayev while experienced Olzhas Bayniyazov and Timur Kabdeshov claimed only bronze medals.

Kazakhstan’s two-time ASBC Asian Youth Champion Makhmud Sabyrkhan celebrated his birthday with a gold medal at the Shokhr Boltekuly Memorial Tournament where he defeated Samat Zhetibayev in the final of the bantamweight (54kg). Akmola region’s Orazbek Assylkulov triumphed over Serikbay Asylzhan at the featherweight (57kg) in Aktau and claimed his first elite title.

Mangystau region’s Samatali Toltayev moved down to the lightweight (60kg) and the 22-year-old boxer celebrated his success over Beknur Ozhanov and can prepare to his first world elite event. His twin brother Sanatali Toltayev also amazed in the Shokhr Boltekuly Memorial Tournament, he defeated National Champion Yertugan Zeinulinov in the final of the light welterweight (63.5kg).

ASBC Asian Youth Champion Darkhan Duisebay of Almaty region is only 20 but he impressed in the final of the welterweight (67kg) where he used his excellent technical skills to beat returning Daulet Nysan. Another ASBC Asian Youth Champions such as Yermakhan Zhakpekov won the gold medal of the light middleweight (71kg) and Ayatulla Takizhanov the middleweight (75kg).

AIBA Youth World Champion Nurbek Oralbay defeated 19-year-old Yerassyl Zhakpekov in the final of the light heavyweight (80kg) while his twin brother Aybek was able to beat Nurlan Sabirov at the heavyweight (92kg). Ontalap Rakhmanov moved down to the new cruiserweight (86kg) and he has been crowned in Aktau where former WSB boxer Yerkin Mukhamedzhan defeated Ayboldy Daurenuly in the last final.

List of the winners in the Shokhr Boltekuly Memorial Tournament
48kg: Daniyal Sabit
51kg: Yerzhan Zhomart
54kg: Makhmud Sabyrkhan
57kg: Orazbek Assylkulov
60kg: Samatali Toltayev
63.5kg: Sanatali Toltayev
67kg: Darkhan Duisebay
71kg: Yermakhan Zhakpekov
75kg: Ayatulla Takizhanov
80kg: Nurbek Oralbay
86kg: Ontalap Rakhmanov
92kg: Aybek Oralbay
+92kg: Yerkin Mukhamedzhan

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