Kazakhstan’s young talents shined in the 72nd Strandja Memorial Tournament on Day2

The 72nd edition of the Strandja Memorial Tournament followed with a marathon competition day in Sofia, Bulgaria in the second day of boxing. Kazakhstan’s young talents such as ASBC Asian Youth Champion Biybars Zheksen, Nurkanat Raiys and Bauyrzhan Baygonshekov all defeated more experienced rivals on Day2.

Three sessions were in the schedule of the second competition day and almost all of the weight categories have been affected. The new Strandja Memorial Tournament is the 72nd edition which made the event one of the most traditional competitions in the whole world. Following the general weigh-in, it is confirmed that 220 female and male boxers from 30 nations are attending in the Strandja Memorial Tournament.

Armenia, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, host Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Georgia, Greece, India, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Lithuania, Morocco, Moldova, Mali, Poland, Romania, Russia, Switzerland, Slovakia, Sweden, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United States of America and Uzbekistan are the participating nations in Sofia. Among the Asian countries, India, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan decided to send strong teams to the Strandja Memorial Tournament.

Kazakhstan’s Nadezhda Ryabets won her first title in the Taipei 2015 AIBA Women’s Junior World Boxing Championships. She claimed gold at the Bangkok 2018 ASBC Asian Women’s Youth Boxing Championships and joined to the elite team in 2019. Ryabets is already a Tokyo Olympian as a lone Kazakh female boxer and arrived to Bulgaria to prepare well to the Games. She had a tough contest against Uzbekistan’s Mavluda Mavlonova but her stamina was enough to win the difficult challenge at the middleweight (75kg).

Bhagyabati Kachari was India’s team member already in the Ulaanbaatar 2012 ASBC Asian Women’s Boxing Championships and after many years of experiences at the light heavyweight (81kg), she decided to move down one category. The 30-year-old Indian boxer met in the first preliminary round with Russia’s Anna Galimova in Sofia and moved ahead from the opening exchanges. The Indian had the better punches in their contest on Day2 and won the bout by split decision (4:0), securing another success for the Asian boxers.

Kazakhstan’s Biybars Zheksen robbed into the world of boxing in 2017 as a junior talent and moved ahead step by step in the international events until he earned the gold medal at the Ulaanbaatar 2019 ASBC Asian Youth Boxing Championships where he got the Best Boxer Trophy. The 19-year-old Kazakh talent used his excellent footwork to find the best angles in his debuting contest against Turkey’s Olympian Batuhan Ciftci at the Strandja Memorial Tournament and celebrated his success after the final bell.

Uzbekistan’s Mirazizbek Mirzakhalilov is one of the biggest names at the Strandja Memorial Tournament who won four big events in the recent two and half years. He is AIBA World Champion, ASBC Asian Champion, Asian Games winner and gold medallist from the Asian & Oceanian Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event. The Uzbek featherweight (57kg) boxer enjoyed his return to the international events and won his contest against Armenia’s young Artur Ghazaryan.

Uzbekistan’s Elnur Abduraimov qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games at the lightweight (63kg) but his younger teammate Asadkhudja Muydinkhudjayev represent the country at the Strandja Memorial Tournament. The 19-year-old Uzbek has done a strong debut on Day1 and he continued his winning path against Kazakhstan’s ASBC Asian Youth Champion Samatali Toltayev in the second day of boxing. His fellow, the Asian Games winner Bobo-Usmon Baturov won his contest against Kosovo’s Patriot Behrami at the welterweight (69kg). Kazakhstan’s National Championships silver medallist Nurkanat Raiys delivered a sensational success in the second competition day when he eliminated one of the favourites of the middleweight (75kg), Armenia’s Arman Darchinyan. His teammate at the light heavyweight (81kg), Bauyrzhan Baygonshekov proved also strong developments in the Strandja Memorial Tournament and eliminated Sweden’s tough Liridon Nuha.

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