Khamidova and Khali were the heroes of the first session today

Uzbekistan’s Navbakhor Khamidova and Mongolia’s super heavyweight boxer Beknur Khali were the heroes of the eleventh session at the 2nd World Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event in Bangkok.

Altogether 579 boxers from 133 countries are participating in the 2nd World Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event in Bangkok where the total number of the available quotas for the Paris 2024 Olympics is 51. The number of the coaches, officials and team delegations members is 610 in Thailand.

Uzbekistan’s Navbakhor Khamidova, the defending ASBC Asian Champion at the women’s welterweight (66kg), prepared well in tactics against Germany’s Leonie Mueller who won the recent Gee Bee Tournament in Finland and she replaced their European Champion, Stefanie Von Berge. The German had longer reach but Khamidova boxed over her level in this contest and she managed to win the battle by 3:2 split decision.

South Korea’s Seon Su Jin opened her campaign with a close success in Bangkok and she had another very difficult battle at the women’s welterweight (66kg) today. The South Korean controlled most of the exchanges, she forwarded more than her opponent from Azerbaijan, Shahla Allahverdiyeva and Seon are in the last 16.

India’s Arundhati Choudhary received the right for the second time in a qualification event and the 22-year-old welterweight (66kg) boxer used this opportunity to go forward to her dream. The Indian maintained the best fighting distance against Puerto Rico’s veteran Stephanie Pineiro in the first round and she kept the control until the last gong to march into the last 16 in Bangkok.

Japan’s Mai Kito is an Asian medallist boxer who is aiming for a quota at the women’s welterweight (66kg) in Bangkok. The Japanese wanted to win the first round so much against Finland’s Krista Kovalainen and she had the advantage on four out of the five scorecards. Kito landed the better shots in the second and third rounds against the attacking Finnish boxer to take the victory in the Round of 32.

Mongolia had a few super heavyweight (+92kg) boxers in the past but none of them were able to win any bouts in an Olympic Qualifier. Their Beknur Khali has Kazakh roots and he smashed his opponent today, Dominica’s Delroy Jno Charles in the first round, proving his strength. The 30-year-old Mongolian finished the job in the second round with superiority and the referee confirmed his quick success in Bangkok.

China’s Asian Games bronze medallist Danabieke Bayikewuzi was near to qualify for the Paris Olympics two-times but he has the still the strong motivation to make it happen therefore he stopped Lithuania’s Jonas Jazevicius. Another strong Asian boxer in the super heavyweight (+92kg), Tajikistan’s Mukhammad Abroridinov eliminated South Korea’s veteran Kim Do Hyeon.

Iran’s Rouzbeh Safari replaced Iman Ramezanpour in the national team at the super heavyweight (+92kg) and he opened his campaign with a victory in Bangkok. Iran’s best boxer in this weight class is only 18, the current Asian Youth Champion, but he is unable to fight in the elite age group yet. Despite Iran’s difficulties in this weight class, Safari has the strength and stamina to beat Seychelles’ veteran Keddy Agnes.

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