Kurnyavka schoolboys tilt hails 15 champions

Fifteen promising boxers shone the brightest in the Kurnyavka Prizes Schoolboys Tournament that concluded recently at the Kozhomkul Sports Palace in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

The 13-year-old Abdurakhman Iminov of Osh was the first winner of the tournament, he defeated Umar Altymyshov in the final of the 33kg weight class. Nurdan Kasenov is a 13-year-old talent but his technical skills were enough to beat all of his rivals unanimously in Bishkek, including his final opponent, Aibek Toychibekov.

Reigning national schoolboys champions as 13-year-old Nursultan Duyshonaliyev (37kg), Bekzod Abdusalamov (43kg) and Iskandar Rasulzhanov (52kg) put up stellar performances to remain atop their respective weight classes.

Osh region’s Schoolboys National Champion Bekzod Abdusalamov won the next crowded weight class in the competition, he had a clear success over his main regional rival, Bilol Akramdzhanov at the 43kg weight class.

Bishkek’s Daniel Ruslanov felt the support of the local crowd and he had four difficult contest in the event but he managed to beat Atageldi Kachybekov, Daniel Tashtanbekov, Said Razabayev and Mukhamadamin Sadykov as well. Chui Region’s Eldiyar Tenisbekov arrived from the a boxing family and he continued his winning path in Bishkek following his success over Abdulkhak Sadykov of Osh.

Winners of this tilt also earned a chance to get selected for the national team that will compete in the ASBC Asian Schoolboys & Schoolgirls Championships 2023 in Saudi Arabia.

The venue of the Kurnyavka Prizes Schoolboys Tournament was the Kozhomkul Sports Complex in Bishkek, one of the best boxing halls in the Kyrgyz Republic.

The new tournament was dedicated the 95th anniversary of Kyrgyz boxing which began during the era of the Soviet Union.

A total of 177 young aspirants born in 2008 and 2009 joined the tournament dedicated to the 95th year celebration of boxing in Kyrgyzstan. The 37kg, 40kg, 43kg, and 46kg weight classes were the most busiest divisions in the national cup with the participation of 16 boxers. The highest category of the schoolboy event, the +70kg saw the actions of 10 boxers in Bishkek.

Respected referee and judge Mukash Yrsaliev served as the main organizer of the tourney named after former national star Andrey Kurnyavka, who emerged as the world middleweight champion back in 1989 in Moscow.

Kurnyavka also won a silver medal in the succeeding edition of the AIBA World Championships in Sydney two years later. He came out of retirement to represent Kyrgyzstan in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics but fell short in a tight opening bout against eventual champion Felix Savon of Cuba.

List of winners in the Kurnyavka Prizes Schoolboys Tournament

 33kg: Abdurakhman Iminov

 35kg: Nurdan Kasenov

 37kg: Nursultan Duyshonaliyev

 40kg: Mansur Yunusov

 43kg: Bekzod Abdusalamov

 46kg: Daniel Ruslanov

 49kg: Eldiyar Tenisbekov

 52kg: Iskandar Rasulzhanov

 55kg: Izat Kamchibekov

 58kg: Akhmadi Arvaza

 61kg: Fazliddin Vakhidov

 64kg: Syrgabek Orakbayev

 67kg: Albert Iskandarov

 70kg: Alikhan Sydygaliyev

 +70kg: Islambek Gulamiddinov

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