Kyrgyzstan earned seven gold medals in the Duisenkul Shopokov Memorial Tournament in Bishkek
The 42nd edition of the Duisenkul Shopokov Memorial Tournament was finished with the finals in Bishkek 12 champions have been crowned in the Kyrgyz capital. The Kozhomkul Sport Palace was the venue of the competition in Bishkek where Kyrgyzstan claimed seven gold medals and topped the team rankings.
The Duisenkul Shopokov Memorial Tournament is a strong preparation event for the women and men elite boxers before the main actions of 2018. The best 24 boxers are remained in action after the semi-finals in the Duisenkul Shopokov Memorial Tournament in Bishkek which is the second big Asian competition after the Indian Open Tournament.
Tajikistan’s Madina Gaforova is their National Champion is spite of the fact she is only 18 and following her sensational participation at the AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships in Guwahati she was able to win the Duisenkul Shopokov Memorial Tournament in Bishkek. The Tajik teenager defeated Uzbekistan’s young hope Dilnozakhon Nematullayeva in the final of the women’s flyweight (51kg).
Kyrgyzstan’s currently best female boxer ASBC Asian Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships quarter-finalist 20-year-old Farida Pupova defeated her main national rival Meerimgul Mamasaly Kyzy by unanimous decision in the semi-final and did not give any chance to Kazakhstan’s experienced Uldana Nurlanova in the final of the women’s lightweight (60kg) in Bishkek.
Kyrgyzstan’s Mirlan Turkbay Uulu is a well-known name at the light flyweight (49kg) since 2010 when he was involved to the process of the international events. Turkbay Uulu, who is National Champion in Kyrgyzstan, did enough in the first man final to beat Uzbekistan’s ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships quarter-finalist and WSB hope Nodirjon Mirzakhmedov who eliminated Kazakhstan’s Youth National Champion Rustam Khamidov in the semi-finals.
Uzbekistan’s Foziljon Abdumurodov took medals in their youth national events in 2015 and in 2016 before joining to the elite age group. The 19-year-old Uzbek boxer exceeded the expectations with her strong jabs and defeated Kyrgyzstan’s Incheon 2014 Asian Games bronze medallist Turat Osmonov in the final of the flyweight (52kg) and in the absence of ASBC Asian Champion Azat Usenaliev of Kyrgyzstan.
Kyrgyzstan’s Umakhanov Memorial Tournament winner Sirodjiddin Abdullaev is their top bantamweight (56kg) boxer who reached the best level of the international competitions in the recent 18 months. The 22-year-old promising Kyrgyz hope eliminated Uzbekistan’s younger talent Oybek Jurayev in the semi-final but he suffered a surprise loss to Almambet Alibekov in the final of the Shopokov Memorial Tournament. Alibekov, who has been competing in the international events since 2011, launched lethal punches in the second round and the referee confirmed his RSC success.
Kyrgyzstan’s Argen Kadyrbek Uulu is a new hope at the lightweight (60kg) in the host nation’s squad who did a wonderful performance against Uzbekistan’s former Youth National Champion Rakhmatulla Kuziyev in the semi-final. The Kyrgyz U21 National Champion did a remarkable performance in the final against Munarbek Seyitbek Uulu while Tajikistan’s Odiljon Furkatjoni claimed only bronze in the Shopokov Memorial Tournament.
Following his participation in the Astana 2011 AIBA Junior World Boxing Championships Kyrgyzstan’s Bek Kamchybekov received the right to box in the qualification events of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. After his unsuccessful project he returned in top shape and defeated National Champion Daniyar Damirdin Uulu at the light welterweight (64kg). Tajikistan’s Asian University Boxing Championships silver medallist Bakhodur Usmonov acquired bronze medal in Bishkek.
Uzbekistan’s experienced WSB boxer Fazliddin Meliboev eliminated Kyrgyzstan’s Galym Zharylgapov Memorial Tournament winner Abdurakhman Abdurakhmanov in the first preliminary round and his impulse flew him into the finals in Bishkek. The 21-year-old Uzbek defeated also Kazakhstan’s teenage talent Maksat Kobetay in the semi-final of the welterweight (69kg) and made a top performance against Kyrgyzstan’s ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships bronze medallist Ermek Sakenov for the title.
Azamat Kanybek Uulu joined to the Kyrgyz national team in 2009 and competed several big international events excluding the Olympic Games. The veteran Kyrgyz middleweight (75kg) boxer defeated a younger hope, his teammate, ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships competitor Ykhtyiar Shabdanbayev in the final of the event while their future hope Ilyas Mukanbetov claimed bronze in Bishkek.
Kyrgyzstan’s flag bearer in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Erkin Adylbek Uulu eliminated in the semi-final of the light heavyweight (81kg) Tajikistan’s AIBA Junior World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Akhmadjon Saidov. The Kyrgyz boxer was not able to repeat his strong performance in the final and lost to Kazakhstan’s 20-year-old Mukhatali Uralbayev on their re-match.
Kyrgyzstan’s ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships bronze medallist Sergei Parenko did enough in the semi-final of the heavyweight (91kg) against Kazakhstan’s Mukhametzhan Taybagar in Bishkek and advanced to the final. Parenko walked over to the gold as his final opponent Tajikistan’s National Championships bronze medallist Shukhrat Abdulazizzoda was not able to fight against him.
Uzbekistan’s ASBC Asian Youth Champion Obidjon Tokhirov moved up to the super heavyweight (+91kg) in the recent weeks and worked more on feet than Kyrgyzstan’s defending National Champion Ziyodin Muminov in the semi-final. The 20-year-old Uzbek stopped Kyrgyzstan’s experienced Shermukhammad Khakimov with his strong punches and won his first ever title in that category.
List of the winners in the Duisenkul Shopokov Memorial Tournament
Women’s 51kg: Madina Gaforova, Tajikistan
Women’s 60kg: Farida Pupova, Kyrgyzstan
Men’s 49kg: Mirlan Turkbay Uulu, Kyrgyzstan
Men’s 52kg: Foziljon Abdumurodov, Uzbekistan
Men’s 56kg: Almambet Alibekov, Kyrgyzstan
Men’s 60kg: Argen Kadyrbek Uulu, Kyrgyzstan
Men’s 64kg: Bek Kamchybekov, Kyrgyzstan
Men’s 69kg: Fazliddin Meliboev, Uzbekistan
Men’s 75kg: Azamat Kanybek Uulu, Kyrgyzstan
Men’s 81kg: Mukhatali Uralbayev, Kazakhstan
Men’s 91kg: Sergei Parenko, Kyrgyzstan
Men’s +91kg: Obidjon Tokhirov, Uzbekistan