Kyzaibay, Yeraliyev, Shymbergenov and Amankul are the biggest names in Kazakhstan’s Asian Games squad
The boxing tournament of the Asian Games will be starting with its first competition day on August 22 therefore the teams are already after the selection process. The head coaches of the Kazakh national boxing team also selected their final squad and no surprise Asia’s boxing power will be attending with maximum number of 10 boxers in Jakarta.
Kazakhstan achieved high number of boxing gold medals in the history of the Asian Games since 1994 and the last edition was a great success for their athletes. Their boxers topped the team rankings in many AIBA and ASBC events in the recent years therefore Kazakhstan’s expectations are high in the upcoming Asian Games.
Nazym Kyzaibay won the gold medals in the 2014 and in the 2016 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships at the light flyweight (48kg) but since the new Olympic era has started she moved up to the flyweight (51kg). The 25-year-old Kyzaibay is enough strong and technician to beat all of her possible rivals in the boxing tournament of the Asian Games.
Saniya Sultankyzy was member of the Kazakh women’s national team a few years ago and after her new motivations she regained her place in the squad and will be attending at the featherweight (57kg) in the Asian Games. Rimma Volosenko was unlucky in the drawings at the main competitions during her career but following several international tournament titles she is at least medal contender in the Asian Games.
Temirtas Zhussupov claimed gold medal at the Amman 2013 ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships and after a few years of hiatus he returned to the national top team of Kazakhstan. The 30-year-old light flyweight (49kg) boxer defeated his main national rival Hamburg 2017 AIBA World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Yerzhan Zhomart and will be boxing for the title in Jakarta.
Kazakhstan’s flyweight (52kg) hope Azat Makhmetov robbed into the world’s boxing life in 2012 when he won the gold medal at the traditional Bocskai Memorial Tournament in Hungary. The former National Champion has got strong international results but the Asian Games will be his first big competition as top member of the Kazakh national team.
Rio 2016 Olympian Kairat Yeraliyev surprised the whole globe one year ago when he claimed the gold medal of the bantamweight (56kg) at the Hamburg 2017 AIBA World Boxing Championships. The 28-year-old experienced boxer, who was involved to the national top team in the late months of 2012, won his last preparation event the Republic of Kazakhstan President’s Cup and aiming for his next title in Jakarta.
AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships silver medallist and ASBC Asian Youth Champion Samatali Toltayev will be turning to 19 only in November but received the right to represent Kazakhstan at the lightweight (60kg) in Jakarta. Bekdaulet Ibragimov was born in Tashkent but has been fighting for Kazakhstan and claimed bronze at the 2017 ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships.
Two-time WSB Team Champion Aslanbek Shymbergenov performed better in 2018 than his strong teammate Ablaikhan Zhussupov and will be competing at the welterweight (69kg) with top expectations in Jakarta. Kazakhstan’s middleweight (75kg) No.1 Abilkhan Amankul was the Best Asian Youth Boxer in 2015 when he remained unbeaten in his age group and following that he achieved silver medal at the Hamburg 2017 AIBA World Boxing Championships.
Kazakhstan’s team in the upcoming Jakarta 2018 Asian Games
Women’s 51kg: Nazym Kyzaibay
Women’s 57kg: Saniya Sultankyzy
Women’s 60kg: Rimma Volosenko
Men’s 49kg: Temirtas Zhussupov
Men’s 52kg: Azat Makhmetov
Men’s 56kg: Kairat Yeraliyev
Men’s 60kg: Samatali Toltayev
Men’s 64kg: Bekdaulet Ibragimov
Men’s 69kg: Aslanbek Shymbergenov
Men’s 75kg: Abilkhan Amankul
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