Mr. Myrzagali Aitzhanov selected the Kazakh team to Tashkent
Kazakhstan topped the team rankings in the last edition of the ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships in Bangkok two years ago and their new squad is ready to keep the No.1 position in Asia. Their head coach Mr. Myrzagali Aitzhanov confirmed the travelling 10-strong team to the ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships to Tashkent.
Kazakhstan claimed five gold medals in Bangkok but among these winners only one will be there in the upcoming ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships in Tashkent. Seven out of the ten boxers are newcomers and did not compete in any previous editions of the ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships yet. The forthcoming continental event in Tashkent is the lone qualification tournament in Asia for the Hamburg 2017 AIBA World Boxing Championships.
Rio 2016 Olympic Games silver medallist Vassiliy Levit is the most experienced boxer in the travelling team who is the titleholder at the heavyweight (91kg) and has got great chance to defend his throne in Tashkent. The 29-year-old boxer trained hard in the recent months to prove his best in the upcoming ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships.
Kazakhstan’s bantamweight (56kg) No.1 is still AIBA World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Kairat Yeraliyev who competed also in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and in the last two editions of the ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships. The 27-year-old boxer is also the same experienced as Levit and has got realistic chance to win at least a medal in Tashkent.
Among the newcomers in the top team Rio 2016 Olympian and Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games winner Ablaikhan Zhussupov has got also enough experiences to beat anyone in the upcoming ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships in Tashkent. Zhussupov is only 20 but his skills could be enough to beat the best Uzbek, Indian, Filipino and Chinese boxers at the welterweight (69kg).
Abilkhan Amankul won four top international youth tournaments in 2015 and he was named as the Best Asian Youth Boxers in that year. Following that he was joined to the elite squad the since then the middleweight (75kg) talent won all of his WSB contests as member of the Astana Arlans Kazakhstan franchise. Amankul was also born in 1997 as Zhussupov and he is also among Kazakhstan’s new sensations.
Kazakhstan’s next promising WSB star is Kamshybek Kunkabayev who is their new super heavyweight (+91kg) hope and replaced Ivan Dychko in the national squad. The 25-year-old boxer defeated Uzbekistan’s No.1 Bakhodir Jalolov in AOB and in WSB contests as well therefore he is the main favourite of the king class in Tashkent.
Kazakhstan’s new light flyweight (49kg) boxer in the top team will be Yerzhan Zhomart who replaced three-time Olympian Birzhan Zhakypov in the line-ups. National Champion Azamat Isakulov competed at the 2011 ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships in Incheon, South Korea and after six years he will be returning to the continental event.
Kazakhstan’s 26-year-old Yerik Alzhanov won the gold medal at the Bocskai Memorial Tournament in Hungary in February and achieved bronze in the Thailand International Invitational Tournament in Bangkok this year but this time he will be boxing at the light heavyweight (81kg) which is a new territory for him. The team still contains two young National Champions such as Adilet Kurmetov and Bekdaulet Ibragimov.
Kazakhstan’s line-ups in Tashkent:
49kg: Yerzhan Zhomart
52kg: Azamat Isakulov
56kg: Kairat Yeraliyev
60kg: Adilet Kurmetov
64kg: Bekdaulet Ibragimov
69kg: Ablaikhan Zhussupov
75kg: Abilkhan Amankul
81kg: Yerik Alzhanov
91kg: Vassiliy Levit
+91kg: Kamshybek Kunkabayev