Nortojiyev, Duisebay, Erkinboyev and Togambay were the heroes of the finals at the Great Silk Way Tournament

Uzbekistan claimed five and Kazakhstan three gold medals in the finals of the Great Silk Way Tournament in Baku, Azerbaijan.

The host of the competition was the Azerbaijan Boxing Federation which organized such huge events in the recent 15 years such as the World Men’s Elite Boxing Championships, the Youth World Boxing Championships and the European Games as well.

Host Azerbaijan, Hungary, Iran, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Poland, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan were the participating eleven countries in the Great Silk Way Tournament in Baku. The competition was a preparation event for the upcoming 2nd World Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event which will be starting in Bangkok, Thailand on May 23.

Uzbekistan’s Asian U22 Champion Asilbek Jalilov impressed in the last competition day in Baku where the 20-year-old boxer won the first title for the Asians. Jalilov moved up to the flyweight (51kg) last year and he is stronger events by events in his international appearances. The young Uzbek controlled all of the three rounds against Iran’s Mahdi Parvizi and he landed enough shots to get the title of the weight class.

Kazakhstan’s Timur Kabdeshov had some advantage on the judges’ scorecards after two rounds against Uzbekistan’s Asian Youth Champion Khujanazar Nortojiyev. The four-years-younger Uzbek turned up the heat in the beginning of the third round and the ringside doctor confirmed his RSCI victory over Kabdeshov.

Kazakhstan’s Talgat Syrymbetov competed for his country at the 2023 Men’s Elite World Boxing Championships in Tashkent and the lightweight (60kg) boxer amazed once again in the international competitions. The Kazakh was slightly better than Azerbaijan’s U22 boxer, Azrak Babirov and he won the title of the lightweight (60kg) in Baku.

Kazakhstan’s Darkhan Duisebay had a top rival at the light middleweight (71kg), Uzbekistan’s Asian U22 Champion Bekzod Khamidov but he managed to win that contest in Azerbaijan’s capital city using a great strategy. Both Central Asian boxers were born in 2001 and they have bright future in the upcoming years.

Uzbekistan’s Fazliddin Erkinboyev and his teammate, Rakhmatullo Boymatov advanced to the final of the light heavyweight (80kg) in the Great Silk Way Tournament. Both Uzbeks had impressive youth careers and the two teenagers delighted the day with their effective combinations. The Youth World Champion Erkinboyev was better in most of the exchanges and the 19-year-old talent continued his amazing winning path in 2024.

Kazakhstan’s Sagyndyk Togambay, the Asian Games bronze medallist, is currently their No.2 ranked boxer at the heavyweight (92kg) but he proved his very best in the day of the finals. The 23-year-old Kazakh caused a surprise with his tactics and he defeated Azerbaijan’s World Champion Loren Berto Alfonso in the bout of the day.

Uzbekistan’s Saidjamshid Jafarov (75kg) and their Olympic Games winner Bakhodir Jalolov (+92kg) walked over to the titles following their teammates were not able to box against them in the last day of boxing.

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