Otabek Kholmatov was the sensation of the semi-finals at the Uzbekistan National Boxing Championships
The exciting 16 semi-finals were held at the Uzbekistan National Boxing Championships in the historical city of Samarkand. Uzbekistan’s 20-year-old Otabek Kholmatov eliminated Jakarta 2018 Asian Games winner Mirazizbek Mirzakhalilov causing the main surprise of the semi-finals while the dream finals are realized at the flyweight (52kg), at the welterweight (69kg) and at the heavyweight (91kg).
Uzbekistan topped the team rankings of the Jakarta 2018 Asian Games this August with their five gold medals and the country is ready to continue their strong results in 2019. The Uzbekistan National Boxing Championships is a selection competition for the next season of the World Series Boxing and for the ASBC and AIBA events.
The men boxers attend in the Uzbekistan National Boxing Championships in the new eight weight categories as follows: 52kg, 57kg, 63kg, 69kg, 75kg, 81kg, 91kg and +91kg. Altogether a total of 264 men’s elite athletes are attending in the Uzbekistan National Boxing Championships in Samarkand.
Rio 2016 Olympic Games winner and Val Barker Trophy winner Hasanboy Dusmatov moved up to the flyweight (52kg) in the recent months and following his successful dual match in Moscow, he impressed also in Samarkand. The 25-year-old two-time ASBC Asian Champion boxer had to do his very best to beat WSB hope Abrorjon Kodirov and will be meeting with Indian Open International Boxing Tournament winner 19-year-old Khudoynazar Fayzov in the final of the flyweight (52kg).
Tashkent’s ASBC Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championships silver medallist Otabek Kholmatov delivered a sensation in the semi-final of the 57kg weight class where he eliminated Ferghana’s Jakarta 2018 Asian Games winner Mirazizbek Mirzakhalilov. The 20-year-old young hope will be meeting for the title with Abdulkhay Sharakhmatov who eliminated a new boxer Khasanjon Turakeldiyev in the second semi-final.
Tashkent region’s former AIBA Junior World Champion Aliyor Noraliyev defeated Bukhara’s Shukurjon Rakhimov and will be facing for the gold medal with Tashkent’s Jakarta 2018 Asian Games silver medallist Shunkor Abdurasulov who was slightly better than Andizhan’s Kamronbek Eshmatov in the semi-final of the light welterweight (63kg).
Hamburg 2017 AIBA World Boxing Championships silver medallist Ikboljon Kholdarov moved up to the welterweight (69kg) and proved confident performance against Fazliddin Meliboev which means the dream final realized against Asian Games winner Bobo-Usmon Baturov who eliminated ASBC Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championships bronze medallist 18-year-old Jakhongir Rakhmonov in Samarkand.
Samarkand’s Fanat Kakhramonov lost to Akmurod Gafforov in the final of the middleweight (75kg) one year ago but in the new edition he was able to do revenge which means he can box for the gold with Bukhara’s Odiljon Aslonov. AIBA Junior World Boxing Championships silver medallist 19-year-old Dilshodbek Ruzmetov eliminated his main rival Ferghana’s Kozimbek Mardonov and advanced to the final of the light heavyweight (81kg) where his last rival will be Hurshid Abdullaev of Samarkand.
Rio 2016 Olympic Games bronze medallist Rustam Tulaganov of Tashkent returned to the sport and advanced to the final of the heavyweight (91kg) where his next opponent will be a young hope, Madiyar Saidrakhimov. A new champion will be crowned at the super heavyweight (+91kg) where following the semi-finals Ulugbek Mubinov and ASBC Asian Youth Champion Obidjon Tokhirov will be attending for the title.
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