Saken Bibossynov and Nurbek Oralbay won the battle of the World Champions in Astana

The amazing finals finished at the Kazakhstan National Spartakyad in Astana where thirteen boxers celebrated their titles. Saken Bibossynov, Makhmud Sabyrkhan, Mukhammedsabyr Bazarbay Uulu, Nurbek Oralbay and Aibek Oralbay won the most important final contests in the Spartakyad.

The event was one of the main selection competitions for the upcoming 1st World Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event which will be starting in Busto Arsizio, Italy on February 29. The Kazakhstan National Spartakyad was held in all of the 13 male weight categories but the seven Olympic divisions are the most important in this event in Astana.

Saken Bibossynov had a hard road to the gold medal of the flyweight (51kg) but he was able to keep the title of the category against the 20-year-old Sanzhar Tashkenbay. Bibossynov and his opponent both were World Champions and their meeting was one of the most anticipated contests of the Spartakyad.

Makhmud Sabyrkhan moved up to the featherweight (57kg) following World title on May but he had the energetic attacks to beat Orazbek Assylkulov in the final. The 22-year-old Sabyrkhan did not qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympics yet but he will have a strong chance to get a quota in the World Qualifier.

Pavlodar region’s Serik Temirzhanov, the silver medallist from the 2021 World Boxing Championships, moved up two categories to the light welterweight (63.5kg) due to Makhmud Sabyrkhan’s dominance at the featherweight (57kg). The Tokyo Olympian advanced to the finals in Astana but he suffered a loss to a younger talent, the Asian Youth Champion Mukhammedsabyr Bazarbay Uulu.

The light middleweight (71kg) recognized a new champion in the absence of the World Champion, Aslanbek Shymbergenov. The 2018 Youth Olympics silver medallist Talgat Shayken succeeded over a Youth World Champion, Sabyrzhan Akkalykov in the final and he made a fantastic comeback to the sport after a short break.

The Oralbay twins were Kazakhstan’s strong weapons in the recent major championships and both of them, Nurbek and Aibek won their strong weight categories in the Spartakyad. Nurbek Oralbay defeated Bekzat Nurdauletov in the battle of the World Champions while Aibek was effective in the attacks against Sagyndyk Togambay at the heavyweight (92kg).

As Kamshybek Kunkabayev has already qualified for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, he missed the Spartakyad at the super heavyweight (+92kg). Almaty’s Damir Toybay became the new champion in the king category following his success over Amanat Sabyrgali in the bout of the former Asian Youth Champions.

The 2021 World Champion veteran Temirtas Zhussupov (48kg), the Asian U22 Champion Nursultan Altynbek (54kg), Beibarys Zheksen (60kg), the World silver finisher Dulat Bekbauov (67kg), Dias Molzhigitov and the 19-year-old Temirlan Mukatayev (86kg) won the non-Olympic categories in the Spartakyad.

The list of the winners at the 2023 Kazakhstan National Spartakyad
48kg: Temirtas Zhussupov
51kg: Saken Bibossynov
54kg: Nursultan Altynbek
57kg: Makhmud Sabyrkhan
60kg: Beibarys Zheksen
63.5kg: Mukhammedsabyr Bazarbay Uulu
67kg: Dulat Bekbauov
71kg: Talgat Shayken
75kg: Dias Molzhigitov
80kg: Nurbek Oralbay
86kg: Temirlan Mukatayev
92kg: Aibek Oralbay
+92kg: Damir Toybay

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