Su, Yokubova and Mavlonova won gold medals at the 8th Balkan Women’s Tournament in Sofia

The Asian youth boxers won 17 gold medals at the Golden Gloves of Vojvodina Youth Tournament in Subotica, Serbia and after that the Uzbek elite girls earned two titles while Chinese Taipei one gold at the 8th Balkan Women’s Tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria. Su Ching Wen, Aziza Yokubova and Mavluda Mavlonova were the gold medallists in the strong international event in the Bulgarian capital.

Next to the European countries, and Canada, three Asian nations such as Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Chinese Taipei sent their women boxers to the 8th Balkan Women’s Tournament. Altogether 12 nations participated in the international female elite competition and among them Bulgaria, Uzbekistan, France, England, Italy, Kosovo, and Chinese Taipei had finalists in Sofia.

The Balkan Women’s Tournament is relatively a new international competition which was launched by the Bulgarian Boxing Federation in 2015. The Asian countries including Kazakhstan, Thailand, Vietnam, Uzbekistan, India, China, Japan and Chinese Taipei all impressed in the previous editions of the Balkan Women’s Tournament.

Nine final contests were held in the last competition day in Sofia and seven Uzbeks, furthermore one boxer from Chinese Taipei marched to the title contests. Uzbekistan’s first ever medallist in a Women’s World Boxing Championships, Aziza Yokubova used her amazing rhythm to beat a local boxer, Zlatislava Chukanova in the final of the light flyweight (50kg) in Sofia.

Mavluda Mavlonova, a 23-year-old talent who moved down to the light middleweight (70kg) this year, achieved Uzbekistan’s second gold medal. She used her speed to catch England’s energetic Jodie Wilkinson in the final and controlled all of the three rounds in Sofia. Her opponent was member of the English national team at the Commonwealth Games and reached the quarter-final in Birmingham.

Chinese Taipei’s Su Ching Wen represented her nation at the Ulaanbaatar 2019 ASBC Asian Women’s Boxing Championships and joined the elite national team this year. She participated at the Thailand Open International Boxing Tournament but the Sofia event delivered her first big highlight earning the gold medal at the light welterweight (63kg). The 20-year-old talent defeated Uzbekistan’s Khadijabonu Abdullayeva in the final winning the bout unanimously.

Uzbekistan’s ASBC Asian Youth Champion Farzona Fozilova (48kg), Feruza Kazakova (52kg), Youth World Champion Nigina Uktamova (54kg) and Navbakhor Khamidova (66kg) were their further silver medallists in Sofia. Since former two-time Asian Games winner Mr. Elshod Rasulov took over the management of the Uzbek women’s team, their girls have earned historic medals and titles.

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