The 35-year-old veteran Temirtas Zhussupov impressed at the Kazakhstan National Spartakyad

The Kazakhstan National Spartakyad turned into its medal phase in Astana where the winners of the recent session all advanced to the semi-finals. The 35-year-old veteran, the 2021 World Champion Temirtas Zhussupov managed to win his quarter-final bout in the fourth day of boxing.

The event is one of the 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 holds in all of the 13 male weight categories but the seven Olympic divisions are the most important in this event in Astana.

Temirtas Zhussupov is a 35-year-old veteran who earned World and Asian titles in the past but he is still active and too experienced for his rivals at the minimumweight (48kg). The Akmola region’s boxer eliminated Ravshanbek Turakulov and will now meet for the final Yernar Karap, a young talent.

Kyzyl-Orda region’s Nursultan Altynbek is only 20 but he has already ASBC titles and he is one of the most promising boxers at the bantamweight (54kg). The young hope was smarter than Olzhas Abdulla of Dzhambul region in the quarter-finals but he can expect a hard battle against Timur Kabdeshov in the last four.

Beibarys Zheksen had a brilliant junior and youth career in the late 2010s and the ASBC Asian Youth Champion is one of the favorites at the lightweight (60kg) in Astana. The 22-year-old boxer was quicker than Nygmetolla Moldashev and he controlled all of the three rounds in that quarter-final bout. Zheksen will be boxing as next with Talgat Syrymbetov, a World Championships competitor in a final-level contest.

Dulat Bekbauov, the World silver medallist at the welterweight (67kg), is the main gold medal contender in this category in Astana. The 28-year-old boxer smashed Zhandyr Sultangaliyev in the quarter-finals and he will now meet a super talented young rival, the Youth World Champion Yelnur Suyunbay in the semi-final.

Nurkanat Raiys was quarter-finalist at the middleweight (75kg) in the World Boxing Championships and the 23-year-old boxer is a guaranteed medallist in the National Spartakyad following his success over Maksat Otegenov of Abay. Next to Raiys, Timur Nurseitov, Azamat Bektas and the World Youth Championships bronze medallist Dias Molzhigitov are the further semi-finalists in Astana.

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