The quarter-finals concluded at the Bakhtiyar Artayev Junior Tournament

Fifty-six quarter-final contests were on the program of the third competition day at the Bakhtiyar Artayev Junior Tournament in Astana, Kazakhstan today.

The competition was named after Mr. Bakhtiyar Artayev who is an Olympic Games winner from the Athens 2004 edition and he claimed two bronze medals in the 2005 and 2007 World Boxing Championships as well. Kazakhstan’s welterweight and middleweight star in the 2000s was also silver medallist at the Doha 2006 Asian Games and he reached the quarter-finals at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

The 2008 and 2009 born boxers are attending in the Bakhtiyar Artayev Junior Tournament in Astana, Kazakhstan. Record number of 298 talents are competing in the event in 14 weight categories from the 44kg up to the heavyweight (+80kg). All of the regions from Kazakhstan, furthermore Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan sent teams to the Bakhtiyar Artayev Junior Tournament to Astana.

Astana’s Yerassyl Maratov won the first quarter-final at the Bakhtiyar Artayev Junior Tournament, he eliminated a younger Uzbek, Khabibulla Saynazarov at the 44kg weight class. Three more Kazakhs such as Korganbek Baltyn, Alisher Arivzhanov and Syrym Muratbek marched to the semi-finals in the smallest weight class.

Kostanay region’s Aidos Usenov was able to keep his focus against Nurassyl Ilyas and he won their quarter-final bout at the pinweight (46kg). His next opponent will be Mukhammed Kadyr of Shymkent but boxers from the Mangystau region and Almaty are also semi-finalists in this weight class.

Uzbekistan’s 16-year-old Elyor Rustamov won all of the three rounds against Kyrgyzstan’s Umar Orusbayev and he is also a guaranteed medallist in Astana. The Uzbek light flyweight (48kg) boxer will now meet in the semi-finals Beksultan Khuzhamzhar who trains in the city of Shymkent in South Kazakhstan.

Tajikistan’s Amirbek Makhramov proved his excellent technical skills and speed against Kazakhstan’s Dmitriy Dyldin therefore he is now a medallist at the light bantamweight (52kg). The 16-year-old Tajik will be meeting for the final battle Uzbekistan’s Bobomurod Boimirzayev in this busy weight class.

Atyrau region’s Nurmukhammed Aldabergen caused a small surprise in the third competition day when he eliminated Tajikistan’s bantamweight (54kg) favourite, Biloljon Iksanov. Aldabergen won their quarter-final by split decision and his next opponent will be Turkestan region’s Yerniyaz Yesmaganbet in Astana. A local boxer, Vladislav Samozhonov is the biggest favourite at the heavyweight (+80kg) in Astana and he stopped his opponent from Shymkent, Zhalgas Utebekov. The referee confirmed his RSC success in the third round therefore Samozhonov needs only two further steps to win this top tournament.

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