The Shokhr Boltekuly Memorial Tournament began with the participation of 143 boxers

The Shokhr Boltekuly Memorial Tournament is an important competition in Kazakhstan which is a five-days long men’s elite event. The number of the elite boxers is 143 in the event and 13 champions will be crowned from the light flyweight (48kg) up to the super heavyweight (+91kg).

Aktau is the host of the event as all of the previous editions and the bouts are holding in the Khalyk Sport Arena. Mr. Shokhr Boltekuly was one of the pioneers of boxing in Kazakhstan, he had an important role to build up the sport in the country during the period of the Soviet Union still in the 1920s and 1930s. He trained several generation of boxers in Kazakhstan and the event holds the name of the iconic boxing coach.

The event is a selection competition for the upcoming AIBA Men’s Elite World Boxing Championships which will be starting on October 24. Kazakhstan claimed only two bronze medals in the Tokyo Olympic Games and their next generation is ready to prove their progress in the upcoming events.

ASBC Asian Elite Boxing Championships silver medallist 19-year-old Daniyal Sabit is the gold medal contender of the light flyweight (48kg). AIBA World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Yerzhan Zhomart, Olzhas Bayniyazov and Timur Kabdeshov are the most experienced boxers at the flyweight (51kg).

Kazakhstan’s two-time ASBC Asian Youth Champion Makhmud Sabyrkhan celebrated his birthday during the second competition day at the Shokhr Boltekuly Memorial Tournament where he is the favourite of the bantamweight (54kg). Orazbek Assylkulov, Aidos Arapov and Yerbolat Sabyr could be the favourites of the featherweight (57kg) in Aktau.

Zamanbek Danabekov of Aktau region caused one of the main sensations of the preliminary rounds, the lightweight (60kg) boxer eliminated a more experienced boxer. Yerassyl Tankay is only 19 but he was one of the secret favourites of this weight category but Danabekov won their meeting in the Shokhr Boltekuly Memorial Tournament.

ASBC Asian Youth Champion Mukhammedsabyr Bazarbay Uulu of Turkestan region was too strong for Shymkent’s Ali Absattar in the first preliminary stage of the lightweight (60kg) and the 19-year-old talent proved his strong developments. Dzhambul region’s Khasen Azizbekov competed in the 2014 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships and he had enough experiences to eliminate Vyacheslav Salibayev.

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