Usenaliev, Duisebay and Kuttybekov earned the Asian gold medals at the Istanbul Bosphorus International Boxing Tournament
The thirteen finals were held in the Istanbul Bosphorus International Boxing Tournament in the fifth competition day in Turkey where six Asian boxers fought for the titles. Kazakhstan’s duo, Darkhan Duisebay and Abzal Kuttybekov, furthermore Kyrgyzstan’s Azat Usenaliev earned the Asian gold medal in Istanbul.
Among the Asian National Federations, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, India, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Palestine and Bahrain sent strong teams to the Istanbul Bosphorus International Boxing Tournament. More than 30 nations competed in the elite event which was another highlight in the month of March after the traditional Boxam Tournament and the Cologne Boxing World Cup.
Kyrgyzstan’s Amman 2013 ASBC Asian Champion and Asian Games bronze medallist Azat Usenaliev was the most experienced boxer in the men’s flyweight (52kg) and he accomplished his goals with a final success. The 29-year-old Kyrgyz won his fifth contests within five competition days in Istanbul and proved he could be a favourite at the upcoming ASBC Asian Elite Boxing Championships. He eliminated Turkey’s Tokyo Olympian Batuhan Ciftci and Argentina’s Ramon Nicanor Quiroga in the previous rounds while Azerbaijan’s Masud Yusifzada was also unable to stop him.
Kazakhstan’s promising young hope, ASBC Asian Youth Champion Darkhan Duisebay was also finalist in the event which became one of his career highlights until today. He eliminated Turkey’s Necat Ekinci in the semi-finals of the welterweight (69kg) and continued his winning path in Istanbul. Kazakhstan has got strong traditions in this weight category but Duisebay’s gold medal in this strong international competition was unexpected before the start of the event. The Kazakh youngster defeated Azerbaijan’s Sarkhan Aliyev in the final of the Istanbul Bosphorus International Boxing Tournament.
Kazakhstan’s best boxer at the heavyweight (91kg), three-time ASBC Asian Champion Vasiliy Levit claimed silver medal at the Boxam Tournament while Aibek Oralbay achieved gold at the Cologne Boxing World Cup. Kazakhstan sent four further boxers at the heavyweight (91kg) to Istanbul which shows their strength in that category. Two-time ASBC Asian Youth Champion Sagyndyk Togambay eliminated Ukraine’s National Champion Serhii Horskov in the first semi-final and met with his teammate Abzal Kuttybekov for the title. The younger Togambay was the favourite of the final but Kuttybekov could celebrate his narrow success in Istanbul. Kazakhstan’s Astana 2016 AIBA Women’s World Champion Valentina Khalzova attended at the middleweight (75kg) in the Istanbul and claimed finally a silver medal following her tight loss to Russia’s Elena Gapeshina. Kyrgyzstan’s Akylbek Esenbek Uulu joined to the national team only in 2019 but the featherweight (57kg) boxer exceeded all of the previous expectations in Istanbul. The young Kyrgyz earned silver medal in the strong competition and in spite of his loss to Argentina’s Mirco Cuello, he proved impressive developments.
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