Uzbekistan achieved nine gold medals at the Dracula Open Youth & Junior Tournament

The new edition of the Dracula Open Youth & Junior Tournament delivered impressive successes for Uzbekistan’s new generation of boxers in Romania.

The Uzbeks decided to participate in the first edition of the Dracula Open Youth & Junior Tournament which replaced the previous Brasov Open. The international competition was held in the city of Arad in 2023 but moved to Ploiesti this time which is located near to the Romanian capital, Bucharest.

Uzbekistan earned 4 gold, 6 silver and 2 bronze medals among the youth boxers and became second on the standings behind Ukraine. The Uzbeks bagged 5 gold and 1 silver medal in the junior part of the competition and ranked as No.1 at the medal standings.

Boxers who were born in 2006 and in 2007, were eligible to participate in the youth part of the Dracula Open and several of the stars used the event as preparations. The younger 2008 and 2009 born boxers competed in the junior part of the Dracula Open Tournament.

Akhadbek Uraimov earned the first Uzbek gold medal in the junior age group, he defeated Azerbaijan’s Zakir Hasanzada at the light flyweight (48kg). The current Uzbek Junior National Cup winner Mukhammadrizo Ukimov won a superb final over Poland’s Adrian Drewnowski at the flyweight (50kg).

Kilichbek Tokhirov, the silver medallist from the recent Uzbek Junior National Cup, won two out of the three rounds against Spain’s Sanchez Hernandez at the junior featherweight (57kg) final. Yormukhammadbek Khusanboyev (63kg) and the most experienced member of the team, Sardorbek Sadullayev (75kg) defeated top rivals in their finals.

Following the Uzbek Youth National Championships, their head coach Mr. Olimjon Makhmudov selected the boxers to the Dracula Open Tournament. Sobir Tastanov is a fantastic talent at the youth bantamweight (54kg) who proved his outstanding technical skills against Ukraine’s Maksym Chekin in the final. The ASBC Asian Junior Champion Samandar Olimov returned to the team and his technical skills were strong enough to beat his Ukrainian opponent at the featherweight (57kg). Ruslan Yesanov had to meet in the final of the middleweight (75kg) with one of his main national rivals, Norbek Abdullayev. The Asian Youth silver medallist Shakhzod Polvonov won the tough super heavyweight (+92kg) final in the Dracula Open.

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