Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan earned altogether 11 gold medals at the CIS Junior Games in Kazan

The Commonwealth of Independent States Junior Games took place in Kazan, Russia where the 15 and 16-year-old talents could compete from the former Soviet Union. Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan achieved altogether 11 gold medals out of the possible 26 in Kazan where the level of the bouts was world class.

Boxers who were born in 2005 and in 2006 were eligible to attend in the Games where Russia, Belarus, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan sent their talents. The city of Kazan was the host of many major championships in the recent ten years and boxing is popular in the capital of Tatarstan.

The event was held shortly after the ASBC Asian Youth & Junior Boxing Championships therefore some of the top Central Asian male boxers were not there in the Games. Despite of the close date of the two events, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan send their best female junior boxers to Kazan.

Russia topped the medal standings with 15 gold medals, but Uzbekistan also achieved impressive number of seven titles in spite of that their top male boxers excluding Farrukh Tulaganov, competed in Dubai. Kazakhstan earned also four titles in the Games, while Tajikistan claimed one silver and Kyrgyzstan three bronze medals. Tajikistan’s Nurlanbek Ermatov was near to beat his Russian opponent in the final of the male middleweight (75kg) but proved that he is a strong future hope.

The first Uzbek gold medal was achieved by Gulsevar Ganiyeva who earned the title also at the ASBC Asian Junior Boxing Championships in Dubai. The 16-year-old Uzbek girl was still fresh enough after the Asian event, and she defeated Russia’s Lia Patlai in the final of the pinweight (46kg).

Uzbekistan’s Sitora Bakhodirova delivered a surprise in the final of the light welterweight (63kg) where she defeated Russia’s EUBC European Junior Champion Kristina Galnykina. The third Uzbek female gold medal was taken by ASBC Asian Junior Champion Oysha Toirova who had two amazing triumphs in Kazan. The 15-year-old Uzbek light middleweight (70kg) talent defeated Russia’s two-time EUBC European Junior Champion Zukhro Umarbekova and Kazakhstan’s Bakyt Seidish.

The Kazakh junior girls also earned three gold medals in the CIS Junior Games in Kazan where their Anita Adisheva defeated Uzbekistan’s Robiyakhon Bakhtiyorova in the final of the light flyweight (48kg). Kazakhstan’s Viktoriya Baidukova won the gold at the ASBC Asian Junior Boxing Championships in Dubai and following that she was also too strong for Russia’s Evita Averyanova in Kazan. Another Kazakh ASBC Asian Junior Champion Ulzhan Sarsenbek won the gold medal of the women’s lightweight (60kg).

ASBC Asian Schoolboys Champion Farrukh Tulaganov not only competed in Kazan but he won the title of the bantamweight (54kg) with large margin of differences. The 15-year-old Uzbek proved that he is one of the best boxers in the whole world from the 2006 born age group. His teammates as Javokhir Kuysinov (48kg), Sayat Ilyasov (50kg) and Bunyodjon Amirov (63kg) also won their weight classes. Kazakhstan’s lone male title was delivered by Myrzakhan Maulenov who defeated Belarus’ Uladzislau Kuznetsou in the final of the welterweight (66kg).

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