Uzbekistan finalizes its preparation for the Olympic Games in a longer Training Camp in Japan

The Uzbekistan Boxing Federation hosted many national events for their youth, junior and schoolgirls in the recent weeks but their main focus is on the Tokyo Olympic Games. Their 11-strong squad will be travelling to their final training camp to Japan on 5 July to acclimatize to the local environments and weather conditions.

Uzbekistan achieved altogether eleven quotas for the Tokyo Olympic Games at the Asian & Oceanian Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event in Amman on March 2020 and after based on the BTF ranking system. Seven of their boxers qualified through Amman directly and Uzbekistan earned four further spots from their ranking positions.

The ASBC Asian Elite Men’s and Women’s Boxing Championships took place from the 21st of May and the final were held in the last day of the month in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The Uzbek female boxers claimed one title in Dubai while their male squad won half dozens of gold medals in the continental event.

The head coach of the Uzbek elite national team Mr. Marat Kurbanov arranged a few days of rest for the team after the ASBC Asian Elite Boxing Championships. Following the recreation, the boxers spent nearly one-month training camp in their national camp in the mountains in Yangiabad.

Shakhobiddin Zoirov will be arriving to the venue of the Olympic Games as titleholder of the men’s flyweight (52kg) and he has the chance to defend his throne against powerful rivals such as Cuba’s Yosbany Veitia, China’s Hu Jianguan, Thailand’s Thitisan Panmod, France’s Billal Bennama, India’s Amit Panghal, Spain’s Gabriel Escobar and Colombia’s Rio 2016 silver medallist Yubergen Martinez.

Uzbekistan’s further defending AIBA World Champions as Mirazizbek Mirzakhalilov (57kg) and Bakhodir Jalolov (+91kg) are also among the gold medal favourites of their weight categories in the Tokyo Olympic Games. AIBA World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Elnur Abduraimov (63kg), Asian Games winner Bobo-Usmon Baturov (69kg), Dilshodbek Ruzmetov (81kg) and Sanjar Tursunov (91kg) are also strong hopes for the Central Asian boxing power.

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