Uzbekistan’s Maftunakhon Melieva shocked ASBC Champion Nurshayeva at the Volnova Prizes Women’s Tournament

An important international competition the Volnova Prizes Women’s Tournament started in Kazakhstan’s capital city in Astana where all of the ten female weight classes are in the official schedule of the event. Kazakhstan’s two-time AIBA Women’s World Champion Nazym Kyzaibay won her contest in Astana but the main sensation of the day was delivered by Uzbekistan’s Maftunakhon Melieva.
Astana hosted the 2016 edition of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships and the 2010 ASBC Asian Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships. The Volnova Prizes Women’s Tournament is a new event in the international boxing map and many top nations are using it as preparation for the upcoming ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships.

Nazym Kyzaibay eliminated her younger teammate at the flyweight (51kg)
Kazakhstan’s two-time AIBA Women’s World Champion Nazym Kyzaibay was not enough successful at the flyweight (51kg) in the recent one year. She was not able to get medal at the Jakarta 2018 Asian Games but Kyzaibay has the strong stamina and spirit to do better in 2019. She had to meet with her teammate two-time AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Zhansaya Abdraimova in Astana. Kyzaibay won all the rounds in each scorecard against her technician rival and controlled the fight in Astana.

Kazakhstan’s Saniya Sultankyzy defeated a top Mongolian boxer
Kazakhstan’s Saniya Sultankyzy regained her place in the national top team in 2018 and attended at the Jakarta Asian Games last August. The 29-year-old experienced featherweight (57kg) boxer had to face in a top bout with Mongolia’s Ulaanbaatar 2012 ASBC Asian Women’s Champion Bolortuul Tumurkhuyag. On the battle of the experienced boxers Sultankyzy started better landing effective punches in Astana. Tumurkhuyag, who won her Asian title still at the light flyweight (48kg), found her best tempo late and could not turn back their narrow bout at the Volnova Prizes Women’s Tournament.

Maftunakhon Melieva’s big surprise was one of the highlights of the day
Uzbekistan’s Maftunakhon Melieva attended already in her first international event still back in 2013 and moved ahead in the competitions step by step. The currently 22-year-old Uzbek moved up until the light welterweight (64kg) which is suits for her physical skills. In spite of her strong development she was not the favourite against Kazakhstan’s 2017 ASBC Asian Women’s Champion Madina Nurshayeva in Astana. The Uzbek talent exceeded all of the previous expectations and she was able to eliminate her top rival by split decision causing the main upset of the competition day.

Kazakh youngsters shined at the middleweight (75kg)
Kazakhstan has got young future hopes at the middleweight (75kg) and all of their three talents advanced to the semi-finals. Araylym Begdilda was gold medallist at the light heavyweight (81kg) of the Guwahati 2017 AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships and started strongly against Uzbekistan’s Mavluda Mavlonova. AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships Aida Ondash was slightly better than Ukraine’s No.1 Mariya Borutsa in Astana. Following their successes Kazakhstan’s ASBC Asian Women’s Youth Champion Nadezhda Ryabets impressed against Russia’s Anna Anfinogenova in a world class contest.

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