Uzbekistan’s teenage stars as Khudoynazar Fayzov and Bilolbek Mirzarakhimov won the Navruz Men’s Box Cup
The Navruz Men’s Box Cup was held in the capital city in Tashkent where the last edition of the ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships was also taking place. Indian Open Tournament winner Khudoynazar Fayzov, AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships silver medallist Bilolbek Mirzarakhimov and AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Kozimbek Mardonov were also among the winners.
Following the Navruz Cup for their women boxers the male elite athletes also could show their skills in Tashkent. Several top Uzbek boxers competed in Tashkent and future hopes of the country also shined in the Navruz Box Cup which was a preparation event before the international competitions.
The first gold medal of the competition was achieved by a new sensation Khurshidbek Zaynolobiddinov at the light flyweight (49kg) who defeated more experienced boxers such as National Championships bronze medallist Abrorbek Abdusalomov and Sherzod Parpiyev in the road to the title.
Khudoynazar Fayzov is a new meteor in Uzbekistan’s boxing life who claimed gold medal in their 2017 Youth National Championships and also in the last Elite National Championships. Since then the 19-year-old old talent won the Indian Open Boxing Tournament and attended in the World Series Boxing therefore his experiences paid off against Fozil Abdumurodov in the final of the flyweight (52kg).
Oybek Jurayev was member of the Uzbek junior and youth squads in the recent years, claimed several medals in the international events but his victories over the Uzbek National Champions as Abdulla Kuchkarov and 20-year-old Hasanboy Latibakhunov were big upsets in the Navruz Box Cup in Tashkent.
Kamronbek Eshmatov started his international career at the light flyweight (49kg) but since those years he moved up to the lightweight (60kg). The 20-year-old talent impressed and defeated Sherbek Rakhmatullayev and Shukurullo Vokhidov during his road to the gold medal. ASBC Asian Junior Champion Saidjamshid Jafarov joined to the elite age group in January and quickly won his first elite competition after beating Jakhongir Rasulov in the final of the light welterweight (64kg).
AIBA Junior World Champion and AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships silver medallist Bilolbek Mirzarakhimov moved up to the welterweight (69kg) and joined also to the elite age group in January as Jafarov. The 19-year-old super talented boxer defeated Youth National Champion Abu Nuranov in the semi-final and continued his winning path against Tokhir Akramov in the final.
Akmurod Gafforov was a big surprise in the Uzbekistan Elite National Championships last November where he defeated all of his rivals at the middleweight (75kg). The new sensation in this category had to meet with Fanat Kakhramonov once again which was the repeat final of the Uzbekistan Elite National Championships but the result was the same Gafforov has been crowned in Tashkent.
AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Kozimbek Mardonov is an amazing talent at the light heavyweight (81kg) who dominated his final against Youth National Champion Abdukarim Farmonov. AIBA Junior World Boxing Championships silver medallist Dilshodbek Ruzmetov and strong Bakhromjon Fozilov claimed only bronze medals this time.
Jamshidjon Abdullaev competed in the youth level in 2015 and in 2016 and won the title of the heavyweight (91kg) following Azizbek Shukurov abandoned their fight. ASBC Asian Youth Champion Obidjon Tokhirov moved up to the super heavyweight (+91kg) and defeated Rustamjon Ismailov in the final while current ASBC Asian Youth Champion Profsor Rorimsha claimed bronze medal in the event.
List of the winners in the Uzbek Navruz Men’s Box Cup
49kg: Khurshidbek Zaynolobiddinov
52kg: Khudoynazar Fayzov
56kg: Oybek Jurayev
60kg: Kamronbek Eshmatov
64kg: Saidjamshid Jafarov
69kg: Bilolbek Mirzarakhimov
75kg: Akmurod Gafforov
81kg: Kozimbek Mardonov
91kg: Jamshidjon Abdullaev
+91kg: Obidjon Tokhirov