World Military Games – Preliminaries
Asia dominated the preliminaries in the World Military Games
The preliminaries were finished in the boxing tournament of the World Military Games in Yeongju, Korea. The big competition is helding in the National Sports Center where among the 172 participants 74 arrived from 14 different Asian nations.
China, India, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Mongolia, Pakistan, Palestine, Sri Lanka, Syria, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and Vietnam have sent teams among the affiliated Asian national federations to Yeongju where our continent dominated the preliminary stage.
Light Flyweight class (49 kg):
Vietnamâ€™s Southeast Asian Games bronze medallist Huynh Ngoc Tan was superb in the preliminary round as he knocked out Kenyaâ€™s John Gitau in the second round. Koreaâ€™s Park Jung Woong delivered one of the main sensation of the preliminary stage when he eliminated Russiaâ€™s Valentin Chebochakov. Kazakhstanâ€™s Erzhan Zhomart was too quick for Tunisiaâ€™s Mountassar Bouali while Mongoliaâ€™s Munkhtaiwan Chukhal-Erdene defeated Indiaâ€™s former AIBA Youth World Champion Nanao Thokchom Singh in the lowest weight class.
Flyweight class (52 kg):
Koreaâ€™s Yeon Seong Mo is a new face in their military team but he was able to beat Kenyaâ€™s No.1 Simon Mulinge winning the bout by unanimous decision. Kazakhstanâ€™s Anvar Muzaparov, Vietnamâ€™s Presidentâ€™s Cup silver medallist Bui Trong Thai, Chinaâ€™s Fang Bo and Indiaâ€™s Kavinder Bisht all advanced to the quarter-finals which means the Asian continent dominating the Flyweight class (52 kg).
Bantamweight class (56 kg):
Koreaâ€™s Kim Ju Sung moved up one weight class before the start of the event and the former Asian Games competitor defeated Vietnamâ€™s Tran Phu Cuong in a close bout. Indiaâ€™s promising boxer Mohammed Hussamuddin delivered the biggest surprise of the preliminary stage of the World Military Games in Korea where he defeated Azerbaijanâ€™s Javid Chalabiyev winning the contest by split decision.
Lightweight class (60 kg):
Kazakhstanâ€™s Zhaksylyk Ilyasov was enough experienced to beat Franceâ€™s Jonathan Djari in the World Military Games and advanced to the quarter-finals. Chinaâ€™s National Games silver medallist Xia Lingjie and Indiaâ€™s Dheeraj also defeated their opponents and secured their places in the Top 8.
Light Welterweight class (64 kg):
Kazakhstanâ€™s experienced Yeldos Sarkulov defeated Uruguayâ€™s Jose Acevedo winning the bout by unanimous decision as per expected before the bout. Koreaâ€™s former Asian Games competitor Shim Hyun Young defeated his Sri Lankan rival while Chinaâ€™s National Champion Liu Xiaoshuai was also too strong for Kenyaâ€™s Steve Onyango in the Light Welterweight class in Korea.
Welterweight class (69 kg):
Koreaâ€™s Lee Dong Jin took part in several international events in the recent years therefore his triumph over Nigeriaâ€™s Badiru Lanre om home soil. Kazakhstanâ€™s National Champion and WSB Team Champion Aslanbek Shymbergenov had a beginner opponent Palestineâ€™s Yousef Afana and he knocked down his rival still in the opening round. Chinaâ€™s Inner Mongolia-based Hu Richabilige proved top performance once again and advanced to the Top8.
Middleweight class (75 kg):
Kazakhstanâ€™s two-time National Champion WSB star Meirim Nursultanov had an early final against Mongoliaâ€™s Asian Games bronze medallist Jargal Otgonjargal but he could solve that issue in Korea. Chinaâ€™s Asian Games bronze medallist Zhou Di had an extremely hard opponent as he had to meet with Brazilâ€™s three-time Olympian Myke Carvalho but the Asian hope could win that difficult contest.
Light Heavyweight class (81 kg):
Pakistanâ€™s Awais Ali Khan took part in the ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships in Bangkok but his victory over Germanyâ€™s Abu Lubdeh Abdulrahman was a surprise in Korea. Yang Hee Guen continued the host nationâ€™s winning successes in Yeongju where he eliminated Vietnamâ€™s National Champion Vo Van Que who moved down one weight class since his previous appearances.
Heavyweight class (91 kg):
Kazakhstanâ€™s Liventsev Memorial Tournament winner Yerkin Mukhametzhan is only 21 but his skills were enough to beat Kenyaâ€™s Frederick Onyango in the event. Koreaâ€™s Park Nam Hyeong also had a great performance in the local event where he defeated Trinidad & Tobagoâ€™s most experienced athlete Andrew Fermin.
Super Heavyweight class (+91 kg):
Indiaâ€™s Narender was the lone Asian winner in the preliminaries of the Super Heavyweight class (+91 kg) where he eliminated Pakistanâ€™s veteran Ahmed Ali Khan. The final verdict of their bout was split decision to the 21-year-old Indian boxer.