World Military Games – Quarter-finals

Sumit Sangwan
23 Asian medals are guaranteed in the World Military Games
The quarter-finals were held in the boxing tournament of the World Military Games in Yeongju, Korea where among the 40 medallists of the event 23 are Asian which is record in the history of the multisport event. Besides to the extremely strong Korean squad India, Kazakhstan and China also shined in the quarter-finals.
Light Flyweight class (49 kg):
Korea’s Park Jung Woong delivered one of the main sensation of the preliminary stage when he eliminated Russia’s Valentin Chebochakov and he was able to continue that winning path beating Syria’s Hussin Al-Masri in a tight bout. Kazakhstan’s Erzhan Zhomart eliminated Azerbaijan’s former EUBC European Champion Salman Alizada while Mongolia’s Munkhtaiwan Chukhal-Erdene defeated Zambia’s Chester Simpungwe in the quarter-final which means three Asian boxers are guaranteed medallist in the lowest weight class.
Flyweight class (52 kg):
Korea’s Yeon Seong Mo is a new face in their military team but he could beat India’s Kavinder Bisht in a narrow bout. China’s Fang Bo caused a surprise when he was able to beat Kazakhstan’s National Championships bronze medallist Anvar Muzaparov who has been competing in the international level since 2009.
Bantamweight class (56 kg):
Korea’s Kim Ju Sung moved up one weight class before the start of the event and defeated another Asian opponent this time China’s Wang Long. India’s promising boxer Mohammed Hussamuddin delivered the biggest surprise of the preliminary stage of the World Military Games in Korea where he defeated Azerbaijan’s Javid Chalabiyev winning the contest by split decision. The young Indian defeated also Germany’s National Champion Edgar Walth and bagged a guaranteed medal in Korea.
Lightweight class (60 kg):
Kazakhstan’s Zhaksylyk Ilyasov did a great bout and defeated Azerbaijan’s AIBA World Boxing Championships quarter-finalist Elvin Isayev in Korea. China’s National Games silver medallist Xia Lingjie was too smart for Kenya’s Musa Gitonga while India’s Dheeraj defeated Germany’s Robert Harutiunjan which was a big surprise as his European opponent reached much better results during his career.
Light Welterweight class (64 kg):
Kazakhstan’s experienced Yeldos Sarkulov won his second bout which was a narrow one as Algeria’s Ahmed Boudiaf was a competitive rival for him.Korea’s former Asian Games competitor Shim Hyun Young defeated Brazil’s Sportaccord World Combat Games winner Joedison Teixeira in the bout of the day. China’s National Champion Liu Xiaoshuai did great run in the final round against and defeated Thailand’s Yuttapong Sittichot.
Welterweight class (69 kg):
Korea’s Lee Dong Jin defeated an African boxer in the preliminary round and he had to meet with another one in Yeongju, Morocco’s London 2012 Olympian Badreddine Haddioui but he was able to solve that issue as well. Kazakhstan’s National Champion and WSB Team Champion Aslanbek Shymbergenov defeated Benin’s Franck Amoussou. China’s Inner Mongolia-based Hu Richabilige had an easy opponent in the preliminary stage but Germany’s Vjaceslav Kerber was a top one. The 26-year-old Chinese boxer could win that difficult bout in the World Military Games.
Middleweight class (75 kg):
China’s Asian Games bronze medallist Zhou Di had an extremely hard opponent as he had to meet with Brazil’s three-time Olympian Myke Carvalho in the preliminary round but he could solve that tactical issue. The Chinese WSB boxer defeated also Italy’s Giovanni Sarchioto and advanced to the semi-finals as lone Asian athlete in this weight class.
Light Heavyweight class (81 kg):
India’s Devanshu Jaiswal defeated Pakistan’s Awais Ali Khan who took part in the ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships in Bangkok. Yang Hee Guen continued the host nation’s winning successes in Yeongju where he eliminated Estonia’s best boxer Ainar Karlson who is member of their national team since 2006.
Heavyweight class (91 kg):
Kazakhstan’s Liventsev Memorial Tournament winner Yerkin Mukhametzhan is only 21 but he is a new sensation of the Central Asian country. The Central Asian ringside was shocked when he was defeated by Korea’s 23-year-old Park Nam Hyeong who took part in the Incheon 2014 Asian Games.
Super Heavyweight class (+91 kg):
India’s Narender eliminated Pakistan’s veteran Ahmed Ali Khan and continued the winning path beating Kenya’s Fred Ramogi as well. China’s Mou Haipeng proved top performance as he defeated Tunisia’s African Champion Aymen Trabelsi in another quarter-final contest. Kazakhstan’s Strandja Memorial Tournament winner Kamshybek Konkabayev destroyed Brazil’s Cosme Nascimento and became the third Asian boxer in the last four.