World Military Games – Semi-finals

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Amazing eleven Asian finalists in the World Military Games
The semi-finals were held in the boxing tournament of the World Military Games in Yeongju, Korea where Asia has got 23 medallists and following the battle in last four 11 finalists. Korea proved wonderful performance, five of their boxers advanced to the gold medal contests in Yeongju.
Light Flyweight class (49 kg):
Korea’s Park Jung Woong delivered one of the main sensation of the preliminary stage when he defeated Russia’s Valentin Chebochakov and he was able to continue that winning path beating Syria’s Hussin Al-Masri and Kazakhstan’s Erzhan Zhomart in the semi-final which was a hectic contest. The 25-year-old Korean boxer will now meet for the gold with Brazil’s two-time Olympian Paulo Carvalho.
Flyweight class (52 kg):
Korea’s Yeon Seong Mo was absolutely newcomer in the international level before the World Military Games but his efforts were enough to beat all of his rivals in the road to the finals. The young Korean hope eliminated China’s Fang Bo who caused several surprise in the Yeongju event. Yeon will be fighting for the gold medal with Russia’s Armenian-descent Karen Arutyunyan in the day of the finals.
Bantamweight class (56 kg):
Korea’s Kim Ju Sung moved up one weight class before the start of the event and defeated Asian opponents only in the World Military Games. Following his success over China’s National Champion Wang Long he could beat India’s promising boxer Mohammed Hussamuddin who 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. Kim will now meet for the gold medal with Algeria’s WSB boxer Fahem Hammachi in the final competition day.
Lightweight class (60 kg):
Kazakhstan’s multiple international tournament winner Zhaksylyk Ilyasov did a great bout and defeated Azerbaijan’s AIBA World Boxing Championships quarter-finalist Elvin Isayev in Korea but surprisingly he was stopped by India’s Dheeraj who defeated Germany’s Robert Harutiunjan in the quarter-final. The newcomer Indian soldier will be fighting for the title against Algeria’s Yahia Abdeli.
Light Welterweight class (64 kg):
Kazakhstan’s experienced Yeldos Sarkulov won his third bout which was a narrow one against Russia’s Rabadan Ismailov. The Kazakh boxer will now face for the gold with Korea’s former Asian Games competitor Shim Hyun Young who defeated Brazil’s Sportaccord World Combat Games winner Joedison Teixeira in the quarter-finals and China’s National Champion Liu Xiaoshuai in the semi-finals.
Welterweight class (69 kg):
Korea’s Lee Dong Jin defeated eliminated Morocco’s London 2012 Olympian Badreddine Haddioui in the quarter-finals but he had to meet with Kazakhstan’s National Champion and WSB Team Champion Aslanbek Shymbergenov in the semi-final which bout was too much for him. Shymbergenov will be fighting for the title against Russia’s Albert Karibyan who defeated China’s top athlete Hu Richabilige.
Middleweight class (75 kg):
China’s Asian Games bronze medallist Zhou Di proved incredible performance during the whole Military Games where he was too strong for Brazil’s three-time Olympian Myke Carvalho and Italy’s Giovanni Sarchioto in the previous part of the event. The 27-year-old Chinese boxer will be fighting for the gold medal with Russia’s Radzhab Radzhabov who knocked out his Algerian rival in the semi-final.
Light Heavyweight class (81 kg):
India’s Devanshu Jaiswal defeated Pakistan’s Awais Ali Khan but he was not able to solve the tactical job against Korea’s Yang Hee Guen who continued the host nation’s winning successes in Yeongju where he defeated Morocco’s Karim Ben Mansour. Yang was able to eliminate Estonia’s best boxer Ainar Karlson in the previous stage of the World Military Games and can prepare to his final against Russia’s Gamzat Gazaliyev.
Super Heavyweight class (+91 kg):
China’s Mou Haipeng proved top performance as he defeated Tunisia’s African Champion Aymen Trabelsi in the quarter-final and shocked also India’s Narender in the last four. His final opponent will be Kazakhstan’s Strandja Memorial Tournament winner Kamshybek Konkabayev who overwhelmed Russia’s Artem Suslenkov in the second semi-final.