World Olympic Qualification Event – Day4 Report

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Seven Asian triumphs at the Flyweight class (52 kg) in the World Olympic Qualification Event in Baku

The World Olympic Qualification Event continued with the fourth competition day in Baku, Azerbaijan where four sessions were held this Sunday. After 39 Asian triumphs in the first three preliminary days our continent’s hopes were able to win 13 bouts on Day 4 when Iraq, Kyrgyzstan and Mongolia each had sensational wins in Baku.

Flyweight class (52 kg):

Iran’s APB boxer Sajad Mohammadpour regained his place in the national squad after a short break and tried to do better performance what he delivered in the last edition of the ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships in Bangkok, Thailand. The 22-year-old Iranian boxer used an aggressive style against Kenya’s 30-year-old Simon Mulinge and his efforts were enough to advance to the last 16 in Baku.
Japan’s Rio Test Event winner Ryomei Tanaka was near to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games last time in Qian’an therefore his motivation was high against Hungary’s EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships bronze medallist Nandor Csoka in his debuting match. The Japanese boxer felt the rhythm against the taller Hungarian and won all of the rounds in his first contest in Baku.
Kyrgyzstan’s ASBC Asian Champion Azat Usenaliev lost his Box-off at the AIBA Asian & Oceanian Olympic Qualification Event in Qian’an but the Central Asian star was well-prepared for the Baku competition. The 25-year-old Kyrgyz boxer was in different level than Israel’s David Alaverdian in their unequal contest and delivered Asia’s third success at the Flyweight class (52 kg) on Day 4.
Thailand’s ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships bronze medallist Tanes Ongjunta moved back to his original weight class and tried to do his very best against Pakistan’s Syed Muhammad Asif who won three national titles. The talented Thai boxer was fresh and dynamic in the whole bout and won their contest 30:27 in all judges.
Turkmenistan’s No.1 Zarip Jumayev was the favourite against Iraq’s former ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships bronze medallist Murtadha Raad Qasim Al-Sudani but he was not able to deliver the same performance and lost their contest by unanimous decision. Tajikistan’s 18-year-old Fayzen Rakhmatshoev won his opening bout in Baku and following that success he was in different level than Ethiopia’s Abel Kebede Tufa and advanced to the last 16 in this category.
Mongolia’s Enkh-Amar Kharkhuu was amazing in the year of 2013 when he claimed gold medal at the Summer Universiade in Kazan, Russia. The Mongolian boxer had a suspension at home but returned in top shape this year and proved not only his skills but his fighting spirit in the preliminary round against Tunisia’s Montassar El-Bouali who was a dangerous rival for him in Baku. The final verdict was split decision to the Mongolian who had to do his very best to beat his North African rival.

Light Welterweight class (64 kg):

Turkmenistan’s Incheon 2014 Asian Games bronze medallist Aziz Bebitov was quarter-finalist in the AIBA Asian & Oceanian Olympic Qualification Event as Jordan’s Obada Al-Kasbeh who had similar strong results in the recent years. Turkmenistan’s pride began the bout better but Al-Kasbeh’s dynamic movements were successful in the second and third rounds which delivered a success for Jordan in Baku.
Tajikistan’s FISU University Boxing Championships bronze medallist Shavkatjon Rakhimov had great results in the international level but he had back injuries in the recent one year. The Central Asian boxer, who had two triumphs also in the 2013 AIBA World Boxing Championships, controlled his first contest in Baku over Denmark’s Enock Mwandila Poulsen and advanced to the last 16.
Kyrgyzstan’s AIBA World Boxing Championships quarter-finalist Ermek Sakenov had a great success over Japan’s Masatsugu Kawachi in the first round and continued his winning path over Donato Cosenza in Baku. Asia’s fourth triumph in this weight class was delivered by India’s former Commonwealth Games winner Manoj Kumar who eliminated Egypt’s London 2012 Olympian seeded boxer Mohamed Eslam Aly.

Light Heavyweight class (81 kg):

Mongolia’s Sandagsuren Erdenebayar is a veteran boxer but he proved his best seasons in the recent one year. The 33-year-old boxer had not an easy job against United States’ WSB hope Jonathan Esquivel but the Mongolian found the best fighting distance in the first round and took the lead very quickly. The US boxer did a great final round but Erdenebayar was able to keep a tiny advantage until the last gong and caused a big surprise with his triumph.
India’s Sumit Sangwan qualified for the London 2012 Olympic Games at the age of 19 but in the recent years he had a few unexpected losses and could not deliver the same performance as in 2012. The Indian boxer worked well in the opening round against Colombia’s Juan Carrillo who claimed several medals in the recent competitions. Sangwan had some difficulties in the final round but his advantage was enough to win the bout in Baku.

Super Heavyweight class (+91 kg):

China’s WSB boxer Mu Haipeng is only 21 but his technical skills are really great in this category and tried to do his very best against Kyrgyzstan’s Konstantin Li in the fourth competition day. The Chinese boxer controlled the first round against the veteran Kyrgyz athlete who returned to the sport after a long break. Mu knocked down Li in the second and also in the third which delivered for him an early TKO wins in Baku.