Young Kyrgyz and Uzbek stars dazzle in Abdykalykov tournament

Up-and-coming young fighters from Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan reigned supreme in the Nurlan Abdykalykov Tournament held recently in the Kyrgyz village of Kochkor.

Eleven Under-22 standouts emerged atop their respective weight divisions in the tourney named in honor of one of the host country’s top boxers in the 1980s.

Among them was Kyrgyzstan’s Sultan Asankul Uulu, who competed in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships 2018, as the 21-year-old star took down youth national champion Eldar Turdubayev in the light middleweight (71kg) division.

Reigning ASBC Asian U22 gold winners Ruslan Abdullayev (light welter-63.5kg), Jasurbek Yuldashev (light heavy-80kg) and Timur Merjanov (cruiser-86kg) also stamped their class in the tourney.

Meanwhile, Kyrgyzstan’s 31-year-old international veteran Mirlan Turkbay Uulu utilized his experience to beat Uzbekistan’s 19-year-old Asian U22 champ Mukhammadkodir Mamirjonov in the flyweight (51kg) final.

All in all, the Kyrgyz boxers snagged seven titles while the Uzbeks went home with the other six gold medals.

List of winners in the Nurlan Abdykalykov Tournament
48kg: Shodiyor Melikuziev, Uzbekistan
51kg: Mirlan Turkbay Uulu, Kyrgyzstan
54kg: Dilshod Abduvaliyev, Uzbekistan
57kg: Samandar Kholmurodov, Uzbekistan
60kg: Ilyas Ishengaziyev, Kyrgyzstan
63.5kg: Ruslan Abdullayev, Uzbekistan
67kg: Ikhtiyor Nishonov, Kyrgyzstan
71kg: Sultan Asankul Uulu, Kyrgyzstan
75kg: Daniel Abdrakhmanov, Kyrgyzstan
80kg: Jasurbek Yuldashev, Uzbekistan
86kg: Timur Merjanov, Uzbekistan
92kg: Bakyt Toktosun Uulu, Kyrgyzstan
+92kg: Bekbolsun Toktosun Uulu, Kyrgyzstan

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