Zagiyev, Serkebayev, Sabirov and Jumanazarov proved their developments at the 23rd Aksholakov Tournament

The Baurzhan Aksholakov Tournament was the next international competition in Kazakhstan which hosted by the city of Aktobe. Kazakhstan’s Temirlan Zagiyev, Karim Serkebayev and Nurlan Sabirov won their weight categories with excellent performance while Uzbekistan’s Zoirjon Jumanazarov proved also strong developments.

Mostly younger boxers and the next generation members, U22 level athletes competed for the medals in the 23rd edition of the Aksholakov Tournament. The 13 official weight classes were held in the competition, the event celebrated its 13 champions from the minimumweight (48kg) up to the super heavyweight (+92kg) in Aktobe. Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan also sent boxers to Kazakhstan.

Altogether 142 elite male boxers competed for the medals in Aktobe where the first title of the event was taken by Kazakhstan’s Karagandy-based Temirlan Zagiyev who had an RSC success in the smallest weight category over Daryn Kulzhabayev. AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships competitor Karim Serkebayev defeated experienced opponents as Bekzat Aldamzharov, Nursultan Nuridenov and Uzbekistan’s Sokhibjon Sodikjonov.

Nursultan Altynbek won the title at the Dubai 2021 ASBC Asian Youth Boxing Championships and the 18-year-old boxer joined to the Aksholakov Tournament at the very first time and claimed silver medal following his narrow loss to Didar Turebekov at the bantamweight (54kg). A local boxer, Altay Kylyshbay caused a major surprise in the final of the featherweight (57kg) where he defeated Uzbekistan’s experienced Oybek Jurayev.

Karagandy region’s Vasiliy Samchuk claimed gold medal at the 2016 ASBC Asian Youth Boxing Championships and since then he moved up to the lightweight (60kg). The 23-year-old boxer had several tight contests and defeated Asan Yerubek in the fifth final of the Aksholakov Tournament. Uzbekistan’s lone gold medal in the event was achieved by Zoirjon Jumanazarov who defeated all of his four Kazakh opponents including Azamat Nurken in the final of the light welterweight (63.5kg).

Shymkent’s former ASBC Asian Junior Champion 22-year-old Daulet Nysan was the main favourite at the welterweight (67kg) but he could not box in the semi-finals therefore the gold medal was achieved by Mukhammedali Khordin. Alikhan Mekebayev delivered surprises at the light middleweight (71kg) following his victories over experienced opponents as Margulan Aidaruly and Arman Sailau.

Shymkent’s Adilet Nugman won four contests at the middleweight (75kg) and celebrated his first title in the Aksholakov Tournament. Zhanibek Kartbayev and Azamat Bektas advanced to the final of the light heavyweight (80kg) which was one of the best contests of the tournament. Kartbayev took the title while another local favourite, Azamat Bakytov earned the gold medal at the new cruiserweight (86kg) where Mongolia’s veteran Olympian Byamba Tuvshinbat also attended.

Mangystau region’s Nurlan Sabirov won several international tournaments during his career and the 23-year-old won the gold medal at the heavyweight (92kg) after beating Uzbekistan’s Murodjon Akhmedov. The super heavyweight (+92kg) was a tough category in the Aksholakov Tournament in Aktobe where a local boy, Yerzhan Seytimbetov had to do his very best to beat Tajikistan’s super tall Mukhammad Abroridinov.

List of the winners in the Aksholakov Tournament
48kg: Temirlan Zagiyev, Kazakhstan
51kg: Karim Serkebayev, Kazakhstan
54kg: Didar Turebekov, Kazakhstan
57kg: Altay Kylyshbay, Kazakhstan
60kg: Vasiliy Samchuk, Kazakhstan
63.5kg: Zoirjon Jumanazarov, Uzbekistan
67kg: Mukhammedali Khordin, Kazakhstan
71kg: Alikhan Mekebayev, Kazakhstan
75kg: Adilet Nugman, Kazakhstan
80kg: Zhanibek Kartbayev, Kazakhstan
86kg: Azamat Bakytov, Kazakhstan
92kg: Nurlan Sabirov, Kazakhstan
+92kg: Yerzhan Seytimbetov, Kazakhstan

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