Zheksen, Ashirkhan and Togambay claimed three gold medals for Kazakhstan in the 24th Brandenburg Youth Cup
The tough finals were held in the fourth competition day at the 24th edition of the Brandenburg Youth Cup in the city of Frankfurt an der Oder in Germany. Kazakhstan achieved three titles in the traditional competition in Germany where Biybars Zheksen, Aitzhan Ashirkhan and Sagyndyk Togambay won their finals. Kyrgyzstan also claimed one bronze medal besides to the Kazakh successes in Frankfurt an der Oder.
The Brandenburg Youth Cup is a traditionally strong youth event in the whole world where the Asian boxers claimed plenty of medals and titles in the recent two and half decades. Russia, Ukraine, France, Germany, Denmark, Romania, Poland, Sweden, Netherlands, Wales and many other top European nations attended in the event but Argentina also sent talents to the toughest event of the week.
Kazakhstan’s first finalist in the Brandenburg Youth Cup was Almaty-based Milana Rudenko who is the current National Champion at the women’s youth middleweight (75kg). The 17-year-old talent had to meet with one of the biggest stars of the category France’s AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships silver medallist Tallya Brillaux. In spite of Rudenko’s efforts the more experienced French was able to capture the title of the weight class in Germany.
Kazakhstan’s strongest youth category is the male flyweight (52kg) where among their top hopes Talgat Syrymbetov received the right to compete in the Brandenburg Youth Cup. Syrymbetov achieved silver medal in the Bornemissza Memorial Tournament in Hungary last month. The 18-year-old boxer eliminated Germany’s Metouchela Lukoki and Romania’s Marian Radu during his road to the finals. Syrymbetov and his final opponent Russia’s Nikolay Medinskiy both impressed in the title contest which was won the Russian closely in the bout of the fourth competition day.
Kazakhstan’s best youth bantamweight (56kg) boxer is 2017 ASBC Asian Junior Champion Biybars Zheksen who attended more than 20 international tournaments during his career. The 18-year-old Kazakh was quarter-finalist in the Budapest 2018 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships and following his success over France’s George Melkumian, Germany’s Franklyn Dwomoh and Ukraine’s Maksim Vlasyuk, he impressed in the finals. Zheksen’s final opponent was Germany’s Rasul Hamad, who defeated Russia’s EUBC European Junior Champion Khunkerkhan Tiulemeshev, but the Kazakh boxer dominated their bout.
Kazakhstan’s 18-year-old Aitzhan Ashirkhan was also gold medallist in the Puerto Princesa 2017 ASBC Asian Confederation Junior Boxing Championships as Biybars Zheksen and attended high number of international tournaments. Ashirkhan knocked out Lithuania’s Nedas Gudomskas and defeated also Russia’s No.1 Tamerlan Ozdoev and Germany’s Ahmet Sor during his road to the final of the lightweight (60kg). The 18-year-old Kazakh boxer felt the tempo against Russia’s Ilia Nabiyev and claimed the Central Asian power’s second gold medal.
AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships silver medallist, ASBC Asian Youth Champion and ASBC Asian Junior Champion Sagyndyk Togambay is a high pedigree boxer at the youth heavyweight (91kg). The Kazakh star eliminated Russia’s Youth National Champion Timur Mukhamedzianov and Lithuania’s Aras Dudenas during his road to the finals in Frankfurt an der Oder. The 18-year-old Kazakh walked over to the gold medal following his rival Germany’s Thahel Rentmeister was unable to box against him in the final.
Kyrgyzstan sent a small team to the Brandenburg Youth Cup but their top youth boxer Nuradin Rustambek Uulu finally earned bronze medal. The ASBC Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championships bronze medallist Kyrgyz hope defeated top boxers including Russia’s Artem Smyrgarev in the quarter-final. Rustambek Uulu lost to Germany’s Gianni Dedic in the semi-final which was a tough battle for the Kyrgyz talent.
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