The Asian male boxers won six out of the ten finals at the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in Kielce, Poland in the last competition day. Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan both achieved two titles in the men’s finals but India and Japan also increased the number of the Asian male gold medals. Tashkenbay, Muzafarov, Sachin, Tsutsumi, Akkalykov and Zokirov became heroes of the continent in Kielce.
Many of the Asian National Federations worked hard to give chances to their youth boxers to compete in the international stage again and 11 sent their talents to Kielce. Boxers who were born in 2002 and in 2003 were eligible to attend in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in Kielce which was the first ever global event in Poland.
Uzbekistan’s Shakhzod Muzafarov won the title of the men’s flyweight (52kg)
Uzbekistan’s Zolotarev Memorial Tournament winner and Elite National Championships silver medallist Shakhzod Muzafarov arrived to Kielce as one of the favourites for the gold medal at the men’s flyweight (52kg). He eliminated Japan’s ASBC Asian Junior Champion Daiya Kira and Ukraine’s Ruslan Tsykalo with massive performance. The Uzbek talent started better than Russia’s European Junior Champion Evgenii Zhorov and he was more active than his opponent in the final. Muzafarov proved strong performance from all fighting range and delivered Uzbekistan’s first male gold medal in Kielce.
Uzbekistan’s Jakhongir Zokirov won the last final by RSC
Uzbekistan’s new super heavyweight (+91kg) sensation, ASBC Asian Junior Champion Jakhongir Zokirov eliminated his main rivals as Kazakhstan’s ASBC Asian Youth Champion Amanat Sabyrgali and Hungary’s powerful Elite National Champion Levente Kiss in the previous stages of the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships. Zokirov was highly confident in the final against Armenia’s Hovhannes Papazyan and he landed the better punches. The 17-year-old Uzbek decided the final in the third round with a tough body punch and after that the US referee confirmed his RSC triumph.