Many of the Asian National Federations worked hard to give chances to their youth boxers to compete in the international stage again including the big powers and several developing nations. Boxers who were born in 2002 and in 2003 are eligible to attend in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in Kielce which is the first ever global event in Poland.
Uktamova amazed in the quarter-finals of the women’s bantamweight (54kg)
Uzbekistan’s Nigina Uktamova is one of the main favourites for the gold medal at the women’s bantamweight (54kg) who had a great opening round against Thailand’s Noppaket Srisawas in Kielce. The Uzbek girl had different rhythm in the contest and landed high number of punches in the first round. Uktamova worked better against the Southeast Asian talent and advanced to the semi-finals where she will be boxing against Russia’s technician Anastasia Kirienko.
Three Asians are in the semi-finals of the women’s welterweight (69kg)
India’s Arundhati Choudhary was the Best Asian Women’s Junior Boxer in 2018 and she was able to produce better second round in Kielce against Ukraine’s Anna Sezko at the women’s welterweight (69kg). The Indian changed her tempo in time to eliminate her Ukrainian opponent and secured a guaranteed medal in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships. Kazakhstan’s newcomer Zhasmin Kizatova caused a great sensation with her impressive fighting style which was enough to beat Italy’s EUBC European Youth Champion Melissa Gemini in the event. Uzbekistan’s Khadijabonu Abdullaeva became the third Asian semi-finalists in this weight category after beating Finland’s Eveliina Taimi.
India’s Bishwamitra Chongtham and Kazakhstan’s Sanzhar Tashkenbay are medallists at the men’s light flyweight (49kg)
India’s ASBC Asian Junior Champion Bishwamitra Chongtham had a tough tactical job against Serbia’s Omer Ametovic who is an energetic boxer. The Indian hope knew his rival’s weak points and his counter-attacks worked well in the contest to eliminate the Serbian boxer in Kielce. Kazakhstan’s Sanzhar Tashkenbay had a neighbouring opponent, Uzbekistan’s Adriatic Pearl Youth Tournament winner Ibrokhim Ishjonov and he could manage to win that contest in the quarter-finals.
Kazakhstan earned three further medals in Kielce
Kazakhstan’s Yerbolat Sabyr had to meet with Cuba’s Saidel Horta in the quarter-finals of the men’s bantamweight (56kg) and after the narrow first round he found his best rhythm and defeated his Caribbean opponent in Kielce. His teammate Sabyrzhan Akkalykov had to meet also with a Cuban rival, Darian Favier and he used his longer range well in their quarter-final at the light welterweight (64kg). Kazakhstan’s fourth-in-a-row medal was taken by Dias Molzhigitov at the middleweight (75kg) where he eliminated Lithuania’s last remaining hope, Aleksandr Trofimcuk.
India won three close contests in the afternoon session
Uzbekistan’s Dilshod Abdumurodov and Sachin have done excellent job in the quarter-finals of the bantamweight (56kg) which was surprisingly won by the Indian boxer. ASBC Asian Youth Boxing Championships silver medallist Ankit Narwal was slightly better than Brazil’s Ezequiel Da Cruz at the light welterweight (64kg). Their third success was achieved by Vishal Gupta at the heavyweight (91kg) who was able to turn back his contest against Kazakhstan’s Youth National Champion Madi Amirov.
Kyrgyzstan’s Zhantoro Tashiev is the new hero of the country
Kyrgyzstan’s Zhantoro Tashiev competed already in a few elite competitions and his hard work paid off in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships. Tashiev faced with Russia’s defending EUBC European Youth Champion Mikail Zainulabidov but he did not overestimate his opponent. Tashiev ruled the middle of the ring and kept his Russian opponent on short therefore he had a narrow advantage after three minutes. Zainulabidov also changed his rhythm but Tashiev has done an emotional third round and caught the Russian several times therefore he could win Kyrgyzstan’s first medal in this event since 2010.
India and Mongolia were outstanding at the women’s flyweight (52kg)
India’s ASBC Asian Youth Champion Naorem Babyrojisana Chanu is the top favourite of the women’s flyweight (51kg) who met with a top opponent, Poland’s Alexas Kubicka on Day7. The Indian boxer had a strong tactical job but her fighting spirit guaranteed her place in the semi-final. Mongolia’s Altanbyek Khulan was also born in 2002 as Chanu and she competed several international events including at the Ulaanbaatar 2019 ASBC Asian Youth Boxing Championships. Khulan progresses so fast and her current skills were enough to eliminate Kazakhstan’s Gulnar Turapbay.
Uzbekistan’s Muzafarov and Mongolia’s Sukhbat amazed at the men’s flyweight (52kg)
Uzbekistan’s Shakhzod Muzafarov robbed into the world of boxing when he won the Pavlyukov Youth Memorial Tournament in April 2019. Following two years of strong experiences and his silver medal at the Uzbekistan Elite National Championships, he had the skills to control his fight against Japan’s promising Daiya Kira. Muzafarov had extremely strong footwork in the first round which was too fast for Japan’s pride. The Uzbek impressed in the whole contest and eliminated one of his main rivals. The next powerful performance was delivered by Mongolia’s Enkhzorigt Sukhbat who controlled all of the rounds against Spain’s Juan Pantoja.
Japan’s star Reito Tsutsumi delivered the best performance of the day
Japan’s Reito Tsutsumi is the main star of the men’s lightweight (60kg) who had to meet with Cuba’s Jadier Herrera in the quarter-finals. This was the very first time when Tsutsumi met with a Cuban boxer but he was in totally different level than his Caribbean opponent. Tsutsumi landed clear punches using his speed whenever he wanted and after six minutes of contest, he had massive advantage. The Japanese boxer almost knocked out his Cuban opponent in the third round but the final gong saved Herrera.