The ASBC Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championships will be starting in Bangkok in a few days and the Uzbek team is ready to continue their winning series in Thailand. Uzbekistan’s 10-strong youth team contains AIBA Junior World Champion Bilolbek Mirzarakhimov who is the titleholder in the ASBC Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championships as well.
Uzbekistan claimed three gold medals in the last edition of the ASBC Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championships in Pavlodar and their head coach is planning to repeat at least the same performance in Bangkok. Among their last year’s squad only one boxer, Bilolbek Mirzarakhimov remained in the youth team.
Samandar Kholmurodov won the gold medal in the strongest youth competition of the world, the Pavlyukov Youth Memorial Tournament in Anapa, Russia and the light flyweight (49kg) boxer is the main favourite in the lowest category in Bangkok.
Abdumalik Khalokov joined to the youth age group as Kholmurodov only this year and won the Uzbek Youth National Games which delivered for him a ticket to the ASBC Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championships.
Beket Makhmutov Youth Tournament bronze medallist 18-year-old Zoirjon Jumanazarov defeated AIBA Junior World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Halimbek Utegenov in the final of the Uzbek Youth National Games and he will be representing Uzbekistan at the bantamweight (56kg) in Bangkok.
Bukhara’s Saidjamshid Jafarov claimed the silver medal in the 2015 ASBC Asian Confederation Junior Boxing Championships in Tashkent but since then he did not compete in too many international events. The 18-year-old lightweight (60kg) talent regained his place in the national team following his gold medal at the Uzbek Youth National Games.
Ferghana region’s Bilolbek Mirzarakhimov is the biggest name in the travelling team who claimed the gold medal at the 2015 AIBA Junior World Boxing Championships, at the 2016 ASBC Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championships and also at the 2015 ASBC Asian Confederation Junior Boxing Championships. The Uzbek light welterweight (64kg) star suffered two unexpected losses in the recent eight months but he is the main favourite for the title in Bangkok.
Khorezm region’s Farrukh Ilkhomov achieved the silver medal in the 2015 Heydar Aliyev Junior Cup in Baku but after his difficulties and injuries, he has been selected to take part at the welterweight (69kg) in Bangkok.
Following his silver medals in the national events Rajabboy Atanazarov finally claimed the title at the Uzbek Youth National Games which was enough for him to box in the upcoming ASBC Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championships.
Tashkent region’s Beket Makhmutov Youth Tournament silver medallist Timur Ergashev is a surprise team member in the Uzbek squad who will show his skills at the light heavyweight (81kg).
ASBC Asian Junior Champion and AIBA Junior World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Profsor Rorimsha is a favourite at the heavyweight (91kg). The team still consists Beket Makhmutov Youth Tournament winner 18-year-old Lazizbek Mullajanov who is a powerful talent at the super heavyweight (+91kg).