Record number of 35 boxers from Asia claimed medals in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in the Hungarian capital and among them 16 advanced to the finals.
Uzbekistan’s Abdumalik Khalokov and Philippines’ Criztian Pitt Laurente were the two finalists in the ASBC Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championships in Bangkok this April. They met once again in the semi-final in Budapest where the Uzbek bantamweight (56kg) boxer controlled their contest.
The 18-year-old Uzbek dictated the tempo and he was quicker than his Filipino rival in the whole bout. Khalokov’s best round was the second therefore their repeat match delivered the same result.