Uzbekistan’s ladies duo Shagdarova and Turdibekova won their opening contests at the Kolchin Memorial Tournament

China and Turkmenistan also sent a few boxers besides to the young Uzbek girls to the Kolchin U22 Memorial Tournament to Europe. The women’s bantamweight (54kg) and the women’s featherweight (57kg) boxers had to step into the canvas on Day1 besides to the male athletes in Orsha.

Boxers who were born in 1999, 2000, 2001 and in 2002 are eligible to attend in the Kolchin U22 Memorial Tournament in Belarus. The competition is a preparation tournament before the main goals of the year and a perfect option for the younger generation to increase their international experiences.

Sitora Shagdarova was born in 2000 but the 20-year-old talent has got strong experiences from international youth and elite tournaments. She was involved to the national team in 2017 and spent a lot of time in training camps in the recent months to develop her strength. Shagdarova moved up to the bantamweight (54kg) following her top teammate Tursunoy Rakhimova qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games at the flyweight (51kg). Shagdarova controlled her first contest in Orsha against Belarus’ Olga Terekhova from the opening exchanges and won the bout by unanimous decision.

Sitora Turdibekova won international youth tournaments in Kazakhstan before she claimed bronze at the Ulaanbaatar 2019 ASBC Asian Youth Boxing Championships. Turdibekova was born in 2002 and has just joined to the U22 and elite age groups this January but she has already more than 70 contests. The 18-year-old Uzbek featherweight (57kg) boxer won all of the three rounds against Belarus’ Viktoria Teliman and also advanced to the next stage of boxing in Orsha.

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