After the 28 boxers who qualified in the first part of the quarter-finals, 24 more athletes secured their places in the semi-finals and in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
More than 220 boxers are competing in the event which is one of the most important Asian challenges of the year. Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, India, China, Australia, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Mongolia, Chinese Taipei, Tajikistan, Jordan, Iran, Kyrgyzstan and Philippines attend in the event with the biggest and strongest delegations in Amman.
Japan’s teenage hope Sena Irie eliminated Philippines’ AIBA Women’s World Champion Nesthy Petecio
Japan’s two-time AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Sena Irie developed step by step in the recent three years and she was near to beat the best boxers in 2019 when she spent her first year in the elite competitions. The 19-year-old Japanese featherweight (57kg) boxer exceeded the expectations in the quarter-finals of the Qualification Event when she met with Philippines’ defending AIBA Women’s World Champion Nesthy Petecio. Irie felt the tempo and well-prepared against her Filipino rival which delivered for Japan’s first quota place for Tokyo.
Chinese Taipei’s second female quota was won by Lin Yu Ting
Chinese Taipei’s AIBA Women’s World Champion and ASBC Asian Women’s Champion Lin Yu Ting lost only three contests in the recent three and half years and almost won all of her international events. Lin moved up to the featherweight (57kg) one year ago but her tactic remained the same which based on footwork and long distance counter-punches. She had to meet with one of her biggest rivals China’s Yin Junhua in the quarter-finals which was an excited fight in the seventh competition day. Lin was tactically better in their bout and she was able to keep her Chinese opponent long to win the fight in Amman.
Chinese Taipei’s Wu Shih Yi controlled her quarter-final and can prepare to her first Olympic Games
Chinese Taipei’s Wu Shih Yi joined to the elite national team in 2017 and she had tough fights against top opponents at the age of 19. She developed well in the recent three years and reached her career highlight in Bangkok at the 2019 ASBC Asian Women’s Boxing Championships where she earned silver medal. Chinese Taipei’s new 21-year-old pride controlled all of the rounds against Philippines’ Riza Pasuit and advanced to the semi-finals taking an Olympic spot for Tokyo. Her next rival will be India’s Simranjit Kaur who had a seriously tough battle against Mongolia’s Namuun Monkhor.
Tough battles in the men’s flyweight (52kg)
The men’s flyweight (52kg) is one of the best Asian categories and the event saw many powerful boxers in Amman. India’s AIBA World Boxing Championships silver medallist Amit Panghal survived his difficult battle in the last 16 and he could do his very best against Philippines’ Carlo Paalam to advance to the semi-finals. Uzbekistan’s defending AIBA World Champion landed high number of clear punches against Iran’s Omid Ahmadisafa and has got the chance to defend his Olympic title in Tokyo. Thailand’s Thitisan Panmod dominated his quarter-final as expected while China’s Rio 2016 Olympic Games bronze medallist Hu Jianguan also advanced to the last four.
Mongolia’s first quota place for Tokyo was achieved by
Mongolia’s Asian Games silver medallist and Rio 2016 Olympian Chinzorig Baatarsukh joined to the national team in 2014 and after dozens of top international fights, he was favourite to get a spot in Amman. The Mongolian lightweight (63kg) boxer found his best rhythm in the second minute against India’s AIBA World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Manish Kaushik. Chinzorig was technically better and quicker than his Indian opponent and the Mongolian controlled the second round more than the first. He won their top contest in Amman which delivered Mongolia’s first quota place in boxing for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Uzbekistan’s Elnur Abduraimov’s quick knock decided his battle against Australia’s Harry Garside
Uzbekistan’s Elnur Abduraimov was bronze medallist in the Doha 2015 AIBA World Boxing Championships and got a quota place for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games but his country had double spots for the event and he could not box in Brazil. The 26-year-old Uzbek boxer returned to the national team last year and did not give any chance to Australia’s Harry Garside who had a lucky success over Thailand’s teenage hope Atichai Phoemsap in the last round. The Uzbek boxer knocked down the Aussie boxer in the first 10 seconds and dominated all of the rounds against Garside.
Amazing fights at the women’s flyweight (51kg)
Chinese Taipei’s AIBA Women’s World Champion Huang Hsiao Wen moved down to the flyweight (51kg) in the recent months to get a spot for Tokyo. The tall boxer was the favourite against Uzbekistan’s Tursunoy Rakhimova and she accomplished her objective in Amman winning this quarter-final. Japan’s AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Tsukimi Namiki, China’s Asian Games winner Chang Yuan and India’s boxing icon Chungneijang Mary Kom Hmangte all advanced to the semi-finals in this weight class.