The Asian Boxing Confederation had a very limited time to prepare to the ASBC Asian Elite Men’s and Women’s Boxing Championships following the event has been moved from India to the United Arab Emirates in the end of April.
The fantastic Grand Opening Ceremony of the ASBC Asian Elite Men’s and Women’s Boxing Championships took place in the Grand Ballroom of the Le Meridien Hotel on the 23rd of May. The local organizers used fantastic laser lights, amazing performers, wonderful music in a well-organized Opening Ceremony and delighted all of the delegations.
The women boxers competed from the light flyweight (48kg) up to the heavyweight (+81kg) in ten categories in Dubai while the male athletes had the chance to attend also in ten divisions from the light flyweight (49kg) up to the super heavyweight (+91kg). Twenty champions have been crowned in the new edition of the ASBC Asian Elite Men’s and Women’s Boxing Championships.
The Tokyo Olympic Games is the most important event of the year and the ASBC President Mr. Anas Alotaiba decided to hold the ASBC Asian Elite Boxing Championships as active preparation before Tokyo. Many of the Tokyo Olympians attended in the ASBC Asian Elite Boxing Championships and used the event as last active preparation.
Kazakhstan never claimed eight gold medals in the history of the ASBC Asian Women’s Elite Boxing Championships yet but the country produced that performance in Dubai
Kazakhstan’s Nazym Kyzaibay defeated India’s icon Mary Kom in the final of the women’s flyweight (51kg) and seven of her teammates also achieved gold medal. Uzbekistan won its second female gold medal in the history of the competition following 19-year-old Sitora Turdibekova defeated Kazakhstan’s Vladislava Kukhta while India won the 10th title of the event.
One of the biggest powerhouses in the world, Uzbekistan topped the male rankings with their six gold medals ahead of Mongolia and India. The Mongolians impressed with their three gold medals in Dubai proving the developments of their boxing life. Mongolia’s performance is their best since the 2007 edition which was held in Ulaanbaatar.
Indonesia’s first ever finalist in women’s boxing is Huswatun Hasanah who finally claimed silver medal at the lightweight (60kg). Kuwait has done its debut in women’s boxing with a bronze medal and their lone girl proved strong fighting spirit. Host United Arab Emirates achieved also a historical bronze medal at the very first time in women’s boxing.
Altogether 15 Tokyo Olympians advanced to the 20 finals of the ASBC Asian Elite Boxing Championships in Dubai. The number of the boxers was 150 including 47 women from 17 different nations in the ASBC Asian Elite Men’s and Women’s Boxing Championships where twelve nations achieved at least one medal.
The following 17 nations attended in the ASBC Asian Men’s & Women’s Elite Boxing Championships in Dubai: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Indonesia, India, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait, Laos, Mongolia, Philippines, Qatar, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, host United Arab Emirates, and Uzbekistan.
Medal standings of the ASBC Asian Elite Boxing Championships
1. Kazakhstan: 8 gold, 6 silver and 2 bronze medals
2. Uzbekistan: 7 gold, 6 silver and 5 bronze medals
3. Mongolia: 3 gold, 0 silver and 5 bronze medals
4. India: 2 gold, 5 silver and 8 bronze medals
5. Iran: 0 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals
6. Indonesia: 0 gold, 1 silver and 0 bronze medal
7. Kyrgyzstan: 0 gold, 0 silver and 4 bronze medals
7. Philippines: 0 gold, 0 silver and 4 bronze medals
7. Tajikistan: 0 gold, 0 silver and 4 bronze medals
10. Kuwait: 0 gold, 0 silver and 2 bronze medals
11. Sri Lanka: 0 gold, 0 silver and 1 bronze medal
11. United Arab Emirates: 0 gold, 0 silver and 1 bronze medal
List of the winners in the ASBC Asian Elite Boxing Championships
Women’s 48kg: Alua Balkybekova, Kazakhstan
Women’s 51kg: Nazym Kyzaibay, Kazakhstan
Women’s 54kg: Dina Zholaman, Kazakhstan
Women’s 57kg: Sitora Turdibekova, Uzbekistan
Women’s 60kg: Rimma Volosenko, Kazakhstan
Women’s 64kg: Milana Safronova, Kazakhstan
Women’s 69kg: Valentina Khalzova, Kazakhstan
Women’s 75kg: Pooja Rani, India
Women’s 81kg: Fariza Sholtay, Kazakhstan
Women’s +81kg: Lazzat Kungeibayeva, Kazakhstan
Men’s 49kg: Nodirjon Mirzakhmedov, Uzbekistan
Men’s 52kg: Shakhobidin Zoirov, Uzbekistan
Men’s 56kg: Enkh-Amar Kharkhuu, Mongolia
Men’s 60kg: Erdenebat Tsendbaatar, Mongolia
Men’s 64kg: Chinzorig Baatarsukh, Mongolia
Men’s 69kg: Bobo-Usmon Baturov, Uzbekistan
Men’s 75kg: Saidjamshid Jafarov, Uzbekistan
Men’s 81kg: Dilshodbek Ruzmetov, Uzbekistan
Men’s 91kg: Sanjeet, India
Men’s +91kg: Bakhodir Jalolov, Uzbekistan