The first competition day was held in the Thailand Open International Boxing Tournament where 42 preliminary contests were taking place in Bangkok. The host nation’s prides shined in the opening competition day but Uzbekistan’s Abdumalik Khalokov and DPR Korea’s Won Un Gyong also has done strong debuts. One of the developing countries of the Southeast Asian region, Laos won the first contest of the whole tournament.
The number of the boxers in the competition is altogether impressive 247 from 32 different nations of all of the five Confederations. Among the 247 participants, 98 are women boxers and 149 male athletes are attending in the Thailand Open International Boxing Tournament. Fourteen champions will be crowned in the day of the finals on July 27.
Most of the participating nations are using the Thailand Open Boxing Tournament as the last selection and preparation before the upcoming AIBA World Boxing Championships and AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships. The President of Thailand Boxing Association Mr. Pichai Chunhavajira opened the competition in a superb Opening Ceremony before the start of the bouts.
An impressive performance at the bantamweight (56kg) was delivered by Uzbekistan’s Youth Olympic Games winner and AIBA Youth World Champion Abdumalik Khalokov was quicker than Myanmar’s Naing Latt and proved clear dominancy.
Rujakran Juntrong and Uzbekistan’s Shunkor Abdurasulov both claimed medals in the Jakarta 2018 Asian Games at the lightweight (60kg). The 23-year-old Thai proved strong developments in the recent one year and eliminated his tough Uzbek opponent which was his key contest in Bangkok.
Uzbek boxer Shukurjon Rahimov claimed bronze medal at the lightweight (60kg) in the last ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships this April but he moved up one division. The 23-year-old Uzbek landed better punches than Morocco’s former WSB boxer Abdelhaq Nadir and won their hard contest in Bangkok.