Bhutan’s Tashi Norbu secures a valuable victory in the ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships
The ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships continued today as the last of the preliminary stages was held across two sessions in Bangkok, Thailand, where the winners from the Flyweight (52 kg), Light Welterweight (75 kg) and Light Heavyweight (81 kg) weight classes reached the quarter-final stages.
Bout of the day
Thailand’s Incheon 2014 Asian Games gold medalist Wuttichai Masuk continued his quest for another top triumph in his home games after an exhilarating Light Welterweight victory over Mongolia’s Military World Champion Battarsukh Chinzorig.
The promising Mongolian boxer used his exceptional speed to great aplomb in the opening round, before Masuk started to impress in the second frame as his ferociously fast combination punching began to regularly hit the target.
Both boxers gave their all in the third round as well, but it was Masuk who narrowly edged the contest, and qualified towards an intriguing semi-final with Turkmenistan’s Aziz Bebitov.
Team of the day
Kyrgyzstan enjoyed a perfect day in Bangkok, beginning with success for defending Flyweight champion Azat Usenaliev over Sri Lanka’s Roshan Bulugaha Elegedara Warnasooriya.
AIBA World Boxing Championships quarter-finalist Ermek Sakenov has won four tournaments this year, and is edging closer towards a fifth after beating Pakistan’s Gul Zaib at Light Welterweight.
Newly crowned Light Heavyweight National Champion Erkinbek Adylbek Uulu sealed Kyrgyzstan’s third triumph after eliminating Iraq’s Ahmed Wameedh Al-Mahdawe.
Surprise of the day
Iran’s Sajad Mohammadpour was seeded as the number one ranked Flyweight in Bangkok, but was surprisingly eliminated by Turkmenistan’s technician Zarip Jumayev.
The two boxers competed in one of the best bouts of the day, which was controlled early by Jumayev, while Mohammadpour only performed at his best in the final frame.
Kazakhstan’s Olzhas Sattibayev advanced to the quarter-finals of the Flyweight division by outpointing Thailand’s ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships bronze medallist Tanes Ongjunta.
His teammate Adilbek Niyazymbetov earned silver at the London 2012 Olympic Games and also the last two editions of the AIBA World Boxing Championships, so is looking for gold in Bangkok.
The Light Heavyweight star delivered a virtuoso performance against Turkmenistan’s Azizbek Achilov.
Syria’s Alaaldin Ghossoun comes from a boxing family, where all of his five brothers are national level boxers, and the 23-year-old certainly made his siblings proud after defeating Thai Light Flyweight Anavat Thongkrathok.
The last boxer from Bhutan to win a bout in a major international tournament was Sigyel Phub at the Guangzhou 2010 Asian Games, but Tashi Norbu memorably delivered their first notable international triumph in five years with a resilient victory over Vietnam’s Vo Van Que.
Fact of the day
After six competition days in the ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships, 80 quarter-finalists remain in the event from the following 23 nations:
- Uzbekistan: 9 quarter-finalists
- AIBA Team, Kazakhstan: 8 quarter-finalists
- Iran: 6 quarter-finalists
- Thailand: 5 quarter-finalists
- China, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Turkmenistan: 4 quarter-finalists
- DPR Korea, Philippines, Tajikistan, Vietnam: 3 quarter-finalists
- Jordan, Korea, Syria: 2 quarter-finalists
- Bhutan, Indonesia, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan, Sri Lanka: 1 quarter-finalist
Quote of the day
“It was my first bout here in Bangkok, and finally after my training I was able show my skills in the championships. I was too slow in the opening round and did not use enough punches, but I improved from the second round onwards. I know it was not my best performance, but I have to go step by step in order to accomplish my dream in the event,” said Kyrgyzstan’s Ermek Sakenov.
The first stage of the quarter-finals will be held tomorrow in the ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships in Bangkok, Thailand where 20 bouts are scheduled across two sessions.