Fifteen bouts featured at the third competition day at the ASBC Asian U22 Boxing Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Pakistan earned a historical medal of the event, Japanese Soushi Makino, AIBA Youth World Champion Shakhzod Muzaffarov from Uzbekistan and the women boxers from the host country impressed the audience on Day3.
Pakistan’s historical medal
Pakistan sent only one boxer to the tournament but he is already a medallist which is his nation’s first prize at any of the Asian Boxing Championships since 2005. Pakistan’s Zohaib Rasheed won the gold medal in their last Elite National Championships in December and received the right to compete for his nation at the ASBC Asian U22 Boxing Championships. His opponent from Sri Lanka is a southpaw and he opened the 48kg category contest better and had some excellent shots but that was not enough to defeat a boxer from Pakistan.
“I am so happy that I could win my next contest after the National Championships. I am still new in the international events but I have my clear goal. The first round was not the best but from the beginning of the second I could follow the instructions of my coach,” said Zohaib Rasheed after his successful performance in Tashkent.
Mamirjonov eliminated the Malaysian No.1
Uzbekistanian super talented Mukhammadkodir Mamirjonov showed his outstanding skills at Belarusian international youth tournament one year ago and increased his experiences in other events last year. Uzbek flyweight (51kg) had a tough opponent, Malaysia’s No.1, Muhammad Rasdenal Haikal who was already quarter-finalist at the Bangkok 2018 ASBC Asian Youth Boxing Championships. The 18-year-old Mamirjonov landed tough shots in the first round and the referee counted the Malaysian though he had good attacks. Haikal proved his impressive talent but Mamirjonov was too strong for him. The Uzbekistan boxer will now meet in the semi-finals with Mongolia’s Khishigtsetseg Azbayar.
Soushi Makino from Japan won his second contest in Tashkent
Iskandarbek Rustamov from Tajikistan and Soushi Makino from Japan both won their preliminary contests in Tashkent on Day1 and met each other in the quarter-finals of the bantamweight (54kg). The Tajik boxer found his rhythm earlier but Japanese new National Elite Champion adopted that speed quickly. Makino had some tricky shots in the second round and gained the control in that period with impressive footwork. But the Japanese boxer was more confident at the end of the second round and landed the better shots to win the close quarter-final.
Women boxers showed their characters in Tashkent
Women started their competition in the ASBC Asian U22 Boxing Championships today and all the contests were outstanding and delivered triumphs yo team Uzbekistan. Sabina Bobokulova and Feruza Kazakova both are ASBC Asian Junior and Youth Champions and bowed out their rivals today. Bobokulova showed great progress since her last youth competition and defeated Tajikistanian experienced Rukhafzo Khaknazarova at 50kg weight category. Kazakova started against Mongolia’s Mungunsaran Balsan. The 18-year-old Kazakova won the contest by split decision but marched to the next stage of boxing at the flyweight (52kg).
The fourth competition day in Tashkent
The men’s semi-finals at the featherweight (57kg), lightweight (60kg), light welterweight (63.5kg), welterweight (67kg), light middleweight (71kg), middleweight (75kg), light heavyweight (80kg) and cruiserweight (86kg) will take place at the fourth day of boxing in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.