October 2nd saw the semi finals at the Asian games 2014 in Incheon. The semi finals were in all 10 divisions with no bouts result in walk overs and also so no stoppages, though it did see some surprises and was yet another day that was worth celebrating if you were a South Korean or a Kazakh with their fighters having a particularly successful day whilst the Japanese may rue the day.
49kg Birzhan Zhakipov KZK (3:0) Turat Osmonov KIR
49kg Shin Jong-Hun KOR (3:0) Mark Anthony Barriga PHI
In the 49KG division we saw the first of the day's semi finals and we saw the first medalists to be confirmed as Osmonov and Barriga were both left with bronze medals. The finalists were the first of 4 fighters from Korea and 7 from Kazakhstan to win in semi-final bouts and it appears clear that those two countries have almost monopolised the top two medals.
52kg Shahobiddin Zoirov UZB (3:0) Muhammad Waseem PAK
52kg Ilyas Suleymanov KZK (3:0) Shota Hayashida JPN
The second final will again feature a Kazakh though he will be up against an Uzbek is a bout between fighters from two former Soviet countries. Hayashida was one of 3 Japanese fighters to lose a semi final today and end up with a bronze medal in what was a very disappointing day for the country who had hoped for more than a trio of bronze medals
56kg Han Sang-Myeong KOR (3:0) Kairat Eraliyev KZK
56kg Zhang Jiawei CHN (3:0) Mario Fernandez PHI
After numerous complaints about the judge it may come as no surprise that the only Kazakh who lost in the semi-finals actually lost to a South Korea as Han confirmed his place in the final ahead of Eraliyev. Jiawei was China's only semi-finalists and keeps their hopes of a gold alive though beating Han will be very difficult. Fernandez, like compatriot Barriaga, picked up a bronze in a solid showing over-all from the Filipino
60kg Dorjnyambuu Otgondalai MGL (3:0) Satoshi Shimizu JPN
60kg Charlie Suarez PHI (2:1) Obada al-Kasbeh JRD
Olympic medalist Satoshi Shimizu took home the same colour medal from Incheon as he did from London 2012 whilst Mongolia's only semi finalist moved on to the next final at his expense. Suarez's win moved him on to the final making the only Filipino to progress to the gold medal bout, a final he reach at the expense of one of 3 Jordanians to reach the semis.
64kg Wuttichai Masuk THA (3:0) Aziz Bebitov TRK
64kg Lim Hyun-Chul KOR (3:0) Masatsugu Kawachi JPN
At 64KG we'll have an all Oriental final as a Thai meets a South Korean in the battle for gold. For Japan this division stung as they took home another bronze as did Turkmenistan.
69kg Daniyar Eleusinov KZK (3:0) Serdar Hudayberdiev TRK
69kg Israil Madrimov UZB (3:0) Apichet Sansit THA
The second Kazakh/Uzbek final will be at 69KG's as Eleusinov and Madrimov will be battling each other for gold. This division saw Turkmenistan take their second bromze whilst Thailand took their only bronze.
75kg Zhanibek Alimkhanuly KZK (2:1) Vikas Krishan IND
75kg Odai Alhindawi JRD (2:1) Wilfredo Lopez PHI
Another Kazakh to reach a final was Alumkhanuly who will fight Jordan's only finalist. The Kazakh and Jordanian reached the final at the expense of the well known Krishan of Indian.
81kg Kim Hyeong-Kyu KOR (3:0) Oybek Mamazulunov UZB
81kg Adilbek Niyazimbetov KZK (2:1) Ehsan Rozbahani IRN
A second South Korea Vs Kazakhstan final will take place at 81KG where Kim will battle the controversial Niyazimbetov, who many may remember form the 2012 Olympics. Losing out here was an Uzbek and an Iranian, the only Iranian who lost at this stage.
91kg Ali Mazaheri IRN (3:0) Ihab Almatbouli JRD
91kg Anton Pinchuk KZK (3:0) Park Nam-Hyeong KOR
At 91KG's we saw the only loss for South Korea as Park was beaten by Pinchuk of Kazakhstan. The Kazakh will be fighting against the first of two Iranians to make the final with Mazaheri defeating a Jordanian in the semi.
+91kg Ivan Dychko KZK (3:0) Satish Kumar IND
+91kg Jassem Delavary IRN (2:1) Mirzokhid Abdullayev UZB
At Super Heavyweight no one was surprised to see the talented Ivan Dychko reach the final with a victory over an Indian foe. Dychko was the clear favourite for the gold prior to the games kicking off. Dychko's foe in the final however will be a little bit of a surprise as Iranian Jassem Delavary reach the final ahead of his Uzbek foe.
(All results courtesy of http://amateur-boxing.strefa.pl)
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