Last week former world champion Katsunari Takayama [高山 勝成] announced his first amateur bout would be taking place on March 1st at the Japanese selection tournament for the 2019 Asian Championships. That has now been cancelled, with the JABF (Japanese Amateur Boxing Federation) releasing a statement on their official blog.
The translated statement can be read in full below, though it doesn't do a great job of explaining why they have cancelled their event, though it seems to revolve around the ASBC tournament featuring 10 divisions in both the male and female competitions, rather than just the ones set for the Olympics, which was still unclear. What could be a problem here is things being lost in translation.
From the Asian Boxing Federary in January, there was a notice to be held in Bangkok, Thailand, in organizing the Asian Championships.
Over the last week or so fight fans in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, have had the chance to see the Uzbek national championships, which have been held at the Olympic Reserve Sport Complex.
The competition has seen 8 weight classes being competed in with a number of very notable amateur fighters competing in the tournament, including Olympic and World Amateur champions.
Sadly the final saw a number of walk overs.
The lowest weight category was the 52KG division and was won by 2016 Olympic gold medal winner Hasanbay Dusmatov, who over-came youngster Khudoynazar Fayzov. The talented Dusmatov impressed in the Olympics and there has been a lot of hope of him signing professional, though the fighter is yet to make it clear, publicly that professional boxing is something he's pushing for.
At 57KG's the winner was Andulkhay Shorakhmatov, who had a walk over win against Otabek Kholmatov in the final. Shorakhmatov had been fantastic through the tournament and continues his good form in the competition, having won the competition a number of times before.
We saw another walk over at 63KG's as Aliyar Noraliev took the crown, with Shunkor Abdurasulov not getting into the ring to fight for the championship.
Thankfully action resumed up at 69KG Bobo-Usmon Boturov upset the highly touted Ikboljon Kholdarov, who was strongly favoured. This was scored 3:2 in favour of Boturov who will know how big this win really is, and what a surprise it was.
Fanat Kakhramonov managed to claim the 75KG crown with a victory over Odil Aslonov. Kakhramonov won a 4:1 decision here to take the title. Neither man had looked bad on their way to the final, though in the end it was a clear win for Kakhramonov.
Another 4:1 victory saw Khurshid Abdullayev take the 81KG crown, over-coming Dilshod Ruzmetov.
Ikboljon Kholdarov's final loss in the 69KG bout wasn't the only major upset, as 2016 Olympic Bronze medal winner Rustam Tulaganov was shocked by Madiyar Saidrakhimov, in what was a clear win for Saidrakhimov in the 91KG division. It's worth noting Tulaganov has made his professional debut, doing so last year, and this loss may well push him back towards the professional ranks.
At Super Heavyweight Ulugbek Mubinov defeated Obidzhon Tokhirov to end the competition.
Earlier today fans were able to see the 88th All Japan National Championships, with 8 national champions being crowned in what was an incredible show of high level amateur boxing. For fans at the venue the show was brilliant, whilst those watching on TV, courtesy of NHKBS1 got guest analyst work from WBA "Regular" Bantamweight champion Naoya Inoue.
The lowest weight on the show was the Light Flyweight division, which saw Yudai Shigeoka [重岡優大], the older brother of touted professional prospect Ginjiro Shigeoka, take a 5-0 decisions over Daichi Hasebe [長谷部大地]. The bout was a high skilled, fast paced contest that really kicked the show off in an amazing fashion.
The Flyweight bout was another amazing contest, which saw Tosho Kashiwazaki [柏崎刀翔] taking a 4-1 decision over Ryomei Tanaka [田中亮明], the older brother of 3-weight world champion Kosei Tanaka. This was was tightly fought, but Kashiwazaki always looked like the aggressor, and it seems like that extra offensive mentality was the difference between the two men.
At Bantamweight 2014 Youth Olympics bronze medal winner Subaru Murata [村田昴] over-come Keisuke Matsumoto [松本圭佑], the son of former world title challenger Koji Matsumoto. Murata was cut around both eyes but took the decision win, thanks in part to an amazing effort in the final round, where he really put Matsumoto on the back foot to claim a 3-0 win.
The Lightweight bout saw 2016 Olympian Arashi Morisaka [森坂嵐] narrowly over-come Kenji Fujita [藤田健児] in a 3-2 decision. This was a messy bout at time, with the styles not quite gelling as the earlier bouts, but was very competitive and hard to take your eyes off as both men did all they could to try and take the win.
In the Light Welterweight final we saw the highly established Daisuke Narimatsu [成松大介] claim his latest title as he defeated Yuta Akiyama [秋山佑汰]. This was Narimatsu's 8th All Japanese title, and it seems like his intention is to go to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. If boxing is however removed from the Olympics we could imagine promoters scrambling over each other to become his professional promoter.
The Welterweight crown was won by Sewon Okazawa [岡澤セオン], who took a 5-0 decision over Kanjo Taiyo [金城大明], in what was an another entertaining contest with Okazawa making his claim to be pushed towards some notable international competitions, potentially including the Olympics.
At Middleweight Yuito Moriwaki [森脇唯人] continued his great run on the domestic scene, as he defeated Kyohei Hosono [細野恭兵] 5-0. This win saw Moriwaki retain the title he won last year, and claim the MVP award for the show, as he continues to thrive and really make his mark.
The heaviest weight class on the show as the Light Heavyweight division, which saw Takuro Kurita [栗田琢郎] take a 3-2 win over Takahito Nitta [新田隆人] to take the crown.
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Earlier today fans in Sofia saw the finals of the Youth World Championships. The competition, which has been going on for 10 days came to a conclusion in exciting fashion which may well have seen the emergence of some top prospects from around the world.
The first final was in the 49KG division where we had an all Asian final as Shalkar Aykynbay (Kazakhstan) faced Suleyman Latipov (Uzbekistan). The bout finished relatively one sided with the Kazakh winning a 3:0 decision over Latipov. Interestingly this was the third successive bout where Aykynbay defeated an Asian with victories over Subaru Murata (Japan) in the quarter final and Shyam Kumar Kakara (India) in his semi final.
At 52KG we had no direct interest but the final saw Shakur Stevenson (USA) defeat Muhammad Ali (England) 3:0. Both of the finalists had beaten Asian fighters in the semi finals so Asian's took both bronze medals though they'd have both loved the chance to have fought for gold here.
In the 56KG division we saw disappointment for an Asian fighter as the very talented Javier Ibanez (Cuba) defeated Sultan Zaurbek (Kazakhstan) with a score of 3:0. Perhaps surprisingly Ibanez was one of just two Cubans to reach the final.
At 60KG Abylaykhan Zhusupov (Kazakhstan) claimed his nation's second gold medal as he defeated Arsen Mustafa (Romania) with a 3:0 victory.
In the 64KG division we got the coming to forced of political opponents as Bibert Tumenov (Russian) fought Viktor Petrov (Ukraine). It was the Russian who took home gold courtesy of a 3:0 victory.
Up at 69KG's we saw Asia take another gold medal with Bektemir Melikuziyev (Uzbekistan) taking a 3:0 victory over Luka Prtenjaca (Croatia). This was Uzbekistan's only gold medal.
Croatia had it's second silver medal winner as Luka Plantic (Croatia) dropped a 3:0 decision to Dmitriy Nesterov (Russia) in the 75KG division.
In the 81KG division home hero Blagoy Naydenov (Bulgaria) claimed his nation's only gold medal as he defeated Vadim Kazakov (Kazakhstan) 3:0.
In the Heavyweight division, 91KG's, the gold medal went to Yordan Hernandez (Cuba) who, like many of the others who got to the final, took a 3:0 decision to clam his gold. Hernandez defeated Toni Filipi (Croatia) to claim his medal.
The highest division, the Super Heavyweight division, saw the most competitive bout as Darmani Rock (USA) took a 2:1 decision to claim the USA's second gold medal. Rock defeated Peter Kadiru (Germany) to claim his medal.
Today saw the semi-finals of the AIBA Youth World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria. The semi finals had Asian fighters across a number of divisions and whilst some of them successfully fought their way to the final others will be happy to have taken home a very well earned bronze medal.
At the lowest weight class, the 49KG division, we knew we'd have 2 finalists from Asia after all the 4 semi finalists were all from Asia. These semi finals saw Suleyman Latipov (Uzbekistan) overcome Rufat Huseynov (Azerbaijan) 3:0 to reach the final. Latipov will be facing Shalkar Aykynbay (Kazakhstan) in the final with the Kazakh having over-come Shyam Kumar Kakara (India) 2:1.
At 51KG the final will see the very recognisable name of Muhammad Ali (England) facing off against Shakur Stevenson (USA). Ali defeated Masud Yusifzade (Azerbaijan) by a score of 3:0 whilst Stevenson beat Lu Ping (China), also 3:0, giving Asia 2 Bronze medal winners but unfortunately no finalist's.
In the 56KG division final we will have Sultan Zaurbek (Kazakhstan) going for gold after he defeated Peter McGrail (England). Zaurbek's opponent in the final will be Javier Ibanez (Cuba) who defeated Dushko Blagovestov (Bulgaria) 2:1.
We had 3 of the 4 semi finalists at 60KG, unfortunately however only 1 of them managed to progress. The man who did make his way to the final was Abylaykhan Zhusupov (Kazakhstan) who defeated fellow Asian fighter Ikboljon Kholdarov (Uzbekistan) 3:0. Zhusupov will be facing Arsen Mustafa (Romania) who sadly scored an opening round stoppage over Go Hosaka (Japan).
At 64KG we had 2 semi finalists and thankfully one of those progressed to the final. The man who moved on was Bibert Tumenov (Russia) who defeated Vincenzo Arecchia (Italy) 3:0 whilst the one who missed out was Toshihiro Suzuki (Japan) who was beaten by Vicktor Petrov (Ukraine) 2:1.
In the 69KG division we managed to have one finalist as Bektemir Melikuziyev (Uzbekistan) managed to take a 3rd round injury victory over Juan Ramon Solano (Dominican Republic). Melikuziyez will be battling against Luka Prtenjaca (Croatia) in the final after the Croatian took a 3rd round TKO over Ilyas Odinayev (Belarus).
Prtenjaca isn't the only Croat in the finals as his compatriot Luka Plantic (Croatia) defeated Ramil Gadzhiev (Ukraine) 3:0 to book his place in the 75KG final. Plantic will be fighting Dmitriy Nesterov (Russia) who beat Kozimbek Mardonov (Uzbekistan) 2:1 to book his place in the final.
Vadim Kazakov (Kazakhstan) was the only Asian in the 81KG division semi finals and thankfully he's managed to defeat Vegar Tregren (Norway) to take his place in the final. Going for gold against Kazakov will be home country favourite Blagoy Naydenov (Bulgaria) who scored his semi final victory with a 3:0 win over Narek Manasyan (Armenia).
Unfortunately in the 91KG Heavyweight division we had to wave goodbye to Kim Jin-Nyong (South Korea) who lost 3:0 to Toni Filipi (Croatia) who became the third Croat to book a place in the final. Filipi will be battling against the very talented Yordan Hernandez (Cuba) who scored a 3:0 victory over Robert Marton (Ukraine).
In the Super Heavyweight division Darmani Rock (USA) booked his place in the final with a 2nd round TKO over Laszlo Komor (Hungary). Rock will be fighting Peter Kadiru (Germany) in the final after Kadiru took a 3rd round Disqualification victory over Marat Kerimkhanov (Russia)..
In other good news from the tournament Jthe very promising 17 year old Subaru Murata (Japan) defeated Joel Finol (Venezuela) 3:0 in the box-off to get himself a place at the 2014 Juniour Olympics. Many said that the Japanese fighter stole the show in the box-off section of the tournament with a busy and exciting style that was simply too much for Finol to cope with
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