Earlier today fans in Incheon saw the finals of the boxing at the 2014 Asian games. The highly controversial tournament, which has seen fighters from various countries complain about the generally awful decisions. It's those awful decision which have certainly helped some countries with their success today, notably South Korea themselves, a country who picked up 2 Gold medals, their first since 2002 and Kazakhstan who had a sensational end to the competition.
49kg Shin Jong-Hun KOR (3:0) Birzhan Zhakipov KZK
The first of the 2 gold medals for South Korea went to Shin Jong-Hun who out pointed well regarded Kazakh opponent Birzhan Zhakipov. The win for Shin is a major one for the country and for the fighter himself, though it's also one which will anger Filipino fans who feel Shin got the opportunity that should have gone to their fighter whose loss in the semi-final was highly controversial.
52kg Ilyas Suleymanov KZK (2:1) Shahobiddin Zoirov UZB
The second final saw Kazakhstan taking their first gold medal as Ilyas Suleymanov over-came Uzbekistan's Shahobiddin Zoirov is the first of two finals with fighters from these countries.
56kg Han Sang-Myeong KOR (3:0) Zhang Jiawei CHN
South Korea claimed their second gold courtesy of Han Sang-Myeong who over-came China's sole representative in the final, Zhang Jiawei.
60kg Dorjnyambuu Otgondalai MGL (2:1) Charlie Suarez PHI
Mongolian Dorjnyambuu Otgondalai claimed his country's sole boxing gold as he defeat Filipino star Charlie Suarez. Suarez, the only Filipino to reach the final made a great account of himself through the tournament and we'll be hoping to see him turn pro in the coming years.
64kg Wuttichai Masuk THA (2:1) Lim Hyun-Chul KOR
Thailand's only finalist Wuttichai Masuk claimed a gold for his country as he surprisingly over-came South Korean Lim Hyun-Chul in a close decision. Lim was one of 2 South Korean's to lose in the final.
69kg Daniyar Eleusinov KZK (3:0) Israil Madrimov UZB
Kazakhstan claimed their second gold as Daniyar Eleusinov out pointed Israil Madrimov making it 2-0 for Kazakhstan against Uzbekistan
75kg Zhanibek Alimkhanuly KZK (3:0) Odai Alhindawi JRD
Kazakhstan added a third gold medal to their collection as Zhanibek Alimkhanuly out pointed Jordan's Odai Alhindaw who took his countries sole boxing silver medal.
81kg Adilbek Niyazimbetov KZK (2:1) Kim Hyeong-Kyu KOR
Another gold went to Kazakhstan as Adilbek Niyazimbetov out pointed Sout Korean Kim Hyeong-Kyu in a bout that was scored relatively closely by the judges.
91kg Anton Pinchuk KZK (3:0) Ali Mazaheri IRN
The 5th gold for Kazakhstan went to Anton Pinchuk as he out pointed Iran's Ali Mazaheri in the first, of two, Kazakhstan Vs Iran matches.
+91kg Ivan Dychko KZK (3:0) Jassem Delavary IRN
The final bout of the competition saw the very highly touted Ivan Dychko claim another medal for Kazakhstan as he dominated Jassem Delavary in a clear win. Dychko is clearly a talented fighter and we'd love to see him turn professional in the next year or two, though it is looking unlikely at the moment.
(Results courtesy of http://amateur-boxing.strefa.pl)
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)
The month of October may have kicked off with a professional world title bout between Knockout CP Freshmart and Carlos Buitrago but in the amateur the focus was on the action in Incheon as we had a trio of Gold medal bouts.
The first woman to win a gold was Indian superstar Chungneijang Marykom who claimed the gold in the 51KG division with a close 2:0 decision win over Kazakhstan's Jaina Shekerbekova who took home a well deserved Silver medal.
The second final came in the 60KG division as China's Yin Junhua over-came South Korea's Park Ji-Na with a 2:0 victory. This gave China's it's first gold medal in the boxing whilst South Korea saw a rare decision go against them.
The third final saw North Korea's Jang Un-Hui claim the Gold in the 75KG division by defeating China's Li Qian 2:1. This bout however was hugely controversial with the crowd breaking out in boos with many feeling the Chinese fighter had been robbed of a clear win. Sadly this was just the latest in a string of controversial decisions which has seen a number of complaints issues by fighters and teams who seem to have felt that the judging has been nothing short of shambolic.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
Today fans in Incheon saw the 6 semi-finals in the female boxing with the bouts taking place at 51KG, 60KG and 75KG.
51kg Chungneijang Marykom IND (3:0) Le Thi Bang VIE
51kg Jaina Shekerbekova KZK (3:0) Nandintsetse Myagmardulam MGL
In the 51KG division we've seen Vietnam and Mongolia pick up Bronze medals whilst Indian superstar Marykom will be fighting for gold against Kazakhstan's Shekerbekova.
60kg Park Ji-Na KOR (3:0) Sarita Devi Laishram IND
60kg Yin Junhua CHN (3:0) Luu Thi Duyen VIE
At 60KG we've again seen Vietnam pick up a bronze along with India with Laishram unable to equal the feat of Marykom. The final will be between South Korea and China in what could be a very, very good bout.
75kg Jang Un-Hui PRK (3:0) Marina Volnova KZK
75kg Li Qian CHN (2:0) Pooja Rani IND
In the 75KG division we will a Chinese fighter fighting a North Korea fighter in the final whilst Kazakhstan and India picked up the bronze medals.
(Results courtesy of http://amateur-boxing.strefa.pl)
Today fans in Incheon saw the final set of preliminary bouts, which took place in the 75KG division, and saw the first set of quart final bouts.
Firstly the preliminary results which were to decide the quarter finalists at 75KG. These saw a notable shock as Filipino Wilfredo Lopez managed to score one of the days more surprising wins.
75kg Hurshid Normatov UZB (3:0) Navruz Dzhafoyev TDK
75kg Vikas Krishan IND (3:0) Azamat Kanybek uulu KIR
75kg Zhanibek Alimkhanuly KZK (KO2) Yang Yu-Ting TPE
75kg Sajad Mehrabi IRN (3:0) Fidaa Islam Irshaid PLS
75kg Zhou Di CHN (3:0) Abdulrahman al-Hadi QAT
75kg Odai Alhindawi JRD (DQ2) Ujjar Singh Thapa NEP
75kg Narmandakh Shinebayar MGL (3:0) Zaid Al-Mutairi KUW
75kg Wilfredo Lopez PHI (3:0) Wahid Abderredha IRQ
As for the quarter finals these came in 4 divisions, the 52KG, 60KG, 69KG and 81KG weight classes and guaranteed the winners at least a bronze medal.
52kg Shahobiddin Zoirov UZB (3:0) Gaurav Bidhuri IND
52kg Muhammad Waseem PAK (TKO-Injury 1) Azat Usenaliyev KIR
52kg Shota Hayashida JPN (2:0) Zarip Dzhumayev TRK
52kg Ilyas Suleymanov KZK (2:1) Choe Sang-Don KOR
From what we understand that will leave the 52KG division with semi finals between Zoirov and Waseem in one bout and Hayashida and Suleymanov in the other. It also guarantees Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Japan and Kazakhstan a medal
60kg Dorjnyambuu Otgondalai MGL (3:0) Akzhol Sulaymabek uulu KIR
60kg Satoshi Shimizu JPN (2:1) Wang Lei CHN
60kg Obada al-Kasbeh JRD Han Soon-Chul KOR
60kg Charlie Suarez PHI Ammar Hassan IRQ
From what we understand here it will be Otgondalai against Shimizu and al-Kasbeh against Suarez in the semi finals. On paper this could lead to a very interesting final between Olympic medal winner Shimizu and the highly regarded Filipino Suarez. As for medals this assures Mongolia, Jordan and the Philippines of at least one boxing medal and Japan of two, adding Shimizu to Hayashida.
69kg Serdar Hudayberdiev TRK (3:0) Amin Ghasemipour IRN
69kg Daniyar Eleusinov KZK (3:0) Tuvshinbat Byamba MGL
69kg Apichet Sansit THA (3:0) Mandeep Jangra IND
69kg Israil Madrimov UZB (TKO3) Yasuhiro Suzuki JPN
Here we are suspecting that Hudayberdiev will be fighting Eleusinov in one semi final whilst Sansit will fight Madrimov in the other. This division assures Turkmenistan of their first boxing medal, Kazakhstan have their second, as do Uzbekistan, whilst Thailand have their first. Suzuki was the only one of the Japanese fighters eliminated today whilst his 2 compatriots qualified.
81kg Kim Hyeong-Kyu KOR (3:0) Arslanbek Achilov TRK 3:0
81kg Oybek Mamazulunov UZB (TKO2) Nadjed Salloum LEB TKO 2
81kg Ehsan Rozbahani IRN (3:0) Kuldeep Singh IND 3:0
81kg Adilbek Niyazimbetov KZK (3:0) Zhang Aolin CHN 3:0
At 81KG's we'll see semi finals between Kim and Mamazulunov and Rozbahani and Niyazimbetov. These results mean that South Korea and Iran will each get a medal in the boxing whilst Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan will each get 3.
(All results are from the amazing http://amateur-boxing.strefa.pl we advise all amateur boxing fans to check out their site, it's really amazing.
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