Earlier today the Kazakh Boxing Federation (KSE) announced that Galymbek Kenzhebayev would become the new head coach of the Kazakh national boxing team, replacing Myrzagali Aitzhanov, who has lead the team since 2009.
The new coach had previously trained Gennady Golovkin during his amateur days and is regarded highly for his work with the Kazakh Youth team.
A statement released from the KSE read - "KSE thanks Myrzagali Aitzhanov for his many years of work, for all the efforts he put into developing sports and training boxers. At the same time, the federation leadership believes that there was a need to change the main mentor and especially in the search for new methods boxers" and “Now our team is experiencing a certain stagnation, nothing has changed in preparation for several years. Therefore, we recommended to appoint the head coach of a person who loves innovations, and whose boxers always show excellent results"
The new hiring seems to be in part due to the relative failure of the Kazakh team at the 2016 Olympics, where the team took home only 1 gold medal and 5 medals in total, the 2017 Asian Championships, where they again took 1 Gold medal from 8 total medals, the 2017 World Championships, where they again took just a single gold medal from 6 total medals and the 2018 Asian Games, where they took just 2 Silver medals.
(Image courtesy of the Kazakh NOC)
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