By Marcus Bellinger
Both the men’s and women’s Asian Youth Championships took place at the Indoor Stadium in Huamark, Bangkok from April 21/27. The tournaments also acted as a qualifier for the upcoming Youth Olympics and world Youth Championships.
The winners were as follows starting with the men:
At light flyweight (49kg) Makhmud Sabyrkhan of Kazakhstan prevailed via split decision over Thailand’s Phitisan Panmod.
There was a slight surprise at flyweight (52kg) with Sukthet Sarawut from Thailand claiming a split decision over the excellent Samandar Kholmurodov of Uzbekistan.
At bantamweight (56kg) Uzbekistan won their first gold as Abdulmalik Khalokov defeated Filipino Christian Pitt Laurente via unanimous decision.
The hosts second triumph came at lightweight (60kg) as Atichai Phoemsap overcame India’s Ankit via split decision.
Up at light welterweight Kazakhstan picked up their second gold with Talgat Shaykenov scoring a unanimous decision over Saparmyrat Odayev of Turkmenistan.
Ermakhan Zhakpekov picked up the gold at welterweight (69kg) as the Kazak overcame Thailand’s Phiraphat Yiasungnen by split decision.
At middleweight (75kg) the hosts claimed their third gold with Jonhjoho Weeraphon taking the split decision against Nurbek Oralbay of Kazakhstan.
Kazakhstan’s Sagyndyk Togamtayev was victorious via split decision versus Temur Merzhanov of Uzbekistan at light heavyweight (81kg)
It was yet another gold for Kazakhstan at heavyweight (91kg) as Aybek Oralbay beat Javokhir Tugaynuratov from Uzbekistan via split decision.
Finally at super heavyweight (+91kg) Damir Toybay of Kazakhstan stopped Uzbekistan’s Dzhamshiddek Mukhamadaliyev in 2 rounds.
In the women’s light flyweight (48kg) category India’s Nitu won a unanimous decision versus Thailand’s Nillada Neekon.
At flyweight (51kg) Zhansaya Abdraimova of Kazakhstan prevailed via split decision against Anamika of India.
North Korea’s Won Ung-Yong grabbed the gold at bantamweight (54kg), defeating Ayzada Islamgali of Kazakhstan by unanimous decision.
At featherweight (57kg) Vietnam’s Do Hoong Ngoc was victorious against Kazakhstan’s Erkezhan Dauletzhankyzy as she was a unanimous point’s winner.
Thailand’s Porntip Buapa took the lightweight (60kg) gold as she won a unanimous decision over South Korea’s Cho Ni-Yun.
In the light welterweight (64kg) division, Manisha took India’s second gold with a split decision over Tajikistan’s Idimokh Kholova.
Lalita made it 3 gold medals for India, recording a unanimous point’s victory over Maya Beysebayeva of Kazakhstan at welterweight (69kg)
Kazakhstan’s Nadia Ryabets prevailed at middleweight (75kg) by overcoming South Korea’s Kim Ji-Ho via unanimous decision.
At light heavyweight (81kg) Guzalya Sadykova from Kazakhstan beat Sakshi Gaidhani of India via unanimous decision.
Finally the (+81kg) gold was claimed by Kazakhstan’s Dina Islamdekova who defeated Neha Yadav from India by split decision.
First of all the ASBC should be commended for once again providing an easy to find and excellent stream which gave people access to the whole tournament and AIBA and the WSB could certainly learn a thing or 2. As for the championships themselves, Kazakhstan’s men won 8 medals, Thailand and Uzbekistan claimed 7, India and Iran 3, China, Japan and the Philippines 2 and Jordan, South Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan grabbed a single medal. The women’s event had more of an even spread in the finals with both South and North Korea being represented and of course Vietnam achieving even a single gold was a fantastic feat.
Overall Kazakhstan’s 10 gold medals certainly puts them at the top of the tree in Asia as the boxing mad nation continues to produce quality fighters. India’s women performed especially well and their tally of 8 medals proves that their outstanding success in last year’s world Youth Championships at home was no fluke and the country’s progress is still going from strength to strength.
The hosts should be delighted with their 4 golds overall and it will be interesting to see if they can translate this form in future events away from home and with many of elite squad being 30 or above it’s great to see young Thai talent emerging. Lightweight Atichai Phoemsap was named male boxer of the tournament and Vietnam’s Do Hoong Ngoc who won featherweight gold was declared the female boxer of the tournament.
Finally whilst not a powerhouse at elite level, Japan has a solid amount of success in the Youth and Junior ranks and after Hayato Tsutsumi, Sora Tanaka looks to be the next exciting youngster coming through. After winning Asian Junior gold last year Tanaka has recently move up to the Youth level and should only improve from his Bronze medal achievement in Bangkok and he has the power and raw ingredients to be the next superstar from the land of the rising sun.
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