Yesterday boxing fans in Sofia got the chance to watch the 40 quarter finals at the AIBA Youth World Amateur Championships. The winners of those 40 bouts all guaranteed themselves at least a bronze medal and will be fighting for a place in the final over the come day or two.
At the 49KG division all 4 medals will be going to Asian fighters as all the semi finalists will coming from Asia. They will be Rufat Huseynov (Azerbaijan), Suleyman Latipov (Uzbekistan), Shalkar Aykynbay (Kazahkstan) and Shyam Kumar Kakara (India). Unfortunately we had 5 of the 8 quarter finalists and the man who misses out is Subaru Murata (Japan) who was out pointed by Aykynbay.
In the 52KG division we have Masud Yusifzade (Azerbaijan) and Lu Ping (China) though as with the 49KG division one Asian fighter missed out, that was Gaurav Solanki (India) who was beat 3:0 by Ping.
At 56KG we have just 1 semi finalist, Sultan Zaurbek (Kazahkstan) whilst Wang Long (China) was narrowly out pointed by Dushko Blagovestov (Bulgaria).
In the 60KG division we have 3 of the 4 semi finalists with Ikboljon Kholdarov (Uzbekistan), Abylaykhan Zhusupov (Kazahkstan) and Go Hosaka (Japan) all making it through. The pick of the wins was from Hosaka who upset the highly touted Alayn Limonta (Cuba).
Hosaka is joined in the semi finals by compatriot Toshihiro Suzuki (Japan) who made it through in the 64KG division alongside Bibert Tumenov (Russia) whilst Javid Guliyev (Azerbaijan) went out following a walk over loss to Vincenzo Arecchia (Italy).
At 69KG the only Asian semi finalist is Bektemir Melikuziyev (Uzbekistan) who defeated Olexiy Tokarchuk (Ukraine) with a 3:0 scoreline.
At 75KG we had to wave good bye to Bekzhan Bakirov (Kazahkstan) though we did see both Dmitriy Nesterov (Russia) and Kozimbek Mardonov (Uzbekistan) make their way in to the final 4.
At 81KG's it was the Vadim Kazakov (Kazahkstan) who managed to go through as Obidzhon Tokhirov (Uzbekistan) fell to the way side. Kazakov defeated a Turkish opponent whilst Tokhirov went out to a Bulgarian foe.
In the 91KG Heavyweight division we had to see Shukran Mehdiyev (Azerbaijan) lose to Toni Filipi (Croatia) though that blow was softened by the very unexpected Kim Jin-Nyong (South Korea) who has done amazingly well to make his way to the semi finals and has amazingly not come close to losing, having won every bout so far 3:0.
At Super Heavyweight Marat Kerimkhanov (Russia) made it to the final 4 at the expense of Muhamedali Tairov (Azerbaijan) with a 3:0 victory.
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