Earlier today the Award Winners for the 2019 Champion Carnival were announced, with 4 fighters taking awards, in what was the 40th Champion Carnival.
The MVP was the newly crowned Japanese Welterweight champion Yuki Nagano (16-2, 12) [永野祐樹], who claimed the title on April 21st, when he stopped Ryota Yada (18-5, 15) [矢田良太] in 7 rounds in Osaka. His performance, away from home, was brilliant and saw him extending his current winning run to 14 bouts, with this clearly being his biggest and best win so far.
The Skills Award was won by Shuichiro Yoshino (10-0, 8) [吉野 修一郎], who recorded his 4th defense of the Japanese Lightweight title by stopping Accel Sumiyoshi (11-5-3, 3) [アクセル住吉] in 7 rounds. Yoshino really did impress and it's clear he is well beyond Japanese title level, so hopefully he'll look to push on, and pursue bigger and better titles in the very near future.
The Fighting Spirit Award was won by Japanese Bantamweight champion Yuta Saito (12-9-3, 9) [齊藤裕太], who stopped interim champion Hayato Kimura (28-11, 19) [木村隼人] to unify the two titles. Saito, who had had to cancel a previous bout due to illness, looked like a man possessed in the end and broke down the brave but over-powered Kimura.
The fourth award was the Special Award and that was won by veteran Norihito Tanaka (19-7, 11) [田中教仁], who stopped Shin Ono (23-11-3, 6) [小野 心] to become the new Japanese Minimumweight champion. Tanaka managed to break down Ono in 8 rounds to score his career defining win at the age of 33, and is scheduled to defend his title in June against Naoya Haruguchi.
These awards aren't just ceremonial but also financial with the winners all receiving an impressive financial bonus.
The award ceremony hasn't yet been given a date, though that is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
(We've included footage of the fights involving Nagano and Yoshino, the other two bouts are only available through the Boxing Raise service)
By Marcus Bellinger (@marcusknockout)
The past week has seen both the men’s and women’s elite Asian Championships taking place in Bangkok and today the 20 gold medallists were crowned.
Beginning with the men’s competition at light flyweight (49kg), Deepak of India went down to a split decision to Nodirjon Mirzakhmedov of Uzbekistan.
There was better luck for India at flyweight (52kg), as Amit Panghal triumphed over South Korea’s Kim Inkyu via unanimous decision to add Asian Championship gold to his Asian Games victory from last year.
Uzbekistan claimed their second gold up at bantamweight (56kg) as Mirazizbek Mirzahalilov unanimously out pointed India’s Kavinder Singh Bisht to also become an Asian Games and Asian champion.
Erdenebat Tsendbaatar was the third man to add to his Asian Games gold as the Mongolian defeated Zakir Safiullin of Kazakhstan via unanimous decision at lightweight (60kg).
We had 2 surprise finalists at light welterweight (64kg) but it was Tajikistan’s Bakhodir Usmonov who took the split verdict over Jordan’s Obada Al-Kasbeh.
Uzbekistan’s Bobo Usmon Baturov also added to his Asian Games gold as he won via split decision versus Japan’s Quincy Mensa Okazawa at welterweight (69kg).
Kazakhstan grabbed their first gold medal as middleweight Tursynbay Kulakhmet scored a unanimous decision over Ashish Kumar of India.
Bek Nurmagambet prevailed at light heavyweight (81kg) as the Kazak overcame Filipino John Nobel Marvin via unanimous decision.
After stunningly knocking out Vasiliy Levit in the semi-final South Korea’s Kim Hyeong-kyu caused yet another sizable upset as he defeated talented Uzbek Sanjar Tursunov in the final of the heavyweight (91kg) category on a split decision.
There were no such shocks in the super heavyweight (+91 kg) division as Uzbekistan’s Bakhodir Jalolov squared off against Kazakhstan’s Kamshybek Kunkabayev and it was the Uzbek who won by split decision.
Now onto the women’s tournament and at light flyweight (48kg) Josie Gabuco claimed gold for the Philippines as she took the split decision against North Korea’s Kim Hyang Mi.
At flyweight (51kg) Pang Chol Mi of North Korea was the split decision victor against Vietnam’s Nguyen THI Tam.
China claimed the bantamweight (54kg) title as Shi Qian defeated Huang Hsiao-Wen of Chinese Taipei via unanimous decision.
At featherweight (57kg) Lin Yu-Ting of Chinese Taipei defeated Thailand’s Nilawam Techasuep via unanimous decision.
China were amongst the gold medals once again, this time at lightweight (60kg) as Yang Wenlu took a split point’s verdict over Chinese Taipei’s Wu Shih-Yi.
It was yet another win for China as Dou Dam got the split decision over India’s Simranjit Kaur at light welterweight (64kg).
The success for China continued at welterweight (69kg) as Gu Hong was declared the winner via split decision against Chen Nien-Chin of Chinese Taipei
The middleweight (75kg) crown was won by Li Qian of China who unanimously out pointed South Korea’s Seon Sujin.
There was joy for India as Pooja Rani claimed light heavyweight gold with a split decision win over Wang Lina of China.
The last bout at (+81kg) saw Yang Xiaoli of China victorious by unanimous decision over Nguyen Thi Phvong of Vietnam.
Earlier this week it was announced the the 2019 Asian Boxing Championships for men and for women would both be held at the same time, in what will be a huge event in Bangkok, with both championships starting on April 16th and ending on April 27th at the Huamark Indoor Stadium.
The event, which is a major qualifying event for the 2020 Olympics, if it takes place, sees teams only being given a month or so to get their teams in order, with registrations ending on March 19th.
The ASBC statement announce the news over their website, stating proudly “For the very first time in the history of the elite event, both genders will be attending at the same time in Thailand’s capital which is scheduled to take place in April 16-27,” It's worth noting that the men's tournament, which had been scheduled for a while, was originally set to begin on the 17th of April, and is still listed on the AIBA website as being from the 17th to 28th. What wasn't listed, and still isn't, is the female version of the competition, though that seems likely to change in the coming days.
For the men this will be the 30th Asian Championships, continuing a competition that began way back in the 1960's. For the women this will be the 7th edition of the tournament.
Notably the championships will be held in 10 weight classes for both men and women:
Women’s: 48kg, 51kg, 54kg, 57kg, 60kg, 64kg, 69kg, 75kg, 81kg, +81kg
Men’s: 49kg, 52kg, 56kg, 60kg, 64kg, 69kg, 75kg, 81kg, 91kg, +91kg
The ASBC revealed that Boxers who were born between 1979 and 2000 are eligible to attend, with technical rules not allowing fighters aged 41 or 18. They also announced that the official accommodation for the team delegations will be the Golden Tulip Sovereign Hotel which is fairly close to the venue for event.
ASBC also posted a full scheduled for the event. Showing that whilst the event starts of the 16th of April there won't be any fights until the 19th, with the finals taking place on April 26th.
April 16 – Arrivals to Bangkok
April 17 – Sport Entries Check
April 18 – Technical Meeting
April 18 – Official Draw
April 19 – Opening Ceremony
April 19 – Day1 Preliminaries
April 20 – Day2 Preliminaries
April 21 – Day3 Preliminaries
April 22 – Day4 Quarter-finals
April 23 – Day5 Quarter-finals
April 24 – Rest Day
April 25 – Day6 Semi-finals
April 26 – Day7 Finals
April 27 – Departures of the delegations from Bangkok
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