Kincses Tibor: Uzbekistan National Boxing Championship in focus

The 26th edition of the Uzbekistan National Championships for their men boxers was held in the city of Termez which is located in the southernmost part of the country near to the Afghan boarder. Khudoynazar Fayzov and Lazizbek Mullojonov both are only 18 but won their weight classes in the National Championships in Termez.
The number of the elite male boxers was 207 in the new edition of the Uzbek National Boxing Championships in Termez in spite of the fact some of their top athletes did not attend in the competition. The best Uzbek boxers amazed the crowd in the Tashkent 2017 ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships where their stars achieved nine gold medals. Furthermore their welterweight (69kg) No.1 Shakhram Giyasov became AIBA World Champion in Hamburg, Germany three months ago.
Tashkent region’s Khudoynazar Fayzov claimed the gold medal in the Uzbek Youth National Championships which was a small surprise from the 18-year-old boxer. The teenage talent, who began boxing in 2011 and had 70 fights during his career, shocked WSB boxer Nodirjon Mirzakhmedov in the semi-final and did enough to beat Islamic Solidarity Games bronze medallist Mironshokh Ibragimov in the final of the light flyweight (49kg).
Ferghana’s Abdulla Kuchkarov claimed the gold medal at the light flyweight (49kg) in the 2014 Uzbek National Championships. Since then he competed international events in Russia, in Azerbaijan, in Kyrgyzstan and in Bulgaria but his title at the flyweight (52kg) was a small surprise in Termez. The 22-year-old boxer defeated veteran Shakhriyor Isakov in the semi-final and triumphed over the defending champion Hasanboy Latibakhunov in the final.
Bukhara’s Rio 2016 Olympic Games winner Shakhobiddin Zoirov returned to the world of boxing after his big success half year ago and adopted the level of the bantamweight (56kg) quickly. The 24-year-old boxer controlled his fights in his new weight class and following his close victory over ASBC Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championships silver medallist Mirazizbek Mirzakhalilov, he maintained the best fighting distance against unbeaten WSB star Abdulkhay Sharakhmatov in the gold medal bout.
Tashkent’s Shunkor Abdurasulov claimed bronze medal in the 2016 ASBC Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championships in Pavlodar and the 19-year-old talent moved up to the lightweight (60kg) since his youth competitions. Abdurasulov, who spent great times in a South Korean training camp, defeated Bukhara’s Zolotarev Memorial Tournament winner Shukurjon Rakhimov in the final of the national event.
In the absence of Hamburg 2017 AIBA World Boxing Championships silver medallist Ikboljon Kholdarov, Ferghana’s Ziyovidin Tokhirov captured the title of the light welterweight (64kg). The 21-year-old boxer exceeded the previous expectations and defeated ASBC Asian Youth Champion Bilolbek Mirzarakhimov, Jakhongir Rasulov and Islamic Solidarity Games winner Aliyor Noraliyev during his road to the gold medal.
Surkhondarya’s Strandja Memorial Tournament winner Makhmud Gaipov moved back to his original welterweight (69kg) and amazed the crowd in Termez with his excellent combinations. The 21-year-old boxer stopped WSB hope Fazliddin Meliboyev in the semi-final and continued his winning path against Islamic Solidarity Games winner Bobo-Usmon Boturov in the title contest.
Tashkent region’s Akmurod Gafforov competed in the 2014 edition of the Uzbek National Championships but since then he was not able to reach top results. Gafforov defeated former AIBA Youth World Champion Akmalbek Kosimov in the semi-final of the middleweight (75kg) and outpointed Samarkand’s Fanat Kakhramonov in the final.
Ferghana’s AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships bronze medallist 20-year-old Kozimbek Mardonov moved up to the light heavyweight (81kg) this year and used his strength to beat Jaloleddin Uktamov and former Youth National Champion Madiyar Saidrakhimov in the final stages of the event.
Bukhara’s Sardorbek Yormukhammedov competed in the World Series of Boxing four years ago and he moved ahead step by step in the Uzbek national ranking as well. The 24-year-old heavyweight (91kg) boxer captured his first ever national title following his successes over teenage talent Shokhruz Rakhimov, Jamshiddin Abdullaev and Khasankhon Baratov.
Ferghana’s Lazizbek Mullojonov is a native talent at the super heavyweight (+91kg) who won the title in the ASBC Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championships earlier this year. The 18-year-old boxer used his longer hands against Rustamjon Ismoilov, ASBC Asian Youth Champion Profsor Rorimsha and former AIBA Junior World Champion Mirzobek Hasanov. National Champion and ASBC Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championships silver medallist Ulugbek Mubinov claimed only bronze medal in Termez.
List of the winners in the Uzbekistan National Championships
 49kg: Khudoynazar Fayzov
 52kg: Abdulla Kuchkarov
 56kg: Shakhobiddin Zoirov
 60kg: Shunkor Abdurasulov
 64kg: Ziyovidin Tokhirov
 69kg: Makhmud Gaipov
 75kg: Akmurod Gafforov
 81kg: Kozimbek Mardonov
 91kg: Sardorbek Yormukhammedov
 +91kg: Lazizbek Mullojonov
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