The 19th Asian Games boxing tournament, held at the Hangzhou Gymnasium, awarded the first four quota places for the Paris 2024 Olympics during today’s sessions. These allocations are part of the 34 Paris 2024 qualification slots to be granted during the Asian Games, serving as a crucial step on the Boxing Road to Paris.
Yesugen OYUNTSETSEG from Mongolia was the first Asian boxer to secure a quota place for the Olympic Games Paris 2024. In her Women’s 50 kg bout, she displayed exceptional skills and determination to overcome her rival Nazym KYZAIBAY of Kazakhstan, securing a well-deserved 4:0 victory.
In the upcoming semifinals on October 1, OYUNTSETSEG will face off against China’s Yu WU (CHN), who secured her own Paris 2024 quota by defeating Uzbekistan’s Sabina BOBOKULOVA with a resounding 5-0 score.
In the Women’s 57 kg category, local athlete Zichun XU, representing the host nation, was defeated by Parveen from India in a unanimous decision victory. Team India celebrated the outstanding performance of their 23-year-old boxer, who secured a spot in the quarterfinals against Sitora TURDIBEKOVA (UZB). The Uzbekistan talent advanced thanks to a unanimous decision victory over Fatima ZAHRA (PAK), securing a full scorecard as each of the five judges awarded her all three rounds.
In another thrilling match, Yu Ting LIN (TPE), a Tokyo 2020 participant who finished 9th, defeated the formidable Nesthy PETECIO from the Philippines, a silver medallist at Tokyo 2020. Advancing further, the athlete from Chinese Taipei will meet Porntip BUAPA (THA), the 2018 Youth Olympic Games silver medallist, who secured her victory with a commanding 5-0 score against Chandrakala THAPA (NEP).
In the Men’s 80kg category, the action continued as 19-year-old Turabek KHABIBULLAEV of Uzbekistan dominated his round-of-16 bout against Mohammed Ahmed MALSUBHI, overwhelming his opponent before the referee stopped the contest at 1:29 of the first round. His next rival in the quarterfinals is the Tokyo 2020 Olympian Hussein IASHAISH of Jordan, whose punches proved too heavy for Maikhel Roberrd MUSKITA (INA), leading to a referee stoppage in round 2.
The bout between Tanglatihan TUOHETAERBIEKE (CHN) and Nurbek ORALBAY (KAZ) in the Men’s 80kg category was very close, with the judges ultimately declaring TUOHETAERBIEKE the winner by a 3:2 split decision. Both boxers displayed excellent skills, speed, and power, but the Chinese athlete secured the victory.
Omurbek BEKZHIGIT UULU moved a step closer to earning Kazakhstan a quota place with a hard-fought victory on points 4:1 in his quarter-final match against India’s Lakshya Chahar.
The Men’s 92kg bouts determined the brackets for the semifinals, scheduled for the afternoon session on October 1. Local talent Xuezhen HAN, representing China, advanced in the tournament after a hard-fought contest against Lazizbek MULLOJONOV (UZB). HAN’s aggressive approach and powerful blows secured him a 4:1 split decision victory.
In another contest, Sagyndyk TOGAMBAY of Kazakhstan faced a challenging bout against Toufan SHARIFI (IRI), resulting in a knockout victory for the Kazakh athlete after 2 minutes and 13 seconds of boxing.
In the evening session, two more Olympic quota places were awarded in the Women’s 50kg weight category. Thailand’s Chuthamat RAKSAT secured the first one, defeating Ruhafzo HAQNAZAROVA (TJK) by a commanding 5:0 unanimous decision victory. Team India celebrated the first Olympic quota place in the Women’s 50kg event as Zareen NIKHAT dominated her bout against Hanan NASSAR from Jordan, with the referee stopping the contest during the first round after three standing counts.
In the Women’s 57kg class, Karina IBRAGIMOVA (KAZ) secured a convincing victory with a unanimous decision of 5:0 over Jinhyang PAEK (PRK), showcasing her dominance in the match.
Mongolia’s Namuun MONKHOR displayed impressive punching, forcing the referee to stop the contest in the third round against Korean boxer JIN Hyejeong (KOR).
In another action-packed bout, young Man Man CHAN (MAC) faced a tough challenge against Japan’s Satsuki YOSHIZAWA, resulting in the referee stopping the bout after just 1 minute and 24 seconds of competition. YOSHIZAWA will meet Mijgona SAMADOVA (TJK) in the quarterfinals, who secured a 5:0 win over Huyen Tran NGUYEN (VIE) through an aggressive strategy.
In the Men’s 80 kg category, the bout between Ahmad GHOUSOON (SYR) and Jinjea KIM (KOR) was a display of pure energy. Both boxers went on the offensive, executing powerful blows throughout the contest. The Syrian athlete in the red corner secured a 4-1 split decision victory. His next opponent will be Tajikistan’s Shabbos NEGMATULLOEV, who secured a round three win and a bout victory over Seyedshahin MOUSAVI (IRI) with the same scoring.
The 2023 South East Asian Games gold medallist Weerapon JONGJOHO (THA) caused an upset by defeating Japan’s Issei ARAMOTO, with the referee stopping the bout with 47 seconds remaining in the first round.
In one of the most anticipated matches of the day, Tokyo 2020 bronze medallist Eumir Felix MARCIAL (PHI) showcased his superiority in the ring, winning with a unanimous decision of 5:0 against Manh Cuong NGUYEN (VIE), the 2023 South East Asian Games silver medallist.
In the Men’s 92kg event, Republic of Korea’s Jaemin JEONG earned a spot in the semifinals after overwhelming John Nobel MARVIN of the Philippines, resulting in the referee stopping the contest during the first round. JEONG’s next opponent is Davlat BOLTAEV (TJK), who secured a sensational victory by securing round three and winning the bout against Erkin ADYLBEK UULU (KGZ) with a score of 4:0.
The competition continues tomorrow, September 30, at the Hangzhou Gymnasium, where four Olympic quota places will be awarded in the Women’s 54kg weight category. Additionally, the Women’s 75kg quarterfinals and the round-of-16 in the Men’s 57kg, Men’s 71kg, and Men’s +92kg classes will be contested.