SIX CHAMPIONS EMERGED. EXCITING FINALE AT THE 19TH ASIAN GAMES BOXING TOURNAMENT

05/10/2023

After an intense eleven days featuring a total of 225 bouts, the 19th Asian Games boxing tournament concluded today at the Hangzhou Gymnasium. The final day saw champions crowned in the Women’s 57kg, 66kg categories, and the Men’s 51kg, 57kg, 80kg, and +92kg weight divisions.

In the first gold medal match of the day, the Women’s 57kg event saw Chinese Taipei’s Yu Ting LIN facing Kazakistan’s Karina IBRAGIMOVA. The 2018 Asian Games bronze medalist LIN dominated for three rounds and earning 10/9 decisions across her scorecard imposing a commanding 5-0 decision on her Kazakh opponent. Chinese Taipei’s boxer became the first gold medalist in boxing at the Asian Games.

After the match, LIN expressed her feelings: “Overall, I feel I’ve done pretty well. Like I said yesterday, I never felt in such great form before. This period, my preparation for competition has been quite successful. This whole year, my results haven’t been great. I’m thankful that my family have been so willing to believe in me, to give me resources to follow my dreams. It’s only with their help that I can win this gold medal. This is another experience collected in life. I said I’ll see you guys in the final. I’ll see you guys next in Paris.”

In the Women’s 66kg class, People’s Republic of China Liu YANG secured the fourth gold medal for her country at the boxing tournament of the 19th Asian Games by defeating Thailand’s Janjaem SUWANNAPHENG by unanimous decision. YANG advanced in the competition by defeating India’s Arundhati CHOUDHARY and Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Hyosun HWANG with two 5:0 scores and Chinese Taipei’s Nien Chin CHEN by 3:2. In the gold medal match, she gave it all, using her skills and strong jabs to get the win.

After winning the medal YANG expressed her emotions: “I’m excited and happy. Because the gold medal was not easy to come by and there was a lot of heartache in it. I’m still very happy.”

On the upcoming participation at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games she added: “The gold medal at the Paris Olympics is going to be even tougher, it’s a huge event that the whole world is watching, and it’s probably going to require a lot more effort and a lot more hard work and a lot more grinding in the training. It’s only through continued hard work that I will be able to fight for the gold.”

Moments later, Hasanboy DUSMATOV from Uzbekistan, who claimed the Silver in the previous Asian Games edition, unanimously defeated Thitisan PANMOT (THA) in the Men’s 51kg final match to finally secure the most precious medal in this event. DUSMATOV showcased his prowess in the with a dominant performance against the young talent from Thailand.

“I have been working for this result all my career.” – DUSMATOV said after today’s victory. “There’s a time for everything. Today is my time at the Asian Games. I was working for this victory. I had to drop weight for this competition. From the start, it was difficult. I hope that I will be able to have a rest before the next competition.“ – he also added.

Abdumalik KHALOKOV of Kazakhstan displayed exceptional skill and determination as he delivered a stunning performance in the Men’s 57kg final. Facing off against Japan’s Shudai HARADA, KHALOKOV’s boxing prowess was on full display. In a thrilling contest, KHALOKOV managed to secure the gold medal by delivering a knockout blow to HARADA in the second round.

“I have been working for this victory all my career. There’s a time for everything. Today is my time at the Asian Games.” DUSMATOV said after his performance.

In the Men’s 80kg final, the Tokyo 2020 bronze medallist Eumir Felix MARCIAL (PHI) was defeated by the local hero Tanglatihan TUOHETAERBIEKE (CHN) by 5:0. The Filipino boxer started strongly winning the first round with five 10/9 from the judges. His opponent, cheered and supported by the home crowd, counterattacked in the second and in the third round with impressive punching to get the victory. TUOHETAERBIEKE conquered the fifth gold medal for People’s Republic of China in the boxing tournament as well as the first in the Male category at the Asian Games after 13 years.

After winning the brightest medal, he commented: ”I’m very excited, because this is the Asian Games. This is my second time taking part in Asian Games and the first time I only got fifth. This time my mood is really different. I can see my improvement and my hard work in my results. This time there is also Olympic qualification at stake. I earned qualification to the Olympics here and I’m really happy and excited about that.”

Uzbekistan’s Bakhodir JALOLOV (UZB) outscored Kazakistan’s Kamshybek KUNKABAYEV by 4:0 points in the Men’s +92kg final, leading round 1 and 2 to reach the highest step of the podium. The Uzbek boxer throughout the tournament proved to be the best in the continent in his weight category after winning the 19th Asian Games.

The Boxing Road to Paris qualification pathway will now continue at the 2023 Pan American Games in Santiago (CHI) to then proceed to the Pacific Games in Honiara (SOL), later this year. After the continental qualifications, two World Qualification events will take place in Busto Arsizio (Italy) from February 29 to March 12, 2024, and in Bangkok (Thailand) from May 23 to June 3, 2024.

Stay tuned for more boxing action!

Find the medallist standings in the ‘Results’ section at the bottom of the page, here.



DAY 10 AT ASIAN GAMES: 5 CHAMPIONS AND THE LAST 8 QUOTA PLACES DISTRIBUTED

04/10/2023

Today featured a total of 10 exciting semifinals in the Women’s 57kg, 66kg, Men’s 51kg, 57kg, and 80kg categories, as well as five finals in the Women’s 54kg, 75kg, 60kg, Men’s 63.5kg, and 71kg divisions of the 19th Asian Games boxing tournament, which has been taking place at the Hangzhou Gymnasium from September 24 to October 5.

Five Champions Crowned Today at the Asian Games’ Boxing Tournament

In the Women’s 54kg category final, Cholmi PANG from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea emerged victorious, securing the coveted gold medal in a thrilling match against Yuan CHANG from the People’s Republic of China. The competition was fierce, with Yuan CHANG taking the lead in the opening round. However, PANG’s remarkable counterattacks in the second and third rounds gradually turned the tide in her favor. In the end, the judges declared a 3:2 split decision in favor of PANG, solidifying her position as the gold medalist in the match. 

Moments later, the spotlight shifted to one of the most anticipated bouts of the day: the Women’s 75kg division gold medal match. This highly anticipated contest featured Qian LI (CHN), the silver medalist from Tokyo 2020, and Lovlina BORGOHAIN (IND), who had earned the bronze medal at the same event. Throughout the match, the Chinese athlete, Qian LI, displayed her exceptional skill and unwavering determination. She dominated the three rounds with her precise technique and aggression. The judges’ unanimous decision of 5:0 in her favor left no doubt about her victory in this intense contest.

After winning the gold medal, Li commented: “I think the biggest blow to me before was the 2014 Asian Games because that was my first time participating in a large-scale tournament. I was full of confidence to participate and get the gold medal, but then I did not get it. After so many years participating in two Olympic Games, step by step, I finally got the gold medal, and have been constantly pushing myself forward.”

A second gold medal arrived today for Team People’s Republic of China as Wenlu YANG outscored Ungyong WON (PRK) by unanimous decision, thereby claiming the brightest medal. Once again, YANG proved to be one of the best boxers in the Women’s 60kg weight category, collecting her fourth 5:0 victory in a row in the tournament.

“I am very excited and happy. Whether the competition is held in China or abroad, there is no big difference. I will try my best at all the competitions.” – stated YANG after her victory.

Chinzorig BAATARSUKH of Mongolia proved to be the best after winning the 19th Asian Games boxing tournament in the Men’s 63.5kg category. In the final bout against Chinese Taipei’s Chu En LAI, the Mongolian boxer controlled the rhythm of the match and kept his opponent at a distance. Moving around the ring, he dominated his opponent with exceptional boxing skills, earning 10/9 scores across all three rounds and finishing atop the podium.

Chia Wei KAN (TPE) withdrew from his Men’s 71kg final, handing a walkover win as well as the gold medal to his opponent Sewonrets Quincy Mensah OKAZAWA of Japan.

Eight Paris 2024 Olympic quota places were at stake today, with one awarded in each of the semifinals.

Chinese Taipei’s Yu Ting LIN triumphed over India’s Parveen with a unanimous decision in the Women’s 57kg weight class semifinal. LIN’s impressive boxing skills earned her a spot in the finals scheduled for tomorrow, October 5, where she will face Kazakhstan’s Karina IBRAGIMOVA, who secured her spot in the last match of the tournament with a hard-fought 3:2 win against Tajikistan’s Mijgona SAMADOVA. All four semifinalists have already earned their tickets to Paris 2024 in their respective weight categories.

In the Men’s 51kg division, Thitisan PANMOT (THA) clinched a 3:2 win over Chonryong SO (PRK), securing a quota place for Paris 2024. The Thai boxer narrowly won the opening round, but SO fought back in the second round. With both boxers going at it in the third round, the judges declared PANMOT as the winner by split decision. In the gold medal match, the boxer from Thailand will face a formidable opponent: Hasanboy DUSMATOV (UZB), the 2018 Asian Games silver medallist and Rio 2016 champion. The Uzbek athlete advanced in the brackets after defeating Tomoya TSUBOI of Japan in a close contest won on points 4:1.

People’s Republic of China’s Tanglatihan TUOHETAERBIEKE and Uzbekistan’s Turabek KHABIBULLAEV took center stage in the first of the two Men’s 80kg semifinals. Despite KHABIBULLAEV earning five 10/9 scores in the first round, the Chinese opponent fought back in the second and third rounds to take a well-deserved 4:1 split decision victory. TUOHETAERBIEKE’s win advances him to the semifinals and secures him a place in the Paris 2024 Games. An impressive performance by Tokyo 2020 bronze medallist Eumir Felix MARCIAL (PHI) also guaranteed him a spot in the upcoming Olympics after defeating Syria’s GHOUSOON Ahmad by knockout, his second in a row in the tournament.

Thailand’s Janjaem SUWANNAPHENG showcased his prowess in the Women’s 66kg category with a dominant performance against Kazakhstan’s Natalya BOGDANOVA. The Thai boxer displayed impressive punches and clearly won the bout, forcing her opponent into two standing counts in the third round. As a result, the referee stopped the contest, giving the victory to SUWANNAPHENG. Today’s victory secured her a ticket to Paris as well as a spot in the final against Nien Chin CHEN (CHN), who clinched a 3:2 split decision win over Chinese Taipei’s Liu YANG. The home favorite can now fulfill her dream of qualifying for the Olympic Games.

Abdumalik KHALOKOV (UZB) also booked a spot for competing at Paris 2024 as he ran out a comfortable 5:0 winner in his Men’s 57kg semifinal, leaving no chances to Ping LYU from the People’s Republic of China and earning five 10/9 scores from the judges in each of the three rounds contested. In the gold medal match scheduled for tomorrow, October 5, he will face off against Shudai HARADA of Japan, who clinched victory against Thailand’s Rujakran JUNTRONG by a razor-thin margin of 3 points to 2. HARADA also earned the opportunity to represent his country at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games with a nominal quota place.

Competition is set to continue tomorrow with the last day of competition. Starting at 19:00 (Hangzhou local time), the ring of the Hangzhou Gymnasium will host the finals of the Women’s 57kg and 66kg, as well as the Men’s 51kg, 57kg, 80kg, and +92kg.

Paris 2024 Boxing Olympic Quota places awarded today, by event: 

Men’s 51 kg: Thitisan PANMOT (THA), Hasanboy DUSMATOV (UZB)

Men’s 57kg: Abdumalik KHALOKOV (UZB), HARADA Shudai (JPN)

Men’s 80 kg: Tanglatihan TUOHETAERBIEKE (CHN), Eumir Felix MARCIAL (PHI)

Women’s 66 kg: Janjaem SUWANNAPHENG (THA), Nien Chin CHEN (CHN)

Paris 2024 Boxing Olympic Quota places awarded at the 19th Asian Games, by event:

Women’s 50kg: Yesugen OYUNTSETSEG (MGL), Yu WU (CHN), Chuthamat RAKSAT (THA), Zareen NIKHAT (IND)

Women’s 54kg: Preeti (IND), Yuan CHANG (CHN), Cholmi PANG (PRK), Nigina UKTAMOVA (UZB)

Women’s 57 kg: Parveen (IND), Yu Ting LIN (TPE), Karina BRAGIMOVA (KAZ), Mijgona SAMADOVA (TJK)

Women’s 60kg: Thananya SOMNUEK (THA), Ungyong WON (PRK), Shihyi WU (TPE), Wenlu YANG (CHN)

Women’s 75 kg: Lovlina BORGOHAIN (IND), Qian LI (CHN)

Men’s 63,5 kg: Chu En LAI (TPE), Chinzorig BAATARSUKH (MGL)

Men’s 71 kg: Chia Wei KAN (TPE), Sewonrets Quincy Mensah OKAZAWA (JPN)

Men’s 92kg: Xuezhen HAN (CHN), Davlat BOLTAEV (TJK)

Men’s +92kg: Kamshybek KUNKABAYEV (KAZ), Bakhodir JALOLOV (UZB)

Paris 2024 Boxing Olympic Quota places awarded at the 19th Asian Games, by country:

China, 7 quota places 

Chinese Taipei, 4 quota places 

India, 4 quota places

Thailand, 4 quota places

Uzbekistan, 4 quota places

Kazakistan, 2 quota places

Tijikistan, 2 quota places

Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, 2 quota places

Mongolia, 2 quota places

Japan, 2 quota place

Philippines, 1 quota place 

34 Olympic quotas in total



FIRST TWO CHAMPIONS CROWNED TODAY AT THE ASIAN GAMES 

03/10/2023

Day 9 of the boxing tournament at the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, witnessed two finals in the Women’s 50kg and Men’s 92kg categories, as well as 12 semifinals that would determine the finalists in the Women’s 54kg, Women’s 60kg, Women’s 75kg, Men’s 63.5kg, Men’s 71kg, and Men’s +92kg weight categories scheduled for October 4 and 5.

Today, two gold medal matches for Women’s 50kg and Men’s 92kg took place at the Hangzhou Gymnasium. 

Yu WU (CHN) claimed the first gold medal of the tournament in the Women’s 50kg category. She secured a commanding 5-0 win over Chuthamat RAKSAT (THA), earning 10/9 scores across all three rounds. After her victory, WU expressed her emotions, stating: 

“I felt like I had completed my mission. This journey was very difficult to go through. I feel like the tears that were shed and the pain that I suffered were all worth it.” 

Regarding her qualification for the Olympic Games Paris 2024, WU said: “My main rival is myself. I will not be afraid of even the strongest rivals if I keep breaking through my limits and making myself stronger.”

In the Men’s 92kg final, Davlat BOLTAEV (TJK) emerged victorious after a closely contested bout. Although the athlete from Tajikistan won the first two rounds, HAN made an effort to turn the tide in the third round. However, the judges ultimately declared BOLTAEV the winner with a 3-2 split decision.

After winning the bout the boxer of Tajikistan said:
“I am happy to win the medal. All the other medallists fought well. In Tajikistan, we take competition seriously and exercise discipline. I am happy to show that in my boxing today. Indeed, I worked with my technical coach and many thanks to him. It was a joint effort. I am excited and grateful to those people who helped me with my boxing.”

Between the afternoon and evening sessions today, 8 Paris 2024 Olympic quota places were distributed here. The boxing tournament at the 19th Asian Games serves as a continental qualifier for the Boxing Road to Paris series, awarding a total of 34 qualification slots across 13 weight categories.

In the Men’s 71kg weight division, Chia Wei KAN (TPE) secured his Olympic quota place by defeating Bayramdurdy NURMUHAMMEDOV of Turkemistan. The match featured exceptional combinations from both athletes in the third round, with KAN ultimately sealing a 4-1 split decision victory. In the same weight category, Sewonrets Quincy Mensah OKAZAWA (JPN) claimed his Paris 2024 quota place with a 3-2 split decision victory over the 2018 Asian Games silver medalist Aslanbek SHYMBERGENOV of Kazakhstan.

In the Women’s 75kg event, Tokyo 2020 bronze medalist Lovlina BORGOHAIN (IND) secured her spot in the gold final match by defeating the 2023 South East Asian Games champion Baison MANEEKON of Thailand. The Indian boxer, after winning the opening round with maximum points, faced a resilient opponent in the second round. However, in the third round, BORGOHAIN landed decisive punches to seal the victory for 5:0. She is set to face a formidable rival in tomorrow’s final, Qian LI (CHN), Tokyo 2020 silver medalist, who controlled the entire bout against Diem Quynh LUU (VIE), winning by unanimous decision. Thanks to this victory, LI secured an Olympic quota place in the upcoming Olympic boxing tournament in Paris.

In the Men’s 63.5kg division, Chu En LAI (TPE) earned his spot for the 2024 Paris Olympics with a commanding 5-0 victory over the talented 20-year-old Qasim Hamdan AL-SARRAY (IRQ). In the semifinal, he will face the experienced Chinzorig BAATARSUKH (MGL), who also secured his Olympic quota place with a convincing unanimous decision win over Bunjong SINSIRI of Thailand.

In the Men’s +92kg class, Kamshybek KUNKABAYEV of Kazakhstan, bronze medalist at Tokyo 2020, secured his second Olympic qualification by defeating India’s Narender with a 5-0 score. In the following bout, home boxer Danabieke BAYIKEWUZI (CHN) was unable to overcome the challenge from Bakhodir JALOLOV of Uzbekistan, who overwhelmed the Chinese opponent with a knockout in round 1. JALOLOV (UZB) will now meet KUNKABAYEV in the gold medal match scheduled for Thursday, October 5.

In today’s sessions

Preeti (IND) and Yuan CHANG (CHN) stepped into the ring for a thrilling Women’s 54 kg semifinal. The home favorite emerged victorious with a 5-0 score over the 19-year-old Indian boxer. Despite the loss, the Indian boxer secured a bronze medal and a ticket to Paris 2024. CHANG, a Tokyo 2020 boxer who finished 5th, is set to face in the final Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s Cholmi PANG (PRK), who also won by the same scoreline against Nigina UKTAMOVA of Uzbekistan.

Chonryong SO (PRK) caused an upset by stunning Saudi Arabia’s Abdulaziz Khalid D ALATBI with a knockout in round 1 in their Men’s 51kg quarterfinal match. SO will face Thitisan PANMOT (THA) in the semifinal. PANMOT had a tough contest against Jiamao ZHANG (CHN), with the Chinese boxer winning the opening round but the Thai boxer staging a comeback in the second round.

After a hard-fought contest, Tomoya TSUBOI is now one win away from earning Japan a quota place in the Men’s 51kg event at the Olympics. He secured a victory with a 5-0 score in his quarter-final against Nurzhigit DIUSHEBAEV (KGZ). In the semifinal, he will meet the Rio 2016 champion Hasanboy DUSMATOV (UZB), who overcame Zohaib RASHEED from Pakistan by a unanimous points decision.

In the Women’s 60kg, Ungyong WON (PRK) emerged victorious as she outclassed Thananya SOMNUEK of Thailand with a 5-0 score. Despite losing the first round, the boxer from Democratic People’s Republic of Korea bounced back to win the second and third rounds with maximum points. WON is set to face Wenlu YANG (CHN), who, cheered on by the home crowd, triumphed with the same scoreline over Shihyi WU of Chinese Taipei.

Tokyo 2020 silver medalist Carlo PAALAM (PHI) was stopped by Uzbekistan’s Abdumalik KHALOKOV, who won aggressively landing heavy blows. KHALOKOV advanced to the Men’s 57 kg semifinal, where he will face local hero Ping LYU (CHN), who secured a 4-1 points win over the Indian Sachin.

The second semifinal, scheduled for October 4, will see Japanese boxer Shudai HARADA and Rujakran JUNTRONG (THA) in action. They both won their respective bouts by unanimous decision against Md Salim HOSSAIN (BAN) and Taebom O (PRK), respectively.

Tomorrow, October 4, promises to be an exciting day with finals in the Women’s 54kg, Women’s 75kg, Men’s 51kg, Men’s 63.5kg, Men’s 71kg, and semifinals in the Women’s 57kg, Women’s 66kg, Men’s 51 kg, Men’s 57kg, and Men’s 80kg. Additionally, 8 more Olympic quota places will be awarded. Stay tuned for more thrilling boxing action at the Asia Olympic Boxing Qualifying Tournament!

Follow the event on boxing.athlete365.org and visit the 19th Asian Games official website for the latest competition information, results, and schedules.

Paris 2024 Boxing Olympic Quota places awarded today, by event: 

Women’s 75 kg: Lovlina BORGOHAIN (IND), Qian LI (CHN)

Men’s 63,5 kg: Chu En LAI (TPE), Chinzorig BAATARSUKH (MGL)

Men’s 71 kg: Chia Wei KAN (TPE), Sewonrets Quincy Mensah OKAZAWA (JPN)

Men’s +92kg: Kamshybek KUNKABAYEV (KAZ), Bakhodir JALOLOV (UZB)

Paris 2024 Boxing Olympic Quota places awarded at the 19th Asian Games, by event:

Women’s 50kg: Yesugen OYUNTSETSEG (MGL), Yu WU (CHN), Chuthamat RAKSAT (THA), Zareen NIKHAT (IND)

Women’s 54kg: Preeti (IND), Yuan CHANG (CHN), Cholmi PANG (PRK), Nigina UKTAMOVA (UZB)

Women’s 57 kg: Parveen (IND), Yu Ting LIN (TPE), Karina BRAGIMOVA (KAZ), Mijgona SAMADOVA (TJK)

Women’s 60kg: Thananya SOMNUEK (THA), Ungyong WON (PRK), Shihyi WU (TPE), Wenlu YANG (CHN)

Men’s 92kg: Xuezhen HAN (CHN), Davlat BOLTAEV (TJK)

Paris 2024 Boxing Olympic Quota places awarded at the 19th Asian Games, by country:

China, 5 quota places 

India, 4 quota places

Chinese Taipei, 4 quota places 

Kazakistan, 2 quota places

Tijikistan, 2 quota places

Thailand, 2 quota places

Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, 2 quota places

Mongolia, 2 quota places

Uzbekistan, 2 quota places

Japan, 1 quota place

26 quotas in total (currently)



FIRST MEDALS AWARDED IN THE WOMEN’S 50KG AND MEN’S 92KG WEIGHT DIVISIONS

01/10/2023

Day 8 of the boxing tournament at the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou showcased four thrilling semifinal matches, determining the finalists in the Women’s 50kg and Men’s 92kg weight categories scheduled for October 3. Additionally, ten coveted Olympic quota places were distributed in the Women’s 57 kg, Women’s 60kg, and Men’s 92kg. This tournament serves as a continental qualifier for the Boxing Road to Paris series, granting a total of 34 qualification slots across all 13 boxing categories.

The morning session began with an electrifying Women’s 50kg semifinal between Yesugen OYUNTSETSEG (MGL) and Yu WU (CHN). The home favorite, Yu Wu, dominated all three rounds, securing a unanimous decision victory and earning a well-deserved spot in the Asian Games’ final.

Team India continued to excel as Parveen secured her Olympic quota place by defeating Sitora TURDIBEKOVA (UZB) in the Women’s 57kg quarterfinal match with a flawless 5-0 scoreline. Parveen expressed her satisfaction, stating, “It was all good. I was well-prepared, and I gave it my all, knowing it was a qualification match.”

Parveen is now set to face off against Yu Ting LIN (TPE), who secured both the semifinal spot and a Paris 2024 quota with an impressive 5-0 victory over Thailand’s Porntip BUAPA.

In the Women’s 60kg event, Thananya SOMNUEK of Thailand and Ungyong WON of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea secured their tickets to the upcoming Olympic Games. They outscored Huswatun HASANAH (INA) and Jaismine (IND) respectively, both by referee stoppage in round 2.

In the women’s categories, four quotas are available for all categories except for 66kg and 75kg, for which there will be two tickets available, as the men’s categories.

Natalya BOGDANOVA is now one win away from securing a quota place in the Women’s 66kg division for Kazakhstan at the Olympics after a commanding 5-0 victory in her quarter-final bout over Tsetsegdari MYAGMARSUREN of Mongolia. On October 4, she will face Janjaem SUWANNAPHENG (THA) for the coveted ticket to Paris 2024. SUWANNAPHENG, the 2023 South East Asian Games gold medalist from Thailand, advanced to the semifinals after a dominant performance against Sujin SEON (KOR).

In the Men’s 63.5 kg class, Xiangyang WANG (CHN) had a fierce battle against Chu En LAI (TPE). While the boxer from Chinese Taipei dominated the opening round, WANG made a comeback in the second round, supported by the enthusiastic Hangzhou Gymnasium crowd. In a closely contested third round, LAI landed some decisive punches, securing a 3-2 split decision victory. LAI advanced to the semifinals to meet the talented 20-year-old from Iraq, Ali Qasim Hamdan AL-SARRAY, who secured his spot with a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Askat KULTAEV (KGZ).

Hussein IASHAISH of Jordan faced a tough opponent in his Men’s 80 kg quarterfinal bout, Uzbekistan’s Turabek KHABIBULLAEV. In a thrilling contest filled with exceptional combinations from both fighters, the judges declared the 19-year-old Uzbek as the winner with a 3-2 split decision.

In the following match, the entire Hangzhou Gymnasium erupted in cheers for Tanglatihan TUOHETAERBIEKE, the local athlete competing for a medal on his home turf. His opponent from Uzbekistan, Omurbek BEKZHIGIT UULU, started strongly in the first round, landing heavy jabs to claim the round. However, the Chinese boxer mounted a comeback in the second round, taking control of the match. In the third round, TUOHETAERBIEKE gave his best effort, sealing a 4-1 victory to the delight of the home crowd.

In an eagerly anticipated Men’s 92kg semifinal match, the home hero Xuezhen HAN faced the 22-year-old Sagyndyk TOGAMBAY from Kazakhstan. While the Kazakh boxer won the first round with sensational combinations, HAN executed brilliant counter-attacks in the second and third rounds, sealing a resounding 5-0 victory.

In the evening session, Chuthamat RAKSAT (THA) advanced to the gold medal match by defeating India’s Zareen NIKHAT (IND) in the Women’s 50kg semifinal. RAKSAT’s patient approach earned her a hard-fought 3-2 split decision win, while NIKHAT claimed the bronze medal.

Karina BRAGIMOVA and Mijgona SAMADOVA (TJK) both made it to the semifinals of the Women’s 57kg event and secured Olympic quota places for their countries. They overcame Namuun MONKHOR (MGL) and Satsuki YOSHIZAWA (JPN) respectively.

In the Women’s 60kg quarterfinals, Chinese Taipei earned a second ticket to Paris 2024 as Shihyi WU (TPE) defeated Tokyo 2020 participant Raykhona KODIROVA of Uzbekistan in a closely contested bout with a 3-2 split decision. WU is now set to face People’s Republic of China’s Wenlu YANG, who secured a dominant 5-0 win against Mongolia’s Nomin-Erdene TUGSJARGAL. YANG can be proud of obtaining the coveted quota place for the Olympic Games next year.

Liu YANG (CHN) faced Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s Hyosun HWANG in their Women’s 66kg quarterfinal match. HWANG secured the judges’ votes in round 1 but ultimately lost to the Chinese in rounds 2 and 3. In her quest to secure a place at Paris 2024, she will meet Nien Chin CHEN (TPE) in the semifinal scheduled for October 4. The boxer from Chinese Taipei advanced in the tournament, securing a victory against Shoira ZULKAYNAROVA after the referee stopped the contest due to injury in round 2.

In a fierce Men’s 63.5 kg ring battle, the 2023 South East Asian Games gold medalist Bunjong SINSIRI (THA) clinched a 3-2 split decision win over Cholman CHOE (PRK). SINSIRI is now set to face a formidable opponent, the 2018 Asian Games silver medalist Chinzorig BAATARSUKH of Mongolia, who secured a commanding 5-0 victory over Yertugan ZEINULLINOV (KAZ).

Advancing in the tournament, Ahmad GHOUSOON from Syria displayed tactical prowess to beat the Tokyo 2020 Olympian Shabbos NEGMATULLOEV (TJK) with a controlled 5-0 win in the first Men’s 80kg class quarterfinal of the evening session. The Syrian boxer set up a tough semifinal against the Tokyo 2020 bronze medalist Eumir Felix MARCIAL, who secured a knockout victory over Weerapon JONGJOHO of Thailand.

In the final bout of the day, all eyes were on the Men’s 92kg semifinal match between Jaemin EONG (KOR) and Davlat BOLTAEV (TJK). The boxer representing Tajikistan showcased his skill and determination, earning a unanimous 5-0 decision victory and securing an Olympic quota place for Paris 2024. Jaemin EONG of Korea concluded the Asian Games boxing tournament with a well-deserved bronze medal.

The boxing tournament at the 19th Asian Games will take a day off on October 2, but the action is set to continue on Tuesday, October 3, with the first day of finals. Stay tuned for more thrilling bouts!

Follow the event on boxing.athlete365.org and visit the 19th Asian Games official website for the latest competition information, results, and schedules.



DAY 7 IN HANGZHOU: MORE QUOTA PLACES DISTRIBUTED

30/09/2023

Twenty-four bouts took place in day 7 of 19th Asian Games’ boxing tournament at the Hangzhou Gymnasium. The action-packed day began at 14:00 local time and included quarterfinals in the Women’s 75kg and Men’s +92kg, and round-of-16 bouts for the Men’s 57kg and Men’s 71kg weight division. 

In a remarkable display of skill and strategy, 19-year-old Preeti from India became the first boxer to secure a ticket to the Paris 2024 Olympics in the Women’s 54kg class. She triumphed over Zhaina SHEKERBEKOVA from Kazakhstan with a closely contested 4:1 points victory. This accomplishment marked India’s second quota place following Nikita Zareen’s success.

Preeti’s next challenge in the semifinals will be the home favorite, Yuan CHANG from China. Yuan secured her country’s quota place with a convincing 5:0 victory over Hsiao Wen HUANG from Chinese Taipei.

In the Women’s 75 kg weight division, Baison MANEEKON from Thailand, a Tokyo 2020 Olympian, displayed his prowess by securing a unanimous decision victory over Erdenetuya ENKHBAATAR from Mongolia. Maneekon now sets up a challenging clash with India’s Lovlina BORGOHAIN, Tokyo 2020 bronze medalist. Lovlina dominated her bout against Seong SUYEON from Korea, earning maximum points in all three rounds.

In the Men’s 57kg division, Carlo PAALAM, the Tokyo 2020 silver medalist from the Philippines, advanced to the quarterfinals with a 4:1 victory over Kazakhstan’s Munarbek SEIITBEK UULU. Paalam showcased his strategic prowess by studying his opponent in the first round before unleashing his power and skills. His next challenge is Abdumalik KHALOKOV (UZB), who entered the quarterfinals in style with a commanding 5:0 victory over Vietnam’s Van Duong NGUYEN.

Sachin from India advanced to the next phase of the tournament by walkover as his opponent, Turki ABUQUTHAILAH from Kuwait, withdrew from their round-of-16 bout.

The Hangzhou Gymnasium witnessed exceptional performances from Ping LYU (CHN) and Muhammad QASIM (PAK). LYU overwhelmed the Pakistani boxer with a unanimous decision victory, showcasing his dominance in the ring.

In a thrilling Men’s 71kg quarterfinal bout, Chinese Taipei’s Chia Wei KAN unleashed sensational combinations, earning maximum points in all three rounds and securing a 5:0 victory over Bin Che Azmi MOHD ASWAN from Malaysia. KAN now faces Bayramdurdy NURMUHAMMEDOV of Turkmenistan in the semifinals. In a closely contested match, Taebom O from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea secured a 3:2 split decision victory over Kazakhstan’s Makhmud SABYRKHAN.

In the Men’s +92kg weight division, Kamshybek KUNKABAYEV from Kazakhstan, a Tokyo 2020 bronze medalist, showcased his superiority with a unanimous decision victory over Danis Latypov from Bahrain. Kunkabayev now faces India’s Narender who secured a unanimous decision victory over Iman RAMEZANPOURDELAVAR (IRI) striking him towards the end to earn maximum points in their quarterfinals bout.

In the Women’s 54kg division, Cholmi PANG (PRK) secured the third Olympic slot of the day with a unanimous decision victory over Vietnam’s Thi Ngoc Tran NGUYEN. Pang advances to face Nigina  UKTAMOVA of Uzbekistan, who earned not only a spot in the Asian Games’ semifinals but also a ticket to the Olympic Games Paris 2024 by defeating Japan’s Rinka KINOSHITA.

In a thrilling Women’s 75kg weight division bout, Tokyo 2020 silver medalist and Rio 2016 bronze medalist Qian LI (CHN), exhibited excellent skills in her bout against Valentina KHALZOVA from Kazakhstan. Cheered on by the home crowd, Qian LI secured her triumph by unanimous decision. Her next opponent is Diem Quynh LUU from Vietnam, who clinched an emotional win by a 4:1 split decision over the experienced Nepal’s Saraswati RANA.

In the preliminary round-of-16 of the Men’s 57kg class, the Mongolian Lundaa GANTUMUR fell short against Shudai HARADA (JPN), with the judges declaring the Japanese boxer the winner by a split decision of 4-1. HARADA’s next opponent in the quarterfinals is Md Salim HOSSAIN from Pakistan, who won his bout after the referee stopped the contest due to injury to his opponent, Asror VOKHIDO from Tajikistan. Rujakran JUNTRONG from Thailand, the 2023 South East Asian Games silver medalist, triumphed over Palestine’s Wasim ABUSAL with a flawless performance, leading in all three rounds with a score of 5-0.

In the Men’s 71kg event, Tokyo 2020 Olympian Sewonrets Quincy Mensah OKAZAWA (JPN) with excellent footwork and some sensational combinations defeated Nishant Dev (IND) via a 5:0 win on points win. 

In the following bout, the spotlight turned on Aslanbek SHYMBERGENOV (KAZ) and Asadkhuja MUYDINKHUJAEV (UZB) The Uzbekistan’s athlete showcased an excellent performance, but in the third round, after three standing counts, the referee had to stop the contest giving the victory to his opponent.

As the day concluded, the spotlight turned to the Men’s +92kg quarterfinal match between local boxer Danabieke BAYIKEWUZI (CHN) and Byeknur KHALI from Mongolia. The Chinese athlete utilized strong jabs to score early points, and after three standing counts, secured the win when the contest was halted in round 2. BAYIKEWUZI now faces a formidable opponent, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic champion Bakhodir JALOLOV from Uzbekistan, who dominated his match against Muhammad ABRORIDINOV from Tajikistan, winning by RSC in round 2.

The Asian boxing qualifier for the Paris 2024 Olympics in Hangzhou, China, will continue tomorrow with 24 exciting bouts. The first medals will be awarded in the Women’s 50kg and Men’s 92kg divisions, and additional quota places will be granted in the Women’s 57kg, Women’s 60kg, and Men’s 92kg divisions, promising more thrilling action for boxing fans.

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4 OLYMPIC QUOTA PLACES AWARDED IN THE WOMEN’S 50 KG WEIGHT DIVISION

29/09/2023

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.

Follow the event on boxing.athlete365.org and visit the 19th Asian Games official website for the latest competition information, results, and schedules.



DAY 5: 24 BOXING MATCHES DEFINE QUARTERFINAL BRACKETS

28/09/2023

Today, an additional twenty-four matches unfolded at the Hangzhou Gymnasium as part of the boxing tournament within the 19th Asian Games, which also serves as a qualifying event for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. The action commenced at 14:00 local time in Hangzhou, marking the start of an exciting day of boxing.

Morning Session

Day 5 began with a walkover victory for Thananya SOMNUEK (THA) in the Women’s 60 kg division, as her opponent, Riza PASUIT (PHI), withdrew from the tournament.

In the same weight class, Noura ALMUTAIRI (KUW) faced off against Huswatun HASANAH (INA). The Indonesian boxer, an Asian Games bronze medalist, set the pace with powerful punches, securing a convincing 5-0 victory.

Jaismine (IND) displayed remarkable boxing skill, easily overcoming Hadeel Ghazwan ASHOUR (KSA). The contest was halted in the second round as the Indian boxer dominated, forcing the referee to stop the contest. Jaismine, at just 22 years old, now advances to the quarterfinals where he will meet Ungyong WON (PRK). WON achieved a significant victory by defeating the defending champion of the Asian Games, Yeonji OH (KOR), in a unanimous decision win.

In the Men’s 51kg weight category, Abdulaziz Khalid ALATBI of Saudi Arabia made an impressive debut in the tournament by narrowly edging out Bangladesh’s Md Abu THALHA (BAN) in a closely contested match, winning by a 3-2 split decision. ALATBI’s patient approach ultimately paid off. In the next round, he will face Chonryong SO (PRK), who secured a commanding unanimous decision victory over Nepal’s Rabin THAPA.

Thitisan PANMOT of Thailand showcased his talent with a second victory at the 19th Asian Games, defeating Chinese Taipei’s Tu Po Wei. Both boxers executed exceptional combinations, but PANMOT emerged victorious with a 4-1 split decision.

Team People’s Republic of China had reason to celebrate as 24-year-old Jiamao ZHANG displayed an outstanding performance, outscoring Minh Cuong NGUYEN (VIE) amid the enthusiastic support of the home fans.

Later in the afternoon, Chia Wei KAN (TPE) advanced to the quarterfinals with a unanimous decision victory over Niraj Madhushan Wijewarda GALANI GAMAGE (SRI), earning a perfect scorecard with all five judges awarding him all three rounds.

In bout 96, after a mere 53 seconds of competition and one standing count, Ali THAHER from Kuwait was unable to continue, leading the referee to stop the match. This allowed Malaysia’s Bin Che Azmi MAS MOHD ASWAN to advance to the quarterfinals.

Bayramdurdy NURMUHAMMEDOV (TKM) demonstrated his skills and strong jabs, scoring early points and causing two standing counts to his opponent Nidal FOQAHAA (PLE). The contest was halted with just 29 seconds left in round 2, securing NURMUHAMMEDOV’s victory. Mongolia’s Tuguldur BYAMBATSOGT awaits him in the quarterfinals after securing a 5-0 victory over Peerapat YEASUNGNOEN of Thailand.

Evening Session

In the evening session, the first round-of-16 bout in the Women’s 60kg division between Raykhona KODIROVA (UZB) and Dana AL-JABOR (QAT) ended swiftly, with the referee stopping the contest when only 43 seconds remained in the first round. Raykhona KODIROVA, a Tokyo 2020 Olympian from Uzbekistan, left no chances for her opponent from Qatar. Next up for KODIROVA is Chinese Taipei’s Shihyi WU, who secured a hard-fought 3:2 split decision win against Kazakhstan’s Rimma VOLOSSENKO in an intense and closely contested match.

Nomin-Erdene TUGSJARGAL (MGL) displayed superior strength against Ayaka TAGUCHI of Japan, winning by unanimous decision. Her quarter-final opponent will be the experienced Wenlu YANG from the People’s Republic of China. Wenlu YANG earned strong support from the Hangzhou Arena crowd during her brilliant performance against the 2023 East Asian Games gold medalist, Thi Linh HA (VIE), whom she outscored with a 5:0 unanimous decision.

In the Men’s 51kg weight category, Deepak (IND) couldn’t secure a spot in the next round, losing 1:4 via split decision to Tomoya TSUBOI (JPN) in a closely contested bout. He will now face off against the 25-year-old Nurzhigit DIUSHEBAEV from Kyrgyzstan, who showcased his dominance with a commanding 5-0 win over the young promise of Team Afghanistan, Abdul Jabar POPALZAI.

The highlight of bout #105 was the showdown between Rio 2016 gold medalist Hasanboy DUSMATOV (UZB) and Tokyo 2020 Olympic bronze medalist Saken BIBOSSINOV (KAZ). Both boxers exhibited excellent tactical skills, but Uzbekistan’s DUSMATOV emerged victorious with a 4:1 points victory, dashing the hopes of the former Olympic champion. Zohaib RASHEED (PAK) secured a meeting with him by running out a comfortable 5-0 winner over ALNUAIMI Sultan (UAE).

In the Men’s 71kg class, Sewonrets Quincy Mensah OKAZAWA (JPN) landed the better blows, and his strength and determination were decisive in outclassing Jordan’s Zeyad EASHASH, clinching a 4:1 split decision win.

Phuoc Tung BUI (VIE) had a forgettable day as he was knocked out barely 1 minute and 22 seconds into the contest by a fatal blow struck by India’s Nishand Dev.

In the following bout, Aslanbek SHYMBERGENOV (KAZ) faced a tough challenge against the 21-year-old Peicheng WANG (CHN). Both athletes left everyone in awe with an exceptional performance, but the 2018 Asian Games silver medalist from Kazakhstan emerged triumphant with a 4:0 decision victory. Aslanbek SHYMBERGENOV’s next opponent will be Asadkhuja MUYDINKHUJAEV (UZB), who dominated against the Philippines’ Marjon PIANAR (PHI), winning by a score of 5:0.

Tomorrow’s action is set to continue with quarter-finals in Women’s 50kg and Men’s 92kg, while round-of-16 bouts are also scheduled in the Women’s 57kg and Men’s 80kg categories.

Stay updated with the latest competition information, results, schedules, and additional content by visiting the official website of the 19th Asian Games.



DAY 4: RECAP OF THE 21 BOUTS CONTESTED

27/09/2023

The action at the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou (CHN),  a qualifying event of the Boxing Road to Paris series with 34 quota places at stake, continues today. Taking place at the Hangzhou Gymnasium from September 24 to October 5, the tournament showcases 237 athletes from 38 NOCs, competing in 13 weight categories, including 7 men’s and 6 women’s divisions.

Morning Session

The Women’s 50kg division kicked off today’s schedule with an impressive display of boxing skills. Yesugen OYUNTSETSEG (MLG) dominated her bout against Zinnat FERDOUS from Bangladesh, securing a unanimous decision victory. All five judges unanimously favored the Mongolian boxer in each round. OYUNTSETSEG’s next challenge will be facing off against Nazym KYZAIBAY (KAZ), who secured her spot in the next round with a points victory over Susma TAMANG from Nepal.

In the following match, Sabina BOBOKULOVA (UZB) left her mark by winning all three rounds and achieving a convincing 5:0 decision win against Do Mathialagan DANISHA, the lone representative from Singapore in the Asian Games boxing competition.

The audience at the Hangzhou Gymnasium was treated to an exciting bout in the last round-of-16 match of the Women’s 50kg division, where China’s Yu WU exhibited her boxing prowess with a unanimous points victory on her home turf against Suhyang KANG.

In the Men’s 63.5 kg category, Rio 2016 Olympian Chu En LAI delivered an exceptional performance. His excellent rhythm helped to claim a 4:0 victory over his opponent Bhupendra THAPA from Nepal. China’s successful run in the boxing tournament continues as Xiangyang WANG (CHN) displayed his powerful punches and determination, earning a unanimous decision victory over Ashley FAJARDO of the Philippines.

In a fiercely contested match, the 20-year-old Ali Qasim Hamdan AL-SARRAY (IRQ) showcased his superiority by winning his second bout of the tournament with a unanimous decision against IBRAHIM (PAK). AL-SARRAY now advances to face the Kazakh boxer Askat KULTAEV, who outclassed Shiva THAPA from India in their round-of-16 bout.

Moving to the Men’s 92 kg division, Lazizbek MULLOJONOV (UZB) impressed the crowd with his boxing skills, securing a unanimous decision win over India’s Sanjeet, thereby earning a spot in the quarterfinals.

Unfortunately, the last bout of the session had to be stopped due to an injury sustained by Mongolia’s Bariakhaan DORJ. As a result, Sagyndyk TOGAMBAY (KAZ) advances to the next round.

Evening Session

In the evening session, experienced Thai boxer Chuthamat RAKSAT outscored Tokyo 2020 bronze medalist Tsukimi NAMIKI of Japan by 5:0 in their round-of-16 bout. RAKSAT’s performance showcased remarkable talent in the ring, leading to a significant victory. She will now face the 23-year-old Ruhafzo HAQNAZAROVA (TJK), who triumphed 4:1 over the 2023 South East Asian Games bronze medalist Novita SINADIA (INA) after an intense match.

The bout #78 of the day saw Vilayphone VONGPHACHAN (LAO) facing Hanan NASSAR (JOR). With only 47 seconds left in the second round and two standing counts, the referee had to stop the match, sending the Jordanian boxer into the quarterfinals. Waiting for her there is India’s Zareen NIKHAT, who collected her second 5:0 win in the tournament by defeating Chorong BAK (KOR).

In the Men’s 63.5 kg category, Cholman CHOE (PRK) demonstrated his supremacy in a fierce ring confrontation, clinching a unanimous decision triumph over his rival Naseem Hussein Ahmed Huss ALQADHI (YEM). Later, Mohammed SOUD of Palestine faced a tough challenge against Bunjong SINSIRI (THA), the 2023 South East Asian Games gold medalist from Thailand, who was more aggressive and landed heavy blows, leading to the referee stopping the contest in round 2 after two standing counts.

In an intense battle, Bakhodur USMONOV (TJK) faced Yertugan ZEINULLINOV (KAZ), both displaying great boxing skills and refusing to give up. Ultimately, the Kazakh boxer secured a 3:2 split decision win over the Tokyo 2020 Olympian from Tajikistan.

Chinzorig BAATARSUKH of Mongolia defeated the young talent from Uzbekistan, Ruslan ABDULLAEV, via a unanimous decision win, setting up a quarterfinal match against ZEINULLINOV.

In the Men’s 92kg division, Odai ALHINDAWI of Jordan faced Toufan SHARIFI (IRI) in the round-of-16. Exceptional combinations were executed by both boxers, but the Islamic Republic of Iran’s boxer emerged victorious with a 4:1 decision win.

John Nobel MARVIN made Team Philippines proud with a convincing win. The 2023 South East Asian Games silver medalist left no chances for his 24-year-old opponent from Nepal, as the referee had to stop the contest in round 2 after two standing counts.

In the final bout of the session, all eyes were on Arslanbek ACHILOV (TMK) and Davlat BOLTAEV (TJK). It was an all-out attack from the Tajikistan boxer, launching heavy blows and securing the victory by RSC in round 2.

The Asian Games boxing tournament will continue tomorrow at the Hangzhou Gymnasium, featuring 24 round-of-16 bouts in the Women’s 60kg, Men’s 51kg, and Men’s 71kg weight divisions.

For official results, schedules, and more information, please visit the 19th Asian Games official website at: https://www.hangzhou2022.cn/En/



DAY 3 OF THE BOXING TOURNAMENT IN HANGZHOU

26/09/2023

Day three of the Asia Boxing Tournament at the Hangzhou Gymnasium witnessed 20 intense bouts across three weight divisions: Women’s 75 kg, Men’s 57 kg, and Men’s +92 kg.

Morning Session

The morning commenced with a remarkable victory by Baison MANEEKON (THA), the 2023 South East Asian Games gold medalist, who secured a convincing 5-0 win over the 18-year-old Uzbekistani talent, Aziza ZOKIROVA, in the Women’s 75 kg category.

In the Men’s 57 kg class, the highly anticipated showdown between Tokyo 2020 silver medalist Carlo PAALAM (PHI) and the 2022 Asian Championships gold medalist, Mohammad ABU JAJEH (JOR), impressed the audience. The Filipino boxer displayed sensational combinations, ultimately securing a round three victory with a unanimous 5-0 decision.

Nguyen Van Duong NGUYEN (VIE) from Vietnam jumped on the ring right after sealing a 4-0 victory. Abdumalik KHALOKOV (UZB) is coming up next as he outclassed Chinese Taipei’s Cheng Wei LEE with a maximum points win.

Team India’s young promise, Sachin (IND), managed to beat the 2023 South East Asian Games silver medalist Asri UDIN (INA) with a unanimous decision victory. In the round-of-16, Sachin will face Turki ABUQUTHAILAH (KUW), who clinched a hard-fought 3-2 split decision win over Afghanistan’s Mohammad Edriss JAFARI.

The People’s Republic of China delegation added to their success as the home favorite, Ping LYU, exhibited excellent tactical skills and footwork to secure a controlled 5-0 win on points against Daniyal SHAHBAKHSH (IRI).

The last contest in the Men’s 57 kg division saw Muhammad QASIM (PAK) leaving no chances for his opponent from the United Arab Emirates, securing a comfortable 5-0 victory.

In the +92 kg class later in the morning, Mohammad MLAIYES (SYR) withdrew from his bout in the round-of-16, handing a walkover win to his opponent Danis LATYPOV (BHR). The last contest of the session declared RAMEZANPOURDELAV Iman (IRI) as the winner after the referee stopped the contest in the second round, disqualifying the rival from Korea, Taeung JU.

Evening Session

In the Men’s 57 kg category, Lundaa GANTUMUR (MGL) and Mohammed Ghaleb Mohammed ALQARNAS (YEM) opened the second session of the day. The Mongolian boxer did not waste his opportunity, earning a 5-0 win by striking his opponent towards the end. Shudai HARADA (JPN) achieved a similar result with a 5-0 win by employing an attacking strategy against Ziyad Ali S MAJRASHI (KSA).

Rukmal Prasanna PODI ARACHCHIGE (SRI) faced a tense match and lost 2-3 via split decision to Md Salim HOSSAIN (BAN). The Bangladeshi boxer will now meet Asror VOKHIDOV (TJK), who won his contest by overpowering Souliya KHAMMY (LAO), leading to three standing counts and an early stoppage by the referee in round 2.

In the following bout, Wasim ABUSAL (PLE) showcased a masterful performance, securing a unanimous 5-0 victory over Tashi YOEZER (BHU). With the same result, Makhmud SABYRKHAN of Kazakhstan outperformed Yechan LEE of Korea, displaying his skill and determination.

The last three bouts of the day were dedicated to the Men’s super heavyweight division. In the blue corner, Oomatbek ELCHORO UULU (KGZ) faced a tough challenge from the Indian boxer Narender (IND), who won by knockout with an aggressive and heavy-hitting performance.

Byeknur KHALI (MGL) emerged triumphant in a hard-fought match, with the judges delivering a split decision of 1:3 in his favor over Ashish DUWADI (NEP). The Mongolian’s superior defensive skills and accurate punching impacted the judges.

The third day of boxing at the Hangzhou Arena closed with Muhammad ABRORIDINOV (TJK) winning over Mohamed ALHEFEITI (UAE). The 2.18 m tall boxer from Tajikistan dominated the ring, prompting the referee to stop the contest in round 1 after 1 minute and 9 seconds of competition.

The action will continue tomorrow on Wednesday, September 27, with 21 round-of-16 preliminary bouts across Women’s 50 kg, Men’s 63.5 kg, and Men’s 92 kg weight categories.

Stay tuned for more exciting action at the boxing tournament in Hangzhou, China. For the latest competition information, results, and schedules, visit the official website of the 19th Asian Games.



DAY 2 OF ASIAN GAMES: THRILLING BOUTS AND DOMINANT PERFORMANCES

25/09/2023

On the second day of the boxing tournament at the Asian Games, 24 bouts took place during the two sessions of the day.

Morning Session

The day kicked off with Natalya BOGDANOVA of Kazakhstan that eased past Ragad Ibrahim ALNAIMI of Saudi Arabia in their 66kg weigh division bout. The referee stopped the contest in Round 1 0:07

In the same weight category, Janjaem SUWANNAPHENG (THA), the gold medalist at the 2023 South East Asian Games, faced a formidable opponent but managed to advance to the next round by defeating Uzbekistan’s Navbakhor KHAMIDOVA with a convincing 5-0 victory.

In the Men’s 51kg class, Dayanch ANNASEYIDOV from Turkmenistan had to concede victory to Abdulaziz Khalid ALATBI from Saudi Arabia as the judges declared him the winner via a split decision of 4-1.

Impressive combinations in the ring secured a second-round victory for Chonryong SO (PRK) against Bahrain’s Azat MAKHMETOV, with SO winning the bout 4-0. Meanwhile, Nepal’s Rabin THAPA advanced in the brackets after defeating Dio KOEBANU (INA).

Po Wei TU of Chinese Taipei defeated Mansour KHALEFAH of Kuwait as the referee had to stop the match in Round 3. He is now set to face Thailand’s Thitisan PANMOT, who overwhelmed Aaron Jude BADO before the referee stopped the contest at 16 seconds into Round 2.

Amidst the cheers of the Hangzhou Gymnasium audience, the home hero Jiamao ZHANG (CHN) took the spotlight, dominating his bout. ZHANG launched heavy blows that sent his opponent, Mehron SHAFIEV (TJK), to the canvas in Round 1, securing a decisive victory.

In the men’s 71kg category, an impressive bout unfolded between Chia Wei KAN (TPE) and Nuradin RUSTAMBEK (KGZ). KAN went on the offensive, landing powerful punches and securing a 4-1 victory. In the following contest, Dovud MAKHKAMOV from Turkmenistan ran out a comfortable 5-0 winner over Bayramdurdy NURMUHAMMEDOV (TKM).

The morning session concluded with a match between Tuguldur BYAMBATSOGT (MGL) and Mohammad Khaibar NOORISTANI (AFG). The Mongolian athlete secured victory as the referee stopped the contest in Round 3 due to the injury of his opponent.

Evening Session

In the Women’s 66 kg division during the evening session, the Korean Sujin SEON sealed a unanimous decision victory over Japan’s Mai KITO, the 2022 Asian Championships silver medalist. In the following bout, the People’s Republic of China Liu YANG made its home fans proud with an amazing performance and won by unanimous decision over India’s Arundhati CHOUDHARY. Chinese Taipei’s Nien Chin CHEN also guaranteed herself a spot in the quarterfinals after the referee stopped the contest in Round 1 after just 1 minute and 28 seconds of boxing against Nepal’s Binita THAPA MAGAR.

Deepak of India was a convincing winner in the round-of-32 phase of the men’s 51 kg, overcoming Muhammad Abdul Qaiyum Bin ARIFFIN (MAS) of Malaysia with a resounding 5-0 victory. In the same weight class, Nurzhigit DIUSHEBAEV (KGZ) sealed a unanimous decision win over Huthaifa ESHISH of Jordan, setting up a meeting with Abdul Jabar POPALZAI (AFG) in the next round. The Afghan athlete, thanks to a patient approach, clinched a narrow 3-2 split decision victory over Tenzin DRUGYEL of Bhutan.

The Tokyo 2020 bronze medalist Saken BIBOSSINOV (KAZ) did not disappoint expectations, winning his match against Unubold ORKHONTUNGALAG (MGL) via a unanimous decision.

Looking ahead to Thursday, September 28, there’s an exciting bout on the horizon as the Olympian Saken BIBOSSINOV will meet the Rio 2016 gold medalist Hasanboy DUSMATOV (UZB), who left no chances for his opponent from Korea, Sehyeong JO.

Vanesy HEUANGTHISOUAN (LAO) had a forgettable day as the boxing tournament concluded with a knockout in Round 2 inflicted by Sultan ALNUAIMI of the United Arab Emirates.

In the Men’s 71kg division, the match between Zeyad EASHASH (JOR) and Husain ALKANDARI (UAE) lasted only 1 minute and 2 seconds as the Jordanian boxer delivered a powerful punch to outclass his rival, prompting the referee to stop the contest in Round 1. In the same weight class, Nishant Dev (IND) produced a tactically sound performance to beat the boxer from Nepal, Dipesh LAMA, with a controlled 5-0 win.

Bout #44 of the day was a pure display of speed, confidence, and power: LEE Sangmin (CHN) on home turf managed a unanimous decision victory over the Korean WANG Peicheng (KOR).

In the last contest of the day, Asadkhuja MUYDINKHUJAEV (UZB) executed some powerful blows to secure a 5-0 victory over Jangthae RYANG (PRK).

The action at the Hangzhou Gymnasium in Hangzhou (CHN) continues tomorrow, September 26, with two sessions of wonderful boxing, at 14:00 and 19:00 (Hangzhou local time).

Stay updated with the latest competition information, results, and schedules by visiting the official website of the 19th Asian Games.



ASIAN GAMES: FIRST DAY OF BOXING COMPETITION

24/09/2023

The 19th Asian Games’ boxing tournament commenced today at the Hangzhou Gymnasium in Hangzhou, China, featuring 21 exciting contests on the opening day. Boxers from all across Asia are competing for the coveted opportunity to secure one of the 34 available quota places. These precious spots serve as their ticket to participate in the upcoming Olympic Games scheduled for the following year.

Two talented boxers in the Women’s 50kg weight category kicked off the competition: Yesugen OYUNTSETSEG (MGL) and Aira VILLEGAS (PHI). The first thrilling bout of the day was claimed by the 2022 Asian Games bronze medalist from Mongolia, who secured victory with a score of 3:1.

The Women’s 54kg bouts during the morning session were impressive: Indian and 2022 Asian Championships bronze medallist Preeti (IND) advanced in the brackets, defeating Silina ALHASANAT of Jordan, after the referee stopped the contest during the R3. The Tokyo 2020 bronze medalist Hsiao Wen HUANG (TPE), with an impressive display of punching, won by unanimous decision over Mongolia’s Enkhjargal MUNGUNTSETSEG. Right after, home fans had the opportunity to enjoy the boxing skills of China’s Yuan CHANG (CHN). The 2018 Asian Games winner secured a 3-2 split decision win over Jutamas JITPONG (THA).

Thananya SOMNUEK of Thailand lost her Women’s 60kg round-of-32 when the referee stopped the contest in the third round against Tajikistan’s Bibinashastamo KHOLOVA. Vietnam’s Thi Linh HA executed some powerful blows to secure a 5-0 victory over Sangita SUNAR of Nepal.

In the Men’s 63.5kg event, Chinese Taipei’s Chu En LAI and the Philippines’ Mark Ashley FAJARDO (PHI) both quickly sent their opponents to the canvas in R1, with one faster than the other. They respectively secured wins when the referee stopped the contest after 57 seconds and by knockout after 39 seconds of boxing. In the same weight category, the Iraqi boxer Ali Qasim Hamdan AL-SARRAY did not waste his opportunity, striking Korean Jongseung LEE towards the end to earn a 5-0 win in the first round. Mouas Zubayr M ALHAWSAW (KSA) faced a tough loss against Kazakhstan’s Askat KULTAEV (KGZ) who dominated the #10 bout of the day.

The contest between Turabek KHABIBULLAEV (UZB) and Deepak SHRESTHA (NEP) in the 80kg weight category closed the morning session with the Uzbek emerging as a comfortable 5-0 winner.

The evening session opened with one of the most anticipated contests. Nikhat ZAREEN of India and Thi Tam NGUYEN of Vietnam in the Women’s 50kg division displayed great boxing. The Indian secured maximum points, winning her bout 5-0. The following match in the Women’s 54kg event impressed the audience at the Hangzhou Gymnasium: Cholmi PANG (PRK) at the end of three sensational rounds secured a unanimous decision victory over Aeji IM (KOR). With the same score, the Vietnamese Thi Ngoc Tran NGUYEN and the Uzbek Nigina UKTAMOVA emerged triumphant after defeating respectively Nigora OLIMOVA (UZB) and Irish MAGNO (PHI). The 2022 Asian Championships gold medalist Rinka KINOSHITA (JPN) also made her mark, securing a 5:0 decision win over Minu GURUNG of Nepal.

Cholman CHOE (PRK) edged Japan’s Yuta AKIYAMA 4:1 in a notable 63.5kg round-of-32 with a big crowd in the arena cheering for him. In the same weight category, Bunjong SINSIRI of Thailand was a convincing winner, overcoming Ali HABIBINEZHAD (IRI) by unanimous decision. Right after, Yertugan ZEINULLINOV from Kazakhstan claimed a win with the same scoring over Obada ALKASBEH (JOR) from Jordan in another thrilling Men’s 63.5 kg bout. Closing the bouts of the day in this division, Chinzorig BAATARSUKH of Mongolia secured a 4-1 split decision win against Hursand IMANKULIYEV (TKM).

The last contest of the day saw the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games bronze medalist Eumir Felix MARCIAL (PHI) delivering an impressive performance, defeating Dala GANZORIG from Mongolia in the Men’s 80kg category.

Competition is set to continue tomorrow at the Hangzhou Gymnasium with 24 more bouts to be contested.

For updated competition information, results, schedules, and additional content, please visit the official website of the 19th Asian Games.



OFFICIAL DRAW: 237 ATHLETES FROM 38 NOCs ON THE RING AT THE ASIAN GAMES

22/09/2023

The Technical Meeting and the Official Draw for the Asian Games took place today, September 22, at the Hangzhou Gymnasium in Hangzhou (CHN).

The boxing tournament is scheduled to start on Sunday, September 24, and will run until October 5. A total of 237 boxers from 38 National Olympic Committees will compete in 13 weight categories, vying for one of the coveted 34 Paris 2024 qualification quota places that will be awarded during the 19th Asian Games. The stage will be the Hangzhou Gymnasium, where bouts will be contested in two daily sessions at 14:00 and 19:00, with a day off on October 2.

The Official Draw followed the Technical Meeting, presented by the Secretary General of HACOG Mr. Jin Chenglong, the Director of Operations Team of Hangzhou Gymnasium Mr. Wang Li, the Venue Executive Deputy General Manager Mr. Shen Zhigang, the Asian Games Boxing Competition Manager Mr. Jiao Subin, the Venue Doping Control Manager Mr. Leng Shijun, and the competition’s Technical Delegate, Mr. Angel Villarreal.

This event marks the third leg of the Boxing Road to Paris qualification series, which includes five continental tournaments and two world qualifiers. The journey began at the European Games in Krakow-Malopolska last June. Following the Asian Games, the attention will turn to the Pan American Games and then to the Pacific Games later this year. Looking ahed to 2024, the pathway will culminate in two World Qualifiers to be held in Busto Arsizio (Italy) and Bangkok (Thailand) in March and May respectively.

Stay tuned for the latest updates and insights that will be posted online on the Athlete 365 Boxing Corner website at boxing.athlete365.org

More information on the Asian Games official website.

Find the event schedule here



ASIAN GAMES: BOXING OLYMPIC QUALIFICATION TOURNAMENT SET TO BEGIN IN HANGZHOU

22/09/2023

Hangzhou (CHN) is all set to host the third leg of the boxing qualification pathway to Paris 2024. As part of the 19th Asian Games, the boxing tournament will determine which boxers from the Asian continent will qualify to compete in the upcoming Olympic Games.

A total of 237 athletes from 38 countries will showcase their skills at the Hangzhou Gymnasium, a magnificent arena known for hosting indoor sporting events such as basketball and volleyball. From September 24th to October 5th, the venue will be the stage for the boxing tournament, featuring athletes competing in 13 weight categories, each vying for one of the 34 Olympic quota places available at the Asian Games (20 for women and 14 for men).

Several outstanding boxers are ready to make their mark on the tournament. Let’s take a closer look at some of the athletes to watch:

India’s 13-member team will be led by two-time Olympian Shiva THAPA and world champions Nikhat ZAREEN and Lovlina BORGOHAIN. THAPA became the first male boxer to win six Asian Championships medals when he secured silver in 2022. Competing in the 50kg category, Nikhat ZAREEN, with her exceptional skills, won the gold medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Tokyo 2020 Olympic bronze medalist Lovlina BORGOHAIN will make her Asian Games debut in the women’s middleweight category (75kg).

Additionally, Tokyo silver medalists Carlo PAALAM and Nesthy PETECIO of the Philippines will compete in the men’s 51kg and women’s 57kg weight categories, respectively. They are considered favorites in their divisions, along with bronze medalist Eumir MARCIAL (men’s 75kg).

Thi Tam NGUYEN (VIE), an Olympian and the 2017 and 2022 Asian champion, will lead the Vietnam team, which brings its largest-ever boxing delegation to Hangzhou, with nine competitors. He will be among the favorites in the light flyweight category.

Leading Kazakhstan is Kamshybek KUNKABAYEV, who won a bronze medal in the men’s +91kg category at the Tokyo Olympics. Meanwhile, Uzbekistan is preparing to showcase two Olympic gold medalists, Bakhodir JALOLOV in the men’s +91kg category, and Hasanboy DUSMATOV in the men’s 49 kg category. The latter, a Rio 2016 champion and three-time Asian Championships gold medallist, will be seeking his first Asian Games light flyweight gold.

Stay updated on the boxing tournament at the Asian Games by visiting https://boxing.athlete365.org/.

Find additional information on the event on the 19th Asian Games official website.



Boxing Road to Paris: Host Cities and Dates of 2024 World Qualifiers Unveiled

25/08/2023

The Paris 2024 Boxing Unit (PBU) has officially announced the host cities and the dates for the two World Qualification Tournaments, where boxers from around the globe will compete for a spot at the Olympic Games Paris 2024.

The first world qualification tournament will take place in Busto Arsizio, Italy – from 29 February to 12 March, 2024. The event will allocate 49 quota places (21 Women and 28 Men). 

The second world qualification tournament will be held in Bangkok, Thailand – from 23 May to 3 June, 2024. By the end of the tournament, the remaining 51 quotas places will be awarded and the boxing qualification period for the Olympic Games Paris 2024 will be finalized.

The two World Qualification Tournaments ensure that each National Olympic Committee (NOC) will have up to three qualification opportunities on their Boxing Road to Paris. 

As per the Paris 2024 Qualification System for Boxing, NOCs will only be able to enter athletes at the World Qualification Tournaments in the specific weight categories where they have not yet been allocated and confirmed a quota place. 

For more details regarding the Boxing Road to Paris qualification pathway, please refer to the Qualification System (link).



IOC Executive Board recommends to IOC Session to withdraw recognition of International Boxing Association

08/06/2023
The Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today recommended to the IOC Session to withdraw recognition of the International Boxing Association (IBA), in accordance with Rule 3.7 of the Olympic Charter (OC).

The Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today recommended to the IOC Session to withdraw recognition of the International Boxing Association (IBA), in accordance with Rule 3.7 of the Olympic Charter (OC).

Find the full news on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) website, here https://olympics.com/ioc/news/ioc-executive-board-recommends-to-ioc-session-to-withdraw-recognition-of-international-boxing-association



Paris 2024 boxing qualification system to achieve a fair process for all NOCs

06/12/2022

The delivery model for the Paris 2024 Olympic boxing competition and Olympic boxing qualifiers was discussed today by the Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

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Designed by the IOC in close collaboration with boxing experts, the Olympic qualification system focuses on:

  • Achieving a fair process for all NOCs – with the same number of qualification events available to their boxers, regardless of weight category;
  • An increased number of qualification opportunities in comparison to Tokyo 2020;
  • Retaining the Athlete Eligibility Criteria successfully used in the Tokyo 2020 boxing qualification system;
  • Reviewing the quota place distribution per weight category in comparison to the International Boxing Association (IBA)’s proposal; and
  • Reviewing the quota place distribution per qualification tournament in comparison to IBA’s proposal.

The new qualification system was approved by the IOC EB in September and is based on direct qualification through selected competitions, including the use of NOC regional multisport events as Olympic boxing qualification tournaments. Following the continental phase of the quota place allocation, two world qualification tournaments are planned to be held in 2024, with the goal of providing a balance in terms of geographical opportunity to qualify for the Olympic Games Paris 2024. Details can be found here.

This process puts boxers first, reducing the complexity of the qualification process by using existing regional events and giving up to three qualification opportunities, ultimately achieving a fair and equal pathway for all boxers.

The “Paris 2024 Boxing Event Regulations” for the qualification tournaments and the Olympic Games are due to be published as early as possible in 2023.

With regard to anti-doping, the testing at the Olympic qualification tournaments will be carried out in addition to IBA’s existing programme, in close collaboration with the International Testing Agency (ITA). 



New boxing qualification system approved for Paris 2024

08/09/2022

A new boxing qualification system for the Olympic Games Paris 2024 was approved by the Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today after a full update on the situation of boxing, including governance issues within the International Boxing Association (IBA). 

©IOC/Greg Martin
©IOC/Greg Martin

Boxers’ pathway to Paris 2024 approved

After deciding last June that the boxing qualifying events and competitions for Paris 2024 would not be run under the authority of the IBA, the IOC EB was presented with an additional qualification model, which was approved during its meeting in Lausanne.

Designed by the IOC in close collaboration with boxing experts, the new qualification system is based on direct qualification through selected competitions, including the use of National Olympic Committee (NOC) regional multisport events as Olympic boxing qualification tournaments. The responsibility for the boxing competitions in the following events will therefore not lie with the IBA, and alternative arrangements will be put in place with the respective event organisers:

  • Pan-American Games – Santiago 2023
  • European Games – Krakow 2023
  • Pacific Games – Honiara 2023
  • Asian Games – Hangzhou 2022 (taking place in 2023)
  • ANOCA (Africa) multisport event to be confirmed

Following the continental phase of the quota place allocation, two world qualification tournaments are planned to be held in 2024.

The new Olympic qualification process puts boxers first, lowering the complexity of the qualification process by using existing regional events and giving up to three qualification opportunities, ultimately achieving a fair and equal pathway for all boxers.

Remaining concerns over IBA

The various IOC concerns around the governance of the IBA, including the refereeing and judging process and the IBA’s financial dependency on the state-owned company Gazprom, are still ongoing.

The IOC EB today received a report on the issues related to competition management and refereeing and judging processes highlighted by independent experts during the boxing competition at the recent Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

It also noted that no clear efforts have been made by the IBA to respect and fully implement the roadmap set out by the IOC EB in December 2021 with regard to the IBA’s governance.

As a consequence, the IOC EB has sent a letter to the IBA informing it of the IOC’s ongoing grave concern. Boxing is currently not included in the sports programme of the Olympic Games Los Angeles 2028 and, considering the absence of any real evolution, the IOC Executive Board is not in a position to reverse its decision. This letter will be shared with the NOCs and national boxing federations.



IOC EB: IBA not in position to run qualifying events and boxing competitions for Paris 2024

24/06/2022

In the interest of the athletes and the boxing community, the Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has decided that the boxing qualifying events and competitions at the Olympic Games Paris 2024 will not be run under the authority of the International Boxing Association (IBA).

The decision is centred on the athletes and the need to provide certainty on the Olympic competitions and qualifications leading to Paris 2024. It follows the continuing and very concerning issues of the IBA, such as its governance and its refereeing and judging system.

The IOC administration will finalise on an exceptional basis alternative models for the organisation of these boxing competitions, working closely with the Paris 2024 Organising Committee and athletes’ representatives. The outcomes of these discussions and suggested recommendations will then be presented to the IOC EB in due course.

Whether or not boxing will be included on the sports programme of the Olympic Games Los Angeles 2028 will be discussed at a later stage.

Continuing concerns

The various IOC concerns around the governance of the IBA, including the refereeing and judging process and its financial dependency on the state-owned company Gazprom, are still ongoing.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) announced on 14 June 2022 that the decision of the IBA Interim Nominations Unit, which had deemed the presidential candidate Boris van der Vorst and three other electoral candidates ineligible for election the day prior to the scheduled IBA elections, had been overturned. The CAS arbitrator accepted the request that they be reinstated as eligible candidates. Furthermore, the CAS stated that Umar Kremlev had committed the same rule violation yet had been admitted to the election as the sole candidate.

With regard to the planned IBA qualification pathway to Paris 2024, the IOC EB noted that no host-city agreements had been signed for the qualification competitions and that there was an insufficient number of certified referees and judges to deliver the planned events.

Background information

Following an investigation and report by an IOC Inquiry Committee in 2019, recognition of the International Boxing Association (at that time still called AIBA) was suspended by the IOC. This suspension is still in force today. Following the suspension, the IOC created a special Task Force with the remit to deliver the qualification events for the boxing tournament at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Led by IOC Member and President of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) Morinari Watanabe, the Boxing Task Force delivered a clear, fair and transparent pathway for boxers to qualify for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and ensured a fair and just competition, both on the road to Tokyo and at the Games.

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