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.
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.
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/