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.
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.
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.
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