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.