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.
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.
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.