Asian Youth Championships Start in Tehran
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
The best Asian youth boxers meet at the Shahid Shiroudi Complex in Tehran today for the 2010 Asian Youth Championships. Boxers born from January 1, 1992 until December 31, 1993 will be eligible to compete in the championships.
The Asian Boxing Confederation have got a lot of talented young boxers in this age group, therefore we can expect great battles. Twenty countries and 140 athletes will take part in Tehran, including delegations from China, Chinese Taipei, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.
The Tajik team will be small, with only two boxers at the championships, but includes next to Oraz Afzalshoyev (54kg), the 218cm tall and 116kg super heavyweight Mekhrodjiddin Karimov, who could well be one of the biggest stars in the Asian Youth Championships.
Tugstsogt Nyambayar of Mongolia already took a silver medal at the 2009 AIBA World Championships in Milan at 51kg but will be moving to bantamweight in Tehran.
Heydar Aliyev Junior Cup winner and AIBA World Junior Championships bronze medalist bantamweight boxer Shiva Thapa of India will make his debut at youth level. He is still only 17 but he is one the biggest talents in his country and will probably be Nyambayar's main rival in Tehran.
Children of Asian Games winner Nursultan Kozhabekov of Kazakhstan has good chance to win the middleweight class, although his biggest rival Nuriddin Matkasymov of Kyrgyzstan has already took some medals in international senior tournaments.
Battle of Stalingrad Youth Tournament winner and Children of Asian Games winner 18-year-old Kobiljon Bobodjanov of Uzbekistan has the biggest chance of winning the lightweight class. Bobodjanov was unbeaten last year, taking gold medals in every international and national tournaments in which he competed.
Light flyweight boxer Sadayori Aoki of Japan won the Vojvodanske Glove Youth Tournament and claimed a silver medal at the Japanese National Men's Elite Championships last year, making him a gold medal contender at 51kg.
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