Azerbaijan’s new medallist from the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships started strongly in the Great Silk Way Tournament28 March 2019
Following the Opening Ceremony the new edition of the Great Silk Way Tournament started with its first competition day in Baku, Azerbaijan. The host nation’s young pride Dzhabrail Elekov eliminated Turkmenistan’s tough Nuryagdy Nuryagdyyev on Day1 and further stars won their opening bouts as Uzbekistan’s Olympic Games winner Hasanboy Dusmatov.
Azerbaijan Boxing Federation hosted the first edition of the Great Silk Way Tournament in 2007 and after two years of break the competition returned to the European boxing map. Altogether 117 boxers are attending in the current Great Silk Way Tournament from such powerful countries as host Azerbaijan, Russia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Turkey, Morocco and Turkmenistan.
Bout of the day
Azerbaijan’s Dzhabrail Elekov achieved bronze medal at the 2018 FISU University World Boxing Championships and another one at the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships in Vladikavkaz two weeks ago. The 22-year-old light heavyweight (81kg) boxer had to meet with Turkmenistan’s promising Nuryagdy Nuryagdyyev who took bronze at the Tashkent 2017 ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships. Elekov started the bout better with good combinations and tried to use his best fighting distance against his neighbouring rival who arrived to Baku from the opposite coast of the Caspian Sea. Elekov was in trouble in the final round and in spite of his difficulties in the second part of the bout his hand was raised in the narrowest fight of the first competition day.
Surprise of the day
Russia’s Andrei Kovalchuk is member of their strong national team since 2013 and he became National Champion at the middleweight (75kg) in 2015. Due his tough national concurrency, he decided to change to the light heavyweight (81kg) and arrived to Baku with high expectations. Kovalchuk had to face with Uzbekistan’s six-year younger Dilshodbek Ruzmetov who claimed silver medal at the St. Petersburg 2015 AIBA Junior World Boxing Championships. In spite of Kovalchuk’s previous performances and experiences Ruzmetov was able to defeat his Russian rival in Baku.
Uzbekistan’s Hasanboy Dusmatov won the title of the light flyweight (49kg) at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and also the Val Barker Trophy. The Uzbek star moved up to the flyweight (52kg) and uses the Great Silk Way Tournament as preparation for the upcoming ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships. Dusmatov started his campaign in Baku against Russia’s Artem Zakirov and his aggressive style was enough to win his first bout at the Great Silk Way Tournament.
Murozhon Sirozhev has started his boxing career in Ukraine but since January 2019 he represents Azerbaijan and the Great Silk Way Tournament was his international debut. Sirozhev had to face with Russia’s Kagir Minatullaev who attended in the main youth events in 2018 and joined to the elites three months ago. The Russian lightweight (60kg) boxer won al of the rounds against Sirozhev and advanced to the next stage of the competition.
Georgia has got top boxers at the super heavyweight (+91kg) such as Georgi Tchigladze and Mikheil Bakhtidze who both claimed already medals in AIBA and EUBC events. Their third boxer in this category Temuri Macharashvili returned to the international stage since his last appearance, the Rotterdam 2013 EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships. The Georgian boxer controlled the first and second rounds well against Iraq’s Mohammed Saadi Tariq and advanced to the next stage.
Shigabudin Aliyev began his boxing career at the light heavyweight (81kg) but in the recent years he has been fighting at the super heavyweight (+91kg). The Dagestan-based Russian boxer is among Europe’s best boxers at the king category and impressed against Azerbaijan’s Matin Mekhraliyev in the first day of the Great Silk Way Tournament in Baku. Aliyev landed powerful punches and following his dominancy in the first round, the referee stopped their contest in the second.