Dzhambulat Bizhamov is the hero of the Pavlyukov Youth Memorial Tournament

07 April 2019 News

Following the Emil Jechev Youth & Junior Memorial Tournament, another strong event the Pavlyukov Youth Memorial Tournament finished this weekend. Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Cuba won the titles of the Pavlyukov Youth Memorial Tournament in Anapa. Russia’s AIBA Youth World Champion Dzhambulat Bizhamov won the most difficult final of the day and bagged the title of the middleweight (75kg).

Anapa, which is located off the coast of the Black Sea, hosted the last edition of the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships in October 2018. The Pavlyukov Youth Memorial Tournament is one of the strongest in that age group in the entire world and the top nations as Russia, Cuba, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, India, Philippines, Armenia, Georgia, and Belarus attended also in Anapa.

Bout of the day

Dzhambulat Bizhamov is one of the best youth boxers in Russia and has got bright future in our sport. He won the gold medals in the Budapest 2018 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships and also in the last edition of the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships. The strong Russian moved up to the middleweight (75kg) and following his success over Armenia’s Rafayel Hovhannisyan, he had to meet for the title with Kazakhstan’s ASBC Asian Junior Champion Yerassyl Zhakpekov. The Kazakh boxer is a powerful puncher and he tried to use his strength but Bizhamov’s technical advantage made the bout difficult for him. Zhakpekov proved his very best but the Russian boxer’s skills were enough to beat the Kazakh No.1 in their fantastic final.

Surprise of the day

Russia’s EUBC European Junior Champion and Budapest 2018 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships silver medallist Vsevolod Shumkov was the main gold medal contender at the bantamweight (56kg) but following his superb semi-final he was unable to repeat that strong performance in Anapa. His Russian opponent EUBC European Junior Champion Boris Karibian was motivated and used better combinations from the first seconds in the final. The bout was important first selection for the upcoming EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships and surprisingly Karibian defeated his star rival.

The Round-up

The first gold medal of the Pavlyukov Youth Memorial Tournament is achieved by Uzbekistan’s Shakhzod Muzaffarov who is not an experienced boxer in the international stage but he proved his native talent in Anapa. The Uzbek boxer opened his final better than Kazakhstan’s Mukhammedsabyr Bazarbayuli and controlled the first two rounds. His younger Kazakh opponent found his best tempo in the third round but his efforts were too late to turn back their light flyweight (49kg) final.

Kazakhstan’s strong duo impressed in the semi-finals of the flyweight (52kg) which meant the two promising boxers met each other for the title of the division. ASBC Asian Youth Champion and Budapest 2018 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Makhmud Sabyrkhan was the favourite against his compatriot Talgat Syrymbetov. Sabyrkhan ruled the middle of the ring and his attacking style was uncomfortable for Syrymbetov from the first round. Sabyrkhan’s dominancy continued until the last gong and won the title of the Pavlyukov Youth Memorial Tournament.

Following Shumkov’s and Karibian’s local Russian final at the bantamweight (56kg) another one was held at the lightweight (60kg). Two Russians are advanced to the final as Usman Magamadov and Vladimir Shelopugin but that contest was won by the favourite. Magamadov is aiming for a place in the Russian top youth team to attend at the forthcoming EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships and started the final confidently. Magamadov, who had strong junior achievements, overwhelmed his teammate and celebrated his title after the final gong.

EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships bronze medallist Dmitriy Zakharov won the All Russian Nikiforov & Denisov U17 National Cup last November and proved his talent at the welterweight (69kg) in Anapa as well. The 17-year-old Russian boxer eliminated Kazakhstan’s Azamat Bektas in the semi-finals and had to meet for the title with another talent from the same Central Asian country, Margulan Aidaruly. Zakharov won all of the rounds in each scorecard and it was not a question that the Russian boxer has done enough to win his title in Anapa.


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