Russia won seven titles at the World Military Boxing Championships29 September 2021
The European boxers claimed eight gold medals at the 58th CISM World Military Boxing Championships which was held in Moscow, Russia. The host Russians topped the medals standings with seven gold medals ahead of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, but Belarus also earned one title in Moscow.
The number of the boxers was 231 including 45 women athletes in Moscow where 15 champions have been crowned. The women boxers competed in the five Olympic weight categories while the men attended in ten divisions in the Russian capital. The men’s welterweight (69kg) was the most difficult category with the participation of 26 boxers.
The seven-days long competition welcomed several of our star boxers in Moscow from Russia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Brazil, Mongolia, Venezuela, Italy, Ireland, Belarus, France, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kenya, Algeria, Jordan, Zambia, Tunisia, Syria, Poland, Iran, Ireland and South Korea. Impressive number of 36 nations competed from four different Confederations in the World Military Boxing Championships.
The safety of all participants, the continuous medical checks, the social distancing, the hygienic preparations, wearing masks and all of the health controls were the responsibility of the local organizers in Russia avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the CISM World Military Boxing Championships.
The bout of the finals
Two European boxers as EUBC European Women’s Champion Ekaterina Paltseva and Tokyo Olympian 21-year-old Giordana Sorrentino advanced to the final of the flyweight (51kg) in Moscow. Both boxers are relatively small in this weight class therefore both of them fought until their last power. Paltseva, who moved up from the light flyweight (48kg), was smarter in the exchanges and she took the lead on the scorecards. Sorrentino was also energetic, she was never stopped attacking but Paltseva’s better tactical skills were enough to win the first female title in the World Military Boxing Championships.
The surprise of the finals
Russia’s Ovik Oganisian is an experienced boxer from the WSB but he could not compete in the Qualification Events for Tokyo and in the recent AIBA World Boxing Championships. The 29-year-old Russian was titleholder at the men’s bantamweight (56kg) in the World Military Boxing Championships but he had to face in the final with Mongolia’s Rio Olympian and ASBC Asian Champion Enkh-Amar Kharkhuu. The Mongolian boxer used his strong technical skills in the first round but Oganisian adopted the rhythm and won the gold medal of this weight class, defending his throne.
Daria Abramova is also EUBC European Women’s Champion as Paltseva who found her best category, the featherweight (57kg) in the recent years. She progressed in the tactical level and proved smart boxing in the Military World Boxing Championships. The 31-year-old Abramova met in the final of the weight class with another experienced boxer, former ASBC Asian Champion Bolortuul Tumurkhuyag of Mongolia. Abramova’s attacks and punches were decisive already in the first round and her dominancy continued until the final gong.
Russia’s Saadat Dalgatova claimed silver medal at the 2014 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships and qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games but she lost her first preliminary bout. The Russian veteran trained hard in the recent weeks to get a top result in her homeland and she finally succeeded in Moscow. Dalgatova eliminated Uzbekistan’s Navbakhor Khamidova in the semi-finals and continued her winning path against Brazil’s Barbara Maria Dos Santos in the final of the welterweight (69kg).
Belarus’ European Games winner and two-time Olympian Dzmitry Asanau impressed in the whole World Military Boxing Championships in Moscow. The 25-year-old light welterweight (64kg) boxer had a powerful opponent, Uzbekistan’s promising Mujibullo Tursunov but his long range tactic paid off and won the gold medal for Belarus. Russia’s EUBC European U22 Champion Ivan Stupin has done enough to win the welterweight (69kg) while his teammate Radzhab Radzhabov won his second military title at the light heavyweight (81kg).
The men’s heavyweight (91kg) was a busy weight category which has won by an experienced Kazakh boxer, Abzal Kuttybekov in Moscow. The main sensation of this weight class was delivered by Luxembourg’s Minsk 2019 European Games competitor Michel Erpelding who defeated Kenya’s more experienced Frederick Walter Onyango in the preliminary stage. He delivered Luxembourg’s first international success in a major championship since several decades.