Youth Olympic Games winner Shamonova advanced to the final of the World Cup of Petroleum Countries Tournament14 December 2019
The semi-finals of the World Cup of Petroleum Countries Tournament for the memory of Farman Salmanov were the most anticipated part of the competition in the city of Beloyarskiy. Russia’s Youth Olympic Games winner Anastasia Shamonova had a tough fight in the semi-finals which delivered further unexpected results.
The previous editions of the World Cup of the Petroleum Countries Tournament were held in Nizhnevartovsk, in Khanty-Mansiysk and in Surgut and the competition returned to Beloyarskiy after two years of break.
The World Cup of Petroleum Countries Tournament is holding in five female and eight male weight classes and the total number of athletes is 127 in Beloyarskiy. Besides to the European boxing powers, Afghanistan, Angola, Ecuador, Venezuela, Tunisia, Morocco, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Thailand are also sent boxers to the four-day long competition which is holding in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous region.
Bout of the day
Russia’s Youth Olympic Games winner and two-time AIBA Women’s Youth World Champion Anastasia Shamonova joined to the elite age group on January 2019 and quickly involved to the national squad. The 19-year-old middleweight (75kg) boxer was not enough shape in the recent months and lost contests in Madrid and also in Bangkok. Shamonova had a tough semi-final fight in Beloyarskiy where she eliminated Patima Ayshalova in the third day of boxing using her previous experiences to beat her rival. The 19-year-old Russian will be meeting for the gold medal with her teammate Strandja Memorial Tournament Elmira Azizova which could be the next exciting fight.
Surprises of the day
Tajikistan’s Mizhgona Samadova was involved to their elite national team in 2017 when she switched from another martial art to our beloved combat sport. The 21-year-old Tajik girl impressed already in the quarter-finals of the World Cup of Petroleum Countries Tournament but she amazed the crowd in the semi-finals once again. Samadova eliminated Russia’s Irina Safarova in the last four in spite of the fact her opponent was more experienced therefore Tajikistan’s new pride can meet with EUBC European Women’s Champion Daria Abramova in the final of the featherweight (57kg).
Tunisia’s Khouloud Hlimi delivered the main sensation of the second competition day of the World Cup of the Petroleum Countries Tournament when she eliminated Russia’s AIBA Women’s World Champion Anastasia Beliakova. The Tunisian lightweight (60kg) boxer was not able to repeat that strong performance in the semi-finals against Greece’s Nikoleta Pita who claimed already medals in the EUBC events but the North African was the favourite of their contest. Pita used her longer hands well and bowed out the All Africa Games winner Tunisian hope which means the Greek girl can fight for the title with Russia’s Natalia Shadrina.
Russia’s Svetlana Soluianova was gold medallist at the 2018 EUBC European Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships but this year she lost her top national membership and Liliya Ayetbayeva became the AIBA Women’s World Champion. The 25-year-old boxer is trying to regain her place in the national team at the flyweight (51kg) and increased her training sessions. Soluianova used her height advantage well in the semi-finals against Moldova’s Iulia Coroli and won their contest by unanimous decision. Her final opponent will be Russia’s Aleksandra Kuleshova who eliminated a local boxer, Anna Aedma.
Kyrgyzstan’s Amman 2013 ASBC Asian Champion Azat Usenaliev won more than 90% of his international fights in the recent two years and claimed gold medals in several top international events. The 28-year-old Kyrgyz No.1 continued his winning path in Beloyarskiy as well where he was too smart for a local boxer Rasul Dzhaayev. The Kyrgyz flyweight (52kg) boxer dominated that fight and will have only one opponent for the road to the gold medal, Ecuador’s Luis Delgado.
Russia’s Andrei Zamkovoy is the defending AIBA World Champion at the men’s welterweight (69kg) who amazed the crowd with his impressive style of boxing. The 32-year-old Russian veteran controlled all of the three rounds against Estonia’s Pavel Kamanin and secured his place in the final of the competition. Zamkovoy’s final opponent will be his EUBC European U22 Champion younger teammate Vakhid Abbasov who bowed out Morocco’s Zine El Abidine Amroug.
Andrei Kovalchuk was National Champion a few years ago and represented the Russian franchise in the World Series of Boxing as well. The Russian middleweight (75kg) boxer did not deliver good results this year but this time he was able to advance to the final of an international tournament. The 26-year-old boxer impressed against Italy’s European Games silver medallist Salvatore Cavallaro and be meeting with Uzbekistan’s Abu Nuranov for the title of the division.