Zhakpekov’s KO success was the highlight of the Pavlyukov Youth Memorial Tournament on Day3

05 April 2019 News

The quarter-finals of the Pavlyukov Youth Memorial Tournament delivered several surprises and tough contests in Anapa, Russia on Day3. Kazakhstan’s Yerassyl Zhakpekov is only 16 but he delivered a classic KO victory over Russia’s EUBC European Schoolboys Champion at 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, Armenia, Georgia, and Belarus are all attending in Anapa.

Bout of the day

Russia’s EUBC European Schoolboys Champion Nikita Chirvon is aiming for a place in their top youth national team in 2019 and arrived to Anapa in top shape. Following his opening success at the Pavlyukov Youth Memorial Tournament the Russian boxer was motivated against Kazakhstan’s ASBC Asian Junior Champion Yerassyl Zhakpekov. Chirvon led 10:9 in each scorecard after three minutes of fight but Zhakpekov stepped into the gas in the second round and shocked his Russian rival. Zhakpekov won his final at the ASBC Asian Confederation Junior Boxing Championships by KO and he repeated that in the quarter-finals in Anapa. The 16-year-old Kazakh boxer delivered a classical KO success and eliminated Chirvon in the Pavlyukov Youth Memorial Tournament.

Surprise of the day

Kazakhstan’s ASBC Asian Junior Champion Biybars Zheksen had strong results last year as youth boxer and the bantamweight (56kg) hope tried to do his very best also in the Pavlyukov Youth Memorial Tournament. Zheksen was more experienced in the international level than Uzbekistan’s Khurshidbek Rasuljonov but he did not find the best fighting distance. The Uzbek boxer, who received strong advices from his coach Hamid Tangribergenov, found Zheksen’s weak points in the second round and his style was uncomfortable for the Kazakh No.1 The final verdict was unanimous decision in the favour of Rasuljonov who advanced to the semi-finals in Anapa.

The Round-up

Philippines’ Kenneth De La Pena won the title of the ASBC Asian Confederation Junior Boxing Championships in 2017 and opened his campaign strongly at the light flyweight (49kg) in Anapa. The Filipino boxer was not able to repeat his performance which he has done at the preliminary stage therefore Kazakhstan’s one-year younger Mukhammedsabyr Bazarbayuli defeated De La Pena in the quarter-finals.

Philippines’ another ASBC Asian Junior Champion John Vincent Pangga was in better shape than his teammate De La Pena and eliminated Georgia’s Elvin Kakhramanovi in the quarter-finals of the flyweight (52kg). Kazakhstan’s strong duo ASBC Asian Youth Champion Makhmud Sabyrkhan and Talgat Syrymbetov both advanced to the semi-finals in this division following their tough performances.

Russia’s EUBC European Junior Champion and Budapest 2018 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships silver medallist Vsevolod Shumkov has got powerful rivals at the bantamweight (56kg) but he bowed out his next rival Armenia’s Artur Shakhpazyan in Anapa. His teammate Boris Karibian was too strong for Kazakhstan’s Temirkhan Tezek and also joined to the last four in the event.

Kyrgyzstan’s Mirzokhid Imamnazarov is a newcomer in their youth national team but he dominated his quarter-final against Moldova’s Artur Soloviev on Day3. At the lightweight (60kg) Kazakhstan’s Aitzhan Ashirkhan, Russia’s Usman Magomedov and Vladimir Shelopugin are also advanced to the semi-finals as Imamnazarov.

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