#WUCBoxing2014: FISU University World Championships quarter-finals AIBA recap12 September 2014
After the preliminaries and the quarter-finals of the FISU University World Championships in Yakutsk, Russia, a high number of Russian, Kazakh, Uzbek and French boxers advanced to the semi-finals in the men’s part of the competition, while the finals of the women’s weight classes were also revealed
The 20-year-old had a hectic battle in the quarter-final in Yakutsk where he defeated Uzbekistan’s Otabek Ibragimov who won the Sidney Jackson Memorial Tournament in Tashkent in May.
Kulakhmet won the final verdict of their bout 2:0, after one judge scored the same points to both sides which showcased the closeness of their battle.
Souleymane Cissokho travelled to the Russian city as a gold medal contender, and the 23-year-old Welterweight class (69 kg) boxer defeated Kazakhstan’s teenager Abai Tolesh becoming the first French athlete in the semi-finals.
Marcus Gevia has moved up to the Flyweight class (52 kg) and caused a small surprise in Yakutsk where he was too technical for Russia’s Emir-Asan Nebiyev.
The biggest surprise for the French delegation was delivered by National Championships bronze medallist Maxime Devignaud who eliminated Mongolia’s great prospect, ASBC Asian Continental Championships bronze medallist Javkhlan Bariadi by unanimous decision.
After EUBC European Continental Championships bronze medallist Abdel Malik Ladjali defeated Tajikistan’s Akbar Safarov, the fifth guaranteed medal for France was achieved by Suliman Abdourachidov who controlled all of the rounds against Hungary’s EUBC European Youth Continental Championships silver medallist Adam Hamori.
The 23-year-old Russian boxer was able to control his bout against Hungary’s two-time Olympian and five-time AIBA World Championships competitor Miklos Varga from the outset, and comfortably defeated his experienced rival who has been a member of his national elite team since 2005.
Uzbekistan’s Ulugbek Hakberdiyev claimed a bronze medal at their National Championships in December, and won the Sidney Jackson Memorial Tournament in Tashkent in what was one of the biggest surprises of that Asian event.
Hakberdiyev then received the right to fight for Uzbekistan for the very first time out of his country, and is continuing to surprise in Russia, opening with a great performance against Hungary’s London 2012 Olympic Games quarter-finalist Zoltan Harcsa who became injured in the final frame of their top level bout.
The 24-year-old Flyweight class (51 kg) boxer secured a silver medal at the EUBC European Women’s Continental Championships in Bucharest three months ago, and performed well against Mongolia’s ASBC Asian Women’s Continental Champion Bolortuul Tumurkhuyag in the semi-final of this event, advancing to the gold medal bout where her next opponent will be Bak Cho Rong of Korea.