It was a dense program for the third competition day in Qian’an. 47 bouts were scheduled in the Women’s Flyweight class (51 kg), Women’s Lightweight class (60 kg), Men’s Bantamweight class (56 kg), Men’s Lightweight class (60 kg), Men’s Welterweight class (69 kg), Men’s Middleweight class (75 kg), Men’s Heavyweight class (91 kg) and Men’s Super Heavyweight class (+91 kg).
The Chinese boxers brilliantly performed in front of their home crowd as all of their women and men athletes won their bouts while Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Philippines and New Zealand also had big victories on Day 3.
Mongolia’s three-time National Champion talented 19-year-old Tsendbaatar Erdenebat matched against a boxer from Territory of Guam, Adrienne Francisco whose country has recently affiliated to AIBA but as expected the Mongolian Bantamweight (56 kg) young star easily dominated his inexperienced opponent.
“I trained hard for this competition as I had to miss the ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships last year. I had a game plan before my first bout and it worked well against my Oceanian opponent. I know I will have stronger opponents on the road to the Olympic quota but I am fit and ready to box against anyone in Qian’an,” said Mongolia’s Erdenebat Tsendbaatar after his opening triumph in the event.
After his winning 1st bout, Iraq’s Ammar Jabbar Hasan had to face the n°1 seed of the competition in the Lightweight class (60 kg), the Mongolia’s Incheon 2014 Asian Games winner and ASBC Asian Confederation Champion Otgondalai Dorjnyambuu, who delivered a unanimous points win.
Tajikistan’s AIBA World Boxing Championships bronze medallist and two-time Olympian Anvar Yunusov recovering from an arm injury was not in his top form and logically lost to China Dragons’ WSB team boxer Jun Shan in the Lightweight class (60 kg) contest.
Philippines’ Incheon 2014 Asian Games silver medallist APB boxer Charly Suarez advanced to the Top 8 in the Lightweight class (60 kg) following his easy victory over Chinese Taipei’s Chu-En Lai who could not keep up the same momentum after his 1st winning bout against the Turkmenistan’s Hursand Imankuliyev.
The fans enjoyed a spectacular Oceanian battle in the Super Heavyweight class (+91 kg) between Australia’s OCBC Oceanian Confederation Champion Joseph Goodall and New Zealand’s Patrick Mailata, a revenge match from the latest Trans Tasman Tournament which occured last month. The Samoan-descent Kiwi boxer struggled in the opening round but he returned in the 2nd round more determined delivering a series of punches that ended the bout by TKO early through the final round.
China’s Incheon 2014 Asian Games winner Yin Junhua has high hope in the Women’s Lightweight class (60 kg) and she successfully delivered against PRK Korea’s ASBC Asian Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships silver medallist Tong Sun Ri in front of the delighted crowd of Qian’an.
Tajikistan’s London 2012 Olympic Games bronze medallist 23-year-old Mavzuna Chorieva proved she was almost at her best against Afghanistan’s Diana Nadim who trains in Denmark but it was not sufficient enough to prevent her rival from winning the contest with a comfortable margin in the Women’s Lightweight class (60 kg).
Thailand’s defending ASBC Asian Women’s Champion Tassamalee Thongjan had to be at her very best to eliminate Uzbekistan’s Youth National Champion 18-year-old Maftunakhon Melieva who replaced unsuccessfully Makhfuzakhon Ergasheva just before the start of the competition.
Kazakhstan’s Almaty 2013 AIBA World Champion Zhanibek Alimkhanuly is the n°1 seed of the Middleweight class (75 kg) and he sparklingly held the distance against Japan’s Makoto Takahashi who clearly admitted the superiority of the Central Asian boxer.
China’s Zhao Minggang met India’s AIBA World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Krishan Vikas to deliver an amazing bout and earned a unanimous points win.
In the Heavyweight class (91 kg), New Zealand’s best boxer Commonwealth Games winner 20-year-old David Nyika outperformed his opponent, Jordan’s ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships silver medallist veteran Ihab Al-Matbouli, and keeps his hope alive for an Olympic ticket.
A world class contest was held in the preliminary round of the Women’s Flyweight class (51 kg) when India’s five-times AIBA Women’s World Champion Chungneijang Mary Kom Hmangte was opposed to Kazakhstan’s first ever AIBA Women’s World Champion Nazym Kyzaibay.
The Indian National icon was in top form in the first three rounds and in spite of the Kazakh’s efforts in the final two minutes Mary Kom advanced with confidence to the quarter finals.