Tajikistan’s giant super heavyweight Mirodjiddin Karimov was crowned at the National Sports Games in Dushanbe, which were held on the 20th anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of the Tajikistan.
The 218cm tall boxer returned after a long break after being eliminated from the AIBA Youth World Championships in Baku last year by Kazakhstan’s Daulet Musabayev in the first preliminary round.
Karimov will be celebrating his 18th birthday only in June but already has enough international experience to be a star in 2011. He took a gold medal at the Khayrutdinov Youth Memorial Tournament in Kazakhstan and a bronze at the Asian Youth Championships last year.
Karimov’s nickname is the “Tajik Valuyev” due to his incredible height and, as expected, he outclassed his older rivals at the National Sports Games in Dushanbe. At the five-day long event Karimov took the gold medal after beating Useyn Adzhizhamil by 2:1.
Due to Tajikistan’s financial problems only three athletes from the Central Asian nation were able to compete in the 2010 Asian Games boxing event but the country will probably be able to send more athletes to this year’s AIBA Men’s World Championships in Baku.
Anvar Yunusov is one of the best Tajik boxers at the moment. The 24-year-old athlete was a quarterfinalist at the 2005 AIBA World Championships in Mianjang and also reached the same result at the 2008 Olympic Games.
After Beijing Yunusov decided to move up a weight class but since then he has failed to impress at major tournaments. Nevertheless, he is unbeaten in local events since 2005 and this great series continued at the National Sport Games where he outpointed Vaysiddin Sattorov by 3:0 in the bantamweight final.
Teenage newcomer Mukhammad Yuldashev won the lowest weight class in Dushanbe after beating Faridun Ismatov by points to secure the first gold in the event. Asian Youth Championships competitor 19-year-old Abdurashid Nugmanov defeated National Championships silver medalist Odilkhon Furkati in the lightweight final to secure his first tournament victory among elite boxers.
Light welterweight Tajik National Champion Nazir Piraki also claimed the gold in Dushanbe, while as the coaches predicted new rising power Sorbon Muzaffarbekov was too strong for the welterweight boxers.
Relatively unknown middleweight boxer Sobir Nazarov caused a huge surprise when he defeated former National Champion Bekhruz Nabiyev in the final, while experienced Isroil Zukhurov secured only the bronze.
Sunatullo Dzhaborov participated in the Great Silk Way Tournament in Baku last month and defeated Khomitjon Pirmatzoda in the light heavyweight final. Dzhaborov is fighting to be included on the Tajik national elite team and take part in major international events.
An unexpected result came in the heavyweight class where the talented Youth Olympian 18-year-old Siyovush Zukhurov was knocked out by Tajik National Championships bronze medalist Firas Annemiri, who had moved down a division.