The AIBA Junior World Championships started in the capital city of Kazakhstan, in Astana on Saturday where places in the final 16 were up for the grabs. A total of 273 boxers from 46 nations are competing for the medals in the championships.
In the pinweight class Turkmenistan's Shatlykmurat Muradov stopped Keith Flavin after one and a half minutes when the Irish boxer was leading by 3:2. The Turkmen boxer's next opponent will be Azerbaijan's European Schoolboys Championships silver medalist Elnur Shafizada, who eliminated Asif Islam of Bangladesh in his opening contest.
Tajikistan's newcomer Bekhruz Umarkulov shocked the Turkish ringside in Astana where he triumphed over 15-year-old Omer Koc by 13:10, while Kazakhstan's top favourite Olzhas Kalaubek also made a successful debut before the home crowd in the lowest weight division.
In the light flyweight class England's European Junior Championships silver medalist Luke McCormack realized his winning chance against Slovakia's Villiam Tanko and will be facing Indian Junior National Champion Lalitha Prasad Polipalli to qualify for the Top8 in Astana.
Turkey's Junior National Champion Murat Mut demonstrated his technique against Japan's Shoma Kase and won his flyweight bout by 20:4. He will face Russia's National Junior Championships silver medalist Dzabrail Vizirkhanov, who eliminated Kyrgyzstan's Urmat Zheenkulov, in the next round.
Germany's 15-year-old Wladislaw Bartyshnik eliminated the first Russian boxer in the championships after upsetting Eurasian Junior Games silver medalist Shamil Chechenov by 18:12 in the light bantamweight class.
Turkey's Ahmet Comert Junior Tournament winner Cengiz Onat caused a huge surprise in his opening contest against England's top favourite Callum French to win by 9:8. He will face Tulga Khurelbaatar of Mongolia in his next bout in the light bantamweight class.
Hungary's defending European Junior Champion Norbert Herczeg made a successful debut against Germany's 15-year-old Marcel Hadyali by 25:10 in the bantamweight class. His next opponent will be Uzbekistan's Doniyorbek Yergashev, who eliminated Iraq's Salah Fakhri by a large margin of points.
In the same weight class Turkey's European Junior Championships silver medalist Nurettin Onat had a hard battle in the first preliminary round against Turkmenistan's Ahmet Comert Junior Tournament bronze medalist Shamurad Cherkezov, winning by a close 6:4.
Dominican Republic's top favourite Panamerican Junior Champion Huascar Ramirez had to fight also in the first preliminary round and as expected he triumphed over Syria's Ahmad Ghossoun by 14:4 in the featherweight class. He will face another Arabic opponent in the next round against Iraq's Hussein Ali Al-Hraishawi.
Georgia's European Junior Championships silver medalist Jemal Shalamberidze made an impressive debut in Astana against Algeria's Mohamed Bachir Abid. The final verdict of their lightweight bout was an incredible 26:4 in the talented Georgian boxer's favour.
New Zealand's 15-year-old David Nyika from the North Island triumphed over Ukraine's Vladislav Yeromenko in the lightweight class and will be fighting another top boxer, European Schoolboy Champion Shamil Malsagov of Russia, in the next round.
Hungary's European Junior Championships bronze medalist Krisztian Sinko won over Tajikistan's strong Mekhrob Ibrokhimov by 16:3 at the light welterweight class.
Australia's Queensland-based Peter Proum continued his unbeaten career by eliminating Tajikistan's Mehkribon Sanginov by 16:9 in the welterweight class, where Armenia's Gor Jevelikyan also advanced to the next round after beating Ireland's Shane McIntyre by 12:10.
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