Sixteen bouts were held at the 26th Asian Championships on the last preliminary day. After the preliminaries, only the best 79 boxers remain in the competition and will be fighting for the medals.
In the flyweight class, Jordan's best boxer Arabic Games winner Mohammad Al-Wadi, won his second contest in Incheon where he eliminated Iraq's newcomer Ammar Hasan by 23:13 and advanced to the quarter-final.
Kyrgyzstan's Sydney Jackson Memorial Tournament silver medalist Mirbek Sherov will be celebrating his 19th birthday later this year. Despite his low number of international bouts he performed well and defeated Uzbekistan's Youth Olympic Games bronze medalist Zokhidjon Hurboyev by 25:16.
India's National Games winner Santosh Harijan is excellent this year and the young fighter continues his winning series. He had an extremely tough opponent on Sunday but triumphed over Mongolia's AIBA World Championships silver medalist Tugstsogt Nyambayar by 18:9.
China's Asian Games silver medalist, 22-year-old Chan Yong, made a huge effort against South Korea's promising Athens Olympian Hong Moo Won. The Chinese boxer secured a clean advantage after the first three minutes and finally won the battle by 23:15.
Chinese Taipei's Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Tournament bronze medalist, 19-year-old Kao Chih Yuan, led by 9:4 after the first three minutes against two-time Turkmen National Champion, teenager Farukh Yomudov. The Taiwanese boxer advanced to the next round after beating his Turkmen rival by 20:11 and has a good chance for winning a medal against Kuwait's Abdul Rahman Al-Shammari.
In the bantamweight class, Tajikistan's Beijing Olympic Games quarter-finalist 24-year-old Anvar Yunusov, eliminated the second Chinese boxer at their rematch in Incheon. Yunusov's opponent was Asian Games silver medalist Zhang Jiawei. Yunusov won the contest by 20:15 due his great final round.
India's Mandeep Jangra is representing his strong boxing nation for the very first time. The young boxer was too strong for Tajikistan's National Champion 25-year-old Komiljon Kholikov in the welterweight class.
Kazakhstan's welterweight, No.2 behind superstar Serik Sapiyev, is AIBA World Championships quarter-finalist, 21-year-old Rustam Svayev. He walked to the quarter-finals as his opponent, Nasser Al-Dhafiri of Kuwait, was unable to fight against him.
Uzbekistan's Sydney Jackson Memorial Tournament winner, 20-year-old Nodirbek Kasimov, also made a successful debut in the welterweight division where he had a great battle against Asian Championships silver medalist Omar Mametshayev of Turkmenistan. The final verdict was 12:6 to the young Uzbek boxer.
China's newcomer in the national squad, Asian Junior Championships silver medalist, 21-year-old Wang Xuanxuan, had an extremely powerful debut in Incheon against Mongolia's veteran Khishigbaatar Mandakhbayar. The Mongolian boxer had no chance of winning the heavyweight contest which finished 19:2 to the Chinese rising star.
Jordan's Arabic Champion, 24-year-old Ihab Darweish Al-Matbouli, returned to the world of the rings this year and has a great chance of securing a medal for his country. On his debut he fought against Beijing Olympic Games quarter-finalist and former Asian Games winner Djakhon Kurbanov of Tajikistan. The Irish referee stopped their hectic heavyweight battle just before the end of the second round. Therefore the Jordan boxer advanced to the quarter-finals.
Syria's best chance for the gold medal is Asian Games winner Mohammad Ghossoun who fought against Uzbekistan's Sydney Jackson Memorial Tournament winner, 19-year-old Rustam Tulaganov, in the closest bout of the day. The Syrian boxer led by 3:2 after the first three minutes but the Uzbek teenager equalized the contest just before the final gong. The favourite Ghossoun was the lucky one and advanced to the quarter-finals by accepted scores.
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