Asian Games silver medallist, Uzbek Uktamjon Rahmonov who moved down from welterweight confirms the successful series of the Central Asian nation at the AIBA Asian Olympic Qualifying Event Astana 2012. He defeated Asian Games winner, Chinese Hu Qing. The southpaws offered the audience an excellent battle in the light welterweight category. Rahmonov tried to control the fight from the very first seconds while the Chinese could not use his longer arms. The Uzbek received a warning but dominated anyway a world class fight and advanced to the last eight.
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Rahmonov's next opponent will be AIBA World Boxing Championships bronze medallist, Japanese Masatsugu Kawachi who competed in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Japan's light welterweight No.1 demonstrated his power against Afghan Mohammad Bashir Sadeq.
Asian Games gold medallist, Kazakh Daniyar Yeleussinov fought against Arab Games bronze medallist Jordan's Ibrahim Mohamed Mahmoud Saleh in his opening bout. The local star used his magnificent footwork to secure an easy victory over his Arabic rival. The final verdict of their unequal fight was 27:4 to Yeleussinov who will now meet Asian Games quarter-finalist DPR Korea's Kim Chol Song in the quarter-finals.
Bocskai Memorial Tournament bronze medallist South Korean Shim Hyun Young just his place back in the national squad and opened his competition against Tajikistan's three-time National Champion 22-year-old Nazir Piraki who participated in the AIBA World Boxing Championships Baku 2011. The Tajik developed his skills since then and the contest became a real manly fight which resulted in a close victory for the South Korean boxer who will face Iran's Mehdi Tolouti for a quota place.
Another incredible battle was between World Combat Games winner Kyrgyz Ermek Sakenov and 22-year-old Thai Wuttichai Masuk, Asian Champion three years although he has changed his weight category since then. Sakenov started better the bout before Masuk worked well as of the middle. However the boxer did a great run in the last round and will meet Asian Champion Turkmen Serdar Hudayberdiyev in quarter-finals.
Shopokov Memorial Tournament silver medallist Tajik Sobirjon Nazarov had two victories at the AIBA World Boxing Championships Baku 2011. Today he eliminated Thai WSB boxer Kreingkrai Sukkhum in the middleweights. His next rival will be Chinese Taipei's Yang Yu Ting who eliminated Jordan's newcomer Odai Al-Hindawi.
Two-time AIBA World Champion Uzbek Abbos Atoyev lost his first contest in Baku last year. In Astana he first had to fight against South Korea's National Champion Woo Sung Jae. Atoyev dominated their middleweight contest and proved that he's at its best form winning the bout 21:6. He will now face Malaysia's Mohammad Farkhan Bin Mohammad Haron for a place in London.
Beijing Olympic Games bronze medallist, Indian Vijender Singh is a national hero and demonstrated a great performance against Arab Military Games winner Syria's Eshak Waez. Indian fans can be very proud of their Bhiwani-based boxer who won 11:5 and will now fight against Asian Championships silver medallist veteran Mongolia's Chuluuntumur Tumurkhuyag.
Arab Championships silver medallist Waheed Abderredha is one of the best hope of Iraq. He shocked former Asian Champion Chinese Zhang Jianting in their middleweight battle. The Chinese received two warnings in the second frame of the bout and therefore offered a clear victory to the Iraqi. His next rival will be Youth Olympic Games bronze medallist 19-year-old Turkmen Nursahat Pazziyev.
Sydney Jackson Memorial Tournament winner 20-year-old Uzbek Rustam Tulaganov was one of the favourite heavyweights in Astana. His first opponent was Kyrgyzstan's Chyngyz Borbashev. Tulaganov used his footwork in the first round but the Kyrgyz fighter, who moved up a division just before the tournament, had an extremely strong final round and eliminated his star rival. Borbashev's next opponent will be Asian Games silver medallist, Indian Manpreet Singh.
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