The quarter-finals were held at the ASBC Asian Boxing Championships at the Huamark Indoor Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand. Eighteen nations claimed medals.
A record number of 304 athletes including 112 women and 192 men attended the tournament. The number of the participating countries was 34 which is also a record.
Kazakhstan’s Zakir Safiullin is a veteran boxer, after four years of break he returned to Bangkok and proved his virtuoso style against such a strong opponent as China’s Rio 2016 Olympian Shan Jun. Safiullin did tough combinations in a lightweight (60kg) bout and marched to the semi-finals.
His teammate Tursynbai Kulakhmet made a sensation at the men’s middleweight (75kg). Kulakhmet replaced AIBA World Boxing Championships silver medallist Abilkhan Amankul in the team who did not recover from his shoulder injury fully yet. Kulakhmet opened the first round with strong strategy against Uzbekistan’s ASBC Asian Champion and Asian Games winner Israil Madrimov and surprised his Uzbek opponent. He eliminated the main gold medal contender of the weight category.
Chinese Taipei achieved three guaranteed medals in the quarter-finals when their two defending AIBA Women’s World Champions Lin Yu Ting and Chen Nien Chien, and also Pin Meng Chieh secured their places in the semi-finals. Their amazing pathway was continued by former AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships silver medallist Huang Hsiao Wen who used her longer reach to beat Thailand’s Jeerapak Inkam at the bantamweight (54kg). Wu Shih Yi is the most developed female boxer in Chinese Taipei who eliminated Indonesia’s Asian Games bronze medallist Huswatun Hasanah at the lightweight (60kg). Lin Lee Wei Hsien moved up to the middleweight (75kg) and her debut was successful – she defeated Uzbekistan’s Mavluda Mavlonova securing Chinese Taipei’s 6thmedal in women’s boxing.
DPR Korea’s Pang Chol Mi is the defending AIBA Women’s World Champion at the flyweight (51kg) who has got amazing technical repertoire. As second, she was too smart for Chinese Taipei’s Chin Chian Huei and her next super performance means she is semi-finalist. The defending ASBC Asian Women’s Champion in this category is Vietnam’s Nguyen Thi Tam who eliminated a dangerous rival Mongolia’s Altantsetseg Lutsaikhan.
China’s Chang Yuan won the title of the Jakarta 2018 Asian Games in this division who had to do her best to beat Thailand’s No.1 Chuthamat Raksat. Kazakhstan’s two-time AIBA Women’s World Champion Nazym Kyzaibay was unable to get any medal once again following the Asian Games where she lost her quarter-final bout. The 26-year-old Kazakh boxer was defeated by India’s former AIBA Women’s Junior World Champion Nikhat Zareen.
The following 18 nations remained have got guaranteed medals after the quarter-finals of the ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships:
– India: 13 medals
– Kazakhstan: 11 medals
– China: 10 medals
– Uzbekistan: 9 medals
– Mongolia: 8 medals
– Chinese Taipei: 6 medals
– DPR Korea, South Korea, Philippines, Vietnam: 3 medals
– Japan, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan: 2 medals
– Iran, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan: 1 medal