ASBC Asian Boxing Championships finals were held at the Huamark Indoor Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand. Fourteen nations were represented at the finals, and record number 10 of them claimed gold medals in Bangkok. A record number of 304 athletes and 34 countries took part in the competition.
Tajikistan’s Bakhodur Usmonov advanced to the finals of the men’s light welterweight (64kg) where he met with Obada Al-Kasbeh. Jordan’s pride was enough fresh than his opponent, but both were motivated to write history. Usmonov was tactically and technically better in the first round, his counter-punches dominated. Al-Kasbeh increased his rhythm in the second round and caught his opponent a few times but Usmonov was able to land more punches and celebrated Tajikistan’s first title since 2011.
India’s Amit Panghal defeated Olympic champion Hasanboy Dusmatov at the flyweight (52 kg) from Uzbekistan in the quarter-finals and got the title for his country. But Uzbek squad earned 4 gold medals on this edition: Nodirjon Mirzakhmedov (49 kg) beat Indian Deepak, Mirazizbek Mirzahalilov (56 kg) won his fight against Kavinder Singh Bisht from India, Bobo-Usmon Baturov (69 kg) defeated Japanese Quincy Mensah, Bakhodir Jalolov (91+ kg) beat Kamshybek Kunkabayev of Kazakhstan.
Following the gold medal at the 2012 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships, Philippines’ Josie Gabuco (48 kg) gave birth to her daughter and returned to the top shape in 2017. She advanced to the final where she used her quick counter-attacks against DPR Korea’s Kim Hyang Mi. Gabuco followed her strong strategy and landed more punches which helped her to win. Her gold medal was the first for Philippines since Mitchell Martinez won a title in Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei in 2005. Now Martinez is working as a coach with the national team and she was part of Gabuco’s success in Bangkok.
China headed the team rankings with their six gold medals. Their first title was achieved by a newcomer in the national team Shi Qian who impressed with her fantastic footwork and defeated Chinese Taipei’s young Huang Hsiao Wen in the bantamweight (54kg) final.
Yang Wenlu won her first big international title at the lightweight (60kg) following her close success over Chinese Taipei’s Wu Shih Yi. Dou Dan defeated India’s Simranjit Kaur in the semi-finals of the last AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships and she won their re-match in Bangkok. Gu Hong delivered the main sensation for the Chinese team when she surprisingly defeated Chinese Taipei’s defending AIBA Women’s World Champion Chen Nien Chin at the welterweight (69kg). In the repeat final of the last continental event China’s middleweight (75kg) star Li Qian defeated South Korea’s Seon Su Jin once again.
The following 10 nations reached gold medals in the ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships in Bangkok:
– China: 6 gold medals
– Uzbekistan: 4 gold medals
– India, Kazakhstan: 2 gold medals
– Chinese Taipei, DPR Korea, South Korea, Mongolia, Philippines, Tajikistan: 1 gold medal
List of the winners of the ASBC Asian Boxing Championships
Women’s 48kg: Josie Gabuco, Philippines
Women’s 51kg: Pang Chol Mi, DPR Korea
Women’s 54kg: Shi Qian, China
Women’s 57kg: Lin Yu Ting, Chinese Taipei
Women’s 60kg: Yang Wenlu, China
Women’s 64kg: Dou Dan, China
Women’s 69kg: Gu Hong, China
Women’s 75kg: Li Qian, China
Women’s 81kg: Pooja Rani, India
Women’s +81kg: Yang Xiaoli, China
Men’s 49kg: Nodirjon Mirzakhmedov, Uzbekistan
Men’s 52kg: Amit Panghal, India
Men’s 56kg: Mirazizbek Mirzakhalilov, Uzbekistan
Men’s 60kg: Erdenebat Tsendbaatar, Mongolia
Men’s 64kg: Bakhodur Usmonov, Tajikistan
Men’s 69kg: Bobo-Usmon Baturov, Uzbekistan
Men’s 75kg: Tursynbai Kulakhmet, Kazakhstan
Men’s 81kg: Bek Nurmaganbet, Kazakhstan
Men’s 91kg: Kim Hyeong Kyu, South Korea
Men’s +91kg: Bakhodir Jalolov, Uzbekistan