Uzbekistan dominate medal table in Tashkent
This weekend saw the conclusion of the controversial IBA Amateur World Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. With 19 countries including The USA, Great Britain, Ireland, and Ukraine boycotting the games, due to IBA’s decision to allow Russian boxers to compete, the depth of the championship perhaps wasn’t quite like previous years. However this did not mean a lack of quality, as some tremendous talent took centre stage. Prize money of $200,000 for gold medal winners, $100,000 for silver medal winners, and $50,000 was up for grabs as 538 boxers from 107 countries took part.
Unsurprisingly it was Uzbekistan who topped the medal table in Tashkent, as they continued their previous success in the unpaid code. Olympic gold medalist Bakhodir Jalolov won gold, without really breaking a sweat. Beating Fernando Arzola of Cuba in the final.
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Perhaps the most impressive showing from an Uzbek boxer however, was that of flyweight gold medalist Hassanboy Dusmatov, who took gold with a brutal knockout of Bilal Bennama of France in the Final. The gold medal adds to Dusmatov’s already impressive ledger, having won world silver in 2017, and Olympic gold in 2016, as well as 3 Asian Championship gold medals.
23 year old Abdumalik Khalokov went one better than he did in 2021, winning gold at featherweight. The Uzbek could potentially be the best prospect to come out of the games, showing expert punch picking throughout the tournament, beating Saidel Horta of Cuba in the final by a unanimous 5-0 decision.
Uzbekistan ended the championship with 5 golds medals, 2 silver, and 2 bronze.
Elsewhere in the tournament Queensberry promotions signing Sofiane Oumiha of France won gold at lightweight, his 3rd gold at a world championship. 2019 world champion Muslim Gadzhimagomedov won gold again at heavyweight for Russia, and Yoenlis Hernandez won gold at middleweight for Cuba.
All Gold Medal Winners:
Minimumweight – Sanzhar Tashkenbay, Kazakhstan
Flyweight – Hassanboy Dusmatov, Uzbekistan
Bantamweight – Makhmud Sabyrkhan, Kazakhstan
Featerweight – Abdumalik Khalokov, Uzbekistan
Lightweight – Sofiane Oumiha, France
Light Welterweight – Ruslan Abdullaev, Uzbekistan
Welterweight – Asadkhuja Muydinkhujaev, Uzbekistan
Light Middleweight – Aslanbek Shymbergenov, Kazakhstan
Middleweight – Yoenlis Hernandez, Cuba
Light Heavyweight – Nurbek Oralbay, Kazakhstan
Cruiserweight – Sharabutdin Ataev, Russia
Heavyweight – Muslim Gadzhimagomedov, Russia
Super Heavyweight – Bakhodir Jalolov, Uzbekistan
Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total