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Dominican Republic’s new sensation Dagoberto Aguero shocked the local Chinese spectators after beating top favourite Li Chao in the flyweight semi-final on the third day of competition at the World Combat Games.
The contest finished in the first round after two minutes when the ringside doctor suspended the bout due to Li Chao’s injury. Therefore, despite the 1:1 score the 17-year-old Dominican athlete advanced to the final in Beijing, where he will fight for the gold against South Asian Games silver medalist Muhammad Waseem of Pakistan.
Powerful Aguero became Panamerican Junior Champion and achieved a valuable silver medal at the La Romana Cup in his first elite tournament last year and finished second at the Panamerican Youth Championships in February, but did not qualify for the Youth Olympic Games.
As expected, reigning Olympic Champion and two-time World Champion Zou Shiming also advanced to the final after beating Dominican Republic’s Juan Gabriel Medina by 6:3. In the gold medal match he will face 18-year-old Safoviddin Yusufi of Tajikistan.
After beating top-class athlete Anvar Yunusov of Tajikistan in the quarter-final by accepted scores, local newcomer Zhang Jiawei won another bout against Jordan’s Arabic Games winner Mohamed Abdelaziz Al-Wadi in the semi-final. His next rival will be Joseph Cordina of Wales in the new 56kg weight division.
Two-time Olympian Assylbek Talasbayev of Kyrgyzstan and his younger compatriot Ermek Sakenov also reached the finals after easy victories against their Polish rivals. Lightweight Talasbayev will face Mohamed Ramadan Eliwa of Egypt, while Sakenov’s opponent will be Hu Richabilige of China in the 64kg weight category.
One of the most eagerly anticipated finals will be the welterweight bout, where Chinese top favourite and Beijing Olympian Xinjiang-based Maimati Tusunqiong will be fighting against the strong Vasile Belous of Moldova.
Powerful 26-year-old Vladimir Milevskij of Lithuania hammered his teenage opponent, Tajikistan’s Navruz Jafoyev, in the middleweight class but can expect a harder final contest versus Zhang Jianting of China.
Another Chinese-Lithuanian final fight will be held in the light heavyweight division, where National Games and Benazir Bhutto Tournament winner Meng Fanlong’s rival will be the relatively inexperienced Tadas Tamasauskas.
Asian Games gold medalist and Beijing Olympics quarterfinalist Djakhon Kurbanov of Tajikistan was surprisingly defeated by the experienced Constantin Bejenaru or Romania. It was not the first time in Djakhon Kurbanov’s long career that he has been injured during a fight. Bejenaru’s opponent will be Jordan’s Ahmad Al-Teimat in the final.
Olympic Games silver medalist Zhang Zhilei of China continued his successful series against Chouaib Bouloudinat of Algeria in the super heavyweight class semi-final. The 27-year-old local world-class boxer will face Mihai Nistor of Romania in the gold medal match.
Host nation China has seven boxers in the finals and Romania, Lithuania and Kyrgyzstan two each, while seven other nations have qualified one athlete each for the 1st World Combat Games’ finals.
Photo: The AIBA