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Olympic Boxing: Sydney Jackson Memorial

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Eight Uzbek Golds at the Sydney Jackson Memorial Tournament

By AIBA

altIn a strong showing at the Sydney Jackson Memorial Tournament, the home nation's boxers claimed eight gold medals at the Uzbekistan Sports Complex in Tashkent.

The tournament is held in memory of the former coach of Uzbekistan Sydney Jackson, who was the founder of boxing in the Central Asian country.

At the tournament over 100 boxers from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Philippines, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan competed for the medals while in the last edition of the event Chinese Taipei, Iran and Germany also fought in Tashkent.

Philippines' AIBA Youth World Championships quarter-finalist 18-year-old youth boxer Mark Anthony Barriga had a very hard contest against Uzbekistan's Alisher Mahmudov who led by 1:0 against him after the first round of the semi-final contest, but the Filippino turned the bout and won it by 4:1. Barriga received his first international gold medal after defeating the local youth boxer Shakhobiddin Zoirov by 4:1 in the light flyweight final.

Uzbekistan's Asian Games quarter-finalist Shahriyor Isakov firstly eliminated him teammate Olim Khusanboyev by 3:1 for the medal and followed that victory he was too strong for Tastemir Bibosynov of Kazakhstan in the flyweight semi-final. Isakov had an unexpectedly close final contest against Mirbek Sherov of Kyrgyzstan but won 3:2.

Uzbek National Champion 20-year-old Shokhrukh Khudjabekov defeated Philippines' former Asian Games winner veteran Joan Tipon who made an impressive comeback after his serious shoulder injury. Khudjabekov also did his best during the final and picked up his third point just before the final gong with the scores 3:2 in the Uzbek's favour.

Uzbekistan's Chemistry Cup silver medalist rising power Fazliddin Gaibnazarov triumphed over Kyrgyzstan's 21-year-old Abdylai Anarbay Ulu by 12:4 in the lightweight semi-final and Kazakhstan's former National Champion Aydar Amirzakov by 5:4 for the gold, while Uzbekistan's 19-year-old great talent Kobiljon Bobodjanov secured the bronze medal.

Russian U22 National Championships bronze medalist Armen Zakaryan secured the only gold for his country after beating Kazakhstan's Aydar Sharibayev by a narrow 9:7 in the light welterweight final.

Uzbekistan Nodirbek Kasimov, who lost the semi-final at last year's edition, converted his bronze into a gold medal this year by defeating Kazakhstan's AIBA World Championships quarter-finalist Rustam Svayev by 5:4, while Uzbekistan's welterweight No.1 and Asian Games silver medalist Uktamjon Rahmonov managed only the third place.

Uzbekistan's middleweight No.2 the former Asian Junior Championships bronze medalist 21-year-old Shukhrat Abdullayev defeated 20-year-old Botirsher Obidov in their final while Youth Olympic Games silver medalist and Belgrade Winner Tournament gold medalist Ahmad Mamadjonov of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan's Dauren Yeleussinov both took third place in Tashkent.

In the light heavyweight class Bobur Yuldashev triumphed over the new Kazakh National Champion Arman Rysbek by 3:1 in the semi-final and followed that great success with the gold medal after beating his team-mate and titleholder Muhammadyusuf Saidov. Turkmenistan's talented youth boxer Aziz Achilov missed out on a medal in Tashkent.

Uzbekistan's 20-year-old Rustam Tulyaganov caused one of the biggest surprises at the tournament where he triumphed over his compatriot Chemistry Cup winner Mirzokhidjon Abdullayev who is the Central Asian nation's best heavyweight boxer.

The super heavyweight class resulted in an Uzbek dominance where four local athletes reached the semi-final. In WSB boxer Sardor Abdullayev's absence Ahmad Sarimsakov claimed the gold medal after beating Izzatulla Ergashev in the final, while 17-year-old Ulugbek Mubinov secured the bronze and has great expectations at the forthcoming Asian Youth Championships.