That’s the end of the 2018 Championship in boxing. It will be remembered to us by tough fights of irreconcilable rivals in the ring, but friends in life.
Behind the fights of Turkmen boxers, the spectators gambled and carefully watched titled foreign guests – high professionals of their art.
Sometimes it came to heated debates and betting. And if the battle was won by someone’s favorite, then it was turned into double joy – the triumph of victory with Turkmen boxers was shared by famous sportsmen.
Among them were Denis Lebedev, a professional boxer, champion of the WBA and IBF, Oleg Taktarov – a world champion in mixed martial arts, Oleg Saitov – a two-time Olympic champion, Alexander Lebzyak – an Olympic champion, world and European champion, and Serik Konakbayev – a vice-president of the International Amateur Boxing Association and president of the Asian Boxing Confederation.
For four days, boxers from different parts of Turkmenistan competed for the title of the country’s champions. Someone had to leave the race on the first day, but the most stubborn in the desire to win reached the finale, showing the limits of human capabilities.
But this is the meaning of sport – to be able to overcome oneself when it seemed that the last forces were exhausted and you need to get a second breath. Perseverance and will for victory of Turkmen boxers were noted by the honorable guests of the national championship. So we will remember the 2018 Championship – bright, spectacular, unpredictable. And in some ways even mystical …
The victory ensured the athletes not only the title of the country’s champions, but also provided an opportunity to participate in the national team at the summer Asian Games 2018, which will be held in the Indonesian city of Jakarta. The future medals of the Turkmen boxers were inspired by the world famous master of leather gloves.
… And now – about the results.
The first gold medalist of the Turkmenistan Championship in boxing in 2018 was the representative of Ashgabat Gulshat Polatova, who defeated Shapizada Merdanova from Lebap in the weight category up to 49 kg.
A representative of the northern region, Chemen Durdyklycheva, was the best in weight 54 kg, having mastered Selby Kuvusheva from the Lebap velayat. Champion of Turkmenistan in boxing in the weight category up to 57 kg was the capital’s sportswoman Aigul Atadurdieva, who defeated Gozel Ataeva, who represented the Balkan velayat.
The first boxing champion of Turkmenistan in 2018 was Lebap boxer Zarip Jumaev, who surpassed his opponent from the capital Mergen Melyaev in the weight category up to 52 kg.
Due to the accuracy and lightning speed, the best boxer in the weight category up to 56 kg was the representative of Ashgabat Yakub Merdanov, victorious of his compatriot Begench Alimov.
Capital sportsmen in the weight category up to 60 kg Khursand Imankuliev and Yazmyrat Gurbanov stubbornly fought using different tactics of the fight, but in the end of the three rounds the best was Imankuliev, who did not allow the opponent to come close thanks to “long” strikes.
Ashgabat resident Togrulbek Pazzyev lost gold to fellow countryman Muhammet Berdyev in weight to 64 kg. Timur Tadjiev from the Dashoguz velayat, confidently battled the boxer Serdar Amangeldiyev in the category of up to 69 kilograms, who activated only at the end of the fight, but never managed to level the chances of winning.
Boxer from Ashgabat Nursakhet Pazzyev won gold in the weight category up to 75 kg, defeating his compatriot Aziz Achilov thanks to powerful counterattacks and impenetrable defense.
Spectacular series of strongest blows of the resident of the capital Nuryagdy Nuryagdyev knocked down his opponent from the Dashoguz velayat Ustabek Samandarov in weight to 81 kg, after which the athlete could not continue the fight.
Lightning knockdown ahead of schedule ended the fight and Arslanbek Achilov from Lebap in the category of up to 91 kg, defeated fellow countryman Shohrat Khodjanepesov, who decided to cede the opponent.
The heavyweight contenders from Ashgabat in the category of more than 91 kg met in the last match of the championship.
Baky Toichyev scored with heavy blows over Atajan Nurgeldiev, who was unable to develop effective tactics against the opponent during all three rounds.