Norbu ends Bhutan’s five-year wait for in­ter­na­tional win at ASBC Asian Box­ing Cham­pi­onships

Bhutan Times - - Editorial - ( By Daniel Etchells In­side the Games)

Light heavy­weight Tashi Norbu de­liv­ered Bhutan’s first no­table in­ter­na­tional tri­umph in five years with vic­tory over Viet­nam’s Vo Van Que at the ASBC Asian Con­fed­er­a­tion Box­ing Cham­pi­onships in Bangkok.

Norbu claimed a points win to fol­low in the foot­steps of Si­gyel Phub, the last boxer from Bhutan to win a bout in a ma­jor in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ment at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou.

He now faces a quar­ter-fi­nal en­counter with Iran’s Has­san Shahini, win­ner by tech­ni­cal knock­out against Mon­go­lia’s Er­deneba­yar Sandag­suren, on Wed­nes­day (Septem­ber 2).

Kyr­gyzs­tan en­joyed a per­fect day in Thai­land’s cap­i­tal as the pre­lim­i­nary stages con­cluded, start­ing with suc­cess for de­fend­ing fly­weight cham­pion Azat Use­naliev over Sri Lanka’s Roshan Bu­lu­gaha Elegedara Warnasooriya.

There was also a win for light wel­ter­weight Ermek Sakenov against Pak­istan’s Gul Zaib as he bids to win his fifth tour­na­ment of the year, while newly-crowned light heavy­weight na­tional cham­pion Erk­in­bek Adyl­bek Uulu en­sured Kyr­gyzs­tan’s third vic­tory af­ter elim­i­nat­ing Iraq’s Ahmed Wameedh Al-Mah­dawe.

“It was my first bout here in Bangkok, and fi­nally af­ter my train­ing I was able show my skills in the Cham­pi­onships,” said Sakenov, an In­ter­na­tional Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (AIBA) World Box­ing Cham­pi­onships quar­ter-fi­nal­ist in 2013.

“I was too slow in the open­ing round and did not use enough punches, but I im­proved from the sec­ond round on­wards.

“I know it was not my best per­for­mance, but I have to go step by step in or­der to ac­com­plish my dream in the event.”

Else­where, Kaza­khstan’s Olzhas Sat­tibayev ad­vanced to the quar­ter-fi­nals of the fly­weight di­vi­sion, out­point­ing Thai­land’s ASBC Asian Con­fed­er­a­tion Box­ing Cham­pion- ships bronze medal­list Tanes Ongjunta.

His team mate Adil­bek Niyazym­be­tov, sil­ver medal­list at the Lon­don 2012 Olympic Games and also at the last two edi­tions of the AIBA World Box­ing Cham­pi­onships, pro­duced a daz­zling per­for­mance to beat Turk­menistan’s Az­izbek Achilov at light heavy­weight.

The most ex­hil­a­rat­ing bout of the day came at light wel­ter­weight as Thai­land’s Wut­tichai Masuk, an In­cheon 2014 Asian Games gold medal­list, over­came Mon­go­lia’s mil­i­tary world cham­pion Bat­tar­sukh Chin­zorig.

Another fas­ci­nat­ing bat­tle came at fly­weight as num­ber one seed Sa­jad Mo­ham­mad­pour of Iran suf­fered a shock loss to Turk­menistan’s Zarip Ju­mayev.

The first stage of the quar­ter-fi­nals is due to held to­mor­row when 20 bouts are sched­uled across two ses­sions.

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