Boxing Not Alien for Girls

Uzbekistan Today (English) - - SPORT -

Guzal Is­ma­tova de­feated all her ri­vals at the Asian cham­pi­onship in boxing in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet­nam, and rose to the high­est stage of the podium.

Guzal Is­ma­tova is among the tal­ented and promis­ing fe­male ath­letes. She was born in 1996 in the Zaamin district of the Jiz­zakh re­gion. Since the age of fif­teen, she trains with ex­pe­ri­enced men­tor Gairat Ka­ri­mov.

“When I first en­coun­tered Guzal, she was a second-year sti­dent at the Jiz­zakh Col­lege of the Olympic Re­serve, reg­u­larly prac­tic­ing bas­ket­ball,” says coach Gayrat Ka­ri­mov. “Ob­serv­ing her phys­i­cal in­di­ca­tors, dex­ter­ity and de­ter­mi­na­tion, we got con­vinced that she would make a good boxer and in­vited to train­ing.”

Ow­ing to her ded­i­ca­tion and re­solve, Guzal within a short pe­riod of time at­tained her well-de­served place among the best ath­letes of the re­gion in this form. She tem­pered and honed her skills in train­ing. The first vic­tory was se­cured in 2013 at the in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ment Oltin Vodiy in Andi­jan. Be­fore the fi­nals she beat all her ri­vals and won a sil­ver medal, af­ter which she was ad­mit­ted to the na­tional team of Uzbek­istan. So far, she has be­come the cham­pion of Uzbek­istan six times and the owner of Uzbek­istan Cup once.

Our tal­ented ath­lete at the last Asian Cham­pi­onships in 2015 rose to the second step of the podium.

“Back then I took part in an in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion of this level for the first time,” says Guzal. “In the semi­fi­nal match of the Asian Cham­pi­onship, I sent Laz­zat Kun­gen­baeva from Kaza­khstan to the tech­ni­cal knock­out. Un­for­tu­nately, in the fi­nal game against the Chi­nese Vang Shizhin, I did not have enough ex­pe­ri­ence. But I set my­self the goal of nec­es­sar­ily win­ning gold at the next such tour­na­ment.”

This year, Guzal has achieved her goal at the con­ti­nen­tal cham­pi­onship held in Viet­nam. As part of the team, led by head coach Lochin Kuchko­rov, she won the pres­ti­gious com­pe­ti­tion. In the con­test in the weight cat­e­gory of over 81 kilo­grams, our tal­ented sportswoman de­feated Sima Pu­nia from In­dia and the rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the host na­tion, Ti Tran Nee, thanks to which she earned the cham­pi­onship ti­tle. In honor of the Uzbek ath­lete the na­tional flag was raised and the an­them played loud.

“Now my goal is to be­come a world and Olympic cham­pion,” Is­ma­tova said. “In our coun­try all the nec­es­sary con­di­tions have been cre­ated for ath­letes. I will put all my ef­forts and skill on the way to achieve that goal.”

Cur­rently, Guzal is a fourth-year stu­dent of the Phys­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion and Phys­i­cal Train­ing De­part­ment of the Jiz­zakh State Ped­a­gog­i­cal In­sti­tute. Her suc­cesses and vic­to­ries fill with the pride the many thou­sands of sports fans.

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