Boxing Not Alien for Girls
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.