Kazakhstan land is famous for its boxers. Over the 26-year history of Independent Kazakhstan, Kazakhstani boxers have achieved considerable success. But even earlier, back in 1980, at the Olympic Games in Moscow, as part of the USSR national team, a silver medal in boxing in the weight of up to 63.5 kg was won by a native of the Kazakh SSR Serik Kerimbekovich Konakbaev. In 1981, Serik Konakbaev was recognized as the best amateur boxer on the planet.
At the same Olympic Games in Moscow, as part of the USSR team, another native of the Kazakh SSR Viktor Demyanenko won a silver boxing medal in weight up to 60 kg.
At the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, Alexander Miroshnichenko played in the USSR heavyweight team as part of the USSR national team from the Kazakh SSR. In the semifinals, Miroshnichenko met with the future world champion in professionals, American Riddick Bow, who lost on points and became the bronze medalist of the Olympic Games.
In 1996, the Republic of Kazakhstan for the first time participated in the Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta (USA) as a separate state. Kazakhstan won third place in the boxing category in the unofficial medal standings. Gold medal to Kazakhstan was brought by Vasily Zhirov, silver Bulat Dzhumadilov, bronze medals were won by Bolat Niyazymbetov and Yermakhan Ibraimov.
According to the results of the games, Vasily Zhirov became the owner of the Val Barker Cup as the most technical boxer of the Olympics.
At the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Kazakhstan again won third place in the boxing category in the unofficial medal standings. This time, Kazakhstanis won 2 gold medals in the boxing category – Bekzat Sattarkhanov won the gold medal in weight up to 57 kg, and the bronze medalist of the 1996 Olympics, Yermakhan Ibraimov, developed his success by winning a gold medal in weight up to 71 kg. And two silver medals – in the weight of up to 51 kg, the silver medal was won by Bolat Dzhumadilov, becoming a two-time silver medalist in the Olympics, and Mukhtarkhan Dildabekov won the silver medal in heavyweight.
In 2004, the Republic of Kazakhstan again became the third at the Athens Olympic Games. Boxers from Kazakhstan won one medal of each value. Gold medal in weight up to 69 kg was won by Bakhtiyar Artayev, silver in weight up to 75 kg Gennady Golovkin, bronze in weight up to 60 kg Serik Eleuov.
Following the results of the games, Bakhtiyar Artayev won the Vel Barker Cup.
At the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Kazakhstan was not included in the top three leaders of the unofficial medal standings for the first time. In Beijing, gold in weight of up to 69 kg was brought to Bakyt Sarsekbaev, bronze in weight of up to 91 kg by Yerkebulan Shynaliev
Bakyt Sarsekbayev The 2012 Olympic Games in London were successful for Kazakhstani boxers. Kazakhstan took away from London three medals of different denominations and the Val Barker Cup. Serik Sapiev won the gold medal in the category up to 69 kg and the Vel Barker Cup, Adilbek Niyazymbetov won the silver medal in weight up to 81 kg, and Ivan Dychko won the bronze weight over 91 kg, who defeated the future world champion in the semi-final very professional Anthony Joshua.