In the final, Andrei Zamkova (weight category up to 69 kg), Gleb Bakshi (up to 75 kg) and Muslim Gadzhimagomedov (up to 91 kg) fought for victory. Each of them became the owner of the highest award. Another medal, bronze, of the national team was brought by Maxim Babanin, who performed in the category of over 91 kg. In the semifinal fight, he lost to Bakhodir Jalolov from Uzbekistan. Russia took the second place in the medal standings, losing to the team of Uzbekistan – they have three gold, one silver and one bronze in the piggy bank.
“It was an important test, the exam will be further at the Olympics,” shared the impressions 23-year-old native of Crimea, world champion Gleb Bakshi. – Tomorrow with new forces it will be necessary to begin preparations for the Olympic Games. At this tournament I was a “dark horse”, no one took me seriously. Now I will need to surpass myself an order of magnitude. Before the fight, I set myself the maximum task, and now I am satisfied – both with the battle and the tournament as a whole.
Gleb, like other athletes, will have to seriously prepare for the Olympics, which will be held in Tokyo in 2020: winning the championship in Yekaterinburg did not guarantee them vouchers for the Games. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has deprived the International Boxing Federation (AIBA) of its Olympic status, tournaments held under the auspices of the organization are no longer counted as qualifiers. The whole discipline was at risk of freezing, but in the end, the IOC decided to leave boxing in the Olympics program.
By the way, while the IOC decided the fate of boxing at the Games in Tokyo, Yekaterinburg as the host of the Universiade 2023 proposed to include it in the competition program: according to the rules of the tournament, the hosts can add three more to 15 compulsory sports at their discretion. Middle Urals decided that it should be boxing, sambo, and rugby-7.
Recall that the Sverdlovsk region hosted the world boxing tournament for the first time, no competitions have been held in the country since 1989. The head of the region, Yevgeny Kuyvashev, admitted that holding the championship for the Urals is a great honor and a sign of high confidence in the Middle Urals.
“I am for the sport to be as much as possible,” said Governor Yevgeny Kuyvashev during the final fights. – Sport teaches the desire to go forward, not to stop. Of course, we will hold the largest events that popularize this or that sport. We love boxing, more than ten thousand people are constantly engaged in it, moreover, half of them are children. We will develop, we will build boxing centers, martial arts centers, which will attract as many children as possible to these wonderful sports.
The foundation stone of one of these centers was laid recently: on September 16, they launched the construction of a boxing development center in Kamensk-Uralsky. Professional boxer, former IBF world champion, WBA first heavyweight champion Murat Gassiev agreed to work there.
This complex will allow our youth to develop physically, train and in the future represent in this sport not only a city, region but also a country. I want to thank everyone who is involved in this project. This is really an example to other regions how to develop sports, ”said Umar Kremlev, Secretary-General of the Boxing Federation of Russia, at the ceremony of laying the foundation stone of the future sports center.