The Taipei City Cup was held in Chinese Taipei where four women and eight men boxers were crowned in the event. Chinese Taipei hosted their biggest international event in the year in their capital city where Japan became the most successful country with their four gold medals in Taipei.
Besides to the Asian countries New Zealand also sent boxers to Taipei and among them two bagged gold medals. Vietnam has been preparing for their upcoming ASBC Asian Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships which will be held in Ho Chi Minh City in November therefore the country’s best ladies were done great job in the Taipei City Cup.
The first gold medal of the event was achieved by Japan’s Komura Tsubasa who demonstrated her development at the flyweight (51kg). She defeated New Zealand’s Kate Thompson in the semi-final of the event and continued her winning path against Vietnam’s Nguyen Thi Huyen Phuong in the gold medal bout.
In the second Vietnam vs. Japan final in the Taipei City Cup the result was the opposite as in the flyweight (51kg). Vietnam’s experienced bantamweight (54kg) talent Nguyen Thi Tam eliminated Mongolia’s AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships competitor Nergui Oyun-Erdene in the semi-final and did enough to win the title against Japan’s Mizuki Hiruta in the gold medal bout.
New Zealand’s London 2012 Olympian Alexis Pritchard returned to the world of boxing after a short break and her height was her weapon in the final of the women’s lightweight (60kg) against Vietnam’s Nguyen Thi Tuyen. The fourth gold medal in the women’s part of the Taipei City Cup was achieved by Vietnam’s Nguyen Thi Huong who defeated Chinese Taipei’s Wu Pei Yi and Mongolia’s Erdenetuya Enkhbaatar at the middleweight (75kg).
In the first male final Japan’s 19-year-old Ryusei Matsumoto defeated Chinese Taipei’s FISU University World Boxing Championships silver medallist Tu Po Wei which was one of the closest contest in the whole Taipei City Cup. The final verdict was 3:2 in the favour of the Japanese teenager who joined to the elite age group only this year.
Chinese Taipei’s lone gold medal in the event was achieved by Hong Chuan Hsun who knocked out Hong Kong’s Tam Chun Hin in the semi-final and controlled his final at the flyweight (52kg) against South Korea’s ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships competitor Kim Won Ho.
South Korea’s Ham Sang Myeong was gold medallist in the Incheon 2014 Asian Games and qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games but he was not able to keep his place in the national top team this year. The 22-year-old South Korean bantamweight (56kg) boxer dominated all of his contests in Taipei including Chinese Taipei’s Chen Bing Cong as well.
Japan’s AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships quarter-finalist Reo Saito is only a teenager but he proved his talent in the Taipei City Cup where he was too smart for South Korea’s Hwan Young Ho in the final of the lightweight (60kg). The Japanese boxer was born in 1998 and aiming for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Sri Lanka’s Dushan Dinidu Saparamadu, who qualified for the Hamburg 2017 AIBA World Boxing Championships, dominated his final against South Korea’s Jang Byeong Hee who abandoned their fight. Japan’s next gold medal was achieved by 19-year-old Ryuya Ishinada who was able to beat New Zealand’s OCBC Oceanian Championships bronze medallist Leroy Hindley and Chinese Taipei’s Wu Yu Wei at the welterweight (69kg).
New Zealand’s best boxer Ryan Scaife is the current OCBC Oceanian Champion at the middleweight (75kg) who dominated his final against Chinese Taipei’s Hsieh Po Hung which bout was stopped by the referee in the third round. The last gold medal of the Taipei City Cup was achieved by South Korea’s Gil Young Jin who defeated Chinese Taipei’s Yang Meng Yen in the final of the light heavyweight (81kg).
List of the winners in the Taipei City Cup
Women’s 51kg: Komura Tsubasa, Japan
Women’s 54kg: Nguyen Thi Tam, Vietnam
Women’s 60kg: Alexis Pritchard, New Zealand
Women’s 75kg: Nguyen Thi Huong, Vietnam
Men’s 49kg: Ryusei Matsumoto, Japan
Men’s 52kg: Hong Chuan Hsun, Chinese Taipei
Men’s 56kg: Ham Sang Myeong, South Korea
Men’s 60kg: Reo Saito, Japan
Men’s 64kg: Dushan Dinidu Saparamadu, Sri Lanka
Men’s 69kg: Ryuya Ishinada, Japan
Men’s 75kg: Ryan Scaife, New Zealand
Men’s 81kg: Gil Young Jin, South Korea
Source : http://www.asbcnews.org/