Azerbaijan names squad for European Boxing Championship
By Laman Ismayilova
Azerbaijan’s boxing team has named a squad for the European Championship to be held in Kharkov, Ukraine on June 16.
The championship will bring together 400 boxers from 44 countries.
During the 9-day tournament, Azerbaijan will be represented in all weight classes.
Azerbaijan pins high hopes on Masud Yusifzade (49 kg), Elvin Mamishzade (52 kg), Tayfur Aliyev (56 kg), Javid Chalabiyev (60 kg), Lorenzo Sotomayor (64 kg), Parviz Bagirov (69 kg), Kamran Shahsuvarly (75 kg), Eldar Guliyev (81 kg), Abdulkadir Abdullayev (91 kg) and Magomedrasul Majidov (+91 kg), Report.az reported.
The team members have completed their training in Baku and will finish final stage of preparation in Kharkov.
Boxing came to Azerbaijan early last century, with the influx of workers, engineers and experts from Russia and Europe to work in the oil industry. By 1924, the union of boxers was founding the first boxing federation and meetings of amateur boxers were underway in Baku.
The national boxers win many prestigious awards and always raise the national flag in the international tournaments.
In 2000, at the Sydney Olympic Games boxer Vugar Alakbarov defeated a series of strong, more experienced opponents, and won a bronze medal, Azerbaijan’s first Olympic medal in boxing.
2003 was another memorable year, as Agasi Mammadov wrote his name into the annals of the country’s boxing history. He became the first Azerbaijani to be awarded the title of world champion.
Today, younger generation continues successes gained by the sportsmen in recent years and uphold the sporting honor of the country at the Olympic Games.
Laman Ismayilova is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @Lam_Ismayilova
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