Obada Alkasbeh won a cracking fight at lightweight against Japan’s Daisuke Narimatsu, in front of a vocal home crowd here at Prince Hamzah Hall. Odai Alhindawi then out-classed American Samoa’s fourth seed Jolando Taala in the light heavyweight division, earning a unanimous decision from the judges.
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All of the semi-finalists across the weight classes will qualify for Tokyo Olympic, so the Jordanian pair are just one victory away. Alkasbeh lost the first round as Narimatsu started strong in his bid to reach his home Olympic 2020.
The Jordanian knocked the southpaw down in the second, however, and showed great energy in the third before taking the contest on a split decision. I felt I had all of Jordan behind me in the ring, the crowd was fantastic. He was a very strong opponent but I felt stronger as the fight went on.
“Nothing was going to stop me in there,” he said.
Other winners today included Kazakhstan’s reigning light heavyweight world champion and top seed Bekzad Nurdauletov, who booked his quarter-final place by beating New Zealand’s Jerome Pampellone. Kazakhstan requested two more wins, including fourth seed Zakir Safiullin’s victory over Jun Shan of China at lightweight.
Abilkhan Amankul was too strong for South Korea’s Jinjea Kim at middleweight. Filipino world silver medalist Eumir Marcial progressed in the middleweight class after beating Australia’s Kirra Ruston. Australia’s Commonwealth Games gold medalist Harrison Garside had better luck after seeing off Thailand’s Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic champion Atichai Phoemsap. A clash of heads carried the contest to an early end in the final round with Garside getting a split verdict.
China’s Tanglatihan Erbieke impressed at middleweight as he knocked out Thailand’s Weerapon Jongjoho. Uzbekistan, who topped the medal table at the Rio 2016 Olympic and the 2019 Men’s World Championships, enjoyed wins for Elnur Abduraimov over James Palicte of the Philippines in the lightweight division and Fanat Kakhramonov over Samoa’s third seed Jancen Poutoa at middleweight.
Tajikistan earned a pair of conquests, including success for top lightweight seed Bakhodur Usmonov over Nepal’s Sanil Shahi. At light heavyweight, Uzbek second seed Dilshod Ruzmetov, the World Championship silver medalist, suffered a surprise split decision loss to Australia’s Paulo Aokuso. Sachin Kumar was then another Indian victor at light heavyweight after his accomplishment over Samoa’s Dee Ioapo.