Kazakhstan Boxing Federation

The Kazakhstan Boxing Federation was established in 1959 as a successor of the Kazakhstan Boxing Section founded in 1941.
 
In 1992, the Kazakhstan Boxing Federation became an AIBA member and joined the Asian Boxing Confederation.
 
Timur Kulibayev is the President of the Kazakhstan Boxing Federation since January 2009.
 
At the first meeting of the AIBA Professional Boxing (APB) Executive Board held on March 21, 2012 at the AIBA Headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, Timur Kulibayev was appointed to the position of AIBA Vice President for APB with a unanimous decision and also became a member of the AIBA Executive Committee.

 

 

 

1933  
  • Following an initiative proposed by outstanding boxer Shokhr Bultekuly, Kazakhstan’s first master of sports in boxing, efforts were taken to develop boxing in Almaty through the Dinamo, Spartak and Medik Sports Clubs and in Karaganda through Ugolschik Sports Club.
1937 
  • The first individual and team boxing championship was held in Almaty for 50 boxers representing three sports clubs.  
1941 
  • The National Boxing Section was established as part of the All-Union Boxing Section.  
1946 
  • Boxing was developing rapidly.  So many young Kazakhs enrolled in boxing clubs.  A great input was made by Coach Davletkerei Mullayev at Dinamo and Coach Shokhr Bultekuly at Spartak. The section led by Coach A. Infland brought up promising and unique boxers.
1947 
  • At the USSR Championship, Makhmut Omarov and Askar Usenov took the third place and the fourth place accordingly. That was the first all-Union success of the Kazakhstan boxers.
1953 
  • Gennady Rozhkov was a finalist at the USSR Championship and as a bronze medalist at the World Youth and Students Festival in Bucharest he had become the first Kazakhstan boxer to attend an international tournament.  On the same year, he joined the USSR National Team at the European Championship in Warsaw, Poland.
1954  
  • Igor Ivanov was a finalist at the USSR Championship.
1956  
  • Viktor Karimov was a bronze medalist at the USSR Championship and a bronze medalist at the 1st Spartakiad Games of the USSR Nations.
1957 
  • Abdysalan Nurmakhanov was a finalist at the USSR Championship.
1959 
  • The National Boxing Section established in 1941 was reorganized to the Kazakhstan Boxing Federation and joined the USSR Boxing Federation
  • At the Spartakiad Games of the USSR Nations, the Kazakhstan boxers had shown themselves by taking the fourth place and yielding only to the RSFSR team, Moscow team and Leningrad team
  • Anatoly Kadetov won the Spartakiad Games of the USSR Nations and became a USSR champion, and Abdysalan Nurmakhanov won a bronze medal.
1960 
  • Viktor Karimov was a USSR champion.
1962 
  • Vladimir Karimov and Abdysalan Nurmakhanov were the finalists of the USSR Championship.
1963 
  • Аbdysalan Nurmakhanov won the Games of Asia, Africa and Latin America (GANEFO Games) in Jakarta.  He had very successful bouts in Denmark, Hungary, West Germany and other countries. He won two silver medals and three bronze medals at the USSR championships. In 1968, he became the first Kazakhstan boxer who was awarded with the title of USSR Honored Master of Sports
  • Yuri Seliverstov and Anatoly Kadetov were the bronze medalists at the USSR Championship.
1964 
  • Vladimir Karimov was a USSR champion.
1965 
  • Vladimir Karimov was a finalist at the USSR Championship and Viktor Minakov won a bronze medal at the USSR Championship.
1967 
  • Viktor Minakov and Abdysalan Nurmakhanov won bronze medals at the USSR Championship.
1968 
  • Marat Zhaksybayev, Boris Koshevin, Yuri Seliverstov and Viktor Minakov won bronze medals at the USSR Championship.
1969 
  • Zhandos Kukumov and Abdrashit Abdrakhmanov participated in the first USSR-USA Tournament in Las Vegas, USA. 
  • Zhandos Kukumov and Abdrashit Abdrakhmanov were finalists at the USSR Championship.
1970 
  • Abdrashit Abdrakhmanov was a USSR champion.
1971  
  • Abdrashit Abdrakhmanov was a two-time USSR champion, and Anatoly Toropov won a bronze medal at the USSR Championship.
1971 
  • Oleg Gurov was the champion at the 5th Spartakiad Games of the USSR Nations, and Zhandos Kukumov and Anatoly Toropov took the second place.  Yuri Khryanin, Viktor Grebenyuk, Abdrashit Abdrakhmanov and Marat Zhaksybayev won bronze medals. The team was again ranked 5th in the USSR.
1972 
  • Anatoly Toropov was a finalist at the USSR Championship.
1974 
  • Anatoly Toropov was a USSR champion, Bakhtai Sapeyev was a finalist at the USSR Championship, and Vasiliy Plakuschiy and Leonid Tleubayev were the bronze medalists.
1975 
  • Kazakhstan boxers took the fifth team place at the 6th Spartakiad Games of the USSR Nations  
  • Vasiliy Plakuschiy and Alexander Shevchenko were finalists at the USSR Championship, and Tyulyugazy Tursenkanov was a bronze medalist at the USSR Championship.
1976 
  • Valery Rachkov was a USSR champion, and Vasiliy Plakuschiy, Bakhtai Sapeyev and Bolat Asembayev were bronze medalists at the USSR Championship. 
1977 
  • Valery Rachkov was a USSR champion, and Vasiliy Plakuschiy was a finalist and Alexander Strelnikov won a bronze medal at the USSR Championship.
1978 
  • Valery Rachkov was the first Kazakhstan boxer to win the World Championship in Belgrade, Yugoslavia
  • Valery Rachkov was a USSR champion, and Vasiliy Plakuschiy and Viktor Demyanenko were finalists at the USSR Championship.  Kairat Bukenov won a bronze medal at the USSR Championship.
1979 
  • Kazakhstan boxers took the 3rd team place and Kamil Safin was a champion at the 7th Spartakiad Games of the USSR Nations
  • Viktor Demyanenko was a USSR champion, Serik Nurkazov was a finalist of the USSR Championship, and Serik Konakbayev won a bronze medal at the USSR Championship
  • Serik Konakbayev and Viktor Demyanenko were champions of Europe in Cologne, Germany
  • Serik Konakbayev won the World Cup in New York, USA.
1980 
  • Viktor Demyanenko and Serik Konakbayev were USSR champions, and Serik Nurkazov was a finalist at the USSR Championship  
  • Serik Konakbayev and Viktor Demyanenko won silver medals at the Moscow Olympic Games.
1981 
  • Serik Konakbayev won the World Cup in Montreal, Canada.
  • Serik Nurkazov won a bronze medal at the Europe Championship in Tampere, Finland. 
  • Having won the Europe Championship in Tampere, Finland and the World Cup in Montreal, Canada for the second time, Serik Konakbayev was officially recognized as the world’s best amateur boxer.
  • Igor Mikhailov, Yeleusiz Dyusekov and Berik Nurmagambetov won bronze medals at the USSR Championship.
1982  
  • Serik Nurkazov was a USSR champion, and Yeleusiz Dyusekov was a finalist and Alexander Cherepanov won a bronze medal at the USSR Championship.
1983 
  • Kazakhstan boxers took the second team place at the 8th Spartakiad Games of the USSR Nations in Moscow.  Erik Khakimov and Viktor Demyanenko were champions of the Spartakiad Games
  • Serik Nurkazov won the Europe Championship in Varna and Karimzhan Abdrakhmanov, Rashid Kabirov, Viktor Demyanenko and Alexander Miroshnichenko took the third place.
  • Serik Nurkazov and Beibut Yeszhanov won silver medals at the World Cup in Rome, Italy.
  • Viktor Demyanenko and Erik Khakimov were USSR champions and champions at the 8th Spartakiad Games of the USSR Nations, Alexander Cherepanov and Zhumatai Tusupov won bronze medals at the USSR Championship
  • Rashid Kabirov won the USSR Championship and was a finalist at the 8th Spartakiad Games of the USSR Nations.
1984  
  • At the Druzhba International Tournament, Karimzhan Abdrakhmanov and Serik Nurkazov won silver medals and Serik Konakbayev took the third place
  • Karimzhan Abdrakhmanov, Serik Nurkazov, Serik Konakbayev and Asylbek Kilimov became USSR champions, and Beibut Yeszhanov, Alexander Cherepanov, Viktor Demyanenko and Erik Khakimov won bronze medals at the USSR Championship.
1985 
  • Karimzhan Abdrakhmanov won a bronze medal at the Europe Championship in Budapest, Hungary and at the World Cup in Seoul, Korea.
  • At the USSR Championship, Asylbek Kilimov was a finalist and Kairat Galimtayev and Igor Ruzhnikov won bronze medals.
1986 
  • Kazakhstan boxers took the second team place at the 9th Spartakiad Games of the USSR Nations in Moscow, with Igor Ruzhnikov becoming the champion.
  • Serik Nurkazov became a three-time USSR champion, and Asylbek Kilimov was a finalist at the USSR Championship.
  • Beibut Yeszhanov was a USSR champion and Amzaly Akylbayev was a finalist at the USSR Championship.
  • Igor Ruzhnikov won the gold medal, and Karimzhan Abdrakhmanov and Alexander Miroshnichenko won silver medals at the 1st Goodwill Games in Moscow.
  • Alexander Miroshnichenko was a USSR champion, and Erik Khakimov was a finalist and Igor Ruzhnikov won a bronze medal at the USSR Championship.
  • Karimzhan Abdrakhmanov won the USSR Cup and a bronze medal at the USSR Championship.
1987 
  • Beibut Yeszhanov and Igor Ruzhnikov were finalists and Serik Nurkazov won a bronze medal at the USSR Championship.
1988 
  • Alexander Miroshnichenko was a USSR champion and Erik Khakimov was a finalist at the USSR Championship.  Valentin Yunusov, Igor Ruzhnikov and Talgat Berdybekov won bronze medal s at the USSR Championship.
  • Alexander Miroshnichenko won a bronze medal at the Seoul Olympic Games in Korea.  
1989 
  • Igor Ruzhnikov was a champion and Alexander Miroshnichenko won a silver medal at the World Championship in Moscow.
  • Igor Ruzhnikov won the Europe Championship in Athens and the USSR Championship.
  • Alexander Miroshnichenko won the USSR Championship and a bronze medal at the Europe Championship.
  • Yesbolat Nurmanov was a finalist at the USSR Championship. Mereke Zhusupov, Valentin Yunusov, Marat Dzhakiyev, Talgat Berdybekov and Serik Umirbekov won bronze medals at the USSR Championship.
1990 
  • Karimzhan Abdrakhmanov won the USSR Championship.  Nurlan Kalybayev, Vadim Prisyazhnyuk, Igor Shishkin and Mikhail Yurchenko were finalists at the USSR Championship. Mereke Zhusupov, Yesbolat Nurmanov, Zhumatai Tusupov and Serik Umirbekov won bronze medals at the USSR Championship.
1991  
  • Kazakhstan boxers took the first team place at the 10th Spartakiad Games of the USSR Nations in Minsk.  Bolat Temirov, Kanatbek Shagatayev, Igor Shishkin and Nikolai Kulpin were the Spartakiad champions.
  • Bolat Temirov won the USSR Championship, Bektas Abubakirov and Mereke Zhusupov were finalists and Nikolai Kulpin won a bronze medal at the USSR Championship.
1992  
  • Bolat Zhumadilov, Bolat Temirov and Mikhail Yurchenko were the CIS champions. Mereke Zhusupov, Arkady Topayev and Nikolai Kulpin were finalists and Samat Musatayev was a bronze medalist at the CIS Championship.
  • The Kazakhstan Boxing Federation accessed the AIBA and joined the Asian Boxing Confederation. 
1993 
  • V. Zhirov won a bronze medal at the World Championship in Tampere, Finland
  • AIBA’s Europe Boxing Magazine announced Boris Tskhvirashvili the world’s best judge.  He was a judge at the Olympic Games in Moscow (1980) and Atlanta, USA (1996) and a jury member at the Sydney Olympics (2000).
1994   
  • At the World Cup in Bangkok, Thailand, A. Topayev won a gold medal, K. Shagatayev won a silver medal, and B. Niyazymbetov and V. Schtorm were awarded with bronze medals. 
1995 
  • At the World Championship in Berlin, Germany, B. Zhumadilov and V. Zhirov were awarded with a silver medal and a bronze medal accordingly. 
1996 
  • Kazakhstan team had a very successful debut at the Atlanta Olympics by winning four medals (one gold medal, one silver medal, and two bronze medals) and taking the third team place yielding to Cuba and the USA. Vasiliy Zhirov (81 kg) made fantastic achievements – he became an Olympic champion and won the most prestigious Olympic prize, the Val Barker Trophy, which had been awarded to the boxers of eight countries only over the entire history of the Olympic Games. At the Atlanta Olympics, Bolat Zhumadilov won a silver medal, and Yermakhan Ibrayimov and Bolat Niyazymbetov got bronze medals.
1997 
  • At the World Championship in Budapest, Hungary, Yermakhan Ibrayimov and Bolat Zhumadilov won a silver medal and a bronze medal accordingly.
1998 
  • At the World Cup in Beijing, China, Yermakhan Ibrayimov won a bronze medal.
  • M. Dildabekov and Yermakhan Ibrayimov won the Asian Games in Bangkok, Thailand.
1999  
  • At the World Championship in Houston, USA, Bolat Zhumadilov , Mukhtar Dildabekov and Yermakhan Ibrayimov won a gold medal, silver medal and a bronze medal accordingly.
2000 
  • The Kazakhstan team won two gold medals and two silver medals at the Olympic Games in Sydney. Bekzat Sattarkhanov and Yermakhan Ibrayimov were the Olympics winners. Bolat Zhumadilov and Mukhtar Dildabekov were silver medalists.
2001 
  •  At the World Championship in Belfast, North Ireland, Galib Dzhafarov was awarded with a silver medal. 
2002  
  • Gennady Golovkin and Nurzhan Karimzhanov won the Asian Games in Pusan, Korea. Mukhtarkhan Dildabekov was a silver medalist.
2003 
  • At the World Championship in Bangkok, Thailand, Galib Dzhafarov and Gennady Golovkin won gold medals. 
2004 
  • At the Olympics in Athens, Bakhtiyar Artayev was an Olympic champion and second Kazakhstan’s boxer, after Vasiliy Zhirov, to be awarded with the prestigious Val Barker Trophy. In Athens, Gennady Golovkin and Serik Yeleuov won a silver medal and a bronze medal accordingly.
2005  
  • At the World Championship in Mianyang, China, S. Sapiyev and Ye. Dzhanabergenov won gold medals, and B. Zhakipov, M. Sarsembayev and B. Artayev were bronze medalists.
2006  
  • At the Asian Games in Doha, Qatar, Bakhyt Sarsekbayev won a gold medal, and Bakhtiyar Artayev and Mukhtarkhan Dildabekov were awarded with silver medals. Galib Dzhafarov, Serik Sapiyev and Dmitry Gotfrid were bronze medalists
  • Nazgul Boranbayeva took the third place at the World Championship in Ningbo, China.
2007  
  • At the World Championship in Chicago, USA, Serik Sapiyev won a gold medal to become Kazakhstan’s first two-time world champion. Bakhtiyar Artayev and Yerkebulan Shynaliyev won bronze medals.
2008 
  • At the Olympics in Beijing, Bakhyt Sarsekbayev was an Olympic champion and Yerkebulan Shynaliyev won a bronze medal
  • Yelena Koltsova took the third place at the World Championship
  • Zhuldyzai Imanbayeva took the second place at the Asia Championship.  Oxana Koroleva, Dariga Shakimova and Saida Khasenova won bronze medals. 
2009 
  • At the World Championship in Milano, Italy, Serik Sapiyev won a bronze medal
  • At the Asian Games in the closed premises in Hanoi, Vietnam, Saida Khasenova and Dariga Shakimova took the second place and the third place accordingly.
2010 
  • At the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, the Kazakhstan team won two gold medals.  Serik Sapiyev and Daniyar Yeleusinov were the gold medalists.  Birzhan Zhakipov and Ivan Dychko won silver medals. Danabek Suzhanov was awarded with a bronze medal.
  • At the Asian Women’s Championship in Astana, the Kazakhstan team took the first team place. Zhaina Shekerbekova (Shymkent), Saida Khasenova (Almaty), Dariga Shakimova (Petropavlovsk), and Marina Volnova (Astana) became the Asian champions. Nazgul Boranbayeva (Astana) was a silver medalist.  Aigerim Askarova (Taraz), Yelena Koltsova (Kostanai) and Yulduz Mamatkulova (Taraz) were awarded with bronze medals.
  • At the 2010 World Championship in Bridgetown, Barbados, Marina Volnova won a silver medal and Nazgul Boranbayeva got her second bronze medal at an international tournament.
  • At the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, Saida Khasenova (Almaty) won a bronze medal.
2011
  • At the World Championship in Baku, Azerbaijan, Serik Sapiyev and Adilbek Niyazymbetov won silver medals, and Gani Zhailauov and Ivan Dychko were bronze medalists.
  • Astana Arlans Team was a finalist of the WSB debut season.  Kanat Abutalipov was the first champion of WSB’s individual event and got a pass to the 2012 Olympics in London.
2012 
  • At the 30th Summer Olympic Games in London, Serik Sapiyev won a gold medal and became Kazakhstan’s third boxer to receive the Val Barker Trophy.  Adilbek Niyazymbetov and Ivan Dychko got a silver medal and a bronze medal accordingly.  At the women’s boxing tournament held for the first time at the Olympics, Marina Volnova got a bronze medal.
  • At the World Women’s Boxing Championship in Qinhuangdao, China, Yulduz Mamatkulova and Nazym Kyzaibai won a silver medal and a bronze medal accordingly.
  • At the first meeting of the AIBA Professional Boxing (APB) Executive Board held on March 21, 2012 at the AIBA Headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, Timur Kulibayev was appointed to the position of AIBA Vice President for APB with a unanimous decision and also became a member of the AIBA Executive Committee.
2013 г.  
  • Astana Arlans Team won the 3rd WSB Season
  • At the Asia Championship, Kazakhstan’s National Team took the first place in the team event having achieved an unprecedented result – 7 gold medals and 1 silver. Temirtas Zhusupov (49 kg), Berik Abdrakhmanov (60 kg), Merei Akshalov (64 kg), Daniyar Yeleusinov (69 kg), Zhanibek Alimkhanuly (75 kg), Anton Pinchuk (91 kg), and Ivan Dychko (+91 kg) became the Champions of Asia. Adilbek Niyazymbetov (81 kg) won the silver medal. Besides, Daniyar Yeleusinov was recognized as the Best Boxer of Asia.

 

In Kazakhstan, the first USSR Masters of Sports in boxing were:

  • Sh. Bultekuly – Yenbek Sports Club (SC), Almaty (1947);
  • G.F. Rozhkov – Dinamo SC, Almaty (1953);
  • I.V. Ivanov, Dinamo SC, Almaty (1954);
  • V.K. Karimov – Trudovye Rezervy SC, Almaty;
  • A.K. Kadetov – Dinamo SC, Almaty;
  • M.I. Omarov – Dinamo SC, Almaty;
  • B.N. Tychinin – Spartak SC, Almaty;
  • M. Khairutdinov – Yenbek SC, Balkhash (1956);
  • I.S. Gildin – Trudovye Rezervy SC, Almaty;
  • V.A. Lopatnikov – Trudovye Rezervy SC, Almaty;
  • A. Nurmakhanov – Burevestnik SC, Almaty;
  • L.L. Trishkin – Trudovye Rezervy SC, Karaganda (1957).
 

 

At the USSR/CIS Championships held until 1992, the Kazakhstan boxers had won 157 medals (36 gold medals, 44 silver medals, and 77 bronze medals). 

This is the fifth place among 17 boxing federations comprising the All-USSR Federation.  At six World Championships, Kazakhstan boxers, as part of the USSR National Team, had won four medals – two gold medals and two silver medals.  As part of the USSR National Team at the Olympic Games, Kazakhstan boxers had been awarded with two silver medals and three bronze medals.
 

 

The following Kazakhstan boxers have the distinguished title of USSR Honored Master of Sports:

  • V. Rachkov – 1978 World Champion;
  • I. Ruzhnikov – 1989 World and Europe Champion;
  • S. Konakbayev – two-time Europe Champion, World Cup winner and a finalist of the Moscow Olympics, 1980;
  • V. Demyanenko – 1979 Europe Champion and a finalist of the Moscow Olympics, 1980.
 

 

Over the USSR era, 26 Kazakhstan boxers had been awarded with the title of Master of Sports of International Class.

S. Boldyrev, Yu. Tskhai, A. Anikin (all from Almaty), V. Nikulin (Kostanai) and V. Ginkel (Temirtau) held the title of USSR Honored Coach for the development of world/Europe champions and Olympic medalists.
In the Soviet era, Kazakhstan had developed four international judges.  These are: AIBA – B. Tskhvirashvili and EABA – A. Nurmakhanov (Almaty), V. Baturin (Almaty) and A. Glebchuk (Karaganda).
 

 

The Presidents of the Kazakhstan Boxing Federation have made a significant input in the development of boxing in Kazakhstan.

  • 1993-2000 – Beket S. Makhmutov, who also was an AIBA Vice President
  • 2000-2002 – Nurlan U. Balgimbayev
  • 2002-2004 – Lyazzat K. Kiinov
  • 2004-2005 – Askar A. Kulibayev
  • 2005-2008 – Uzakbai S. Karabalin
 

 

The Kazakhstan Boxing Federation supports AIBA’s innovative projects including the World Series of Boxing (WSB) and AIBA ProBoxing (APB).

 

On November 19, 2010, Kazakhstan’s Astana Arlans Club joined AIBA’s new project, the World Series of Boxing (WSB).

WSB is AIBA’s project that marks a new era in the boxing world.  This is the first professional series, where boxers retain their right to participate in the Olympics.
 
In January 2010, the Kazakhstan Boxing Federation signed an agreement to join WSB.  The first professional club named Astana Arlans was established in April 2010.
 
In July 2010, Astana Arlans got the status of the Kazakhstan National Professional Boxing Team as qualified by WSB.
 
In the finals, Astana Arlans yielded to Paris United in the second match of the WSB Finals with the 1:4 score and took the second place in the WSB debut season.  Kanat Abutalipov was the first champion of WSB’s individual event and got a pass to the 2012 Olympics in London.
 
In 2013, Astana Arlans Team won the third WSB Season.
 

 

This material was developed with the input kindly provided by K.S. Maulenov, Doctor of Law, Professor, winner of the Chokan Valikhanov Prize in Sciences.