Turkmen newcomer Guyjow delights crowd with knockout win
Turkmenistan’s Dowletmyrat Guyjow had the home crowd in raptures as he completed a dramatic comeback from a losing position to knock out DU An (CHN) on the first day of Muaythai competition at the Ashgabat 2017 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games.
It is a first major tournament for the Turkmen athlete, who only switched to Muaythai in 2015 after previously training in Sambo and Kurash.
Six Round of 16 bouts in the men’s -60kg and -81kg got proceedings under way on Sunday. Guyjow, fighting in the latter class, was last to enter the ring at the Muay Kickboxing Arena.
He lost the first round to Du An (CHN), who used a combination of clinching techniques to gain an advantage. The score evened out in the second when Guyjow executed an explosive series of hard body kicks and punches, even succeeding in dropping Du to the mat in the final seconds.
By the third round, Du appeared worn out and Guyjow’s strong punch to the head was enough for the Turkmen to record the competition's first victory by knockout to the great joy of the audience.
The spectators had been devastated minutes earlier when another Turkmen, Maksatmurad Alyyew, lost his -60kg match with Ahmed Al-Saedi (IRQ) on points. Al-Saedi controlled the contest with confident clinches and knee kicks, throwing his opponent on the mat to claim a 30-27 victory.
World champion at -60kg, Prawit Chilnak (THA), also made an impression with a controlled performance against a fiesty Mahmoud Ghandour (LBN), winning the bout by points.
Other winners in a short, dynamic Day 1 of Muaythai at Ashgabat 2017 included Yerkanat OSPAN (KAZ) in the -60kg, and serving military man Siyovush Zabirov (TJK) and Luo Can (CHN) at the heavier weight.
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