After leading Astana Arlans Kazakhstan to the World Series of Boxing (WSB) semi-finals last season and qualifying for the 2012 Individual Championships after going unbeaten in the group stages, 27-year-old Kazak Heavyweight (91+kg) Ruslan Myrsatayev was named by ASBC President Gofur Rakhimov as the Best Asian WSB Boxer of 2012.
2012 was a very successful year for Asian boxers with a haul of 15 medals across the ten men and three women’s categories at the London 2012 Olympic Games and with the 2013 AIBA World Boxing Championships to be staged in Almaty in October, the Asian continent continues to go from strength to strength. Astana Arlans Kazakhstan are the WSB’s third season early pace steers with four wins from four matches already in tough Group B.
For the Best Asian WSB Boxer of 2012, hard-hitting Ruslan Myrsatayev’s was the unanimous choice following the vote cast by the ASBC Executive Committee Members. He was chosen after reaching the WSB Individual Championships in May, but it was also the culmination of two years of impressive performances in the competition.
The President of Asian Boxing Confederation congratulated Myrsatayev on this achievement, wishing him all the best and great success for 2013. The ceremony for the award presentation will be held either during the upcoming ASBC Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championships Subic Bay 2013 (March 10-16, 2013) or at ASBC Asian Confederation Junior Boxing Championships in April 2013.