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Boxing world mourns loss of Mongolian Olympian

Date : 07 Nov 2018

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, November 7, 2018: Olympics and Asian Games boxer Enkhzorig Zorigtbaatar of Mongolia has died under tragic circumstances. He was 31.

Zorigtbaatar, who won a silver medal at the age of 19 at the 2006 Doha Asian Games and also represented Mongolia at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, is believed to have been involved in a traffic accident, according to a Facebook posting.

The President of the Asian Boxing Confederation and Vice President of the International Boxing Association, Anas Alotaiba, has sent his condolences to the family of Zorigtbaatar.

Zorigtbaatar was crowned Asian champion in the featherweight (57kg) category winning the continental title at the 2007 Asian Men’s Boxing Championships in Ulaanbaatar.

A year after this triumph, the Mongolian claimed the silver medal in the 2nd Asian Olympic qualifying tournament in Astana and booked his ticket to the Beijing Olympics. At the Olympics, Zorigtbaatar won his opening bout against Morocco’s Mehdi Ouatine but lost narrowly in a split decision in the next round, 10-9, to Cuban Idel Torriente.

A promising fighter from an early age, Zorigtbaatar won his first title at the age of 17 in the Jeju AIBA Junior World Boxing Championships where he won the bronze medal in the flyweight (51kg) class.

His last international competition was in 2015 and his swansong from the ring was at the 2016 Mongolian National Boxing Championships.

The Asian Boxing Confederation management has also sent their sincere condolences to his family.

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