Winter 2000 (8.4)
King of the
Boxer Wins World Youth Championship
When Farhad Ajalov
first told his parents that he wanted to be a boxer, they were
dead set against the idea. That was 1995 when he was 13 years
old. But once Farhad managed to convince them, his father, Eldar,
a member of Azerbaijan's National Olympic Committee's Executive
Committee, introduced him to trainers Shamil Alimzanov and Shahaddin
Five years later, Farhad became a World Champion. This past November,
he won the Gold medal in the 60-kg category at the 11th World
Youth Under-19 Amateur Championships held in Budapest, Hungary.
Farhad was sponsored by Azerbaijan's National Olympic Committee
and the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
Farhad, now a three-time champion in Azerbaijan, won his first
gold medal in 1996, only a year after he started training. The
following year, trainers from the combined Azerbaijani team and
Aghajan Abiyev, President of the Boxing Federation, decided to
include Farhad in the combined team for the European Championships
held in Bitola, Macedonia. Even though it was his first major
competition, Farhad won a silver in the under-16 category.
In 1998, he earned another silver medal at the European Championships
held in Yurmala, Latvia. It was the first time in Azerbaijan's
boxing history that someone had become a two-time European silver
medalist in the under-16 age category.
After learning how to
throw stronger punches - both left and right - Farhad went on
to win international competitions in Saratov and Makhachkala,
Russia. Altogether, Farhad has won 130 of his 138 official fights.
At the World Championship 2000 in Budapest, Farhad was boxing
in a different weight category - 60 kg.
Out of 37 boxers in that category, he won both the gold medal
and the cup for "Best Fighting Technique".
Afterward, Farhad said, "I'm very grateful to my trainers,
Shamil Alimzanov and Shahaddin Mammadov, and my father, Eldar
Ajalov. I wouldn't have achieved these results without their
After Farhad's victory at the World Championships, Abiyev presented
him with a car. Ilham Aliyev, President of the National Olympic
Committee, gave him $4,000. Farhad plans to use the money for
boxing and to prepare for the 2004 Olympic Games.
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