18 countries represent boxers in the semi-finals of the EUBC European U22 Championships after Day620 March 2017
The second part of the exciting quarter-finals was held in the EUBC European Confederation U22 Boxing Championships in Braila, Romania on Sunday. Further 20 bouts were in the schedule after the first part of the quarter-finals in the Romanian city. After the quarter-finals 18 countries have got at least one boxer in the last four in the championships.
In the first bout of the sixth competition day Romania’s favourite at the bantamweight (56kg) met with Albania’s Krenar Zeneli who defeated also his first opponent also in the preliminaries. The Romanian boxer did great finish in the end of the first round and caught his older Albanian opponent in the ropes with a few effective punches. The EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships bronze medallist Romanian looked confident in the second and third rounds as well therefore Jitaru is a guaranteed medallist in Braila.
Turkey’s Ali Ihsan Alagas was quarter-finalist in the last edition of the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in St. Petersburg and he is knew about his attacking style. The Turkish bantamweight (56kg) boxer tried to find the best attacking positions against Spain’s Jose Quiles who did his very best in the bout. Alagas moved ahead until the last gong and finally his hand was raised after the final bell. The Turkish boxer will now meet with England’s WSB boxer Peter McGrail in the semi-final of the championships.
Norway’s last remained boxer Angelo Bernhard Torres was patient in the first round against Turkey’s Hakan Dogan in their lightweight (60kg) bout. The Norwegian southpaw, who claimed silver medal in the Boxam Tournament in Spain, worked nicely from his best fighting distance in the opening minutes. His Turkish opponent had a few good punches also in the bout and his efforts were enough to eliminate his Norwegian rival. The Turkish boxer will now meeting with Ukraine’s Yaroslav Khartsyz in the semi-final of the category.
Hungary’s Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games bronze medallist Richard Konnyu began the first round effective punches against Russia’s Shamil Askerov which was a key contest in the quarter-final of the lightweight (60kg). Both boxers did their very best in the second round and the fight was also dominated in the third. The final verdict was split decision to the Russian which was a big surprise in the championships. Askerov will now meeting with Moldova’s EUBC European Youth Champion Dorin Bucsa who eliminated Belarus’ Yauheni Shabelnik in another quarter-final.
Italy’s two-time National Champion Paolo Di Lernia won his debuting WSB fight this year and showed his great potential in the recent competitions. The light welterweight (64kg) boxer controlled the first round against Ireland’s Keith Flavin and knew how he can beat his opponent in Braila. The 22-year-old Italian was a hard target for the Irish boxer therefore Di Lernia advanced to the semi-final of the championships. The Italian will now meet in the semi-final with Georgia’s Lasha Guruli who eliminated Romania’s Daniel Cristofor Costea in a hectic and close contest.
Croatia’s AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships silver medallist Luka Plantic started with slow tempo against Belarus’ Viktar Dziashkevich and he raised it in the second. The Croatian middleweight (75kg) boxer was much better in the second and his left-handed hooks landed on the Belarusian talent’s head. Plantic moved ahead aggressively in the third but his Belarusian rival’s punches were also excellent. Dziashkevich did enough to beat his strong rival which was another surprise in the championships.
Poland’s National Champion at the middleweight (75kg) Bartosz Golebiewski had to meet with a taller rival Israel’s Daniel Zan Daskalo and tried to launch strong punches to control the first round. The Polish boxer launched a few jabs in the second round but his Israeli opponent used his best fighting distance in the bout. Daskalo overcame his Polish opponent in the attacks and advanced to the semi-finals which was Israel’s first medal in Braila.
Ukraine’s AIBA Youth World Champion Oleksandr Khyzhniak returned to his previous middleweight (75kg) and had to meet with a top quarter-final rival, Italy’s Salvatore Cavallaro. Both of them competed also in the World Series of Boxing and knew each other from various competitions. Khyzhniak did not attack in the first round what he did in the preliminary round but one of his superb punch knocked down Cavallaro in the end of the second. The Ukrainian boxer won their contest by unanimous decision and advanced to the last four where he will be boxing with Russia’s Dmitriy Nesterov for a place in the final.
Belarus’ Hleb Sinkevich knocked out his previous Turkish opponent after one minute of fight but after that he expected a stonger opponent in Braila where he had to meet with Germany’s Athanasios Kazakis in the quarter-final of the light heavyweight (81kg). The taller Belarusian was not enough quick and received a lot of jabs in the first round but after that he procuded better minutes and his longer reach delivered for him a place in the semi-final. Sinkevich will now meet for the final with Russia’s strong Muslim Gadzhimagomedov who did not give any chance to Bulgaria’s Youth Olympic Games winner Blagoy Naydenov.
Ukraine’s EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships silver medallist Stepan Hrekul had quicker attacks than his opponent, Greece’s Polyneikis Kalamaras in the first round of their light heavyweight (81kg) bout. The Greek boxer did his very best and raised his tempo in the second round while their final minutes delivered real fighting. The final verdict was split decision to the Ukrainian who will now meet with Romania’s EUBC European Youth Champion Paul Andrei Aradoaie.
In featured image: Jitaru ROM vs. Zeneli ALB