23 nations earned medals in the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships confirmed after the quarter-finals10 September 2019
The fifth competition day delivered the 40 exciting male quarter-final contests in the EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships which is holding in the Sofia Sports Hall. Out of the attending 37 nations 23 claimed at least one medal in the Bulgarian capital.
The following 37 nations and 339 boxers are taking part in the EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and Wales.
Bout of the day
Georgia’s Luka Matchutadze won the gold medal at the Batumi Junior Box Cup one year ago and following that success he joined to the next age group this January, he quickly won their Youth National Championships. The Georgian light heavyweight (81kg) boxer had an internationally more experienced opponent, Finland’s Nikita Nystedt on Day5 but he looked confident from the first seconds. Both boxers landed high number of punches in the first and second rounds and from those exchanges the Georgian came out as the winner of the quarter-final. Matchutadze became Georgia’s lone medallist boxer in the event but his fighting spirit amazed all of the experts.
Surprise of the day
Scotland’s Reese Lynch put himself into the spotlight when he defeated Thailand’s promising star Youth Olympic Games winner Atichai Phoemsap in the semi-finals of last year’s Golden Gloves of Vojvodina Youth Tournament. The Scottish light welterweight (64kg) boxer arrived to Sofia as one of the favourites but surprisingly he lost to Turkey’s Mehmet Aydemir. Lynch was better in terms of technique but the Turkish boxer caught him with heavy punches and Aydemir’s stamina was enough to win their contest by split decision causing a big surprise in the fifth competition day.
In the opening bout of the whole competition day Russia’s newly crowned Youth National Champion Dmitriy Naimov became the first medallist of the male part of the EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships. The Russian, who is spending his first year among the youth boxers, controlled his quarter-final against England’s William Hewitt and advanced to the semi-finals in Sofia. His next opponent for the final of the light flyweight (49kg) will be Belarus’ Kiryl Levankou who had also a tough quarter-final today.
Serbia sent bigger delegation to the EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships and following their girls have been eliminated in the previous stages, Omer Ajetovic gave in everything to get for the country a medal. The small Serbian light flyweight (49kg) boxer chosen an aggressive tactic against Italy’s Nicolino Platania and his footwork amazed also the crowd. Ajetovic worked through all of the three rounds and bowed out his Italian rival which means he is now a guaranteed medallist in Sofia. The Serbian boxer will be meeting in the semi-finals with Bulgaria’s Ergyunal Sebahtin Sabri who eliminated Germany’s Giuliano Goman in the front of the home crowd.
Bulgaria’s Nikolay Marinov impressed in the previous preliminary round of the bantamweight (56kg) but he could expect a harder job against Poland’s experienced Pawel Brach in the fifth competition day. The Bulgarian boxer spent a very short time in the ring and he caught his Polish opponent on body. Brach went down to the floor and Marinov celebrated the first KO success of the whole EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships. The Bulgarian will be facing for the gold medal contest with France’s Selim Bouaita who used his long hands to beat Moldova’s Vitalie Prisacaru.
Moldova’s Vladislav Gudzi claimed strong results in the preparation tournaments during his road to the EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships. The Moldovan light welterweight (64kg) boxer was taller than his quarter-final rival, Finland’s surprise Jere Niemelainen and he used that advantage from the first seconds. The Finnish boxer was not able to reach Gudzi in their quarter-final contest which means the Moldovan advanced to the semi-finals where he will be facing with Turkey’s Mehmet Aydemir.
Lithuania’s Gabrielus Savickas attended only in a few international tournaments before Sofia but he had the strong fighting spirit to win his most important contest of his life, the quarter-final against Czech Republic’s Maxim Schejbal at the light heavyweight (81kg). Following Savickas’ triumph and guaranteed medal, another Lithuanian also advanced to the semi-finals in the Bulgarian capital. Aras Dudenas moved ahead from the first seconds and ruled the middle of the ring against Italy’s Matteo Nori. The experienced Lithuanian heavyweight (91kg) boxer had stronger punches and marched into the last four as second from the Baltic country.
France’s Ibrahim Boukedim claimed bronze medal in the last edition of the EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships in Roseto degli Abruzzi at the flyweight (52kg). The French boxer definitely will be reaching at least the same result in Sofia following his emotional success over Russia’s Nikolai Medinskiy. The 18-year-old French boxer will be meeting with Italy’s EUBC European Junior Champion Michele Baldassi in the last four who bowed out Armenia’s Artur Ghazaryan in a hectic contest.
Bulgaria’s two-time EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships silver medallist Yasen Radev was smaller than his quarter-final opponent Germany’s Metouchela Lukoki Kiviengele but he used counter-punches to control the bout. The German stepped into the best Bulgarian fighting distance several times and advanced to the last four. Hungary’s best male youth boxer Zsolt Zuro used the same tactic and dominated his fight against Moldova’s Daniil Slepoi today. The Bulgarian and the Hungarian will be meeting each other in the semi-final of the flyweight (52kg) which could be an anticipated fight tomorrow.
Israel’s lone medal in the event was earned by Daniel Ilyushonok at the welterweight (69kg) who used his long hands to stop Moldova’s Marcel Nistreanu in the quarter-final reaching his career highlight with this success. After Nikolina Cacic’s performance, Croatia’s second medal in the EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships was delivered by their male No.1 Gabrijel Veocic at the middleweight (75kg) who used his strength to beat Wales’ Taylor Bevan in Sofia.
Statistics after the quarter-finals
The following 23 nations have got at least one guaranteed medallist in the EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships:
- Russia: 12 medals
- Ukraine: 9 medals
- Bulgaria: 8 medals
- England: 7 medals
- Italy: 6 medals
- France, Ireland, Poland, Turkey: 4 medals
- Lithuania: 3 medals
- Belarus, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Moldova, Romania: 2 medals
- Azerbaijan, Czech Republic, Finland, Georgia, Israel, Netherlands, Serbia: 1 medal