Aaron Cullen won his second contests at the Boxam Youth Tournament

06 October 2022 News

The new edition of the Boxam Youth Tournament continued with 12 contests in the picturesque and sunny Benidorm. Scotland’s best youth boxer Aaron Cullen, France’s promising Marwan Mouflih and the strong Spanish duo as Rafael Lozano Serrano and Asier Jimenez were all won their contests on Day2.

The President of the Spanish Boxing Federation Mr. Felipe Martinez decided to arrange an international tournament, the prestigious Boxam prior the main event, the IBA Youth World Boxing Championships which will be held in Spain for the fist time.

Boxers who were born in 2004 and in 2005 are eligible to attend in the youth part of the competition in Benidorm. The last edition of the Boxam Youth Tournament was held in Crevillente, Alicante region in November 2021 and the event moved this time to the famous tourist place, Benidorm.

The Spanish Boxing Federation will be hosting an international training camp before the start of the IBA Youth World Boxing Championships from the last days of October until November 13. The first competition day of the IBA Youth World Boxing Championships will be November 15 in La Nucia, Spain.

The bout of the day

Scotland sent their best youth boxers to the Boxam Tournament and the No.1 of the squad, Aaron Cullen secured his second victory within two competition days. The 18-year-old boxer achieved a gold medal at the Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament in March and a silver at the Golden Gloves of Vojvodina last month. Cullen met Palestine’s ASBC Asian Junior Boxing Championships competitor Wasim Abusal in the second day of boxing in Benidorm. The Palestinian had the speed in the first round to keep Cullen’s level but the Scottish increased his tempo in the second. Cullen had another sensational performance in the third round too to beat a well-developed Western Asian rival.

The Round-up

Spain’s Rafael Lozano Serrano has a fantastic junior and youth career and he is ready for the next top challenge, the IBA Youth World Boxing Championships. The 18-year-old Spaniard opened his campaign successfully against a Puerto Rican boxer in the first competition day. Lozano faced another opponent on Day2, his teammate Carlos Diaz who is a promising local boxer. The 2021 EUBC Youth European Champion controlled the first round and he used his speed to catch Diaz with tough shots from his safest distance. Serrano advanced to the final of the minimumweight (48kg) and will now meet Daniel Iniguez for the title of the smallest category.

Italy’s high favourite Alessio Camiolo has more than five years of international experiences and the 18-year-old boxer proves his very best in the Boxam Youth Tournament this week. Following his brilliant success on Day1, the Italian continued his winning path in the second day of boxing. Camiolo faced Scotland’s Andrew Sneddon who represented his country already in 2019 but after a long break, he returned to the national team. The Scotsman was a tough opponent for Camiolo but the Italian had the experience to handle all of the tactical issues in Benidorm.

Spain’s Asier Jimenez was a surprise bronze medallist at the EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships in Sofia six months ago. The Spanish talent moved up to the flyweight (51kg) but he have the speed and quick attacks to control his contests. Following the Cuban training camp, Jimenez was waiting for the start of the Boxam Youth Tournament so much and the 17-year-old talent amazed against France’s Christopher Hippocrate. Jimenez controlled most of the exchanges and his tactical weapons worked well enough in their meeting on Day2.

France’s Golden Gloves of Vojvodina Youth Tournament silver medallist Marwan Mouflih is one of the stars at the featherweight (57kg) in Benidorm. The 18-year-old French was excellent in the whole year and he dominated his daily contest against Spain’s Alejandro Javier Covelo. Mouflih, the bronze medallist from the annual EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships, won their contest by large margin of differences. Finland’s Dmitrii Kataja had a tough but successful mission against Spain’s Elias Chakour and advanced to the semi-finals of the lightweight (60kg). 

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