AIBA Point of view about the first days of Minsk 201306 June 2013
In this two day wrap up we take a look at the action in days three and four of the Minsk competition Day three of the Minsk EUBC European Championships saw two title holders eliminated.
Ireland’s defending European Champion, Joseph Ward injured.
Ward was dominating Polish World Series of Boxing (WSB) boxer Mateusz Tryc but appeared to suffer an injury in an accidental collision in the final round. IABA Public Relations Officer Mr. Bernard O’Neill confirmed that Ward “dislocated his left kneecap following a clash of knees with his opponent. He was taken to hospital in Minsk and had an X-ray there but it is now certain he’ll be out for a few weeks with the injury”. Tyrc consequently advanced.
Ireland’s Raymond Moylette
Former AIBA Youth World Champion Raymond Moylette also went out early, being unable to match his previous performance levels on Day3 and struggled against Turkey’s newcomer Huseyin Karslioglu. The Irish Light Welterweight (64 kg) boxer tried to turn up the speed in the final round but it was not enough for him to beat his younger Turkish opponent.
Welshman Andrew Selby
Selby was a Celtic boxer with better luck however, beatingt Bulgaria’s London 2012 Olympics quarter-finalist Aleksandar Aleksandrov. Following what seemed a fairly easy day at the office now meet Germany’s AIBA World Championships bronze medallist Ronny Beblik in the quarter-final of the flyweight class (52 kg).
Hungary’s Norbert Kalucza
Hungary has been struggling in the tournament so far but Beijing Olympian Norbert Kalucza seems to have come to the country’s rescue. The Flyweight (52kg) overcame Slovakia’s Rene Rajko. “I was very confident from the first seconds and enjoyed the bout,” said the Hungarian. “I found I could stick to the tactics which we discussed before the contest. I am very much looking forward the quarter-finals as I need only one further step to get a medal in Minsk”,
Netherlands’ Peter Mullenberg
Peter Mullenberg won his second battle of the event, beating Azerbaijan’s European Youth Champion Rauf Rahimov.
“I felt strong today. The first round was a tactical one to see how my opponent builds up his own tactic. In the second round I put a lot of actions and in the third he broke. so my tactics were enough good. My target is to get a medal because it was a very long time ago that the Netherlands could win a medal in the Europeans Men’s Elite Championships therefore I will go for that medal on Wednesday”, said Mullenberg after his second contest in Minsk
Croatia’s Hrvoje Sep
Croatia’s Hrvoje Sep became WSB Team Champion last month with the Astana Arlans Kazakhstan and he was able to continue the winning path against Bulgaria’s Radoslav Pantaleev in Minsk. “I felt very good in my first fight”, he said ” I am in good shape. I came to Minsk to prove that I am one of the best boxers in Europe and my target is gold medal.”
Day 4 saw more interesting action
Ireland’s John Joseph Nevin
Nevin moved back to his original weight class (bantamweight 56 kg) following his fights in the World Series of Boxing (WSB) Season III where he competed with the 61kg athletes. The London 2012 Olympics silver medallist, was too strong for Turkey’s own Olympian Selcuk Eker and took his first step towards being crowned EUBC European Boxing Championshion. He will now meet Hungary’s Krisztian Nagy who has already eliminated Germany’s AIBA Youth World Championships bronze medallist Omar El-Hag.
Hungary’s London 2012 Olympics quarter-finalist Zoltan Harcsa
Harcsa has won 15 out his 15 contests since the London 2012 Games. The 20-year-old competitor eliminated Armenia’s Armen Hovikyan in a narrow contest and will now be fighting for the medal against Serbia’s London 2012 Olympian Aleksandar Drenovak. ‘I am not so satisfied with my performance. It was my first contest here in Minsk and the start is always hard for me and I know I will be able to do it much better in the next round”, said the Hungarian
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