AIBA World Champion Oleksandr Khyzhniak and Georgia’s bests shined in the David Kvachadze Memorial Tournament23 April 2019
The new 3rd edition of the David Kvachadze Memorial Tournament was held in Tbilisi, Georgia where the quality of the participants was top of the European level. The Georgian and the Ukrainian boxers were the bests in the David Kvachadze Memorial Tournament. AIBA World Champion Oleksandr Khyzhniak and Georgia’s bests as Sakhil Allakhverdovi, Nodari Darbaidze, Otar Eranosyan and Lasha Guruli all won their weight classes.
Georgia will be hosting the EUBC European Confederation Schoolboys Boxing Championships in August which shows their great commitment to our sport. The number of the countries in the David Kvachadze Memorial Tournament was seven from the European elite: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Czech Republic, Georgia, Russia, and Ukraine.
Bout of the finals
Georgia’s Otar Eranosyan earned silver medal at the Samokov 2015 EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships and after several international tournament titles his technique delivered for him a new gold at the David Kvachadze Memorial Tournament. The Georgian lightweight (60kg) boxer met in the final with Azerbaijan’s EUBC European Youth Champion 19-year-old Nurlan Safarov which was a tough contest for both of them. Eranosyan was able to share his power through the three rounds and his tactical experiences made the Georgian crowd proud.
Surprise of the finals
Russia’s Ivan Sagaydak is not a well-experienced boxer in the international stage yet but he was able to win the gold medal at the heavyweight (91kg). Hamburg 2017 AIBA World Boxing Championships competitors as Belarus’ Uladzislau Smiahlikau and Ukraine’s Ramazan Muslimov were also attended in the David Kvachadze Memorial Tournament but Sagaydak took the title. The Russian boxer was slightly better than Georgia’s Artiom Yordanyan in the final of the event.
Georgia’s EUBC European Youth Champion Sakhil Allakhverdovi is only 20 but he is one of the most promising boxers at the light flyweight (49kg). The young Georgian has got a world class footwork which he combines with powerful punches. This combo paid off in the semi-finals against Belarus’ EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships bronze medallist Yauheni Karmilchyk and Ukraine’s National Champion Nazar Kurotchyn in the final of the David Kvachadze Memorial Tournament.
Nodari Darbaidze moved up to the flyweight (52kg) following his successes as a youth boxer in the smallest category. The 22-year-old Georgian was involved to the WSB Team of the Croatian Knights on Season VIII which raised his experiences. Darbaidze is not enough tall in the category but his aggressiveness was uncomfortable for all of his three rivals including Russia’s EUBC European Youth Champion Ivan Abramov in the final.
Ukraine’s Mykola Butsenko claimed bronze medal at the Almaty 2013 AIBA World Boxing Championships and he is one of the best bantamweight (56kg) boxers in Europe now. The 28-year-old boxer, who was involved to the national elite team still in 2010, stopped Georgia’s Alik Aloyan in the semi-final and his skills guaranteed for him a gold medal in the final against Russia’s Baku 2015 European Games winner Bakhtovar Nazirov.
Georgia’s Lasha Guruli achieved gold at the 2018 EUBC European Confederation U22 Boxing Championships and following a few bouts at the welterweight (69kg) he returned to the light welterweight (64kg). The 23-year-old Georgian was taller than his opponents at the David Kvachadze Memorial Tournament and used his longer hands successfully. Guruli defeated two top Russians as Rashid Yangaziyev and Pavel Fedorov in the semi-final and in the title contest.
Ukraine’s Ievgenii Barabanov is a powerful attacking boxer who claimed bronze medal at the Kharkiv 2017 EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships. The experienced Ukrainian was unstoppable also at the David Kvachadze Memorial Tournament in Tbilisi where he had a tough quarter-final as first but he solved that one against Russia’s Shakhabbas Makhmudov. Following that tight contest Barabanov dominated his bouts against Armenia’s Leo Papiyan and Belarus’ Yauheni Dauhaliavets and claimed the gold medal at the welterweight (69kg).
Ukraine’s Oleksandr Khyzhniak became AIBA World Champion, EUBC European Champion and EUBC European U22 Champion in 2017. He did not attend on too many events last year just prepared fully to the upcoming main goals. The Ukrainian star started his campaign at the David Kvachadze Memorial Tournament with a KO success against Azerbaijan’s Elnur Suleymanov. Khyzhniak earned the gold medal at the middleweight (75kg) after beating Georgia’s Giorgi Manjavidze in the final.