Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro started strongly in the Balkan Boxing Championships

12 December 2019 News

The Balkan Boxing Championships opened in the city of Antalya in Turkey and the first session was held in the new event. Twelve contests were held in the first day of boxing at the Balkan Boxing Championships where Montenegro’s new hope Kenan Husovic, the Albanians and the Kosovans were the bests.

Antalya hosted many top events in the recent 10 years including the AIBA Women’s Youth & Junior World Boxing Championships in 2011 and the EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships in 2017.

The following 11 nations are attending in the Balkan Boxing Championships: Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia Slovenia, and Turkey.

Bout of the day

Montenegro has got excellent junior and youth teams and those youngsters impressed in the recent two years in the European Championships. Their elite team is in developing stage and attends in the Balkan Boxing Championships to get more international experiences. Montenegro’s new super heavyweight (+91kg) sensation could be Kenan Husovic who lives and trains in Germany but returned to his roots. Montenegro’s new pride had a tough fight as first with Albania’s two-time EUBC European U22 Boxing Championships competitor Albert Kapaj but his great finish guaranteed his success in a hectic bout.

Surprise of the day

Albania’s Alban Beqiri attended several international tournaments this year but he is member of the national team since 2015. The Albanian welterweight (69kg) boxer had to meet in the Balkan Boxing Championships with Romania’s Marian Pita who had more bouts during his career than Beqiri and reached some excellent results. The Albanian boxer was never stop attacking in their contest and won the fight by split decision in Antalya.

The Round-Up

Kosovo’s Patriot Behrami attended in the Minsk 2019 European Games and several other events in spite of the fact he is only 20. The Kosovan welterweight (69kg) boxer was the favourite against Serbia’s teenage talent Milan Vrankovic who attended in the AIBA World Boxing Championships. Behrami, who won two international events in the recent months, worked well from the first seconds and bowed out his Serbian rival.

Behrami’s strong teammate Besart Pireva is only 19 but he had already more than 20 international contests during his career. The Kosovan teenager arrived to the Balkan Boxing Championships to increase his experiences before the European Olympic Qualification Event but his skills were enough to win his opening fight. The middleweight (75kg) hope met with Romania’s newcomer Ionut Borgovan and eliminated his opponent securing Kosovo’s second success in the first day of boxing.

North Macedonia also sent boxers to the Balkan Boxing Championships to Antalya and their new management is more active in the international stages than in the recent years. The country’s best middleweight (75kg) boxer Goce Janeski attended in high number of international events and his experiences paid off in the first day of the event. The North Macedonian was slightly better than Serbia’s Filip Dzinic and advanced to the next stage of the championship.

Croatia’s Luka Plantic amazed the boxing world in 2014 when he claimed medals in all of the three big youth events including the Youth Olympic Games and AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships. The 23-year-old Croatian had a break in his career but returned with a gold medal at the Zagreb Grand Prix one month ago. Plantic moved up to the light heavyweight (81kg) but his fighting spirit was enough to beat Bulgaria’s 19-year-old Kristian Nikolov in the opening day of the Balkan Boxing Championships.

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