Armenian and Ukrainian talents shined in the Andreev Youth Memorial Tournament

08 July 2019 News

Two competitions for the 2001 and 2002 were born boxers the 24thBrandenburg Youth Cup and the Boris Andreev Youth Memorial Tournament were the highlights of the recent days of the European competitions. Ukraine’s Mikita Khripko and Armenia’s Artur Sahakyan were the heroes of the finals in the Boris Andreev Youth Memorial Tournament which was finished in the city of Kharkiv.

The Boris Andreev Youth Memorial Tournament was also a preparation event for the upcoming EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships which will be held in Sofia, Bulgaria this September. Altogether 63 boxers competed for the 10 gold medals in the Andreev Youth Memorial Tournament in Kharkiv. The competition was a national level event in 2018 but the local organizers widened it to involve more nations this year.

The bout of the day

Ukraine’s Denys Salabay was the titleholder of the light heavyweight (81kg) in the Andreev Youth Memorial Tournament and he started well in the quarter-finals against Belarus’ Raman Kaziankou winning the bout unanimously. Salabay was not able to repeat that performance suffered an unexpected loss in the semi-finals Ukraine’s Roman Vasyutin who advanced to the finals of the event. Vasyutin started well in the title bout against Mikita Khripko but his opponent found the best fighting distance in time to turn back their tough final. The final verdict was split decision in the favour of Khripko who has strong chance to represent Team Ukraine in the upcoming EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships.

Surprise of the day

Artur Sahakyan competed in the last edition of the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships in Anapa less than one year ago and joined to the youth age group this January. The 17-year-old Armenian impressed in the first day of the Andreev Youth Memorial Tournament when he stopped Moldova’s Dmitri Vataman and marched to the finals following that opening contest. In the final of the bantamweight (56kg) he had to face with Ukraine’s Yuriy Tomyuk who was gold medallist in the 2017 EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships. In spite of the previous chances the Armenian hope exceeded the expectations and defeated the Ukrainian No.1 in Kharkiv.

The Round-Up

Armenia has strong traditions in the smallest category and the current European Games winner is Artur Hovhannisyan from the Caucasian country. Their new youth hope at the light flyweight (49kg) is Rudolf Garboyan who had a tough final fight against Belarus’ Kiryl Levankou. His Belarusian opponent reached strong junior results but the Armenian looked quicker in the final and won their contest by split decision.

Belarus’ Dzmitry Balkou claimed bronze medal in the 2015 EUBC European Confederation Schoolboys Boxing Championships and the 18-year-old hope amazed the crowd in Kharkiv. The Genrikh Rivkin Youth Memorial Tournament silver medallist was enough experienced to beat Georgia’s Shalva Sajaia in the final of the lightweight (60kg). The Georgian boxer’s younger brother Giorgi impressed in the previous junior events while Shalva claimed silver medal in the Andreev Youth Memorial Tournament.

Ukraine’s Vadim Klim has got strong pedigree from previous international competitions and he is a well-known face from the events since 2015. Klim achieved bronze medal in the last edition of the Andreev Youth Memorial Tournament which he changed into gold and won the title of the light welterweight (64kg). His final opponent was Moldova’s No.1 Vladislav Gudzi who attended already in four EUBC Championships in the recent years and claimed bronze medal in the strong Pavlyukov Youth Memorial Tournament this April.

Two Armenian boxers advanced to the final of the welterweight (69kg) following their impressive victories in the semi-finals. Armen Manukyan is more experienced than his compatriot Arsen Grigoryan and prepared to the final with strong strategy. Following the tough semi-final Grigoryan was not able to box in the final therefore Manukyan walked over to the gold achieving Armenia’s third title in Kharkiv.

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