Azerbaijan’s Ali Zamanov made his country proud with his performance in Kielce on Day316 April 2021
More than 50 preliminary bouts were in the schedule of the third competition day of the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in Kielce, Poland. Azerbaijan’s EUBC European Junior Champion Ali Zamanov was in trouble against his Thai opponent in his contest but his emotional performance turned back the battle.
Altogether 414 boxers including 140 women from 52 nations are competing in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in Poland. Among the European nations, Armenia, Belarus, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine sent at least 10 boxers to Kielce.
The following 32 European nations are attending in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey and Ukraine.
The safety of all participants, the continuous medical checks, the social distancing, the hygienic preparations, wearing masks and all of the health controls are the responsibility of the local organizers in Poland to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships. The competition is holding with strict Covid-19 protocols same which used in the recent EUBC Championships.
The bout of the day
Azerbaijan’s Ali Zamanov eliminated his Armenian opponent in the second competition day and he had to compete once again in the third day of boxing in Kielce. The former EUBC European Junior Champion had a tough opponent, Thailand’s best youth hope Thanakom Aonyaem and he had difficulties in the first round. Zamanov received the strong advices in the first break and he was able to turn back the contest using his strong footwork which means he secured his place in the quarter-finals of the flyweight (52kg).
The surprise of the day
Serbia’s Semiz Alicic claimed gold medal at the 2018 EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships and he is a multiple National Champion. The Serbian lightweight (60kg) boxer was the favourite against Spain’s Salvador Flores Luque but he could not use his height advantage in the bout. Alicic could not maintain the best fighting distance well in the first round against the powerful Spaniard and he had disadvantage after three minutes of fight. Flores reduced the fighting distance effectively and eliminated the more experienced Serbian in Kielce.
Spain’s EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships bronze medallist Juan Pantoja is their best boxer in the current 2002-2003 age group who arrived with strong expectations to Kielce. The Spaniard competed several international events and his experiences paid off when he met with Turkey’s Sehzade Saymaz in the last 16 of the men’s flyweight (52kg). Pantoja controlled the first and second rounds with his speed and despite of Saymaz’s efforts in the third, the Spanish No.1 advanced to the quarter-finals.
The Slovakian boxers lost their debuting contests in the previous two competition days but their Adolf Stanek exceeded his previous boxing level on Day3 and succeeded in Kielce. The Slovakian lightweight (60kg) boxer faced with Iran’s Ramin Babaloo in the last 32 and attacked well in the contest. Stanek was fresh enough in the third round and his great finish delivered for him a success over the Iranian boxer.
Poland’s first success in the evening session of the third day was achieved by Natalia Kuczewska at the women’s light flyweight (48kg) where she eliminated Ukraine’s Yulia Peleshuk by large margin of differences. The reigning EUBC European Women’s Youth Champion of the category, Italy’s Erika Prisciandaro worked well against Turkey’s Yagmur Baba and won her debuting contest in Kielce.
The Polish girls are in top form in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships and their next talent, Karolina Ampulska also proved an energetic performance in Kielce. She landed strict left-handed jabs in the first round against Colombia’s Maria Jose Martinez and took the lead on the scorecards. Ampulska pushed and pressurized her South American opponent in the second round and she kept her dominancy until the last gong.
Slovakia’s next success on Day3 was achieved by Ladislav Horvath who eliminated Greece’s Dimitrios Meimetis following his tactical change in the beginning of the second round. In another welterweight (69kg) bout Ukraine’s two-time EUBC European Youth Champion Yuriy Zakharieiev was too strong for Italy’s Manuel Lombardi. Finland’s Sam Morovati used the recent one year to increase his physical skills and opened his campaign with a success over Spain’s Sergio Martinez.