Belarus’ Aliaksandr Lavrushchyk amazed in the quarter-finals of the Botvinnik Junior Memorial Tournament20 September 2018
Another 31 contests were held in the Vladimir Botvinnik Junior Memorial Tournament in Minsk, Belarus during the second competition day. One of the best Belarusian junior boxers Aliaksandr Lavrushchyk dominated his quarter-final bout against his Chinese rival at the bantamweight (54kg) on Day2.
Vladimir Botvinnik was born in 1938 and following his early career, he became Champion of the Soviet Union in 1959 as the second boxer from Belarus in the history of the event. The seven-time Belarusian National Champion was a successful coach after his athlete career and trained the next generation of boxers in Belarus. Following his awards and dedicated life to boxing the competition was named after him.
Host Belarus, Belgium, China, Georgia, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia and Ukraine are attending in the Chizhovka Arena which is the official venue of the Vladimir Botvinnik Junior Memorial Tournament. The finals are scheduled on September 21 in the four-day long competition where 13 champions will be crowned in Minsk. The competition is the last preparation event before the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships which will be held in Anapa, Russia next month.
Ukraine’s Makar Poltavskiy claimed silver medal in their Junior National Championships in August and the light flyweight (48kg) talent arrived to Minsk for the title of the event. Poltavskiy, who attended already nearly ten national events in Ukraine, used the best fighting distance against Belarus’ Ricardas Tamulis Junior Tournament silver medallist Ivan Razanau and advanced to the next round.
Belarus’ Maksim Unuchak did not have any international experiences previously but he was enough skilled to beat Belgium’s Danila Vinogradov by split decision in their flyweight (50kg) bout. Another Belarusian flyweight (50kg) boxer EUBC European Confederation Schoolboys Boxing Championships competitor 15-year-old Vladislav Valasyuk performed better and bowed out China’s Wu Xihua in the second competition day.
Belarus’ EUBC European Confederation Schoolboys Boxing Championships competitor Aliaksandr Kareuski, who is titleholder in the Vladimir Botvinnik Junior Memorial Tournament, eliminated a top rival Russia’s Valeriy Volodeev in the first round of the flyweight (50kg) and he was energetic in his next contest as well. Kareuski controlled his quarter-final bout against Georgia’s Nika Babutsidze and marched into the last four in Minsk.
Belarus’ Aliaksandr Lavrushchyk attended in the last edition of the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships in Albena one year ago and following his junior national title he impressed against China’s Junior National Champion Chen Longyun in the quarter-finals of the bantamweight (54kg). The 16-year-old Belarusian won all of the rounds against his Asian rival and proved he is a gold medal contender in the Vladimir Botvinnik Junior Memorial Tournament.
Lithuania’s Ricardas Tamulis Junior Tournament winner 16-year-old Nedas Gudomskas is one of the most experienced athletes in their junior team, who spent only less than two rounds in the ring and stopped Belarus’ Ivan Moroz on Day1 and he repeated that performance in the quarter-finals of the featherweight (57kg). Gudomskas was too strong for Ukraine’s Danylo Andreichenko which delivered for him another RSC success in the second round in Minsk.
Russia’s new national team member Aleksandr Zyryanov delivered a small sensation when he defeated Ukraine’s Bazarbay Matyakubov on Day2. The Russian talent eliminated Ukraine’s defending Junior National Champion at the lightweight (60kg) in the Vladimir Botvinnik Junior Memorial Tournament.
Russia’s Aleksei Kuzin was quarter-finalist in their Junior National Championships this year but he spent only a short time in the ring against Belarus’ Artur Harbachou when the referee confirmed his RSC success still in the first round. In another light welterweight (63kg) bout Belarus’ ISF Gymnasiade competitor Ruslan Adamonis lost to his teammate Daniil Tsitko and this time he won’t be there among the medallists.