Belarus and Uzbekistan both won four gold medals in the Yukov Prizes Youth Tournament

22 February 2020 News

The eight final contests where held in the fourth competition day at the Yukov Prizes Youth Tournament in Gomel, Belarus. The host country of the Yukov Prizes Youth Tournament and Uzbekistan both achieved four gold medals in Gomel. Among the host Belarusians, Yan Krukouski, Stanislav Shupliakov, Aliaksandr Lavrushchyk and Vitali Starinski succeeded in the front of the home crowd.

The Yukov Prizes Youth Tournament was the first big preparation event for the upcoming EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships which is scheduled to be held in Budva, Montenegro from April 23. The Bornemissza Memorial Tournament, the Danas Pozniakas Tournament and the Emil Jechev Memorial Tournament will be the next highlights for the youth boxers in the European continent on March.

The Belarusian Boxing Federation has got several international events every year and their opening competition was the Yukov Prizes Youth Tournament. Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan joined to the event from the Asian continent and both top nations strengthened the annual Yukov Prizes Youth Tournament.

Bout of the day

Belarus’ Yan Krukouski was another sensation of the Yukov Prizes Youth Tournament who joined to the international tournaments as a junior in 2017 and won also a few national events in the recent years. He competed in the Anapa 2018 EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships but has done several surprises in Gomel. The 17-year-old Belarusian light welterweight (64kg) boxer eliminated Ukraine’s Danil Lozan and Uzbekistan’s Umid Kadamboyev during his road to the final. Krukouski had to meet in the final with Belarus’ Daniil Krivich and he continued his winning path in a hectic fight. The final verdict was 3:2 in the favour of Krukouski who defeated his main national rival in Gomel.

Surprise of the day

Belarus’ Stanislav Shupliakov earned bronze medal at the 2017 Botvinnik Junior Memorial Tournament in Minsk which was his first international event during his career. The 17-year-old Belarusian was quarter-finalist in the 2019 Yukov Prizes Youth Tournament which he changed into gold in Gomel. Shupliakov had a tough rival in the final of the welterweight (69kg) where he met with Uzbekistan’s Sirajatdin Khojakhmetov. In spite of the previous chances the Belarusian hope was able to beat his Central Asian opponent in Gomel.

The Round-up

Ukraine’s Roman Litvinov was born in 2003 and joined to the youth age group this January but he is such an experienced boxer with more than 100 bouts in total during his career. The 16-year-old Ukrainian claimed bronze medal in the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships in Galati last May which was one of his highlights. Litvinov, who eliminated Belarus’ Uladzislau Smolouski in the semi-finals, began his gold medal bout better than Uzbekistan’s Fayzullo Khudoyberdiyev. The Ukrainian had the advantage on the scorecards after two rounds but the Uzbek landed lethal punches and the referee confirmed his RSC success in Gomel.

Belarus’ Aliaksandr Lavrushchyk was one of the main surprises of the Yukov Prizes Youth Tournament in Gomel. He competed already continental events but his success over who EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships bronze medallist Kiryl Levankou was a surprise on Day1. Lavrushchyk eliminated his teammate Raman Ziazulchyk and Kazakhstan’s Almaz Duisenkul during his road to the final. The 16-year-old local bantamweight (56kg) boxer controlled all of the rounds against Russia’s Yaroslav Psenichniy and secured the host nation’s first gold medal in Gomel.

Belarus’ Vitali Starinski lost his first fight in the 2019 edition of the Yukov Prizes Youth Tournament but he proved tough developments in comparison to his last appearance in Gomel. The 17-year-old boxer moved up to the lightweight (60kg) and eliminated Ukraine’s EUBC European Schoolboys Champion Oleg Lahuta in the semi-final on Day3. Starinski met with another Ukrainian boxer Danilo Zamorulo in the final and he landed enough punches to win their contest in Gomel.

Uzbekistan’s ASBC Asian Youth Boxing Championships silver medallist Nurislom Ismoilov walked over to the gold medal following his teammate ASBC Asian Junior Champion Login Petrov at the middleweight (75kg). Uzbekistan’s ASBC Asian Youth Champion Shokhjakhon Abdullaev claimed their third gold medal who defeated Ukraine’s Mikita Khripko in the final of the light heavyweight (81kg). Uzbekistan’s top favourite at the super heavyweight (+91kg) Jakhongir Zokirov also dominated his final against Belarus’ Danil Moroz.

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