Belarus’ Levankou, Razanau and Adamonis started confidently in the Vladimir Botvinnik Junior Memorial Tournament

19 September 2018 News

The Vladimir Botvinnik Junior Memorial Tournament started with its first competition day in Minsk, Belarus where 31 preliminary contests were in the official program. Belarus’ trio Kiryl Levankou, Ivan Razanau and Ruslan Adamonis, who claimed silver medals in the Ricardas Tamulis Tournament last week, began their campaign with successes in the Vladimir Botvinnik Junior Memorial Tournament.

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.

Israel’s Maor Rusanov attended in the Ricardas Tamulis Junior Tournament in Lithuania in the recent days and his team arrived to Belarus to raise their number of international experiences in the Botvinnik Junior Memorial Tournament. The 15-year-old Israeli pinweight (46kg) boxer was not enough shape in the first round against Belarus’ Yafim Averchanka but his stamina decided their narrow bout in Minsk.

Belarus’ Kiryl Levankou achieved silver medal in the Ricardas Tamulis Junior Tournament over the weekend but he was energetic against Ukraine’s Dmytro Kolisnichenko in their pinweight (46kg) bout. Another silver medallist from last week’s Ricardas Tamulis Junior Tournament Belarus’ Ivan Razanau started also successfully and bowed out from his way China’s An Hao at the light flyweight (48kg).

Belarus’ EUBC European Confederation Schoolboys Boxing Championships competitor Aliaksandr Kareuski, who is titleholder in the Vladimir Botvinnik Junior Memorial Tournament, had to do his very best against Russia’s Valeriy Volodeev to advance to the next round of the flyweight (50kg). In that category Georgia’s Nika Babutsidze controlled his fight against Belarus’ Anton Romanenkov in the opening day of the event.

Lithuania’s 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 shortly after his gold medal in the Ricardas Tamulis Junior Tournament. In the same featherweight (57kg) Ukraine’s Danylo Andreichenko and Belarus’ Yahor Sukhadolets both have done sensational footwork which was ended by a close Ukrainian success.

Ukraine’s Bazarbay Matyakubov is the defending Junior National Champion at the featherweight (57kg) but he attends at the lightweight (60kg) in the Vladimir Botvinnik Junior Memorial Tournament. The Ukrainian talent landed powerful punches in the opening minute against Belarus’ Aliaksandr Kukalenka and his opponent’s ringside abandoned their unequal fight quickly.

Belarus’ ISF Gymnasiade competitor Ruslan Adamonis claimed silver medal in the Ricardas Tamulis Junior Tournament in Lithuania last week and he was confident against Georgia’s Junior National Championships runner-up Avtandil Shoshiashvili. The Belarusian light welterweight (63kg) boxer advanced to the next round and followed his teammates as Artur Harbachou and Daniil Tsitko.

Lithuania’s EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships silver medallist Aleksandr Trofimciuk is a top hope at the light middleweight (70kg) and began his campaign with dominancy over Belarus’ Kanstantsin Makeeu. Ukraine’s Emil Zhechev Junior Memorial Tournament silver medallist Denys Salabai is also a top name who eliminated Belarus’ Aliaksandr Markhel on Day1.

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