Belarus, Russia, Ukraine and Lithuania earned gold medals in the Vladimir Botvinnik Junior Memorial Tournament22 September 2018
The thirteen final bouts were held in the last competition day of the Vladimir Botvinnik Junior Memorial Tournament in Minsk, Belarus. The host Belarusian boxers claimed five gold medal in the event, Russia earned four titles, Ukraine three while Lithuania also took one 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 attended in the Chizhovka Arena which was the official venue of the Vladimir Botvinnik Junior Memorial Tournament. The competition was the last preparation event before the start of the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships which will be held in Anapa, Russia next month.
Belarus’ best junior pinweight (46kg) boxer Kiryl Levankou claimed silver medal in the Ricardas Tamulis Tournament in Lithuania last week which he changed into gold in Minsk. The 16-year-old Belarusian boxer lost to Israel’s Maor Rusanov in Lithuania last week but he was able to do revenge in their re-match and Ukraine’s Danylo Dryzhak was also not able to stop him in the first final of the Vladimir Botvinnik Junior Memorial Tournament.
Ukraine’s Makar Poltavskiy impressed in the semi-final of the light flyweight (48kg) and following that success he dominated his final fight over Lithuania’s Simonas Liesinas. The Ukrainian boxer landed effective punches in all part of their contest thus Poltavskiy did more than enough to win the weight class in Minsk.
Belarus’ EUBC European Confederation Schoolboys Boxing Championships competitor 15-year-old Vladislav Valasyuk has done a great show in the semi-final of the flyweight (50kg) when he eliminated Junior National Champion Aliaksandr Kareuski. Valasyuk was still enough hungry for the next success and defeated Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zabolotnyi in the final of the Vladimir Botvinnik Junior Memorial Tournament.
Russia’s Oleg Smirnov was confident during his road to the final of the light bantamweight (52kg) and his performance delivered a gold medal in Minsk where he was too strong for Belarus’ Raman Ziazulchyk. Russia’s second title was achieved by Danil Ryabchenkov who defeated in the final of the featherweight (57kg) a medal contender in the upcoming EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships, Lithuania’s Nedas Gudomskas.
Ukraine’s Volodymyr Shvyrlo walked over to the final of the bantamweight (54kg) and he looked more energetic than Belarus’ Nikita Frantsuzau in the title contest of the Vladimir Botvinnik Junior Memorial Tournament. Ukraine’s third and last gold medal was achieved by experienced Denys Salabay who felt the best fighting distance against Belarus’ Uladzislau Novikau in the final of the light heavyweight (80kg).
Russia’s new national team member at the lightweight (60kg) Aleksandr Zyryanov defeated Ukraine’s Junior National Champion strong Bazarbay Matyakubov and Belarus’ Junior National Champion Yan Krukouski before the final and for the title he was also better than Belarus’ Daniil Kryvich. Russia’s fourth gold medal was taken by Artur Kulakov who demonstrated his technique against Belarus’ Aliaksandr Dounar in the final of the welterweight (66kg).
Lithuania’s high ranked boxer in their junior national team EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships silver medallist Aleksandr Trofimciuk dominated his fights during his road to the final of the Vladimir Botvinnik Junior Memorial Tournament. The Lithuanian faced with Belarus’ Junior National Champion Roman Vasilyevskiy in the final and due his excellent stamina his hand was raised after the last gong.