Belarus shined at the men’s lightweight in the opening day of the Liventsev Memorial Tournament26 November 2020
The new edition of the Liventsev Memorial Tournament is a smaller competition in Minsk, Belarus than in the recent years but top quality boxers are attending there. The Belarusian lightweight (63kg) boxer such as European Games winner Dzmitry Asanau and Dzmitry Dziashkevich defeated strong Ukrainian rivals on Day1.
Minsk was the host also the European Games on June 2019 which supported the development of the Belarusian boxers during their road to the Olympic Qualifiers. The Liventsev Memorial Tournament has got a strong brand name and top boxers returned to the Belarusian capital.
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 Belarus to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the Liventsev Memorial Tournament.
Bout of the day
The best Belarusian male boxer, European Games winner and AIBA World Boxing Championships bronze medlalist Dzmitry Asanau controlled all of the rounds against Ukraine’s Yanis Kurylenko in their lightweight (63kg) bout. The 24-year-old Belarusian was patient and used his opponent’s faults to land punches which arrived with perfect timing in the first day of boxing. The final verdict was unanimous decision in the favour of Asanau who has the full focus on the Tokyo Olympic Games.
Surprise of the day
Belarus’ Dzmitry Dziashkevich competed in high number of international events but he did not get any medals from the big events yet. The Belarusian lightweight (63kg) boxer faced in the first day of boxing with Ukraine’s Strandja Memorial Tournament winner Yaroslav Khartsyz who is still in action at the stopped European Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event with good chances to take the Olympic quota. Dziashkevich delivered better performance than expected and took a big scalp, his career’s biggest one in the Liventsev Memorial Tournament.
The whole Liventsev Memorial Tournament started with a tough contest at the women’s flyweight (51kg) in Minsk where Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota met with the local favourite, Volha Lushchyk. The 24-year-old Ukrainian claimed silver medal at the New Delhi 2018 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships but she had to do her best performance against the Belarusian veteran. Okhota felt the best attacking moments in the second part of the bout and decided their tough contest.
Ukraine’s Anna Lysenko competed in the recent editions of the EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships and dominated her contest against Belarus’ Daria Osmolouskaya at the welterweight (69kg). Another experienced Ukrainian female boxer, AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Anastasia Chernokolenko defeated the local pride, Alina Veber at the middleweight (75kg).
Gazimagomed Jalidov has got strong roots from Dagestan but he lives and trains in Spain where he became the best light heavyweight (81kg) boxer in the recent two years. The Spaniard was too strong for Ukraine’s National Champion Maksym Kots and impressed in his next international bout. Her teammates as Laura Fuertes and Jennifer Fernandez both defeated their French opponents in Minsk on Day1.