Belgium’s Noa Hadjit marched to the finals of the Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament18 March 2022
The new 17th edition of the Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament turned to its final stage in Vilnius, Lithuania where the semi-finals concluded on Day3. Belgium’s best youth boxer Noa Hadjit marched to the finals of the middleweight (75kg) and has strong chance to get his next title in a top event.
The competition is a preparation tournament before the EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships, which will take place in Sofia, Bulgaria next month. The Lithuanian organizers have strong experiences from the recent years and waiting for record number of boxers to Vilnius. Boxers who were born in 2004 and in 2005 are eligible to attend in the new edition of the Danas Pozniakas Tournament. The Technical Delegate of the 17th Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament is Mr. Henrik Tavio of Finland.
The competition was named after Lithuania’s national boxing hero Mr. Danas Pozniakas who claimed gold medal at the Mexico 1968 Olympic Games representing the Soviet Union and also crowned three-times in the history of the European Boxing Championships. During his long and successful career Lithuanian boxing icon Danas Pozniakas won 203 bouts out of his 217 total contests in the ’60s.
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 Lithuania to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the 2022 Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament.
The bout of the day
Belgium’s Noa Hadjit is a brilliant boxer, their best hope for the future, and he has strong medal hopes at the upcoming EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships. The Belgian attended in several international competitions from Serbia to Hungary and other nations in the recent one year to reach the level of the top boxers. Hadjit competes at the middleweight (75kg) in Vilnius this week and he controlled his semi-final against Lithuania’s Paulius Vilkas, winning the bout by unanimous decision. His next opponent will be Czech Republic’s Jindrich Janecka who eliminated Estonia’s Igor Antonov in the second semi-final.
The surprise of the day
Belgium’s Vasken Ghayenian competed at the 2021 EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships in Tbilisi last July and he impressed in several tournaments therefore he was the favourite in his semi-final at the light welterweight (63.5kg). The Belgian met with Czech Republic’s Samuel Korcek who also joined to the youth age group this January. The Czech Junior National Champion exceeded his previous level of boxing and the Brno-based boxer defeated the Belgian talent in Vilnius. Korcek’s final opponent will be Lithuania’s Simonas Zelenekas who eliminated Estonia’s Maksim Makarov on Day3.
Scotland’s Aaron Cullen competed in one of the strongest competitions, at the Pavlyukov Youth Memorial Tournament in Russia last April where he won one bout before his 17th birthday. The Scottish boxer developed his technical skills in the recent one year and defeated France’s Bilel Sabbani in the semi-final of the Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament. The Scottish boxer will now meet for the title with Czech Republic’s Josef Slepcik who stopped Lithuania’s Tomas Burdejev in the second semi-final of the bantamweight (54kg).
France’s Marwan Mouflih was quarter-finalist at the 2020 EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships and joined to their youth national team with impressive progress. The French boxer prepares to the upcoming EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships and following his hard work, he proved that he is in top shape now. The French boxer dominated the first round against Belgium’s Jessie Guille and he stopped his neighbouring rival in the second. Mouflih will now meet for the gold medal with Latvia’s Kristaps Lejnieks who eliminated Lithuania’s Ernest Cechanovic at the featherweight (57kg).
Slovakia’s Daniel Horvath competed in his first ever international tournament as a schoolboy still in 2017 and he has experiences from EUBC European Boxing Championships too. The 18-year-old Slovakian competes at the welterweight (67kg) currently and he arrived to Vilnius to increase his number of bouts in the youth age group. Horvath had some advantage after two rounds against Czech Republic’s Daniel Danicek and he decided the bout in the third when the ringside doctor stopped their semi-final. Horvath’s last opponent will be Lithuania’s Nojus Samuilis who walked over to the final in Vilnius.