Belgium’s Victor Schelstraete opened his second AIBA World Boxing Championships with KO

28 October 2021 News

Winners of today’s contests at the lightweight (60kg), light middleweight (71kg), cruiserweight (86kg) advanced to the best 32 at the AIBA World Boxing Championships in Belgrade, Serbia today. The bouts at the minimumweight (48kg) were held already for the last 16 in an amazing competition day which delivered several highlights. Belgium’s Victor Schelstraete opened the AIBA World Boxing Championships with a KO and he repeated that in Belgrade against a strong Uzbek talent.

The total number of boxers is 510 in the AIBA World Boxing Championships and these athletes represent altogether 88 nations from four Confederations. Among the 88 countries, 38 arrived from the European continent which competes with 246 boxers in Serbia’s capital city. The Technical Delegate of the AIBA Men’s Elite World Boxing Championships is Mr. Marko Marovic of Croatia.  

The bout of the day

Scotland’s Stephen Newns competed in several junior and youth competitions before turning to elite and he had strong experiences in the recent tournaments. Newns attended at the Mustafa Hajrulahovic Memorial, at the Socikas Tournament and at the Belgrade Winner Tournament in 2021. The young Scottish returned to Serbia’s capital after his first appearance there in April this year, and he amazed the experts with his effectiveness. Newns enjoyed the new category, the light middleweight (71kg) in this championship which is the best for his physical condition. He had to meet with a powerful Brazilian, Luiz Fernando Da Silva who had more experiences and better elite results in the past. Newns did not overestimate his South American rival and became the first Scottish who defeated a top opponent in Belgrade.

The surprise of the day

Belgium’s Victor Schelstraete opened his campaign in the last edition of the AIBA World Boxing Championships with a KO success and the strong boxer decided to move down to the cruiserweight (86kg) which is perfect for him. The Belgian kept the fighting distance successfully against Uzbekistan’s new sensation, 19-year-old Shokhjakhon Abdullaev in the first round and used his longer reach. The Uzbek teenager attacked more but Schelstraete landed a lethal punch and knocked out his Central Asian rival delivering another KO in the history of the AIBA World Boxing Championships.

The Round-Up

Germany’s Magomed Schachidov competed for his country in the previous top events in the recent three and half years but due to an injury he had to miss a few championships. The 27-year-old German returned to the competitions in amazing shape and he used his pressurizing tactic against Cameroon’s Albert Mengue Ayissi who won the African Qualifiers in 2020. The German light middleweight (71kg) boxer worked on short range and eliminated a dangerous African rival in Belgrade.

Ukraine’s super talented 19-year-old Yuriy Zakharieiev is two-time EUBC European Youth Champion and AIBA Youth World Champion. He was involved to the elite national team at the very first time in this competition following his title in his homeland. Zakharieiev overcame his opponent in the attacks and he controlled the first round well enough against Somalia’s Mahmoud Said. The Ukrainian teenager used the bout as warm-up and experienced the atmosphere of the championship dominating his first contest at the light middleweight (71kg). Albania’s strong Alban Beqiri also impressed in the first preliminary round of this weight category and defeated Kenya’s Boniface Maina by unanimous decision.

England’s Conner Tudsbury claimed bronze medal at the Budapest 2018 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships and returned to the international stage with a gold medal at the Algirdas Socikas Tournament. The English boy moved up to the new cruiserweight (86kg) and met with Israel’s Yan Zak in the first preliminary round. The 21-year-old Tudsbury proved that he could be a top boxer in the near future and controlled all of the three rounds in their meeting advancing to the last 32.

Russian Boxing Federation’s Sharabutdin Atayev claimed silver medals in their National Championships before earning gold at the new cruiserweight (86kg) this year. The 22-year-old Russian has got seriously strong punches and his left-hand delivered the second KO of the AIBA World Boxing Championships which was suffered by the Lithuanian Tadas Tamasauskas. Romania’s EUBC European U22 Champion Paul Andrei Aradoaie had a closer contest against Iran’s newcomer Ali Jamaligaleh but he managed to win that challenge in the same weight class. 

Belarus’ Yauheni Karmilchyk was bronze medallist in the 2017 EUBC European Boxing Championships and he had already more than 60 international contests during his career despite of his age of 23. The Belarusian met with Sri Lanka’s lone boxer in the AIBA World Boxing Championships, Sajeewa Nuwan who is also an experienced competitor. Karmilchyk spent only 51 seconds in the ring when he knocked out his South Asian opponent advanced to the last 16 of the minimumweight (48kg).

France’s Hamburg 2017 AIBA World Champion Sofiane Oumiha returned to his best category to the lightweight (60kg) and he has also done his debut in the AIBA World Boxing Championships. The 27-year-old French decided to continue the sport and enjoyed his comeback to his original category. Oumiha played his own game, he worked from longer distance against South Korea’s former Asian Games winner, Ham Sang Myeong and celebrated his clear success after the last gong.

Hungary’s Roland Veres is a World Champion in kick-boxing but he switched to boxing only this year and arrived to Belgrade to increase his international experiences in our sport. The 22-year-old Hungarian produced nice style of boxing with excellent footwork and controlled all of the three rounds against Turkey’s Mizan Aykol. In another lightweight (60kg) contest, Slovenia’s Tadej Cernoga eliminated Bulgaria’s Kiril Rusinov which was one of the tightest bouts of the competition day.

North Macedonia’s Jasin Ljama was highly confident in the first round against Seychelles’ Fabio Roselie and he was able to keep continuing that excellent technical performance. Ljama had better footwork and he also secured a victory for his nation in the evening session at the strong lightweight (60kg). Lithuania’s most experienced national team member Edgaras Skurdelis had difficulties in the first round against Georgia’s Artyush Gomtsyan but he changed his rhythm in time to turn back their contest.

Quote of the day

“I was faster than my opponent, that was the difference today and everything went according to our strategy. The first contest always difficult in a big championship but I can box now at then lightweight which is the perfect category for me. The preparation was also successful for this event, we spent wonderful days in Assisi,” said Finland’s Arslan Khataev who eliminated Israel’s Bshara Sabbar at the lightweight (60kg) in the evening session.

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