Bettina Kiss, Noa Jezek, Anastasia Beliakova, Andrej Csemez and Dusan Valetic named as Best Boxers in the 2nd Euro Cup01 April 2019
The Euro Cup is a new international competition in the boxing map but the high level of bouts proved that it could be a bright future in Bosnia & Herzegovina. Hungary’s Bettina Kiss, Croatia’s Noa Jezek, Russia’s Anastasia Beliakova and Slovakia’s Andrej Csemez were named as best boxers of their age groups. Bosnia & Herzegovina’s super heavyweight (+91kg) gold medallist Dusan Valetic was awarded the Best Home Boxer Trophy.
The second edition of the Euro Cup was held for the women elite, women youth, men elite and men youth boxers in Bijeljina. Bosnia & Herzegovina will have more international events in 2019 as the Mostar International Youth Tournament and the Mustafa Hajrulahovic Talijan Memorial Tournament.
Bout of the finals
Russia’s Jeju 2014 AIBA Women’s World Champion and Rio 2016 Olympic Games bronze medallist Anastasia Beliakova raised the quality of the 2nd Euro Cup and finally she claimed the gold medal in Bosnia & Herzegovina but her success was not an easy one. The 26-year-old boxer eliminated Greece’s new hope Paraskevi Mavrommati in the semi-finals and he had to meet with her teammate Natalia Shadrina for the gold medal in Bijeljina. Their lightweight (60kg) contest was one of the bests in the whole event and Shadrina was competitive for the star boxer. Beliakova, who is member of the national elite team since 2010, was able still increase her tempo in the third round which decided their narrow fight.
Surprise of the finals
Serbia’s Jelena Zekic attended in various international events in the recent four years and following her youth successes she is competing already as an elite talent. Zekic has got strong future potential but in the final of the women’s elite featherweight (57kg) she was not the favourite against Russia’s Karina Tazabekova. The more experienced Russian boxer was unable to find the best tactical weapons against the attacking Serbian therefore Zekic got a big scalp in the final and claimed the gold medal.
Hungary’s EUBC European Confederation Women’s Junior Boxing Championships silver medallist Bettina Kiss not only won the women’s youth bantamweight (54kg) against Greece’s Rafael Arampatzi but she was named as the Best Woman Youth Boxer of the 2nd Euro Cup. Her teammate 17-year-old Tamara Tarnoczy also achieved the gold medal following her clear success over Czech Republic’s Nikole Durikova in the final of the women’s youth flyweight (51kg).
In the men’s youth part of the Euro Cup Croatia’s Noa Jezek was awarded the Best Boxer Trophy following his extra performance against Montenegro’s No.1 Petar Lijesevic winning the final of the middleweight (75kg). Italy’s EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships silver medallist Vincenzo Fiaschetti and Montenegro’s Edin Alkovic also shined in the men’s youth competition.
Ozoda Temirova and Anastasia Ordina delivered gold medals for the Russian women elite team in Bijeljina and their Rio 2016 Olympian Iaroslava Iakushina continued that strong winning path in the Euro Cup. The 26-year-old boxer moved down to the welterweight (69kg) but she was quicker than her compatriot Tatiana Solomatina in the final of the event securing her next tournament title.
Bosnia & Herzegovina’s Alen Rahimic claimed title for the host country following his success over Slovenia’s young Nik Nikolov Veber at the bantamweight (56kg). His teammate Dusan Valetic is new at the super heavyweight (+91kg) but he was able to win his contests in Bijeljina winning the Best Home Boxer Award.
Greece’s most experienced male elite boxer Alexandros Tsanikidis moved back to the light welterweight (64kg) and defeated a veteran Russian athlete Grigoriy Nikolaychuk in the final. Slovakia’s EUBC European Union Champion Andrej Csemez is only 20 but he dominated his final against a local hope, Radenko Tomic. Hungary’s new heavyweight (91kg) hope Mihaly Tarnoczai also stopped his opponent in the final and proved his strength against Bosnia & Herzegovina’s Almedin Cohodar.