Bizhamov and Dronov defended their titles in the EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships where Russia, Bulgaria, France and Ukraine shared the male gold medals11 September 2019
Following the ten women’s final, the 10 male title contests were also held in the seventh competition day at the EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships in Sofia. Two Russians as Dzhambulat Bizhamov and Aleksei Dronov defended their European youth titles in the evening session when four nations shared the gold medals. The host Bulgarians won the smallest two weight classes proving their strong future potentials.
The following 37 nations and 339 boxers took part in the EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, host Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and Wales.
Out of the 37 participating nations 23 claimed at least one bronze medal in the event which is record in the history of the EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships.
Bout of the day
Ukraine’s first male finalist in the EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships Yurii Zakhareiev opened the final of the welterweight (69kg) with fantastic tempo which was approved by his younger opponent Russia’s Dmitriy Zakharov. The Russian started the second round better with nice hooks but Zakhareiev found his rhythm again to land clear shots mainly jabs with perfect timing. The Ukrainian had better actions in their exchanges in the third round and he was able to win the gold medal beating a powerful rival in Sofia.
Surprise of the day
England’s EUBC European Junior Champion Adam Azim had to meet in the final of the lightweight (60kg) against another former continental gold medallist Russia’s Usman Magomadov. The 17-year-old English lightweight (60kg) boxer used his excellent technical skills to land punches from safest distance in the first round but received also shots in that period. The Russian boxer was slightly better in their tough exchanges and claimed his next European title, this time among the youth athletes.
Bulgaria’s Ergyunal Sebahtin Sabri was gold medallist in the 2017 EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships and as an experienced youth boxer, he advanced to the final of the men’s light flyweight (49kg). The 18-year-old Bulgarian had a younger rival Russia’s Dmitriy Naimov who has got also a sensational footwork as Sabri. The Bulgarian worked through all of the three rounds and kept his concentration until the end of the last gong which meant Sabri claimed the first gold medal of the host nation.
Bulgaria’s Yasen Radev lost his last two finals in the recent editions of the EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships therefore he was in top shape this time in his third appearance for the title contests. The 17-year-old Bulgarian flyweight (52kg) boxer eliminated Hungary’s Zsolt Zuro in a hectic semi-final and used the same tactic in the first round of the finals against France’s Ibrahim Boukedim. The French boxer turned up the heat in the second and Radev had to raise also his tempo and earned Bulgaria’s second gold medal in Sofia.
Russia’s Budapest 2018 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships silver medallist Vsevolod Shumkov arrived to Sofia as the main favourite of the men’s bantamweight (56kg). The 18-year-old Russian tried to do his very best from the first minute against Bulgaria’s Nikolay Marinov who has done hard job to the finals. Shumkov was confident in their spectacular final and landed clear shots in the third round following he has destroyed the Bulgarian defence. The final verdict was unanimous decision to Shumkov who claimed his second European title after 2017.
Magomedov’s teammate Ilia Shakirov was too strong for Bulgaria’s Stilyan Hristov in the semi-final of the light welterweight (64kg) yesterday and following that success, he ruled the middle of the ring against Moldova’s tall Vladislav Gudzi. Shakirov moved closer to Moldova’s lone finalist already in the first round and caught him with tough hooks. The 18-year-old Russian controlled the final while Gudzi looked satisfied with the silver therefore Shakirov won the title easier than he expected.
Russia’s Dzhambulat Bizhamov won the gold medal in the Budapest 2018 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships and he is the titleholder also in the EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships. Bizhamov moved up to the middleweight (75kg) this year but he dominated all of his fights in Sofia during his way to the title contest. The Russian switched his stance in the second round to find the best angles which was one of the key moments in their close fight. Bizhamov was slightly better in the final round as well which means he defended his European youth throne in Sofia.
Following France’s Wilfried Florentin’s impressive success at the heavyweight (91kg) over Russia’s Dmitrii Zakharev, another top fight was expected at the super heavyweight (+91kg). Russia’s Aleksei Dronov won the Top3 events last year: the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in Budapest and the EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships in Roseto degli Abruzzi. The Russian super heavyweight (+91kg) boxer had to face in the last final of the continental event with Germany’s Turpal-Ali Hutaev who was a competitive rival today. Dronov had to use up all of his previous experiences in the final of the event to beat his German rival in Sofia but he deserved to defend his throne.