The Boxam Youth Tournament began with 13 contests in Finestrat21 September 2017
The Boxam Youth Tournament began with its first competition day in Spain where 13 contests were held in one session. A small town near to Benidorm, namely Finestrat is the host of the Boxam Youth Tournament this year. Seven different countries were contests in the first competition day.
Altogether 81 boxers from 15 countries from three different continents are taking part in the youth competition in Spain. Thailand and Australia arrived to the Boxam Youth Tournament and their top youth talents are strengthen the competition. The boxers who won their contests at the middleweight (75kg) are already medallists while the others advanced to the quarter-finals in the Boxam Youth Tournament.
In the first bout of the whole competition Italy’s Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament silver medallist Alessandro Adami used the right tactic in the first round against Spain’s Alberto Arroyo who moved up to the flyweight (52kg) in the recent months. The young Italian dominated the second round with his effectiveness and his counter-attacking style delivered for him a place in the quarter-finals.
The second top Spanish youth boxer at the flyweight (52kg) Angel Seda was in action in the next bout of the first competition day. The 18-year-old boxer, who also moved up from the light flyweight (49kg) as Arroyo, met with France’s Bilal Gourari who tried to use his longer reach in the first round. The French southpaw received a big shot in the first round from closer distance but he controlled the second with his offensive style. The final verdict was unanimous decision to the French talent who advanced to the last eight in Benidorm.
A Spanish derby opened the lightweight (60kg) in the event, Aaron Carlos Santana met with Jose Ramon Bejarano in the fourth bout of the competition. Bejarano is experienced in the international level but Santana felt the fighting distance better in the first round. The 18-year-old Santana, who has got national titles in Spain, received a strong punch in the final round but his advantage was enough to keep the triumph.
France’s EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships bronze medallist Jeremy Dupetitmagneux joined to the youth age group this year and after a few losses in the international level, he increased his work in the training sessions. The 17-year-old French boxer used closer punches against Norway’s Martin Skogheim who exceeded the previous expectations in the bout. The Norwegian youngster felt the tempo from longer range in the first part of the contest but Dupetitmagneux decided the match with his hooks.
Spain’s Alberto Alcaraz was joined to the national team this year but achieved good results also in the international competitions as well. The Spanish light welterweight (64kg) boxer showed great fighting spirit against Thailand’s ASBC Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championships silver medallist Peerapat Yeasungnoen who moved down one category in the recent two months. The younger Thai talent moved ahead bravely in the last round but Alcaraz did enough to win the bout which was a great scalp for him.
Russia’s 17-year-old Aleksandr Khokhlov was bronze medallist in the 2016 EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships in Kaposvar and since then he joined to the youth age group. The Russian coaches are managing him for the next year’s actions but Khokhlov controlled his contest against Lithuania’s Gustas Giraitis in the Boxam Youth Tournament. The referee counted the Lithuanian boxer three-times in the bout therefore the Russian advanced to the next round of the light welterweight (64kg) winning the contest by RSC in the third round.
Russia’s middleweight (75kg) No.1, EUBC European Junior Champion Daniil Teterev won the strongest youth competition of the year, the Pavlyukov Memorial in Anapa and he was dominant in the first round against Lithuania’s Andrius Sapas. The 17-year-old Russian, who was born in 2000, was confident in the ring and his Lithuanian opponent did not find the best weapon against him therefore Teterev advanced to the next round with superb performance.
Austria’s Artan Rumpler has got strong family connections to boxing, his elder brother Marcel is member of the national elite team. The 17-year-old Austrian middleweight (75kg) boxer had a quicker rival in the quarter-final, Spain’s Ricardo Roser who surprised Rumpler with his speed. Roser, who is unknown in the international level, was amazing in the next part of the contest as well and his tricky style delivered for him a guaranteed medal in the Boxam Youth Tournament which is his first ever international event.
France’s Moreno Fendero and Sweden’s Noor Yacko both competed in several international youth events already in 2016 as well therefore the two experienced boxers did a spectacular contest as last on Day1. Fendero, who competed in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in St. Petersburg last year, tried to use his physical strength in the bout while Yacko moved more in feet. The final result was depended on their performance in the last round when Yacko was more effective than his tough French opponent.