Boxers from Russia, Moldova, Serbia, Armenia and Belarus advanced to the finals of the Kolchin U22 Memorial Tournament18 February 2022
Twenty-two semi-final contests were held in the third session of the eighth edition of the Kolchin U22 Memorial Tournament started in Orsha, Belarus. Boxers from Russia, Moldova, Serbia, Armenia, and Belarus advanced to the finals of the tournament in Orsha where several of the contests decided by split decisions.
The tournament is a preparation event before the upcoming EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships. The event dedicated in the memory of A. Kolchin the former honoured coach of the Republic of Belarus. The Kolchin Memorial Tournament is holding in all of the 13 official IBA men’s weight categories from the Minimumweight (48kg) up to the super heavyweight (+92kg). Boxers who were born in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003 are eligible to attend in the 8th edition of the Kolchin Memorial Tournament.
The event is holding between the strong Bocskai Memorial and the Strandja Memorial Tournaments but the interests are high as 91 boxers are attending in Orsha. The men’s light welterweight (63.5kg) is the most crowded category with the participation of 14 boxers but the lightweight (60kg) and light middleweight (71kg) are also popular.
The safety of all participants, the continuous medical checks, the social distancing, the hygienic preparations, the check of the vaccinations, wearing masks and all of the health controls are the responsibility of the local organizers in Belarus avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the new edition of the 2022 Kolchin U22 Memorial Tournament.
The bout of the day
Russia’s current Elite National Champion Evgeniy Kool competed at the Belgrade 2021 AIBA Men’s Elite World Boxing Championships at the age of 20. Ukraine’s Viktor Petrov eliminated him in the preliminary stage in Belgrade but he increased his experiences and knew how to develop in all aspects. Kool bowed out his teammate, Sino Sobirov in the quarter-finals of the Kolchin Memorial Tournament and met with another Russian star, Youth Olympic Games winner Ilya Popov. Their contest was the most anticipated fight of the day and both boxers gave in everything in Orsha. The bout was selection between them before the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships and Kool could celebrate an important triumph.
Russia’s Evgeniy Zhorov achieved silver medal at the Kielce 2021 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships and the 19-year-old boxer joined to the U22 national team this January. The young flyweight (51kg) boxer faced with Estonia’s Allan Morozov in the semi-finals of the Kolchin U22 Memorial Tournament and managed to win their contest by large margin of differences. Zhorov will now meet with Armenia’s defending EUBC European Youth Champion Henrik Sahakyan in the final who eliminated Russia’s Bair Batlayev by unanimous decision.
Belarus’ Ramil Aliyeu is a well-known boxer in the international stage who competed successfully in several events as junior, youth and elite boxer. The Belarusian hope attends at the bantamweight (54kg) in the Kolchin U22 Memorial Tournament and had a tough semi-final opponent, Mher Davtyan. Aliyeu opened the first round with nice combinations and he found his best rhythm immediately which supported his clear success in the third day of boxing. Aliyeu will be facing for the title of the Kolchin U22 Memorial Tournament with Russia’s Dmitriy Dvali who eliminated Artur Nagapetyan in the second semi-final.
Belarus’ Uladzislau Stselmiakhou is one of the local favourites at the lightweight (60kg) who met in the semi-finals with Serbia’s former EUBC European Junior Champion Semiz Alicic. The Belarusian boxer landed the stronger punches against the younger Serbian who competed at the Belgrade 2021 AIBA Men’s Elite World Boxing Championships short after his 19th birthday. The Belarusian advanced to the final of the Kolchin U22 Memorial Tournament and will now meet with Russia’s Konstantin Opolskiy who bowed out Spain’s 18-year-old Salvador Flores.
Moldova’s Andrei Chiriacov joined to their elite national team still in 2019 at the age of 19 and earned medals already in several competitions. The Moldovan light heavyweight (80kg) boxer eliminated Serbia’s experienced Slobodan Jovanovic in the semi-final winning their tough contest by split decision. Chiriacov can expect a tough final against Russia’s two-time EUBC European Youth Champion Ruslan Kolesnikov who had a narrow success over Vasiliy Kaverin, the defending AIBA Youth World Champion.