Boxers from ten European nations advanced to the quarter-finals in the AIBA World Boxing Championships

18 September 2019 News

The ninth day of boxing delivered the last preliminary sessions at the Yekaterinburg 2019 AIBA World Boxing Championships in Russia. The best 64 boxers remained in actions in the quarter-finals after nine competition days, among them 26 are Europeans from 10 different nations. These are host Russia with seven quarter-finalists, England with amazing six boxers in the Top8, furthermore Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy and Turkey.

Among the participating 78 nations and 365 boxers, Europe represents the Yekaterinburg 2019 AIBA World Boxing Championships with 169 athletes from 36 countries. The following 36 European nations are attending in the AIBA World Boxing Championships in Yekaterinburg: Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Moldova, Monaco, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and Wales.

Bout of the day

France’s Sofiane Oumiha is AIBA World Champion, silver medallist from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and from the Minsk 2019 European Games. The French No.1 moved up to the new lightweight (63kg) and arrived to Yekaterinburg as gold medal contender but he had to do his very best already in the last 16. His opponent was Tajikistan’s ASBC Asian Champion Bakhodur Usmonov who will be turning to 22 only later this year but impressed all of his events in 2019. Both boxers have got the same counter-attacking style therefore his contest was a hard tactical game between the two technicians. Oumiha’s previous experiences paid off and he was able to beat the Asian No.1 which means he can box for the guaranteed medal with United States’ Keyshawn Davis.

Surprise of the day

England’s Galal Yafai was silver medallist in the Kharkiv 2017 EUBC European Boxing Championships and he qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games but he was not the favourite against Cuba’s defending AIBA World Champion Yosbany Veitia. Yafai was born also in 1992 as the Cuban and following some years of experiences his skills were enough to make the top surprise of Day9. The English boxer became the first in Yekaterinburg who could eliminate a Cuban at the AIBA World Boxing Championships.

The Round-Up

France’s Billal Bennama won the gold medal at the Cologne Boxing World Cup where he defeated stars as well therefore the 21-year-old promising hope arrived to Yekaterinburg to reach his career highlight. Bennama started his quarter-final at the flyweight (52kg) better than Russia’s EUBC European Champion Vasiliy Egorov. The French used his height advantage well in their meeting and eliminated the older Russian with fantastic footwork.

Bulgaria’s two-time EUBC European Champion Daniel Asenov also secured his place in the last eight which was his minimum target in Yekaterinburg. Following his clear success at the flyweight (52kg), his teammate Radoslav Pantaleev used an aggressive style against Lithuania’s experienced Tadas Tamasauskas. The 26-year-old Bulgarian heavyweight (91kg) boxer’s in-fighting style paid off in the ninth competition day and he followed Asenov to the quarter-finals of the AIBA World Boxing Championships.

The Armenians are impressed once again in the Yekaterinburg AIBA World Boxing Championships. Following Arman Darchinyan advanced to the quarter-finals at the middleweight (75kg) on Day8, their two European Games winners also have done the same job. Firstly Artur Hovhannisyan was slightly better than Azerbaijan’s Masud Yusifzada, secondly their No.1 Hovhannes Bachkov bowed out Colombia’s Jose Manuel Viafara at the lightweight (63kg).

Russia’s top hope, London 2012 Olympic Games bronze medallist Andrei Zamkovoi is in top form in the recent one and half year and he was named as one of the favourites for the gold at the welterweight (69kg). The 32-year-old Russian needed only 65 seconds to knock out Belgium’s Nabil Messaoudi in the last 32 and he continued his winning path against Canada’s Wyatt Sanford on Day9. Zamkovoi will be meeting for the medal with Cuba’s London 2012 Olympic Games winner Roniel Iglesias in the battle of the veterans.

Russia’s Muslim Gadzhimagomedov is the European Games winner at the heavyweight (91kg) and he did not lose any contest since August 2017. The 22-year-old Russian had to meet with one of the bests in the world, New Zealand’s two-time Commonwealth Games winner David Nyika in the last 16. Gadzhimagomedov used his tempo well in the first round and in spite of Nyika’s great finish, the Russian was able to eliminate one of his top rivals in the front of the home crowd.

Statistics before the quarter-finals

The following 25 nations have got at least one boxer in the quarter-finals of the Yekaterinburg 2019 AIBA World Boxing Championships:

  • Kazakhstan, Russia: 7 boxers
  • Cuba, England: 6 boxers
  • Uzbekistan: 5 boxers
  • India: 4 boxers
  • Armenia: 3 boxers
  • Azerbaijan, Brazil, Bulgaria, Dominican Republic, France, Jordan, Philippines, United States of America: 2 boxers
  • Australia, Ecuador, Germany, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mongolia, New Zealand, Turkey: 1 boxer
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