Broman and Vossen started strongly in the Emil Jechev Youth & Junior Memorial Tournament

02 April 2019 News

Bulgarian Boxing Federation has got strong experiences to host international tournaments as they have three big competitions every year. Following the Strandja Memorial Tournament their event for the male youth and junior boxers, the Emil Jechev Youth & Junior Memorial Tournament started with its first competition day and the opening ceremony.

The tournament is dedicated to Mr. Emil Jechev the former President of the European Boxing Association and AIBA Vice-President. Mr. Academician Prof. Emil Zhechev passed away in Sofia in July 2015 at the age of 88. Mr. Academician Prof. Emil Zhechev devoted his whole life to serve Bulgaria’s and the world’s boxing life. He had an outstanding reputation in the International Olympic Committee (IOC), International Boxing Association (AIBA) and all of the regional sport associations in Europe and in Bulgaria.

Eighteen countries from three Confederations arrived to compete in the Emil Jechev Youth & Junior Memorial Tournament including Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, United States of America, India, Brazil, France and Romania. The total number of boxers in the event is 166 and the young hopes are able to attend in 13 junior and 10 youth weight classes.

Bout of the day

Vasiliy Kaverin claimed silver medal in the 2016 EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships and he was also runner-up in the 2018 Russian Junior National Championships. The 17-year-old Russian is attending in the youth age group and he had to face with France’s Raphael Monny in the first round of the light heavyweight (81kg). The French boxer came from a boxing family and he was in similar level than his younger Russian rival. Both boxers gave in everything in the final round and Kaverin performed narrowly better in their contest.

Surprises of the day

Croatia’s 16-year-old Matej Hlaca was EUBC European Schoolboys Champion and he is one of their best hopes among the juniors but he suffered a narrow loss to Kazakhstan’s Nurym Sagidolliyev at the welterweight (66kg). Hlaca’s teammate Andi Idrizi performed better in the first day of the Emil Jechev Memorial Tournament and bowed out India’s top hope Imdad Hussain at the junior lightweight (60kg) which was another surprise.

The Round-up

India’s Keisham Sanjit Singh won the pinweight (46kg) at the Nations Junior Cup in Serbia last August and following his strong performance he was names as the Best Asian Junior Boxer in 2018. As he was born in 2003, he is still in the junior age group this year and started his international competitions in 2019 at the Emil Jechev Memorial Tournament. The super talented Indian boxer spent less than one round in the ring against Bulgaria’s Stefan Marinov when the referee confirmed his RSC success.

Wales impressed in the Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament in Lithuania on March on which event all their three attending boxers won the gold medals. Their junior hope Tom Price started well enough in the Emil Jechev Memorial Tournament and defeated Sweden’s EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships competitor Kevin Bohm. The young Welshman won the bout by unanimous decision and advanced to the next round of the junior featherweight (57kg).

Ukraine’s Yuriy Tomyuk claimed gold medal at the 2017 EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships and he is one of the best youth boxers in his country in our present days. Tomyuk moved up to the bantamweight (56kg) and he looked more skilled than Sweden’s younger Noah Nordby in their meeting. The Ukrainian boxer won all of the rounds in each scorecard which means he can continue his road in the event.

Sweden’s Hampus Broman has got strong experiences in the international events therefore his expectations are high in the Emil Jechev Memorial Tournament. The Swedish No.1 dominated his fight against Croatia’s newcomer Patrik Liculom and finally his hand was raised after the last gong. Following Broman’s success another youth light welterweight (64kg) hope Netherlands’ Brian Vossen controlled his fight against France’s Chadi Baraia and also joined to the next stage of the event.

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