Bulgaria’s Radoslav Rosenov won the bout of the finals at the EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships in Budva where host Montenegro earned two historical titles22 November 2020
The EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships finished with its 20 exciting final contests in Budva, Montenegro which country hosted a continental event at the very first time. Bulgaria’s Radoslav Rosenov won the most outstanding battle of the finals in Budva where the host country wrote history with their two gold medals.
The gold medals of the EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships Budva 2020 have been shared between seven nations. Russia topped team medal table with nine gold medals but Ukraine, Bulgaria, Poland, Montenegro, Moldova and Romania all earned titles in Budva. Out of the 22 participating countries, 18 achieved at least one bronze medal in the EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships Budva 2020.
The following 22 nations attended in the EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships Budva 2020: Albania, Armenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Israel, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Ukraine.
Boxers who were born in 2002 and in 2003 were eligible to attend in the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships in Budva. The safety of all participants, the continuous medical checks, the social distancing, the hygienic preparations, wearing masks and all of the health controls were the responsibility of the local organizers in Montenegro to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships Budva 2020.
The bout of the day
Bulgaria’s Radoslav Rosenov won the pinweight (46kg) in the 2018 EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships and secured his second gold medal at the flyweight (50kg) one year later. The 17-year-old Bulgarian moved up to the lightweight (60kg) in the recent months, his physical skills have been dramatically developed. Rosenov had to face in one of the most anticipated finals with Russia’s Tengiz Kotoyan who was also born in 2003 as the Bulgarian. The Bulgarian and the Russian boxers have got fantastic technical skills therefore their final contest was like a chess game in Budva. Rosenov was slightly better in that strategy in the first and second rounds and proved his best in the third when he landed more clean punches. Rosenov celebrated his next European title after the final gong which was his first in the youth age group.
The surprise of the day
Russia’s EUBC European Junior Champion Mikhail Usov had nearly 300 contests during his career and defeated top rivals in the preparation events and also his road to the finals of the middleweight (75kg) in Budva. The 17-year-old Russian was not able to repeat his best performance against Ukraine’s Ilia Tohobytskyi in the final. Usov did not find the best fighting distance and suffered an unexpected loss in Budva where Tohobytskyi’s stamina was enough to get Ukraine’s first gold medal.
Russia’s Robert Badalyan and Moldova’s Mihail Taranu met in the first final of the whole continental event in Budva. Taranu moved ahead more than in the previous contests while Badalyan tried to keep the distance in the final of the light flyweight (49kg). The boxers did not land enough punches in the first and second rounds made the contest highly tactical. Besides to their world class defensive skills, Badalyan’s counter-punches were better and claimed the first gold medals for Russia in Budva.
Russia’s Aleksey Shendrik and Bulgaria’s EUBC European Junior Champion Krasimir Dzhurov both were born in 2003 and spend their first year in the youth age group. Both boxers have got the similar style of boxing therefore their final was highly waited in Budva. Shendrik tried to move forward but Dzhurov was too quick and he was not able to catch the Bulgarian in the first round. The Russian boxer used more aggressive tactic from the second round and reached his career highlight with the gold medal in Budva.
Ukraine’s Mykyta Gorbatenko claimed bronze medal at the light middleweight (70kg) in the 2019 EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships in Galati. The 17-year-old Ukrainian talent moved up to the heavyweight (91kg) in the recent one and half year but he adopted the level of the punches. Gorbatenko not only acclimatized to the weight category but he reached his career’s best result in Budva with a gold medal. The Ukrainian controlled his final over Russia’s Youth National Champion Vladislav Komarov and achieved his nation’s second gold medal after Ilia Tohobytskyi.
Russia’s Diana Ermakova arrived to Budva as the main favourite of the women’s light flyweight (48kg) and she accomplished her target against Spain’s Carmen Gonzalez who proved strong developments this year. Ermakova captured the gold medal in the event which was followed by her fellow EUBC European Women’s Junior Champion Liana Tarasian at the bantamweight (54kg). The Kursk-based boxer met in the final with Czech Republic’s promising Claudie Tothova and has done enough to win the title of the weight category.
Romania’s Loredana Marin won their Junior and Youth National Championships several times in the recent three years but she was not able to produce top international results yet. The 17-year-old Romanian used the recent months to strengthen her technical and tactical skills which efforts have been paid off in Budva. Marin knew that she can follow an attacking tactic against Russia’s Vladlena Bezlapova in the final and her strategy delivered for her a fantastic gold medal in Montenegro.
Bulgaria’s Yasen Radev arrived to the venue of the EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships as titleholder of the flyweight (52kg) and he had the strong motivation in the final against Ukraine’s one-year-younger Roman Litvinov to defend his throne. The younger Ukrainian was taller and had the longer reach but moved ahead more than his Bulgarian opponent which was perfect for Radev. The 18-year-old Bulgarian was tactically better in a superb final and claimed his second European youth title. Ukraine’s Yuriy Zakhareyev also defended his throne and became double European Youth Champion after beating Russia’s Chezrav Ashalayev at the welterweight (69kg).
Montenegro’s Petar Lijesevic has written history for the country’s boxing life and became the first male continental champion. He met with Russia’s Ramazan Dadayev in the final of the light heavyweight (81kg) and his stamina was amazed the judges who picked up as the winner of the bout. Montenegro’s second gold medal in Budva was achieved by two-time EUBC European Women’s Junior Champion Bojana Gojkovic who defeated Poland’s Izabela Rozkoszek and earned her third continental title.
Poland’s Alexas Kubicki defeated all of her rivals this year and she continued her winning series in Budva and defeated Russia’s favourite Anastasia Kiriyenko in the final of the women’s flyweight (51kg) taking her nation’s first gold medal. Her fellow Daria Parada doubled the number of the Polish gold medals after beating Russia’s Margarita Zuyeva at the middleweight (75kg). The 20th title of the continental event was taken by Moldova’s strong Daria Kozorez who changed her last year’s bronze into gold in Budva making another historical step for her country.