Bulgaria’s Sergi Vladoyanu had virtuoso style of boxing in Sofia where the best 46 boxers remained in actions

01 December 2020 News

The second part of the semi-finals was held in the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria where 24 took place today. The final line-ups are all revealed after the seventh competition day where Bulgaria’s virtuoso Sergi Vladoyanu advanced to the title contest with top performance.

The re-scheduled competition moved to Bulgaria’ capital where all of the requirements, experiences and professional organizational team are waiting for the participants. Boxers who were born in 2004 and in 2005 are eligible to attend in the EUBC Junior European Confederation Boxing Championships in Sofia.

The following nations are attending in the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships Sofia 2020: Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Israel, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and Ukraine.

The European Boxing Confederation’s medical and safety rules are very strict in the whole competition as it was followed in Montenegro. The safety of all participants, the continuous medical checks, the social distancing, the hygienic preparations, wearing masks and all of the health controls are the responsibility of the local organizers in Bulgaria to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the EUBC Junior European Confederation Boxing Championships.

The bout of the day

Bulgaria’s Sergi Vladoyanu is one of the best junior boxers of the host country who used his longer reach well already in the first round of his semi-final against Moldova’s Andrei Redca. The EUBC European Schoolboys Boxing Championships silver medallist 16-year-old Bulgarian had virtuoso footwork in the whole contest and controlled all of the exchanges. Vladoyanu knocked down his Moldovan opponent in the second round and celebrated his next success in Sofia. His final challenge is scheduled against Ukraine’s Oleksandr Balabin who eliminated Russia’s Yaroslav Shikhov.

The surprise of the day

The Polish girls competed at the Silesian Women’s Open Tournament and at their Junior National Championships in the recent three months and arrived to Sofia in good shape. Juliana Rutkowska moved more on feet than Ukraine’s Maria Fonotova and took the lead on the scorecards quickly. The Polish talent felt the tempo well and she landed impressive jabs in the third round which delivered a place for her in the final of the light welterweight (63kg).

The Round-up

Sweden’s Lucin Seropian came from a strong boxing family, her father, mother and sister all boxed therefore she grew up in our sport. The 16-year-old talent has got already five years of experiences in the combats but her semi-final opponent was a top one, Russia’s Eva Nikitina. The Swedish light welterweight (63kg) boxer caught her Russian rival in the first round and her jabs were effective in the opening two minutes. Nikitina received strong advices from her coaches in the first break and she was able to change her attitude and tactic in time to turn back the semi-final.

Russia’s Zukhro Umarbekova won the title of the featherweight (57kg) at the Nations Women’s Junior Cup in Serbia this January starting the year. The Russian talent moved up to the light middleweight (70kg) in the recent months but she was stronger and faster than Ukraine’s Radmyla Rodionova. Umarbekova will be boxing for the gold medal of the weight category with Kosovo’s lone female boxer in Sofia, 15-year-old Alnera Brahimi who eliminated Estonia’s Aleksandra Meliss.

Poland’s next strong junior boxer Oliwia Czerwinska was named as favourite of the women’s middleweight (75kg) before the start of the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships. The Polish girl demonstrated her excellent strength in the semi-finals against Romania’s Maria Cimpoeru in Sofia. Czerwinska was taller but she moved ahead several times with strong jabs which shocked the Romanian boxer. The referee counted Cimpoeru in the final round which means Czerwinska can meet for the gold medal with Serbia’s Zeljana Amidzic.

Romania’s Maria Livia Botica dominated all of her national events in the recent two years and the southpaw boxer continued her dominancy in the international stage. The 16-year-old heavyweight (+80kg) boxer, who trains in Ploiesti with coach Titi Tudor, landed high number of clear shots in the first round and Ukraine’s Polina Chernenko was not able to stop her. Botica’s tough left-handed hooks decided their contest in the second round and the Romanian will be meeting for the gold medal with Poland’s strong Weronika Bochen who turned back her semi-final against Lithuania’s Kamile Aglinskaite.

Ukraine’s Oleksandr Yarovyi and Romania’s Dorulet Tiu both delivered fantastic boxing in the quarter-finals of the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships. The Ukrainian used his same tactic as in the quarter-finals of the lightweight (60kg) but he had harder job against the 16-year-old Romanian today. Yarovyi managed to win the tactical contest in Sofia where his final opponent will be Bulgaria’s one-year younger Toni Sotirov who eliminated Estonia’s last male hope, Joosep Palm.

Russia’s 15-year-old Ivan Tikhonov spends his first year among the junior boxers but he has strong experiences to beat all of his opponents. The Russian boxer reduced the fighting distance successfully against Israel’s Safi Abo Shaaban in the semi-finals of the light welterweight (63kg). The referee counted the Israeli boxer in the beginning of the third round and Tikhonov continued his strong performance until the very end. The Russian will now meet for the gold medal with Ukraine’s Oleksii Boklakh who bowed out Lithuania’s technician Simonas Zelenekas.

The next Russian boxer, their two-time EUBC European Schoolboys Champion Sergei Koldenkov delivered his next world class performance in Sofia where he faced with Bulgaria’s Emil Krastev. The 16-year-old welterweight (66kg) boxer did not make any faults in the opening round and landed quick jabs which reached the target. Koldenkov was highly confident and the second standing count decided their contest quickly in the first round. The Russian needs only one further step to be crowned in Sofia where Latvia’s Nikita Gorbunovs will be his last rival.

The French team did not attend several times in the recent editions of the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships but their head coach decided to send four boxers to Sofia. Yojerlin Cesar has got strong athletic and physical skills at the age of 16 which were his best weapons in the semi-finals against Lithuania’s Justas Jocius. The tall French kept his Baltic rival long and can prepares to his middleweight (75kg) final against Russia’s EUBC European Schoolboys Champion Ismail Magomadov.

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