Bulgaria’s William Cholov returned with a great triumph in the Adriatic Pearl Youth Tournament following his illness

19 February 2021 News

The first edition of the Adriatic Pearl Youth Tournament saw 20 contests in the second day of boxing in Montenegro. Russia’s Evgeniy Zhorov was able to turn back his narrow flyweight (52kg) contest and Bulgaria’s William Cholov returned to the international events with a great triumph over the defending EUBC European Youth Champion.

The town of Budva hosted the 2020 edition of the EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships and launched a new international tournament. The event will be a preparation event for the upcoming AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships which will be held in Kielce, Poland on April 10-24. Boxers who were born in 2002 and in 2003 are able to attend in the Adriatic Pearl Youth Tournament.

The following 13 nations are attending in the Adriatic Pearl Youth Tournament in Budva: Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Georgia, Finland, India, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. Boxers can attend in 10 female divisions and in 10 male weight categories at the Adriatic Pearl Youth Tournament.

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 Budva to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the Adriatic Pearl Youth Tournament.

The bout of the day

Russia’s EUBC European Schoolboys Champion Evgeniy Zhorov returned to the youth national team at the flyweight (52kg) and met in his opening contest with India’s newcomer Naoba Singh Arambam. The 17-year-old Russian had difficulties in the first round, his speed was not enough to avoid the Indian punches. Arambam moved ahead and started the bout well but Zhorov received the best advices in the first break and returned with better footwork. The Russian used the same strategy as in the first round but he has done it much better and equalized the result on the scorecards. Zhorov played his game in the best way in the third which was enough to turn back their excellent contest in Montenegro.

The surprise of the day

Following Akim Pavliukov’s success at the middleweight (75kg), the second Russian boxer of this category, Daniel Koniashov delivered the main sensation of Day2 in Montenegro. The Russian talent is not an experienced boxer in the international stage but his preparation was successful with the national team. Koniashov exceeded all of the previous expectations and he had a narrow win over Uzbekistan’s ASBC Asian Junior Champion Nurislom Ismoilov who has got already elite experiences as well.

The Round-up

Moldova’s Vladislav Gudzi was medallist in the last two editions of the EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships but he had a few difficulties in the opening exchanges against Czech Republic’s Kristian Hodovanets. The Moldovan welterweight (69kg) boxer increased his rhythm quickly and became smarter in the later attacks than his inexperienced Czech opponent. Gudzi won the contest by unanimous decision and advanced to the semi-finals of the category such as Ukraine’s Vyacheslav Bryhadenko.

Bulgaria’s William Cholov claimed gold medals in the EUBC Championships three-times in 2017, 2018 and 2019 as a schoolboy and junior. He had to miss the last EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships in Budva due to his illness but he returned to the international events at the Adriatic Pearl Youth Tournament. Bulgaria’s No.1 was untouchable for Ukraine’s EUBC European Youth Champion Ilia Tohobytskyi and used his long distance tactic successfully in their middleweight (75kg) bout.

Uzbekistan’s ASBC Asian Junior Champion 17-year-old Jakhongir Zokirov won almost all of his international contests in the recent three years. His father Lazizbek was member of the national team in the 1990s but Jakhongir starts his career event better. Zokirov lost to Russia’s Ivan Onishchenko a few months ago and now he has done a big revenge due to that defeat at the super heavyweight (+91kg). His teammate, ASBC Asian Women’s Junior Champion Feruza Kazakova also started well in Montenegro.

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