Bulgaria’s Yasen Radev has done classic revenge in the semi-finals of the Emil Jechev Youth & Junior Memorial Tournament

05 April 2019 News

The youth semi-finals were held in the fourth competition day of the Emil Jechev Youth & Junior Memorial Tournament in Botevgrad, Bulgaria. Following the 20 semi-finals and winners remained their chance alive to win the title of the event. Bulgaria’s Yasen Radev eliminated France’s Ibrahim Boukedim at the flyweight (52kg) which was a classic revenge following their first fight on March.

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

Bulgaria’s Ergyunal Sabri claimed gold medal in the 2017 EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships and joined to the youth age group one year ago. The 18-year-old Bulgarian is the top favourite for the gold medal at the light flyweight (49kg) in Botevgrad but his next opponent was a big task for him. Danila Skvortsov claimed silver medal in the 2018 Russian Junior National Championships and he had a brave attempt to beat Bulgaria’s youth No.1 in the Emil Jechev Memorial Tournament. Sabri turned up the heat from the second round and his energetic attacks delivered for him a close success over the one-year younger Russian boxer.

Surprises of the day

EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships bronze medallist Ibrahim Boukedim eliminated Russia’s Danil Urbanovich in the previous stage of the flyweight (52kg) and he was highly confident prior his next fight. The 18-year-old French boxer had to meet with Bulgaria’s two-time EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships silver medallist Yasen Radev once again. The French boxer defeated his Bulgarian opponent in the final of the Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament a few weeks ago but this time Radev has done revenge due his previous loss.

Ernesto Mercado won the last edition of the US Youth National Championships but he was not the favourite against Wales’ Ioan Croft in their youth lightweight (60kg) bout. The US boxer’s opponent won the Julius Torma Youth Memorial Tournament and the Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament beating all of his rivals by large margin of differences. Mercado started better and their first round determined the final result as well which was split decision for the US boxer.

The Round-up

Following Ioan Croft’s unexpected loss at the lightweight (60kg) his brother Garan Croft has done better in the fourth competition day and left the ring with a great success. The super talented Welsh boxer had to meet with United States’ Aramani Almestica in the next phase of the light welterweight (64kg). Garan Croft was efficient in their meeting and won their contest which meant Wales vs. USA finished 1-1 in the fourth competition day.

Sweden’s Hampus Broman and Netherlands’ Brian Vossen both impressed in the preliminary and quarter-final stages of the light welterweight (64kg) in Botevgrad. The two boxers had to meet each other in the semi-finals which contest was a good promotion for boxing with remarkable fighting. The Swedish boxer was slightly better than his Dutch rival today and advanced to the finals of the event where he will be meeting with Ukraine’s Yaroslav Mykhalushko who had a tough semi-final against Netherlands’ Gradus Kraus.

Bulgaria’s EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships silver medallist Nikolay Zafirov won his key semi-final at the middleweight (75kg) against Russia’s Sergei Akopyan. The Bulgarian boxer will be facing for the title of the Emil Jechev Memorial Tournament with Croatia’s youth No.1 Gabrijel Veocic who eliminated United States’ Ralph Clemente in another hectic battle.

EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships bronze medallist Wilfried Florentin used his superb power to beat United States’ Michael Hudson in the semi-final of the heavyweight (91kg). He had to meet with another strong boxer from the American continent, Brazil’s Joao Batista and the French boxer ticked also that task as well in Botevgrad. Following his unanimous decision triumph Florentin will be meeting for the title with Italy’s Matteo Nori.



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