Croatia and Greece are among the medallists in the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships25 October 2017
The first part of the quarter-finals were held in the 27th edition of the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships in Antalya, Turkey where the winners of these contest are now guaranteed medallists in the event.
Ukraine and Russia were the most successful countries in the first part of the quarter-finals but Azerbaijan, England, Turkey, Georgia, Ireland, Bulgaria, Greece, Poland, Belarus and Croatia each have got medallists in the event.
The city of Antalya hosted the 2011 edition of the AIBA Women’s Youth & Junior Boxing Championships. After six years of break top level of boxing returned to the city of Antalya which is located off the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.
The first medal in the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships was achieved by Ukraine’s Maksim Halinichev who continued his winning series in Antalya at the flyweight (52kg). Ukraine’s pride controlled his quarter-final against Russia’s Maksim Zaytsev and advanced to the semi-final as first in the continental event. His next rival will be Turkey’s Azad Demirhan who eliminated Italy’s Alessandro Adami in Antalya.
England’s 17-year-old promising talent Ivan Hope Price moved up to the flyweight (52kg) in the recent weeks and after the Commonwealth Youth Games he proved top performance once again. The English talent used up his height advantage against Romania’s EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships bronze medallist Marian Gabriel Schiopu on Day2 and did the same tactic in the quarter-finals. Price was confident against Ireland’s Davey Oliver Joyce which guarantees for him a medal in Antalya where he will now meet with Bulgaria’s Boyan Asenov.
Russia’s AIBA Junior World Champion and European Youth Champion Nikita Piskunov eliminated his main rival Turkey’s AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Necat Ekinci in the first preliminary round of the lightweight (60kg) and continued the same strong level against France’s Jeremy Dupetitmagneux. The 18-year-old Russian spent less than two minutes in the ring in his quarter-final against Lithuania’s Deivydas Bogdanavicius when the English referee confirmed his RSC success.
Ireland’s AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Gabriel Dossen is the main favourite of the welterweight (69kg) in the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships where he eliminated Estonia’s Pavel Kamanin, Ukraine’s Oleksandr Kravets and Georgia’s Saif-Islam Madiev. His three successes means the Irish talent advanced to the quarter-finals in Antalya and will be meeting with England’s experienced youth boxer Mark Dickinson in the last four.
Azerbaijan’s Surat Garayev received the right to box in the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships in the final minute but the young talent proved he is among the bests at the light heavyweight (81kg). His tactic worked well against Poland’s Konrad Kaczmarkiewicz and this important triumph means a guaranteed medal for him. Garayev will be facing with Russia’s Youth National Champion Ruslan Kolesnikov in the semi-final who stopped Moldova’s Adrian Buhaniuc.
Greece’s promising hope Vagkan Nanitzanian won three international youth tournaments this year therefore the 18-year-old super heavyweight (+91kg) boxer is a secret favourite in Antalya. The Greek boxer, who has got Armenian roots, eliminated Poland’s Oskar Safaryan as first and following that victory he dominated his quarter-final against Czech Republic’s Pavel Jan and will be meeting with Turkey’s Mucahit Ilyas in the last four. His upcoming Turkish rival delivered a sensation in the quarter-finals when he eliminated Russia’s Youth National Champion Ibragim Khidirov.
Croatia’s EUBC European Junior Champion Josip Biletic is also among the favourites of the super heavyweight (+91kg) in Antalya where he marched into the semi-finals after stopping Ukraine’s Dmytro Galagan. The 17-year-old Croatian, who was born in 2000, launched powerful punches and the Scottish referee confirmed his RSC success quickly. Biletic will be meeting now with Azerbaijan’s AIBA Junior World Champion Mahammad Abdullayev which could be one of the most anticipated semi-final in Antalya.