Croatia’s Alen Ahmetovic opened the Julius Torma Youth Memorial Tournament with excellent performance25 September 2020
The 29th edition of the Julius Torma Youth Memorial Tournament began in the capital city of the Czech Republic with 10 bouts on Day1. Croatia’s Alen Ahmetovic opened the whole international event with a superb success, while Czech Republic’s trio Artem Hafiyak, Dominik Gomola and Kelvin Sequasa won their fights in the first day of boxing. The Austrians produced perfect competition day at the Julius Torma Youth Memorial Tournament.
Their legend, Mr. Julius Torma was a Hungarian-descent boxer who was born in Budapest in 1922 but competed for Czechoslovakia in the international competitions in the 1940s and 1950s. He claimed a gold medal in the London 1948 Olympic Games at the welterweight (67kg) and attended also in the 1952 Helsinki and the 1956 Melbourne Olympics with successes. Torma was gold medallist in the Oslo 1949 European Boxing Championships and claimed further bronze medals in the in the Dublin 1947 and in West Berlin 1955 editions.
The safety of all participants, the continuous medical checks, the social distancing, the hygienic preparations, wearing masks and all of the controls are the responsibility of the local organizers in Prague to avoid any Covid-19 cases in the event.
Bout of the day
Croatia sent team to the Silesian Open Women’s Tournament to Poland a few weeks ago and their youth squad is attending at the Julius Torma Youth Memorial Tournament in Prague this week. Croatia’s Alen Ahmetovic competed in the recent two editions of the EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships in Anapa and in Galati and joined to the youth age group this January. The 17-year-old Croatian had to meet first with Czech Republic’s Jan Krocil who moved up one weight class since their Youth National Championships. Ahmetovic used the best tactic and fighting distance to eliminate his 17-year-old Czech opponent at the lightweight (60kg) opening the event in Prague.
The surprise of the day
Artem Hafiyak is a new national team member in the Czech Republic who can attend in his second international tournament during his career. He claimed gold at the 2019 Czech Youth National Championships and silver in the 2020 edition but the 18-year-old local boxer was not the favourite against France’s experienced Leo Kherbouche who achieved silver in the Euro Youth Cup in Bosnia & Herzegovina. Hafiyak proved strong progress in terms of strength and tactics, therefore the Czech talent was able to beat his opponent at the light heavyweight (81kg).
Slovakia’s Adolf Stanek controlled the first and second rounds against Czech Republic’s Karel Rochl in their lightweight (60kg) meeting. The Slovakian youngster had massive advantage before the final round but his Czech opponent and his ringside abandoned the unequal contest in the last period.
The finalists of the light welterweight (64kg) of the 2020 Czech Youth National Championships such as Dominik Gomola and Kelvin Sequasa both eliminated boxers who had already international experiences. Gomola was slightly better than Croatia’s Andi Idrizi in a hectic contest before Sequasa eliminated Slovakia’s Miroslav Herceg who attended in the EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships.
Austria also sent a team to the Julius Torma Youth Memorial Tournament to Prague and two of their boxers advanced to the next stage of the international event. Firstly, Arsen Chabyan dominated his fight over Czech Republic’s Matyas Makovec and secured his place in the semi-finals of the lightweight (60kg). Secondly, Austria’s best youth boxer Khamzat Saidoulaev demonstrated his power against Czech Republic’s Jakub Grabec at the heavyweight (91kg). The Czech boxer did his very best but Saidoulaev’s punches were reached him several times and the ringside doctor confirmed his RSCI success.