Croatia’s Gabrijel Veocic had fantastic performance in the finals of the Emil Jechev Youth & Junior Memorial Tournament

06 April 2019 News

The 13 junior and the 10 youth finals were held in the last competition day of the Emil Jechev Youth & Junior Memorial Tournament in Botevgrad, Bulgaria. Croatia’s Gabrijel Veocic proved his talent and won his next tournament title beating a top Bulgarian opponent. Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, India, United States of America, Russia, Wales, Croatia, France and at the very first time Northern Macedonia won the gold medals in the event.

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 competed 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 was 166 and the young hopes were able to attend in 13 junior and 10 youth weight classes.

Bout of the day

Croatia’s Gabrijel Veocic achieved silver medal in the 2017 EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships and he qualified for the Budapest 2018 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships last August. Veocic is spending his second year among the youth boxers and he has got high expectations in 2019. The Croatian No.1 had to face for the title of the youth middleweight (75kg) with Bulgaria’s EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships silver medallist Nikolay Zafirov who won his key semi-final against Russia’s Sergei Akopyan on Day4. Veocic moved forward and tried to control their contest from the first minute but Zafirov was also able to handle the final tactically well enough. In the battle of the experienced boxers the Croatian was better today and celebrated his gold medal after the last gong.

Surprises of the day

Bulgaria’s Radoslav Rosenov does not have enough international experiences yet but his stamina delivered for him a gold medal at the junior flyweight (50kg) where he was slightly better than Kazakhstan’s Ruslan Kuzeubayev. His junior compatriot Krasimir Dzhurov have got more international bouts than Rosenov but his success over Kazakhstan’s Dimash Batyrshayev was another small surprise in the finals.

Northern Macedonia’s junior No.1 Ardian Azemi, who attended in the last edition of the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships in Anapa, proved sensational performance in the Emil Jechev Memorial Tournament. He eliminated Bulgaria’s Martin Bebov and Kazakhstan’s Junior National Champion Balashak Meyram during his way to the final of the heavyweight (+80kg). Azemi controlled his final bout as well against such strong opponent as Kazakhstan’s Diar Roman and celebrated his country’s first ever title in the history of the event.

The Round-up

Kazakhstan’s best junior boxer Abzal Serik attended several international junior competitions in 2018 and dominated all of his recent fights. The Kazakh Junior National Champion was in different level than Croatia’s Andi Idrizi who also proved his talent in the Emil Jechev Memorial Tournament in spite of his loss in the final of the lightweight (60kg). Serik’s powerful teammate Sultan Babakhanov also impressed in a junior final and claimed the title in Botevgrad.

Bulgaria’s William Cholov is a native talent in our sport, he joined to boxing three years ago but since then he became EUBC European Schoolboys Champion and EUBC European Junior Champion. Billy, which is his nickname, was highly confident in his light middleweight (70kg) contests. The 16-year-old boxer defeated Kazakhstan’s Ilyar Ashirov in the final before his teammate Kosta Simeonov thrashed Russia’s Egor Plotsyn in the title bout of the junior middleweight (75kg).

Wales built up a sensational youth team and following their successes at the Julius Torma Youth Memorial Tournament and Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament, the country won gold medal also at the Emil Jechev Memorial Tournament. Garan Croft used his longer reach well enough and tactically he was narrowly better than Sweden’s new sensation Hampus Broman in the final of the youth light welterweight (64kg).

France’s EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships bronze medallist Wilfried Florentin was confident in each competition day of the Emil Jechev Memorial Tournament and dominated his final at the heavyweight (91kg) as well. Florentin eliminated United States’ Michael Hudson and Brazil’s Joao Batista during his road to the final when he overwhelmed Italy’s Matteo Nori.



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