Cuba’s Yoangel Moya won the bout of the day at the Golden Gloves Tournament28 November 2020
The second competition day of the 63rd Golden Gloves Tournament was held in the city of Sombor which is located in the Vojvodina region of Serbia and well-known from other international events as the Nations Women’s Cup. Cuba’s Yoangel Moya won the best contest of the day but Serbia’s Nenad Jovanovic caused the main surprise.
Algeria and Ghana sent boxers to the Golden Gloves Tournament from the African continent while the Cubans also returned to the Serbian competition after 2019. Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Moldova, North Macedonia, Serbia and Ukraine are the participating countries from the European continent.
The Golden Gloves Tournament was launched in the end of the ’50s and saw several big champions in the recent decades. An important AIBA 3-star Referee & Judge Course was held during the 61st edition of the Golden Gloves Tournament in 2018 when Russia topped the team rankings. Ukraine’s Viktor Vykhryst and Moldova’s Alexandru Paraschiv were the best boxers in the last 62nd edition of the Golden Gloves 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 Serbia to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the 63rd Golden Gloves Tournament.
Bout of the day
Cuba sent a team to the Golden Gloves Tournament as in 2019 and their lightweight (63kg) boxer Yoangel Moya has done the best contest of the second day with Russia’s Pavel Fedorov. The Cuban boxer won several international tournaments in the recent years but his Russian opponent also impressed in top events. Fedorov was member of the Russian team at the Sofia 2014 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships therefore he has also strong experiences in our sport. The Cuban boxer used his excellent footwork and found Fedorov’s weak points but the Russian also answered with nice punches. The final verdict was split decision in the favour of the Cuban boxer who proved his strong technical skills in Sombor.
The surprise of the day
Nenad Jovanovic attended at the 2018 EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships in Roseto degli Abruzzi but he was not the favourite against Algeria’s Yahia Abdeli in their lightweight (63kg) contest. The 20-year-old Serbian developed well in all aspects of boxing in the recent years and surprised the North African boxer who represented Algeria in many big tournaments. Jovanovic was slightly better in the exchanges and celebrated his unexpected success after the final gong.
Algeria’s Oussama Mordjane achieved medals in several international events as many of his teammates but he did not qualify to the Tokyo Olympic Games through the African Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event. The 23-year-old Algerian started better than Serbia’s Veljko Gligoric in their tough featherweight (57kg) contest in Sombor but the host nation’s youngster adopted the rhythm of the bout. Mordjane remained the winner of their tight contest but Gligoric proved also his development.
Ukraine’s EUBC European Champion Yuriy Shestak had strong dominancy in the second day of boxing against Bosnia & Herzegovina’s Nikola Ivkovic at the lightweight (63kg). The Bosnian boxer survived the most dangerous moments but the bout was won by Shestak by large margin of differences. A former Bosnian & Herzegovian boxer, Sandro Poletan, who represents Serbia since 2019, dominated his contest against Moldova’s Vlad Gavriliuc and the ringside doctor confirmed his RSCI triumph still in the first round.
Croatia’s European Games bronze medallist Toni Filipi has got more than seven years of international experiences at then heavyweight (91kg) and achieved medals in several top events during his career. The 24-year-old Croatian is focusing to the Olympic Games and on that road he defeated Moldova’s Andrei Zaplitnii in the second day of boxing controlling all of the three rounds.