Daniyarov, Levankou and Zhakpekov are gold medallists at the Yukov Prizes Youth Tournament

27 February 2021 News

The Yukov Prizes Youth Tournament ended with ten final contests in Gomel which was the Belarusian Boxing Federation’s second competition in 2021. Host Belarus, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan won the titles in the Yukov Prizes Youth Tournament in Gomel and among them Levankou, Zhakpekov and Daniyarov impressed.

The men’s light flyweight (49kg), flyweight (52kg), bantamweight (56kg), lightweight (60kg), light welterweight (64kg), welterweight (69kg), middleweight (75kg), light heavyweight (81kg), heavyweight (91kg) and super heavyweight (+91kg) boxers were in action in the fourth day of boxing at the new edition of the Yukov Prizes Youth Tournament.

The event was live streamed at Gomel Boxing’s YouTube channel from Day1 and all of the stakeholders could follow the bouts of each session. Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan joined to the event from the Asian continent and all of them strengthened the annual Yukov Prizes Youth Tournament.

After the Adriatic Pearl Youth Tournament, the competition was the next preparation opportunity for the youngsters before the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships which will be held in Kielce, Poland this April. Boxers who were born in 2002, 2003 and in 2004 are eligible to attend in the Yukov Prizes Youth Tournament in Gomel.

The safety of all participants, the continuous medical checks, the social distancing, the hygienic preparations, wearing masks and all of the health controls were the responsibility of the local organizers in Gomel to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the Yukov Prizes Youth Tournament.

The bout of day

Belarus’ most experienced boxer in the age group, EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships bronze medallist Kiryl Levankou moved up to the bantamweight (56kg) in the recent one year and adopted the rhythm of the category well enough. He eliminated Uzbekistan’s favourite Mirzabek Mirzakhalilov in the semi-finals and he looked motivated in the final against Kazakhstan’s Yerbolat Sabyr who eliminated Spain’s Oier Ibarreche in the previous round. The Kazakh boxer gave in everything in the final but Levankou was slightly better in their exchanges and won the gold medal of the Yukov Prizes Youth Tournament.

The surprise of the day

Uzbekistan’s Madiyar Daniyarov achieved bronze medal in their last Youth National Championships in 2020 but he was selected to attend at the Yukov Prizes Youth Tournament. The 17-year-old Uzbek talent met in the final with Kazakhstan’s Shymkent-based Zhandos Zhumabayev who is their new Youth National Champion at the flyweight (52kg). The Kazakh talent repeated his performance what he delivered in the semi-finals, but Daniyarov prepared well against his weaknesses and won the final despite of his low number of international contests.

The Round-up

Kazakhstan’s Sanzhar Tashkenbay eliminated Spain’s 16-year-old promising Rafael Lozano Serrano in the semi-finals of the light flyweight (49kg) and he was still fresh enough to win the title in Gomel. He had a tough opponent in the final of the event, Uzbekistan’s Mukhammadkadir Mamurzhanov. His Uzbek opponent competed at the very first time out of his country but his impressive skills were enough to beat Tashkenbay.

Belarus’ Andrei Viktorovich walked over to the gold medal at the middleweight (75kg) following his opponent, Kazakhstan’s Ilya Kiselev was unable to box against him. Belarus’ Andrei Masalov eliminated his fellow Raman Kaziankou and Kazakhstan’s Nursultan Beysenbayev during his road to the finals of the light heavyweight (81kg) in Gomel. Masalov faced with Kazakhstan’s ASBC Asian Junior Champion favourite, Yerassyl Zhakpekov but his next Central Asian opponent was too strong for him.

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