Day 2: Montenegro and Slovakia won key bouts in the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships20 September 2017
The 21st edition of the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships continued with its second preliminary day in Albena, Bulgaria where 42 contests have been scheduled on Day2. Besides to the top European boxing nations the Slovakians and young talent from Montenegro also shined in the second competition day in Albena.
The light flyweight (48kg), the lightweight (60kg), the welterweight (66kg), the light middleweight (70kg), the middleweight (75kg) and the heavyweight (+80kg) were in action in the second competition day. Most of the winners are already in the quarter-final stage of the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships.
Hungary’s Richard Bernath arrived to the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships with superb pedigree after his top international results in 2017. The Hungarian light flyweight (48kg) boxer was in different level than Poland’s Maciej Basta who moved ahead but his defense was not enough against Bernath.
Azerbaijan’s Rufat Fatullayev won the gold medal in the Heydar Aliyev Junior Cup three months ago but he had a busy job against England’s Junaid Bostan in the preliminary round of the light flyweight (48kg). The final verdict was split decision to the Azeri talent who eliminated another favourite in Albena.
In the same light flyweight (48kg) Russia’s Junior National Champion and former EUBC European Schoolboys Champion Mukhammed Vakhaev started slowly against a top rival Ukraine’s Pavlo Kovalenko but he found his best rhythm from the second round. Following his amazing combinations the referee confirmed the Russian boxer’s RSC success in the third round just before the final gong.
Germany’s Mehmet Sor started well against Czech Republic’s Jiri Janousek and led after the first round in each scorecard. The German lightweight (60kg) boxer stepped into the gas in the second round and knocked out his Czech rival winning the bout by a classical KO. Sweden’s top junior boxer Hampus Broman also impressed the experts and the crowd in this category after his performance against Romania’s Eduard Cristea.
Montenegro’s Petar Lijesevic won the Podgorica Junior Trophy this year but he was able to prove his talent also in a neutral ring in Albena where he was too strong for Moldova’s Marcel Nistreanu. In another welterweight (66kg) contest Slovakia’s Viktor Kiss found the best fighting distance against Czech Republic’s Milos Beranek in time and won their narrow bout by split decision.
Ukraine’s EUBC European Schoolboys Champion Yurii Maidakov won’t be satisfied in the competition with a silver medal therefore he began his campaign in Albena strongly against a tough rival Turkey’s Kaan Aykutsun. In another light middleweight (70kg) bout another boxer from Montenegro, namely Milos Krasnici did a spectacular triumph over Cyprus’ Georgios Vasileious on Day2.
Andrei Aurel Grigore was only quarter-finalist in the Romanian Junior National Championships but he received the right to box in Albena. The 16-year-old Romanian heavyweight (80kg) boxer was too strong for Poland’s Oskar Kopera and advanced to the last eight in the competition.
Native talent Maksym Drach won all of his contests with powerful punches in the first rounds at the Ukrainian Junior National Championships and tried to use also his strength against Hungary’s Bornemissza Memorial Tournament winner Levente Kiss in their heavyweight (+80kg) contest on Day2. The Hungarian was competitive rival for Drach but finally the Ukrainian boxer’s hand was raised after the last gong.
Aleksei Dronov is the current Russian Junior National Champion who won the Aleksandr Koshkin Memorial Tournament in Moscow just before the start of the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships. The 16-year-old tough Russian heavyweight (+80kg) boxer eliminated Ireland’s Cathal Crowley on Day1 and did not give any chance to Armenia’s Sargis Poghosyan in the second preliminary round today.