Delano James and Lasha Guruli made their strong debuts in the AIBA World Boxing Championships14 September 2019
Boxers from the welterweight (69kg) were in actions in the fifth day of boxing at the Yekaterinburg 2019 AIBA World Boxing Championships where the winners advanced to the last 32. Day5 was the last stage of the first preliminary round battles in Yekaterinburg and the best 253 boxers remained in actions.
Among the participating 78 nations and 365 boxers, Europe represents the Yekaterinburg 2019 AIBA World Boxing Championships with 169 athletes from 36 countries. The following 36 European nations are attending in the AIBA World Boxing Championships in Yekaterinburg: Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Moldova, Monaco, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and Wales.
Bout of the day
Georgia’s EUBC European U22 Champion Lasha Guruli moved up to the welterweight (69kg) in the recent months to attend in the AIBA World Boxing Championships. The 23-year-old Georgian had to meet for the last 32 with Iran’s best boxer ASBC Asian Boxing Championships bronze medallist Sajjad Kazemzadeh in Yekaterinburg. Both boxers have counter-attacking styles but the Iranian moved ahead more while Guruli was waiting for the best angles to land clear punches. Their contest was a close one but the Georgian did more to win the bout of the day which means he can continue in the next stage.
Surprise of the day
Italy’s Gianluigi Malanga attended in the EUBC European U22 Boxing Championships but he is inexperienced among the elite boxers. The 21-year-old Italian replaced veteran Vincenzo Mangiacapre in the national team and arrived to Yekaterinburg to increase his experiences. Malanga had only a few international bouts during his career but he was able to manage his success against Estonia’s Pavel Kamanin on Day5.
Netherlands’ Delano James is already 28 but he received the right to attend in an AIBA World Boxing Championships at the very first time. The Dutch welterweight (69kg) boxer was patient and confident against Turkmenistan’s 21-year-old Serdar Amangeldiyev and eliminated his Asian rival in Yekaterinburg making a superb debut. Turkey’s Necat Ekinci claimed strong junior and youth results in the recent years and he was able to eliminate also an Asian rival, Iraq’s Sahm Karrar Kadhim Al-Ezirej.
France’s Wahid Hambli moved up to the welterweight (69kg) and claimed the gold medal at the Boxam Tournament this May which was his debut in this category. The 29-year-old French was a hard target for Croatia’s Marko Zeljko and won all of the rounds in each scorecard. Belgium’s next success in the event was taken by Nabil Messaoudi who worked well against DR Congo’s All Africa Games silver medallist teenager Idriss Kapenga Nsaka and continued his nation’s amazing path in Yekaterinburg.
Germany’s Nick Bier replaced Magomed Schachidov in the final minute and the 20-year-old boxer returned to Russia following his campaign at the St. Petersburg 2016 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships. Bier impressed in his debuting contest and the referee counted Trinidad & Tobago’s Tyron Thomas in the second round. The Caribbean boxer survived the most dangerous moments and could box until the end of the third round but the bout was won by the German by large margin of differences.
Ireland’s Aidan Walsh is a surprise in the national team who replaced Kieran Molloy this time but the 22-year-old boxer proved his top shape in the fifth day of boxing. The Irish welterweight (69kg) boxer had a tough rival as first Israel’s Miroslav Ishchenko Kapuler who was born also in 1997 as Walsh. The Ukrainian-descent Kapuler was not able to reach Walsh and the Irish looked confident in the whole bout capturing the triumph.