Denmark was perfect in the day of the finals at the Boxam Tournament where Iceland took a historical gold medal13 May 2018
The 21 finals were held in the Boxam Tournament in the fifth and last competition day in Murcia where two sessions were in the program as in the semi-finals. Denmark had four finalists in the Boxam Tournament and all of their talents won the gold medals in Murcia where Iceland took a historical title.
Murcia is the host of the Boxam Tournament at the very first time in the history of the traditional Spanish international event. The competition was hold for elite, youth and junior men boxers as well in Murcia where Russia, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Denmark, China and Hungary were there from the top boxing nations.
Denmark’s EUBC European Confederation Schoolboys Boxing Championships bronze medallist Elias Idrissi joined to the junior age group in January but he performed well in Murcia. The Danish pinweight (46kg) boxer eliminated Germany’s Oskar Sobieszczyk and Spain’s Oier Ibarretxe during his road to the finals. The 15-year-old Danish boxer tried to keep the control against Italy’s Gianni Orazio in the first final of the Boxam Tournament. The referee had to count the Italian boxer in the second round which made Idrissi more confident and the Danish talent won the first gold medal in Murcia.
Italy’s second finalist in the junior part of the Boxam Tournament was Giuseppe Vitolo who began his final against Germany’s Björn Fischer in different rhythm. The Italian light flyweight (48kg) boxer landed more punches in the first round and used his speed to catch the German talent. The Italian boxer controlled also the second round and his efforts were enough to beat his talented German rival in Murcia.
Spain’s lone junior finalist in the Boxam Tournament Jose Ramon Jimenez tried to use his longer reach in the title contest of the light welterweight (63kg) against Iceland’s Emin Kadri Eminsson but his rival had successful counter-attacks. Jimenez had excellent stamina in the whole contest but his technical skills were not enough to keep the control. Eminsson had excellent tempo in the third round and he was able to win their contest which was a historical success for Iceland in the junior level.
Denmark’s Monkstown Junior Box Cup silver medallist Daniel Malik has got high number of international contests in spite of the fact he is spending his first year in the youth age group. The 17-year-old Danish light flyweight (49kg) boxer moved ahead more than Belgium’s Sarawat Narinramand his footwork controlled their first round in Murcia. Malik was more effective in the attacks than his Belgian rival and bagged the second gold medal for Denmark in Murcia.
France’s Cerine Allalia is a newcomer in the national youth team but he did top performance against Belgium’s Aymen Ahmidi in the semi-final of the flyweight (52kg). The French boxer tried to reduce the fighting distance in the final against a tall boxer Ireland’s Cian Reddy. Both boxers received warnings in the second round but after that the two talents were even more active in the third. Allalia moved closer to his Irish opponent in the final minutes which tactical change paid off and won France’s first title in Murcia.
The 17-year-old Georges Benik Melkumian is the current French Youth National Champion at the bantamweight (56kg) who had to meet in final with his teammate Selim Bouaita. The Sven Lange Junior Memorial Tournament gold medallist Melkumian used an aggressive style against his taller rival in the first round but Bouaita increased his rhythm in the second. Bouaita, whose uncle Rachid was a famous boxer in the ‘90s, stepped into the gas and his efforts were enough to turn back their close final.
Bulgaria’s Yakub Chinovliev won the Emil Zhechev Youth Memorial Tournament in April and since that competition he moved up to the lightweight (60kg). The Bulgarian youth boxer eliminated Spain’s Juan Sanchez in the semi-final and had to face with his compatriot Vensan Kirkorov in the next final. Chinovliev ruled the middle of the ring against his more experienced rival and his strong second round made the bout closer than expected. The younger Chinovliev exceeded the previous expectations and won their friendly battle by split decision in Murcia.
Denmark’s Jacob Bank was silver medallist in the Bornemissza Youth Memorial Tournament in Eger, Hungary on March and received the right once again to box in the international level. The Danish welterweight (69kg) boxer moved back one step before launching his counter-attacks in the first round against Germany’s Johannes Hickmann who competed in the recent EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships two weeks ago. Bank used his longer reach effectively and claimed the third gold medal for his country in Murcia.
Spain’s most experienced youth boxer Pablo Coy proved tough performance against Gavin Rafferty in the semi-final at the middleweight (75kg). The tall Coy had to meet for the title with his teammate Ricardo Roser who also competed in international youth events this year out of Spain. Coy looked confident in the first round and his footwork was better than his opponent’s rhythm. Coy’s right-handed jabs and his left hooks worked well in the second round and he was able to beat his teammate in Murcia with top performance.
Spain’s No.1 Gabriel Escobar claimed silver medal in the recent two editions of the EUBC European Confederation U22 Boxing Championships and eliminated Russia’s former EUBC European Youth Champion Ivan Abramov in the semi-final with top performance. The 22-year-old Spanish flyweight (52kg) began his final well against China’s Rio 2016 Olympic Games bronze medallist Hu Jianguan and switched his stance quickly after one minute. Escobar finished the first round with a big hook and continued his quick punches also in the second against such a world class rival. The Spanish boxer realized his golden dreams and won the title in Murcia.
Russia’s Levan Khasaia was member of their youth national team in 2014 and after four years of hard work he can attend in the elite international events as well. The 22-year-old Russian bantamweight (56kg) boxer used his longer reach well in the first round against Spain’s Angel Seda Alvarez. The three-years younger Spanish talent launched body punches and close distance shots in the second round. Seda started the third round with a powerful hook but Khasaia’s jabs were enough to keep the triumph in Murcia.
Bulgaria’s young talent Kiril Rusinov eliminated Russia’s EUBC European Youth Champion Vladimir Strygin in the semi-final of the lightweight (60kg) and started aggressively against France’s National Champion Lounes Hamraoui in the final. Both finalists were born in 1998 and have got bright future in our sport but they had the different style in the title contest. The French boxer had the same tactic as his AIBA World Champion teammate Sofiane Oumiha and that long distance weapon paid off in the final.
Denmark’s Frederik Lundgaard Jensen is member of the national team since 2012 and qualified for the Doha 2015 AIBA World Boxing Championships. The Danish boxer eliminated Hungary’s Richard Kovacs in the semi-final of the light welterweight (64kg) and he was confident in the first round against Russia’s EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships silver medallist Musa Maruev. The Chechnyan-based Russian caught Jensen with left-handed jabs in the second round but the 22-year-old Danish was enough powerful to beat Maruev with his effective final minutes.
Hungary’s two-time Olympian Zoltan Harcsa achieved bronze medals in the recent editions of the European Games and EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships and eliminated his previous rivals by large margin of differences. The 25-year-old Hungarian middleweight (75kg) boxer walked over to the title as his opponent Lancelot Proton de la Chappelle of Belgium was unable to box against him.
Spain’s Alejandro Camacho is member of the national team since 2014 and proved strong development at the light heavyweight (81kg). The Spanish southpaw landed tough punches in the final when he met with China’s Chen Daxiang and his left-handed hooks were always dangerous for the Asian boxer. Camacho was tired in the third round but his previous advantage was enough to keep Spain’s next triumph at home.
France’s EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships bronze medallist Djamili Dini Aboudou Moindze eliminated Spain’s talented teenager Ayoub Ghadfa Drissi El-Aissaoui in the semi-final of the super heavyweight (+91kg). The 22-year-old French boxer faced with China’s powerful Mu Haipeng in the final and he had to do his very best to triumph over his Asian rival in Murcia.