Denmark’s duo Muli and Idrissi earned gold medals in the Lah Nimani Youth Tournament18 May 2021
The new edition of the Lah Nimani Youth Tournament supported the region’s boxers to increase their international experiences before the major championships. The gold medals of the Lah Nimani Youth Tournament were shared between Slovakia, Kosovo, Denmark, and Albania. Denmark’s Leutrim Muli won the Best Boxer Award while his teammate Elias Idrissi also amazed in Kosovo.
Boxers who were born in 2003 and in 2004 were eligible to attend in the Lah Nimani Youth Tournament in Prishtina. Kosovo Boxing Federation’s main youth international tournament was held at the House of Sports in Prishtina. Kosovo could host the Lah Nimani Youth Tournament in October 2020 therefore there were not any break in the competition.
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 Kosovo to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the Lah Nimani Youth Tournament.
The bout of the day
Kosovo’s Lorent Murati claimed silver medal in the last edition of the Lah Nimani Youth Tournament in October 2020. He remained at the bantamweight (56kg) and proved a top performance in the semi-finals against his teammate, Gentrit Gashi. Murati had a tough opponent in the final, North Macedonia’s Beqir Limani who won already an event in Kosovo earlier this year. Murati moved ahead and his attacking style was enough to beat the North Macedonian talent by split decision in Prishtina.
The surprise of the day
Albania’s Orgito Llaha competed in the last edition of the Lah Nimani Youth Tournament but he was not the favourite against Denmark’s Viktor Osipovski in the final of the light welterweight (64kg). His Danish opponent was impressive in the semi-finals but Llaha produced his best ever performance in their title bout. The final verdict was split decision in the favour of the Albanian who progressed well since the last edition.
Denmark’s Elias Idrissi claimed bronze medal at the 2018 EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships and he was one of the most experienced boxers in the whole Lah Nimani Youth Tournament. The 18-year-old Danish boxer moved up to the lightweight (60kg) and controlled his contests in Kosovo. Idrissi had different tempo in the final when he met with Kosovo’s Dalmat Salihaj and he was better than his opponent in all aspects of boxing. The Danish boxer won the contest by unanimous decision and he won also the fair play award of the competition.
Denmark’s next top boxer Leutrim Muli has got Albanian origins and arrived to Kosovo as the main favourite of the welterweight (69kg). The Danish talent, who competed in several smaller international events in the recent four years, was too strong for North Macedonia’s Ajhan Ozmen in the last four. Muli continued his winning path against Kosovo’s Rilind Muriqi in the final and won the Best Boxer Trophy in Prishtina.
Kosovo’s Remzo Mustafic was bronze medallist at the Budva 2020 EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships. He claimed that medal at the heavyweight (91kg) but competed in the super heavyweight (+91kg) in Prishtina. He had a tough rival, Albania’s Arlind Cera who is their most experienced youth boxer and competed many international events. Mustafic defeated Cera in the 2020 Lah Nimani Youth Tournament and he has done the same on their re-match in Prishtina.