Denmark’s Frederik Lundgaard Jensen has done a superb comeback in the Boxam Tournament

09 May 2018 News

The prestigious Boxam Tournament continued with its second competition day in Murcia where the winners are guaranteed medallists. The junior and elite boxers were in action on Day2 which saw 15 tough contests in the venue hall. Denmark’s Frederik Lundgaard Jensen returned after his injury and defeated his tough Chinese opponent by unanimous decision.

Murcia is the host of the Boxam Tournament at the very first time in the history of the traditional Spanish international event. The competition is holding for elite, youth and junior men boxers as well in Murcia where Russia, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, China and Hungary are 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 and after the Bornemissza Memorial Tournament he attended in his next international event. The Danish pinweight (46kg) boxer maintained the best fighting distance against Germany’s Oskar Sobieszczyk and his attacking tactic delivered for him a clear success.

Hungary’s Richard Kovacs robbed into the world of boxing last year when he has qualified for the Hamburg 2017 AIBA World Boxing Championships and proved strong technique in the recent competitions. The 20-year-old Hungarian light welterweight (64kg) boxer dominated his first fight against Spain’s Imad El-Bakkaly and had to meet with another Spanish hope as second Johann Eduardo Orozco who competed in the last two editions of the EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships. Kovacs started slowly but from the second round he was able to control their contest and eliminated his second top Spanish opponent.

Denmark’s Frederik Lundgaard Jensen and China’s Wang Gang both competed already in AIBA World Boxing Championships in the recent years therefore their contest was a unique battle in Murcia. The Danish boxer just moved up to the light welterweight (64kg) in the recent months but his height was enough to use his longer hands against his Chinese opponent. Jensen controlled the final round with his confident style and won their contest by unanimous decision.

Russia’s EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships silver medallist Musa Maruev and France’s Warren Esabe both competed in the youth age group in 2017 and joined to the elite level only this January. The Chechnyan-based Russian light welterweight (64kg) boxer started better than his French opponent but Esabe returned to the contest with tough punches in the second. The 19-year-old Russian was slightly better in the third round and defeated his young French rival by split decision.

Hungary’s Andras Vadasz claimed silver medal in the Bocskai Memorial Tournament and following his WSB experiences he was the favourite against Spain’s Aaron Gonzalez. The 26-year-old Hungarian welterweight (69kg) boxer landed tough body punches in the first round which he combined with tough hooks. Vadasz, who has done his international debut in 2008, controlled all of the rounds against the Spanish National Champion and won the bout by unanimous decision.

Belgium’s Ruben Veciunca began his boxing career only in 2012 but his skills developed quickly in the recent years and after 65 contests he was able to win his quarter-final at the welterweight (69kg). The Belgian had to meet with Germany’s Jeremy Gonschorek who was competitive with him only in the first round. Veciunca launched strong punches and the German talent had to go to the medical corner in the third round. Gonschorek survived the dangerous moments but Veciunca won their fight by unanimous decision.

France’s Rayane Yahia Berrouiguet shocked his Belgian opponent Mohammed Rachem in the last quarter-final of the welterweight (69kg) and delivered the first KO triumph of the Boxam Tournament. In the next France vs. Belgium battle the crowd could see a close contest between Victor Yoka and Lancelot Proton de la Chappelle. The Belgian middleweight (75kg) boxer landed clear punches in the second part of their contest and his footwork was enough to beat his powerful French opponent.

Russia’s Aleksey Semykin competed only in the national level events previously and following their last National Elite Championships he moved up to the middleweight (75kg). The 20-year-old Russian had to move closer to Germany’s Florian Henke to reduce his height disadvantage but he worked well in the first round. The Russian boxer dominated the last round with his tough punches and advanced to the last four in Murcia.

Hungary’s two-time Olympian Zoltan Harcsa achieved bronze medals in the recent editions of the European Games and EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships but he had to keep his focus against Germany’s younger talent Vezir Agirman. The German boxer was bronze medallist in the St. Petersburg 2016 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships and he had the brave attempt to beat the technician Hungarian. The 25-year-old Hungarian middleweight (75kg) boxer dominated the second and third rounds with world class performance and advanced to the semi-finals in Murcia.

Bulgaria’s Radoslav Pantaleev joined to the international events in 2009 when he attended in the AIBA Junior World Boxing Championships. The Bulgarian heavyweight (91kg) boxer, who is a successful boxer also in the World Series Boxing, controlled his fight against Iceland’s Kristjan Ingi Kristjansson in Murcia. The 25-year-old Bulgarian pressurized his newcomer opponent and advanced to the last four of the Boxam Tournament.

Hungary’s former EUBC European Junior Champion Adam Hamori qualified for the Hamburg 2017 AIBA World Boxing Championships and he looked confident in the first round against France’s Soheb Bouafia in the first round of their heavyweight (91kg) fight. The 22-year-old Hungarian landed tough left-handed jabs in the first round and caught his French opponent several times. The French boxer came back to match in the end of the second round and his attacking style was enough for him to beat the head-injured Hungarian.

The youth and junior boxers will be attending in the third competition day in Murcia tomorrow, the elite athletes can take their rests on Day3.

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