Dzmitry Asanau defeated France’s AIBA World Champion Sofiane Oumiha in the last day of the Liventsev Memorial Tournament28 November 2020
The Belarusian Boxing Federation decided to host the new edition of the Liventsev Memorial Tournament as a Round Robin Tournament between four strong boxing nations. France, Ukraine and Spain sent several of their top boxers to Minsk where Dzmitry Asanau was able to beat France’s Sofian Oumiha in a fantastic contest on Day3.
Minsk was the host also the European Games on June 2019 which supported the development of the Belarusian boxers during their road to the Olympic Qualifiers. The Liventsev Memorial Tournament has got a strong brand name and top boxers returned to the Belarusian capital for the three-days long competition. The Liventsev Memorial Tournament supported the active preparation of the boxers and gave them further ring experiences after the long break.
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 Belarus to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the Liventsev Memorial Tournament.
Bout of the day
Belarus’ Dzmitry Asanau achieved bronze medal already at the Doha 2015 AIBA World Boxing Championships at the age of 19. He is now the team captain of the national team had to meet with his main European rival, France’s AIBA World Champion Sofiane Oumiha in the third day of boxing at the Liventsev Memorial Tournament. Both boxers have got similar style which based on world class footwork and counter-attacking punches. They were hard target for each other in the contest which was an excellent game strategy between them. The final verdict was 3:2 in the favour of the European Games winner Asanau who is also a favourite for a medal in the Tokyo Olympic Games as Oumiha.
Surprise of the day
Belarus’ Alina Veber achieved bronze medal at the EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships but she never defeated France’s multiple international tournament winner Emilie Sonvico yet. The Belarusian boxer moved back to the welterweight (69kg) in the recent weeks which is her best category. Veber landed strong punches in the bout against the technician French opponent and won their contest by split decision.
Ukraine’s AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships silver medallist Hanna Okhota and her third day’s opponent Spain’s 21-year-old Laura Fuertes both reached their best results in the light flyweight (48kg) during their career. Both boxers moved up to the flyweight (51kg) to due to the chance of the Tokyo Olympic Games and used the Liventsev Memorial Tournament as preparation for the 2021 big events. Okhota was slightly better in their exchanges and won the bout by split decision in Minsk.
Belarus’ experienced female boxer Helina Bruyevich delivered her best performance in the Liventsev Memorial Tournament on Day3 when she defeated France’s Mona Mestiaen by unanimous decision at the women’s featherweight (57kg). In the second bout of the category Ukraine’s veteran Yulia Tsyplakova had some excellent combinations against Spain’s promising Jennifer Fernandez winning the bout by split decision.
France’s AIBA World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Billal Bennama was too experienced for Belarus’ teenage hope Uladzislau Smolouski who won the Botvinnik Youth Memorial Tournament last month. In another superb male contest in the third competition day, Spain’s powerful Gazimagomed Jalidov defeated Ukraine’s Maksym Kots at the light heavyweight (81kg).