Eighteen European finalists in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in Budapest where Croatia’s Nikolina Cacic caused the biggest surprise28 August 2018
One of the most exciting parts of a boxing competition the semi-finals were held in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in Budapest today. Eighteen European boxers advanced to the finals of the competition from record-breaking Russia, England, Ukraine, Hungary, Croatia and France.
England’s Ivan Hope Price won the gold medal at the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships at the men’s flyweight (52kg) where he dominated all of his fights. The 18-year-old English talent won his previous contests in Budapest with large margin of differences and he was able to continue his winning path against Brazil’s AMBC American Youth Champion Luiz Gabriel Oliveira. Price met with his top level opponent but finally his hand was raised after the last gong eliminating his Brazilian No.1 rival.
Russia’s Vsevolod Shumkov claimed gold medal in the 2017 EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships but since then he suffered several unexpected losses. The 17-year-old Russian had better preparation before the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships and Shumkov is now finalists in Budapest. He had difficulties against Thailand’s Noppharat Thakhui in the last four but his stamina in the second part of the bout was enough to eliminate his Southeast Asian rival.
Hungary’s 16-year-old Adrian Orban eliminated Ukraine’s Taras Bondarchuk and Uzbekistan’s Asadkhudja Muydinkhujaev in the previous two rounds of the lightweight (60kg) therefore he was the favourite against Egypt’s African Youth Games winner Marawan Mamdouh Mohamed Madbouli. The Hungarian, who is one of the youngest boxers in the whole AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships, was more tired after those contests than his Egyptian rival but his stamina was enough to eliminate the North African athlete.
Russia’s defending EUBC European Youth Champions duo such as Ilia Popov and Dzhambulat Bizhamov succeeded in the semi-finals of the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in Budapest. The light welterweight (64kg) No.1 Popov had to do his very best to eliminate Ukraine’s Maksym Molodan in Budapest while Dzhambulat Bizhamov dominated his semi-final against Japan’s Sho Patrick Usami.
Connor Tudsbury knocked out one of his rivals in the men’s middleweight (75kg) during the road to the semi-finals and he tried to do his very best against Russia’s EUBC European Youth Champion Daniil Teterev in the last four but his experienced opponent was able to beat England’s talent in Budapest. The next Russian boxer who advanced to the finals was two-time EUBC European Youth Champion Ruslan Kolesnikov who defeated Cuba’s Christian Pinder and will be meeting for the title with Kazakhstan’s ASBC Asian Youth Champion Sagyndyk Togambay in Budapest.
Russia’s current EUBC European Youth Champion at the men’s heavyweight (91kg) Igor Fedorov eliminated Azerbaijan’s Ismayil Yagubov in the quarter-finals and he used his speed to win his next bout against Uzbekistan’s Javokhir Togaymurodov. The 18-year-old Russian received right-handed jabs from the Uzbek talent in the first round but he was able to overcome his rival in the attacks in the second part of the match. Fedorov advanced to the final of the category where his next opponent will be Kazakhstan’s Aibek Oralbay.
Russia’s defending EUBC European Youth Champion Aleksey Dronov had a narrow victory over Kyrgyzstan’s Akhmed Usupov in the first preliminary round but he performed much better in the quarter-finals against Iran’s Ali Sepehr. Dronov, who is the youngest boxer in the Russian team, was not in his best shape in the semi-finals against Ukraine’s Kyrylo Stoianchev but his stamina worked well. Dronov landed the better punches in the final round and advanced to the final of the super heavyweight (+91kg) where he will be meeting also with a Kazakh boxer, ASBC Asian Youth Champion Damir Toybay.
Croatia’s Nikolina Cacic has done a big surprise in the quarter-finals when she defeated Thailand’s Panpatchara Somnuek but she was still hungry for a further success in Budapest. The Croatian featherweight (57kg) boxer exceeded the expectations when she met with Japan’s AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Sena Irie in the semi-finals. The 17-year-old Croatian used her longer distance well in the bout and bowed out the Japanese boxer from her way.
Russia’s EUBC European Women’s Junior Champion and EUBC European Confederation Women’s Youth Boxing Championships silver medallist Nune Asatrian worked well in the whole competition at the women’s lightweight (60kg). The 17-year-old Russian eliminated Thailand’s ASBC Asian Women’s Youth Champion Porntip Buapa in the quarter-finals and she continued well another Asian opponent India’s Jony. Asatrian will be meeting in the final with her biggest rival England’s star Caroline Dubois which will be the repeat title contest of the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships.
Russia’s two-time EUBC European Women’s Youth Champion and AIBA Women’s Youth World Champion Anastasia Shamonova and England’s Georgia O’Connor met in the final of the Guwahati 2017 AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships. In the repeat contest Shamonova was quicker than her English rival and dominated their fight once again which means she will be boxing for her next gold medal with France’s Tallya Brillaux who dominated her fight against India’s Astha Pahwa.