Eleven European finalists in the boxing event of the Youth Olympic Games17 October 2018
Short after the last session of the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships the semi-finals of the Youth Olympic Games were taking place in the Argentinean capital in Buenos Aires in two sessions today. Eleven European boxers from Great Britain, Russia, Italy, Ukraine and France will have finalists in the Games.
Following Singapore and Nanjing the third edition of the Youth Olympic Games is holding in the Argentinean capital in Buenos Aires. The qualification event for the Youth Olympic Games in our continent the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships was held in Roseto degli Abruzzi in April.
Great Britain’s EUBC European Youth Champion Ivan Hope Price eliminated Algeria’s AFBC African Youth Champion in the second competition day. The 18-year-old English flyweight (52kg) talent, who lost only one bout in the recent one year, was not enough shape in the first round against Ireland’s Dean Patrick Clancy which was the re-match of the final of the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships. Price turned up the heat after the first break and he was able to beat his Irish rival once again within six months.
Ukraine’s two-time EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships silver medallist Taras Bondarchuk was not in top form at the Budapest 2018 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships but he has done better job in Buenos Aires. The 18-year-old Ukrainian eliminated Egypt’s youth No.1 Marwan Mamdouh Mohamed Madboly which means he can box for the gold of the lightweight (60kg) with Thailand’s AIBA Youth World Champion Atichai Phoemsap.
Russia’s two-time EUBC European Youth Champion Ruslan Kolesnikov is the main favourite of the men’s light heavyweight (81kg) in the Youth Olympic Games and after his KO success over Iran’s Seyed Sajad Mousavi Paeindezaei he advanced to the final. The 18-year-old Russian knew his Uzbek rival well and tactically he was better than former AIBA Junior World Champion Timur Merzhanov. Kolesnikov will be boxing for the final with Great Britain’s Karol Itauma who eliminated Egypt’s Youssef Ali Karar Ali Moussa.
Russia’s AIBA Youth World Champion and EUBC European Youth Champion Aleksei Dronov will be turning to 17 only later this year but he is a gold medal contender at the super heavyweight (+91kg). The Russian boxer eliminated Australia’s Jai Ropata Dennis in the quarter-final and won the first two rounds against Egypt’s Ahmed Elsawy Awad Elbaz in his next bout. Dronov had difficulties in the third round but his previous advantage was enough to advance to the final.
France’s AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships silver medallist Tallya Brillaux has done a superb job this year and she marched to the final of the women’s middleweight (75kg) following her clear victory over Algeria’s Ichrak Chaib. Brillaux will be boxing in a repeat final with Russia’s two-time AIBA Women’s Youth World Champion Anastasia Shamonova who eliminated her main rival Kazakhstan’s Nadezhda Ryabets in a close bout.
Ukraine’s Maksym Halinichev is two-time EUBC European Youth Champion who was fully focused to the boxing tournament of the Youth Olympic Games and missed the Budapest 2018 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships. The 18-year-old Ukrainian bantamweight (56kg) boxer was in different level than Morocco’s Abdessamad Abbaz which means Halinichev will be facing for the title with Uzbekistan’s No.1 Abdumalik Khalokov.
Russia’s EUBC European Youth Champion and AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships silver medallist Ilia Popov had to do his very best against United States’ experienced Otha Jones on Day2. The 18-year-old Russian light welterweight (64kg) has done better work in the semi-finals of the Youth Olympic Games and he was able to eliminate Great Britain’s Hassan Azim winning the bout by split decision.
Italy’s EUBC European Women’s Youth Champion Martina La Piana will be turning to 17 only later this year but she defeated India’s Guwahati 2017 AIBA Women’s Youth World Champion Jyoti in the quarter-finals on Day2. The Italian flyweight (51kg) talent was more confident after that success in the Youth Olympic Games and she was enough smart to beat United States’ AIBA Women’s Youth World Champion Heaven Garcia. La Piana will be facing for the gold medal with Nigeria’s Adijat Adeyemo Gbadamosi who eliminated Bulgaria’s Goryana Stoeva in the second semi-final of the category.
Great Britain’s AIBA Women’s Youth World Champion and three-time EUBC European Champion Caroline Dubois is one of the stars of the boxing tournament of the Youth Olympic Games. The 17-year-old super talented Dubois eliminated her Tunisian rival Mawada Taghouti in the first round and continued her winning path against Argentina’s Oriana Saputo at the lightweight (60kg) in the Youth Olympic Games.