England’s Jack Oliphant was the hero of the semi-finals in the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships25 September 2017
The most exciting part of the 21st edition of the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships, the semi-finals were held in Albena, Bulgaria where England’s Jack Oliphant proved sensational performance with his triumph and besides to him Ireland’s Callum Walsh also delivered a surprise.
Altogether 26 semi-finals bouts were in the official program of the sixth competition day when the competition was held still in two rings. The winners of today’s contests remained their chances alive to win the titles in Albena where all of the 13 junior weight classes were in action on Day6.
The following 10 countries will represent boxers in the finals of the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships in Albena:
– Bulgaria: 8 finalists
– Russia: 7 finalists
– Georgia, Ireland, Ukraine: 2 finalists
– Croatia, Denmark, England, Lithuania, Moldova: 1 finalist
Bulgaria’s Podgorica Junior Trophy winner Yasen Radev moved up to the light flyweight (48kg) in the recent months and following he eliminated Hungary’s junior No.1 Richard Bernath in the important quarter-final, he advanced also to the final of the continental event. The Bulgarian boxer felt the tempo in his semi-final against Moldova’s Vitalie Prisacaru and will now meet for the title with Russia’s Mukhamed Vakhaev.
Russia’s Junior National Champion Boris Karibian arrived to Albena as one of the main favourite of the light bantamweight (52kg) and he remained in the competition after the semi-finals as well. Karibian, whose elder brother Albert is member of the Russian elite team and WSB squad, defeated one of his main rival, Georgia’s Mamuka Abuladze in the semi-final by split decision and will be boxing for the gold with Ireland’s Dean Patrick Clancy.
England’s currently best junior boxer Jack Oliphant was quarter-finalist in the recent two EUBC continental events in 2015 and in 2016. Following these international experiences the 16-year-old English light welterweight (63kg) boxer defeated his top rival Russia’s Anatoliy Fedotkin in the quarter-final and he was still hungry for the further success. Oliphant used the perfect tactic against Azerbaijan’s Salim Salimov and he needs only one further step to win the whole competition.
Lithuania’s new sensation Aleksandr Trofimcuk is only 15, spending his first year in the junior age group but he marched to the final of the competition in Albena. The Lithuanian light middleweight (70kg) talent had to meet with Bulgaria’s Stoil Stanoev and dominated his fight with his clear punches. Trofimcuk won the bout by unanimous decision and will be facing in the final with Russia’s Ilia Bogatirev who eliminated Ukraine’s EUBC European Schoolboys Champion Yurii Maidakov in the semi-final.
Georgia’s Heydar Aliyev Junior Tournament silver medallist Luka Kublashvili eliminated several tough rivals in the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships including Ukraine’s EUBC European Schoolboys Champion Oleg Laguta and Ireland’s Jude Gallagher. The 16-year-old Georgian pinweight (46kg) boxer was excellent in the semi-final against Russia’s Nikolai Medinskii and will be boxing with Bulgaria’s Ergyunal Sebahtin in the gold medal bout.
Bulgaria’s Junior National Champion Nikolay Atanasov won the Podgorica Junior Trophy in April and since then he moved down to the flyweight (50kg) which was his original category. The 16-year-old experienced Bulgarian boxer continued his winning path in the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships and eliminated Romania’s Madalin Popescu in a hectic semi-final on Day6.
Ireland’s Callum Walsh claimed only silver medal in their Junior National Championships in April but he received the right to represent his country in the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships in Albena. The 16-year-old Irish lightweight (60kg) talent found the best fighting distance quickly against Russia’s favourite Sino Sobirov and delivered the biggest surprise in the semi-final with his triumph.
Croatia’s Gabrijel Veocic claimed bronze medal in the last edition of the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships and eliminated his main rival, EUBC European Schoolboys Champion Russia’s Nikita Chirvon in the quarter-final. The Croatian middleweight (75kg) boxer was kept his focus on the ball against Ukraine’s Volodymyr Kushnir and advanced to the final of the event where his last opponent will be Bulgaria’s Podgorica Junior Trophy winner Daniel Lubenov.