England’s McCormack twin brothers returned with victories in the Golden Belt Tournament on Day228 September 2018
The second competition day was held in the Golden Belt Tournament in Galati where the women boxers also began their campaigns with seven contests. The McCormack twin brothers started their road in the Golden Belt Tournament with clear successes and demonstrated their world class boxing in Galati on Day2.
The Romanian Boxing Federation hosted the last two editions of the EUBC European Confederation U22 Boxing Championships in Braila and in Targu Jiu. Their strong staffs have got all of the experiences to organize top competitions in our continent. The new 43rdedition of the Golden Belt Tournament is hosting for the women and men elite boxers as well.
The recent editions of the Golden Belt Tournament were taking place in Constanta, in Chiajna, in Craiova and in Iasi and after these cities the competition arrived to Galati. The Golden Belt Tournament is a preparation event for the European Union Boxing Championships which will be held in Valladolid, Spain in November.
Romania’s EUBC European Women’s Champion Steluta Duta is a veteran boxer who attends at the flyweight (51kg) this time and surprisingly she defeated Serbia’s Nina Radovanovic only by split decision in their narrow contest. Romania’s Claudia Nechita won two international competitions in 2018 and used her strong attacking style to beat Ireland’s Ceire Smith at the flyweight (51kg).
Ireland’s AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships silver medallist Kellie Harrington could be the star of the women’s lightweight (60kg) in the event and started her road with a clear success over Serbia’s Jelena Jelic. Ukraine’s veteran boxer Iulia Tsyplakova was slightly better than Romania’s EUBC European Confederation U22 Boxing Championships silver medallist Cristina Paula Cosma and advanced to the next round.
England’s EUBC European U22 Champion Luke McCormack is member of the national team since 2011 and following his bronze medal in the Commonwealth Games he is still hungry for the further international successes. The 23-year-old English light welterweight (64kg) boxer was too strong for Romania’s Nicusor Ciobanu and marched to the next round of the Golden Belt Tournament.
England’s Rio 2016 Olympian and EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships silver medallist Pat McCormack is one of the best welterweight (69kg) boxers in the whole world who also began his campaign in the Golden Belt Tournament as his twin brother Luke. The 23-year-old English star controlled all of the rounds against Serbia’s Petar Stosic and proved top performance following his first event after the Commonwealth Games.
Ireland’s AIBA Junior World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Kieran Molloy joined to the elite national team in the recent one year and the 20-year-old talent was enough strong to beat Romania’s Marian Pita in their welterweight (69kg) bout. Moldova’s London 2012 Olympian and EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships bronze medallist Vasilii Belous also won his welterweight (69kg) contest against Bulgaria’s Martin Ivanov.
Hungary’s AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships quarter-finalist Laszlo Kozak is seven-year younger than Spain’s Rio 2016 Olympian Youba Ndiya Sissokho but he proved strong development in his defence. The 20-year-old Hungarian was a hard target for the experienced Spanish and surprisingly Kozak won their welterweight (69kg) contest by split decision in Galati.
Chemistry Cup silver medallist Kirill Afanasev was born in St. Petersburg but he has been fighting for Ireland and he proved tough performance against England’s EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships silver medallist Cheavon Clarke which he won by split decision. Ukraine’s former AIBA Junior World Champion Robert Marton turned to 21 this year and he is now ready to do big things at the heavyweight (91kg). The younger Ukrainian controlled his fight over Scotland’s strong Scott Forrest and advanced to the next round.