Fedorov, Agejev, Mironchikov and Magomedov all won their contests at the Belgrade Winner Tournament31 March 2022
Twenty-four contests were held at the second competition day of the 59th edition of the Belgrade Winner Tournament where several of the bouts have been decided by split decisions due to the similar level of the boxers. Serbia’s former Russian boxers such as Pavel Fedorov, Artem Agejev, Vladimir Mironchikov and Sadam Magomedov all won their contests on Day2.
Serbia’s main international event has scheduled for the elite women and men boxers as in the recent editions. The event is preparation before the main events in May as the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships and the EUBC European Men’s Elite Boxing Championships. The Technical Delegate of the 59th Belgrade Winner Tournament is Mr. Maxim Cherticovtsev of Moldova.
Belgrade was the host of the last edition of the AIBA Men’s Elite World Boxing Championships a few months ago. Since then, the Serbians hosted the Golden Gloves Tournament and the Nations Women’s Cup, which will follow the Belgrade Winner Tournament for the elite boxers.
The safety of all participants, the continuous medical checks, the social distancing, the hygienic preparations, wearing masks and all of the health controls are the responsibility of the local organizers in Serbia to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the Belgrade Winner Tournament.
The bout of the day
Bulgaria’s Sevda Asenova was gold medallist in the EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships in the past and she was one of the best female boxers in the smallest weight class in the last decade. She is a veteran boxer but Asenova decided to continue her boxing career and she keeps her focus on the upcoming IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships. The Bulgarian boxer met with England’s Damie-Jade Resztan who achieved silver medal in the last 2019 edition of the EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships. The younger English girl is in top form and quicker than her Bulgarian rival but Asenova landed her shots with perfect timing. The final verdict was split decision in the favour of Sevda Asenova who proved that she is still in top shape at the age of 37.
The surprise of the day
Ukraine’s Olga Shalimova competed in several junior, youth and U22 championships during her career and the 22-year-old boxer is now member of their elite national team. She managed to win a valuable bronze medal at the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships in Porec, Croatia one week ago but she decided to join to the Belgrade Winner Tournament in order to prepare well to the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships. The Ukrainian boxer was not able to repeat her previous performance and suffered a loss to Serbia’s developing Snezana Siljkovic.
Kyrgyzstan’s Sanzhai Seidakmatov was quarter-finalist in the Belgrade 2021 AIBA Men’s Elite World Boxing Championships where he reached his career highlight. The 22-year-old Kyrgyz boxer moved up to the featherweight (57kg) and he opened his campaign with a fantastic success against Ukraine’s Dmytro Molodan. His European opponent earned bronze medal at the Budapest 2018 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships but Seidakmatov’s strength decided their contest. His teammate, Munarbek Seyitbek Uulu also won his contest by RSC in the same category, he stopped Serbia’s Lazar Pantic.
Armenia’s Karen Tonakanyan has 10 years of experiences in the elite competitions and he returned to the national team and he is aiming for a place to attend at the upcoming EUBC European Men’s Elite Boxing Championships in Yerevan this May. The Armenian lightweight (60kg) boxer eliminated Serbia’s Veljko Gligoric in the second competition day and marched to the next stage of boxing. Serbia’s second boxer in this weight class, Nazif Sejdi is not enough experienced yet but he could beat Kyrgyzstan’s U22 talent, Ryspek Bektenov.
Pavel Fedorov was member of the Russian national team already at the 2014 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships and following some hard years he decided to switch to Serbia. He represented his new nation already at the Belgrade 2021 AIBA Men’s Elite World Boxing Championships and made his debut at the welterweight (67kg) in the Belgrade Winner Tournament. Fedorov had a strong rival, Armenia’s Gurgen Madoyan and their contest was final-level bout in the Serbian capital where the judges picked the local boxer as the winner. Fedorov’s teammate, Sandro Poletan controlled his middleweight (75kg) bout well enough to eliminate Slovenia’s Tomi Lorencic on Day2.
Serbia’s next boxer in action was Artem Agejev at the light heavyweight (80kg) who eliminated Kazakhstan’s 19-year-old ASBC Asian Junior Champion Yerassyl Zhakpekov in a great battle. The independent Serbia’s first ever medallist in an AIBA Men’s Elite World Boxing Championships, Vladimir Mironchikov opened his campaign with success against Armenia’s Rafayel Hovhannisyan at the cruiserweight (86kg). The third Serbian star, Sadam Magomedov controlled the first and second rounds against Croatia’s Kristijan Duje Gacina and his opponent’s ringside abandoned their contest.