Fetahovic, Tsanikidis and Nanitzanian were the heroes of the Euro Cup in Bosnia & Herzegovina24 February 2020
The new edition of the Euro Cup was held for the elite women, elite men and youth male boxers in Bijeljina and Brcko in Bosnia & Herzegovina. The host nation’s pride Adem Fetahovic won a top fight over his Russian opponent while Greece’s duo Alexandros Tsanikidis and Vagkan Nanitzanian both defeated favourite rivals.
Russia, Italy, Serbia, France, Netherlands, Greece, The Technical Delegate of the Euro Cup was Croatia’s experienced official Mr. Marko Marovic in Bosnia & Herzegovina. Bosnia & Herzegovina’s next international tournament will be the Mostar International Youth Tournament in the month of May.
Bout of the finals
Bosnia & Herzegovina’s best male boxer Adem Fetahovic joined to the national elite team in 2014 and reached some good international results and won smaller tournaments as well. The 25-year-old welterweight (69kg) boxer was near to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games but he is aiming a place for Tokyo. The Bosnian & Herzegovian boxer impressed in the finals of the Euro Cup against Russia’s National Champion Sergey Sobylinskiy which was one of the tightest fights of the third competition day. The final verdict was split decision in the favour of Fetahovic which means the local boxer is in top form before the main event of the year.
Surprises of the finals
Greece’s Alexandros Tsanikidis made his international debut at the EUBC European Schoolboys Boxing Championships twelve years ago and following his recoveries from several injuries, he arrived to the venue of the Euro Cup in top shape. The best Greek boxer had to meet in the Group A of the final of the welterweight (69kg) with Russia’s Vadim Musayev and delivered a small surprise with his success.
Another Greek boxer, EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships silver medallist Vagkan Nanitzanian also exceeded the expectations with his gold medal at the heavyweight (91kg). Since his youth successes, the 20-year-old boxer moved down one category and amazed in his final against Russia’s Iaroslav Doronichev. His final opponent was more experienced but the Armenian-descent Nanitzanian handled that strong tactical fight to win another gold medal for Greece.
Serbia’s Semiz Alicic achieved gold medal at the Anapa 2018 EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships and the bantamweight (56kg) boxer claimed his next title over the weekend. The 17-year-old Serbian talent defeated France’s Matheo Rousseau in the final of the Euro Cup controlling all of the rounds. Another Serbian youth boxer Stefan Camovic walked over to the gold of the lightweight (60kg) following his favourite opponent France’s Chadi Baraia was unable to box against him.
Montenegro will be hosting the next edition of the EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships in Budva this April and the country has been preparing with full speed to their historical event. Their Milos Krasnici defeated France’s Louis Ameline in the final of the youth middleweight (75kg) and claimed Montenegro’s first gold in the Euro Cup. His teammate, Montenegro’s best male youth boxer Petar Lijesevic also defeated a French opponent Leo Kherbouche and won the light heavyweight (81kg) in Bosnia & Herzegovina.
Russia’s EUBC European Women’s Champion experienced Daria Abramova moved down to the featherweight (57kg) last year and she is aiming to regain her place in the top national team. The Russian boxer advanced to the final of the Euro Cup where she had to face with Czech Republic’s 18-year-old Lenka Bernardova who joined to the elite boxers only this January. The EUBC European Women’s Youth Boxing Championships bronze medallist Czech teenager was competitive rival for Abramova but the Russian boxer’s routine was enough to beat Bernardova in their final.
Russia’s Anastasia Shamonova won the Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games, the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships and the EUBC European Women’s Youth Boxing Championships in 2018. The Russian middleweight (75kg) boxer joined to their elite team last year but she suffered a few unexpected losses. Shamonova increased her training rhythm and returned to the international stage with bigger motivation and dominated her final fight over Croatia’s teenager Ivona Brnic. Following her tough punches, the referee stopped their bout in the third round and confirmed Shamonova’s success.