Five Serbian male gold medals at the 59th Belgrade Winner Tournament04 April 2022
Following the exciting women’s finals, the male title contests took place in the fifth day of boxing at the 59th edition of the Belgrade Winner Tournament in Serbia’s capital. The local boxers claimed five gold medals on home soil but England’s Kiaran MacDonald, Kyrgyzstan’s Munarbek Seyitbek Uulu and Armenia’s Karen Tonakanyan also amazed in the day of the finals.
Host Serbia, Turkey, Bulgaria, and Croatia earned the gold medals in the female part of the Belgrade Winner Tournament in the previous competition day. England, Serbia, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, Kazakhstan, and Morocco shared the male titles of the 59th Belgrade Winner Tournament.
The event was preparation before the main upcoming events as the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships, EUBC European Men’s Elite Boxing Championships, Asian Games and Commonwealth Games. The Technical Delegate of the 59th Belgrade Winner Tournament was 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 followed the 59th 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 were 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
The independent Serbia never claimed any medals in the AIBA Men’s Elite World Boxing Championships until the last Belgrade 2021 edition. Their ex-Russian Vladimir Mironchikov earned bronze medal at the light heavyweight (80kg) delighting the local fans in Belgrade. He moved up to the new cruiserweight (86kg) since the world event and joined to the final of the tournament. Mironchikov faced with a Ukrainian rival in the final, Serhii Horskov who competed at the heavyweight (92kg) previously. Horskov is an experienced boxer and launched several attacks but Mironchikov was smarter today and claimed gold in Belgrade.
The surprises of the day
Armenia’s Artur Bazeyan achieved gold medal at the 2021 EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships and arrived to the Belgrade Winner Tournament as the favourite of the men’s featherweight (57kg). The Armenian boxer marched to the finals of the competition and faced for the title with Kyrgyzstan’s Munarbek Seyitbek Uulu who joined to the international events in 2014. The Kyrgyz boxer moved down to this category and surprised his Armenian opponent with his technical skills. Seyitbek Uulu collected a big scalp and defeated Bazeyan in the closest finals of the last competition day.
Serbia’s Jovan Nikolic claimed gold medal at the 2017 Junior National Championships and returned to the events after a short break in 2021. He was only quarter-finalist in the Serbian Elite National Championships and at the Golden Gloves Tournament last year but he progressed in the recent months in terms of conditions and physical skills. Nikolic was not the favourite against Kazakhstan’s Ilyar Ashirov in the final of the middleweight (75kg) but he worked hard to beat his more experienced rival.
Kyrgyzstan’s Nurzhigit Duishebayev had two amazing triumphs during his road to the finals of the men’s flyweight (51kg) when he defeated Kazakhstan’s minimumweight (48kg) AIBA World Champion Temirtas Zhussupov as well. Duishebayev was exhausted after the two close and brilliant contests England’s Kiaran MacDonald in the title bout of the weight class. The English boxer has excellent technical skills and controlled the first round with his speed taking the lead on the scorecards. MacDonald looked more fresh in the day of the finals and won the gold medal in this strong weight category in Belgrade.
Tamir Galanov achieved a surprise bronze medal at the Hamburg 2017 AIBA World Boxing Championships representing Russia in that event. Following a few unexpected losses in his homeland, he decided to switch to Serbia in 2020 and made his debut in his new country at the Belgrade 2021 AIBA Men’s Elite World Boxing Championships. The 33-year-old boxer had a tough opponent, Kazakhstan’s Olzhas Bayniyazov who had experiences already from the World Series of Boxing. The Serbian bantamweight (54kg) boxer is smaller than most of his opponents but his energetic attacks delivered for him another gold medal.
Armenia’s experienced Karen Tonakanyan attended at the 2010 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in Baku twelve years ago and he had dozens of events during his career. The 30-year-old Armenian decided to continue his boxing career due to the annual EUBC European Men’s Elite Boxing Championships which will be held in Yerevan. Tonakanyan analysed Serbia’s former EUBC European Junior Champion Semiz Alicic and pressurized his opponent from the first seconds. Tonakanyan dictated the rhythm of the lightweight (60kg) final and he had the leading in all of the scorecards after three minutes. The Armenian stepped into the gas in the second round and the Moroccan referee confirmed his RSC victory in that period. His teammate, AIBA World Boxing Championships silver medallist Davit Chaloyan bagged the title of the super heavyweight (+92kg) in Belgrade.