France became the best nation in the Pinatar Youth & Junior Tournament11 October 2016
The Pinatar Youth & Junior Tournament finished with its 12 final contests in San Pedro del Pinatar which city is located in the Murcia region in Spain. France became the best nation of the tournament with their five gold medals, the Germans claimed three titles in San Pedro del Pinatar while Italy, Monaco, Spain and Wales also achieved one gold in the event.
France’s Adel Rout Safieddine boxed in different rhythm than his opponent Spain’s Guillermo Ramirez in the semi-final of the junior light bantamweight (52kg). The French boxer had to compete for the gold medal with Netherlands’ Monkstown Junior Box Cup silver medallist Cas Van Peer who was a competitive rival for him. Safieddine tried to reduce the fighting distance in their contest and he had successful attacks mainly in the second round which decided their close bout.
France’s top junior boxer EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships bronze medallist Jeremie Dupetitmagneux eliminated Spain’s current Junior National Champion at the bantamweight (54kg) Enrique Florentino Mejia and had to meet with another host nation’s athlete in San Pedro del Pinatar. The 16-year-old French met with Spain’s Bernardo Salazar in the gold medal bout and tried to control the contest from the first seconds. His Spanish opponent did not give up the fight but Dupetitmagneux was a too hard target for him therefore France celebrated its second gold medal in the tournament.
Spain’s Junior National Championships silver medallist Raduan Ashain was too quick for Netherlands’ Willem Jongmans in the semi-final of the junior light middleweight (70kg) and met for the gold medal with his teammate Juan Martin. Ashain showed the same attacking style in the first round what he did in the semi-final therefore their gold medal bout was a manly battle. Martin launched powerful punches in the last round but he was not able to turn back their bout until the final bell.
France’s youth star Billal Bennama eliminated Germany’s Salah Ibrahim in the quarter-final on Day 1 and he continued the winning path against Spain’s Madrid-based 17-year-old Angel Seda in the semi-final. The French light flyweight (49kg) boxer, who competed in the World Olympic Qualification Event in Baku as well, had to meet for the gold medal with Spain’s Youth National Champion Alberto Arroyo. Bennama worked from longer distance and his punches were not only effective but strong as well therefore the referee counted Arroyo in the second round. Bennama was excellent also in the final round and secured his next tournament title this time in Spain.
Germany’s EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships bronze medallist Hamsat Shadalow moved up to the flyweight (52kg) this year but adopted the level of the punches quickly. The 18-year-old talent defeated Spain’s defending Youth National Champion Omar Trebol in the semi-final and tried to do his very best against France’s AIBA Junior World Boxing Championships quarter-finalist Enzo Grau in the final as well. Shadalow had great defence in the first round and tried to keep his concentration in the highest level but Grau was able to launch good counter-attacks. The final verdict was split decision to the French boxer who won his first youth tournament in 2016.
Germany’s current Youth National Champion Andreas Jaeger opened his competition in San Pedro del Pinatar against Morocco’s Oussama Belamlih in the semi-final successfully. The German bantamweight (56kg) boxer had to meet in the final with Welshmen Mickey McDonagh who won the British Youth Championships. Jaeger had a great jab in the first round while McDonagh was also patient and awaited for the best attacking moments in the bout. Their close bout was finally won by Andreas Jaeger which was Germany’s first success in the Pinatar Youth & Junior Tournament.
Italy’s Francesco Iozia competed in two editions of EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships and also two editions of EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships therefore he was able to beat Morocco’s Arab Youth Champion Zridi El Mehdi in the semi-final. The Italian lightweight (60kg) boxer secured his place in the final where his next opponent was Spain’s current Youth National Champion Emilio Jimenez. The Italian fully controlled the first round and his will dominated that period. The Spanish boxer could not catch his Italian opponent who used his great footwork to keep the best fighting distance. Iozia proved top performance in the entire tournament and celebrated his well-deserved gold medal after the final bell.
Monaco’s new sensation Hugo Micallef shocked Germany’s EUBC European Champion Denis Gashi in the semi-final which was a surprise in the tournament. Monaco’s new 18-year-old pride, who began boxing at the age of 9, used his height advantage against Sweden’s best youth boxer Samer Tabal in the final. The Swedish boxer had clear punchesin the first round therefore Micallef raised his rhythm in the next three minutes. Monaco’s talent won the bout by split decision and makes history with his triumph.
France’s Milan Prat, who competed at the AIBA Junior World Boxing Championships in St. Petersburg last year, had to face for the gold medal with Morocco’s Anas Barchami who joined to the national team this year. The 17-year- old French welterweight (69kg) boxer dominated the first round with his effective combinations which shocked Barchami. Prat controlled the later part of their final as well and secured France’s fifth gold medal in the tournament in San Pedro del Pinatar.
Wales’ top youth hope Kyran Jones was amazing in the semi-final and tried to repeat that performance against Germany’s EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships bronze medallist Vezir Agirman in the final of the middleweight (75kg). The German boxer had the right tactic in the first round against his Welsh rival and his counter-attacks reached the target area. The Welshmen found the best fighting distance only in the last round which was not enough to win the final.
British Youth Champion Sammy Lee of Wales eliminated Morocco’s Arab Youth Champion Youniss Baala in the semi-final of the light heavyweight (81kg). The EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships quarter-finalist Welshmen met for the gold medal with Germany’s Tom Schroeter which was a quick contest. Lee knocked down his German opponent therefore Schroeter’s coaches decided to abandon the contest.
The last final of the Pinatar Youth & Junior Tournament was held at the heavyweight (91kg) between Germany’s EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships bronze medallist Lukas Ambrasas and Spain’s Jose Barroso. The 17-year-old German boxer was in different level than his German opponent and he was able to knock down Barroso twice in the first round therefore the referee confirmed Ambrasas’ TKO success.