France’s Bilel Gourari shocked his Russian star rival in the first day of the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships19 April 2018
Following the general weigh-in, the official drawing and the opening ceremony the first competition day was held in the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships which is taking place in Roseto degli Abruzzi until April 25. The Italians and the Croatian started well in the first competition day but the biggest surprise was delivered by France’s Bilel Gourari.
Altogether 48 preliminary bouts have been held in the first competition day after the Opening ceremony. The competition is the first ever EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships for both genders. The number of the youth women and men boxers is 334 from 40 countries in Roseto degli Abruzzi.
Spain’s Pablo Coy competed in the last edition of the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships in Antalya and his experiences paid off when he opened the whole competition in Roseto degli Abruzzi. The 18-year-old Spanish boxer moved up to the middleweight (75kg) since Antalya but his strength was enough to beat Austria’s Artan Rumpler whose elder brother attended in the EUBC European Confederation U22 Boxing Championships three weeks ago.
Croatia’s Gabrijel Veocic claimed silver medal in the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships last year and joined to the youth age group this January. The 17-year-old Croatian middleweight (75kg) boxer had difficulties in the first round against Ireland’s Kane Tucker but from the second he increased his rhythm an eliminated a tough rival winning the bout by split decision.
Italy’s Naichel Millas is one of the favourites of the middleweight (75kg) who is also a new face in the youth age group as the Croatian Veocic. Millas claimed bronze medal in the Kaposvar 2016 EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships but he had to miss the continental event in 2017. The 17-year-old Italian recovered from his injury and impressed with his tough combinations and did not give any chance to Yan Zak who was the most experienced in the Israeli youth team.
Croatia’s Trophy of Podgorica Junior Tournament winner Noa Jezek is spending his first year in the youth level but he did strong performance in the first competition day against Estonia’s Maksim Ljubimov. The Croatian welterweight (69kg) boxer, who celebrated his 17thbirthday two weeks ago, was impressed in his debuting contest and the former kick-boxer eliminated his Baltic rival by large margin of differences.
Norway’s Don Emini was member of their youth team in 2017 and following his silver medal in the Bornemissza Youth Memorial Tournament the 18-year-old welterweight (69kg) boxer was the favourite against Spain’s Alberto Alcaraz. The Norwegian boxer, who trains with coach Per Arne Skau, found his best fighting distance in the first round and the Spanish talent was able to do his best only in the third therefore Emini’s hand was raised after the final gong.
Hungary’s Tibor Barbosu was gold medallist in the 2014 EUBC European Confederation Schoolboys Boxing Championships and following his good preparation for the event he dominated his first fight against Switzerland’s lone competitor Andri Beiner in Roseto degli Abruzzi. The Hungarian welterweight (69kg) boxer, who is unbeaten in 2018, won all of the rounds in each scorecard proving his top form.
Russia’s Vsevolod Shumkov claimed gold medal in the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships in 2017 but he fought out his place in their youth team quickly. The Russian bantamweight (56kg) boxer did not feel the tempo in the first round against France’s Bilel Gourari but returned in the second with more effective punches. The final verdict was depended on their performance in the last round when the Frenchman was slightly better and eliminated his top Russian rival in Roseto degli Abruzzi.
Ukraine’s Maksym Halinichev was gold medallist at the flyweight (52kg) in the last edition of the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships in Antalya and arrived to Roseto degli Abruzzi as one of the most qualified boxer. Halinichev is now competing at the bantamweight (56kg) and he had unexpected difficulties against Turkey’s newcomer Mizan Aykol. The 18-year-old Ukrainian had to do his very best to beat his younger Turkish rival by split decision on Day1.
Georgia’s Temuri Kimadze achieved silver medal in the Yukov Prizes Youth Tournament in Gomel two months ago but he was not the favourite against Ukraine’s Vitaliy Stalchenko who won all of his contests since last August. The Georgian light heavyweight (81kg) boxer exceeded all of the previous expectations and his strong combinations were enough to eliminate one of the favourites of the category.