Gemini and Mamic are the main surprises of the Golden Gloves of Vojvodina Youth Tournament

15 July 2019 News

Following the top quality semi-finals, the 20 title contests were held in the fifth day of boxing at the 37thedition of the Golden Gloves of Vojvodina Youth Tournament in Subotica, Serbia. Croatia’s Diego Mamic was relatively inexperienced before the start of the competition but he captured the gold medal in Subotica while Italy’s Melissa Gemini also has done the same strong pathway in the day of the finals.

Boxers who were born in 2001 or in 2002 were eligible to attend in the Golden Gloves of Vojvodina Youth Tournament. This Serbian international event was one of the main preparation events before the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships which will be held in Sofia on September 2-11.

The following 22 nations from three Confederations took part in the Golden Gloves of Vojvodina Youth Tournament this week: Argentina, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, India, Italy, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Mongolia, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Slovenia, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine.

Bout of the day

Croatia’s Diego Mamic attended in the Emil Jechev Youth Memorial Tournament this April and a few other competitions but his success at the lightweight (60kg) as a dark horse was one of the major sensations of the whole Golden Gloves of Vojvodina Youth Tournament. The new Croatian youth team member eliminated Kazakhstan’s Alikhan Sembay in a hectic semi-finals and faced for the title with another Asian, India’s Ajay Kumar. Mamic had excellent motivation in their final and delivered the next sensation with his success achieving the gold medal in Subotica.

Surprise of the Day

Italy’s Melissa Gemini is a new face in their youth national team but Valeria Calabrese’s pupil amazed the crown in the Golden Gloves of Vojvodina Youth Tournament. Following her impressive success over Ukraine’s Veronika Korets in the semi-finals of the welterweight (69kg), she had to meet with another top European boxer, Russia’s Viktoria Bireva. The Italian hope was not only competitive for the Russian but due her stamina she was able to beat Bireva producing an excellent finish in Subotica.

The round-up

Italy’s Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games winner and EUBC European Women’s Youth Champion Martina La Piana had tough road to the finals but she defeated Hungary’s Tamara Tarnoczy and Serbia’s Ivana Podkonjak as well. The 18-year-old Italian met for the gold against Russia’s Nina Brozina who is relatively newcomer in the international stage. La Piana impressed in their final bout in spite of the efforts of the Russian boxer and claimed the gold medal in Subotica.

Russia’s Nune Asatrian is one of the best European female lightweight (60kg) boxer in the youth age group and earned gold medal in Subotica as well. She claimed silver medals on both big events at the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships and in the EUBC European Confederation Women’s Youth Boxing Championships one year ago. The 18-year-old Russian used her excellent footwork to beat Ukraine’s Amina Abramova in the final proving her gold medal chances also in the upcoming EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships.

Russia’s Saltanat Medenova claimed silver medal in the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships two years ago and controlled all of her contests in the Golden Gloves of Vojvodina Youth Tournament. The Russian light heavyweight (81kg) boxer was too strong for Ukraine’s experienced Olesia Krysiuk and won their final by large margin of differences. The next Russian gold medal was achieved by Ksenia Olifirenko at the heavyweight (+81kg) who defeated India’s Lipakshi by unanimous decision.

Serbia performed strongly in the 2018 EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships in Anapa last October. Among their new heroes many of them attended already in the Golden Gloves of Vojvodina Youth Tournament in Subotica. Their Omer Ametovic was able to capture the first title in the men’s part of the tournament following his unexpected success over India’s Youth National Champion Selay Soy who is one of the best Asian boxers at the light flyweight (49kg).

Russia’s 2017 EUBC European Junior Champion Boris Karibian reached strong youth results in 2018 and arrived to Subotica as a favourite at the bantamweight (56kg). Karibian, who has moved up one category in the recent months, eliminated Italy’s Daniele Salerno in the semi-finals of the Golden Gloves of Vojvodina Youth Tournament and repeated that performance also in the final. The 18-year-old Russian found his best rhythm quickly against India’s newly crowned Youth National Champion Bilotson Singh and claimed the gold in Subotica.

Scotland’s Reese Lynch was titleholder in the Golden Gloves of Vojvodina Youth Tournament in Subotica and following his seriously hard way to the finals he defended his throne beating Turkey’s Kursat Ozhan Utku at the light welterweight (64kg). Croatia’s second gold medal in Subotica was taken by EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships silver medallist Gabrijel Veocic who controlled his final at the middleweight (75kg) over Bulgaria’s Nikolay Zafirov.




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