Germany’s Ani Manukyan won the narrowest bout of the day at the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships15 April 2021
Nearly 50 contests were held in the second competition day of the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in Kielce, Poland. Germany’s Ani Manukyan has done a great finish in the women’s lightweight (60kg) and eliminated France’s Sabrina Belkhadra. Poland’s Julia Szeremeta has done a great surprise in the second day of boxing when she eliminated Montenegro’s three-time European Champion Bojana Gojkovic.
Altogether 414 boxers including 140 women from 52 nations are competing in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in Poland. Among the European nations, Armenia, Belarus, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine sent at least 10 boxers to Kielce.
The following 32 European nations are attending in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey and Ukraine.
The safety of all participants, the continuous medical checks, the social distancing, the hygienic preparations, wearing masks and all of the health controls are the responsibility of the local organizers in Poland to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships. The competition is holding with strict Covid-19 protocols same which used in the recent EUBC Championships.
The bout of the day
Germany’s Armenian-descent Ani Manukyan and France’s Sabrina Belkhadra both were born in 2003 but they are experienced boxers in the international competitions. The French lightweight (60kg) boxer was taller than her German rival and tried to launch jabs to keep the safest distance. Both boxers gave in everything which made the contest to a magnificent one in Kielce and it was also a hard job for the judges to pick the winner. The final verdict was split decision in the favour of Manukyan who can continue in the quarter-finals of the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships.
The surprise of the day
Poland’s Julia Szeremeta claimed two bronze medals in the recent EUBC events and following that she moved down to the featherweight (57kg). The 17-year-old Polish girl had such a strong rival as first as Montenegro’s three-time European Champion Bojana Gojkovic in the last 16. The Montenegrin talent lost her final in the Adriatic Pearl Youth Tournament and she was not able to maintain the best fighting distance in their contest against the Polish girl. Szeremeta landed the stronger punches and bowed out one of the favourites in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships.
Azerbaijan’s Ali Zamanov and Armenia’s Ruben Garboyan both achieved good results as junior boxers and the neighbouring boxers arrived to the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships as medal contenders. They had to meet each other already in the first preliminary round of the men’s flyweight (52kg) and the two talented boxers have done a superb battle in Kielce. Zamanov’s footwork was slightly better and despite of his warning in the third round, he eliminated the Armenian.
Moldova’s EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships silver medallist Mihail Taranu moved up to the flyweight (52kg) since the Budva event. The 18-year-old Moldovan moved ahead more than in his previous contests and surprised Morocco’s Junior National Champion Yassine Kenitri with his style. Taranu controlled all of the exchanges in their contest and marched into the last 16 of the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships.
Hungary’s Laszlo Bernath won the last edition of their Youth National Championships and he was selected to attend in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships. The Hungarian had difficulties in the first round against Poland’s Jakub Krzpiet who has just moved up to the flyweight (52kg). The Polish boxer, who achieved silver medal at the 2021 Danas Pozniakas Youth Memorial Tournament, was better in the first round. Bernath received strong advices in the first break and he returned to the game with strict jabs in the second. The final verdict was depended on their performance in the third round when the Hungarian looked more confident and eliminated the Polish youngster.
Bulgaria’s two-time EUBC European Youth Champion Yasen Radev surprisingly suffered a loss to India’s Vikas Singh at the flyweight (52kg). The second Bulgarian in action on Day2 was EUBC European Junior Champion Krasimir Dzhurov who proved better performance and controlled tactically his debuting contest against Moldova’s Stefan Vozneacovschi. The younger Bulgarian moved up to the light welterweight (64kg) but he had all of the physical skills to win his opening bout in Kielce.
Serbia’s EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships bronze medallist Omer Ametovic returned to the light flyweight (49kg) which is the best for his physical condition and height. The Serbian used his aggressive attacks well in the first preliminary round against Poland’s Oskar Jedrysiak and took the lead after three minutes. Ametovic was never stopped attacking, pressurized his Polish opponent and deserved to win the contest in Kielce.