Germany’s Hamsat Shadalov eliminated Cuba’s two-time Olympic Champion Robeisy Ramirez with smart boxing in Halle on Day221 June 2018
The prestigious 45th edition of the Chemistry Cup was continued with its second competition day in Halle, Germany where the youngsters shined during the quarter-finals. Germany’s super talented Hamsat Shadalov did a smart boxing against Cuba’s two-time Olympic Games winner Robeisy Ramirez and eliminated his star rival in Halle.
Altogether 95 boxers from 16 countries are attending in the Chemistry Cup in Halle, Germany where the best 40 athletes remained in actions after the quarter-finals. Among the World’s most powerful boxing nations Cuba, United States of America, Russia, Ukraine, Ireland, India and host Germany are also sent boxers to the Chemistry Cup.
Germany’s European Games bronze medallist Kastriot Sopa had several injuries and problems in the recent three years but he returned to the national team after a full preparation. The German light welterweight (64kg) boxer maintained the fighting distance well in the first round against Ireland’s Wayne Kelly who also launched good punches in the opening minutes. The German boxer had a strong heart and he was able to keep the same rhythm until the end of the final gong and secured his place in the last four.
Germany’s Andrej Merzlyakov knocked out Slovakia’s favourite Andrej Csemez in the first preliminary round therefore Poland’s Mateusz Goinski started the first round against him carefully. The 22-year-old German middleweight (75kg) boxer, who won the Grand Prix Usti nad Labem last month, used infighting style against his Polish opponent. Merzlyakov stopped the Polish attacks with body shots and his jabs also worked well which meant the German won their quarter-final by unanimous decision.
Germany’s Murat Yildirim is the lone titleholder in the Chemistry Cup who was in the Top8 also at the Hamburg 2017 AIBA World Boxing Championships. The 22-year-old German lightweight (60kg) boxer moved ahead and tried to control his contest against Moldova’s Mihail Cvasiuc. Both boxers began their international careers as junior talents in 2011 and gave in everything to their contest which was won by Yildirim closely.
Cuba’s three-time AIBA World Champion Lazaro Alvarez eliminated one of his main rivals India’s Commonwealth Games silver medallist Manish Kaushik on Day1 and dominated the opening round of his quarter-final against Germany’s Nenad Stancic. The Cuban boxer dictated the tempo and Stancic’s all power was mobilized to cover his defence in the first round. The younger German was not able to keep Alvarez’s rhythm and the Cuban won their bout by large margin of differences.
Germany’s Magomed Schachidov competed well in their national boxing league in the Bundesliga and the defending National Champion also opened his campaign in Halle. The German welterweight (69kg) boxer moved ahead in the first round well and landed more punches in the second against Czech Republic’s Vaclav Zadak. The German boxer dominated the second part of the bout, knocked down his Czech opponent and marched into the last four in Halle.
Russia’s London 2012 Olympic Games bronze medallist and Milan 2009 AIBA World Boxing Championships silver medallist Andrei Zamkovoy is a veteran in the boxing world but he is still in top shape at the welterweight (69kg). The Russian boxer had to meet with India’s veteran Manoj Kumar who claimed gold medal in the 2010 Commonwealth Games. In the battle of the veteran boxers Zamkovoy did enough to win the bout clearly.
Ireland’s Kieran Molloy had strong youth and junior career and since 2017 he can compete among the elite athletes. The Irish welterweight (69kg) talent had strong right-handed hooks against Slovakia’s Tomas Zold who returned to the ring a few months ago after a long break. Molloy tried to use his height advantage but Zold did not give up their fight and moved ahead aggressively. The Irish talent handled that tactical change and his skills were enough to beat the returning Slovakian in Halle.
Slovakia’s Matus Strnisko has been competing in the international elite events since 2014 and he won preliminary contests against key opponents on those occasions. The 24-year-old Slovakian light heavyweight (81kg) boxer faced with India’s Manish Panwar and he tried to control their tactical fight. The Slovakian gave in everything in the final round and caught the Indian boxer with his jabs therefore Strnisko is now a guaranteed medallist.
Cuba’s Rio 2016 Olympic Games winner and four-time AIBA World Champion Julio Cesar La Cruz used his same counter-attacking tactic and played with Netherlands’ Artjom Kasparian in the debuting contest at the light heavyweight (81kg). The Cuban star danced through the Dutch boxer and used the whole area of the ring to land his counter punches. La Cruz controlled their fight but Kasparian was enough strong to reach the Cuban star a few times and boxed until the final gong.
Ireland’s two-time AIBA World Boxing Championships silver medallist and three-time EUBC European Champion Joseph Ward had a tactical first round against Russia’s Pavel Silyagin in the next quarter-final at the light heavyweight (81kg). The 25-year-old Irish star had a competitive rival already in the quarter-finals but finally Ward’s efforts delivered for him a place in the semi-finals which means he will be meeting with Cuba’s Julio Cesar La Cruz on the repeat match of the finals of the recent two AIBA World Boxing Championships.
Cuba’s two-time Olympic Champion Robeisy Ramirez has done his debut in the Chemistry Cup but against such a talented rival as Germany’s Hamsat Shadalov. The 19-year-old German bantamweight (56kg) boxer was not only competitive for the Cuban but he knocked down Ramirez in the first round. The German boxer was so motivated against the Cuban star and worked from his best fighting distance. Shadalov controlled all of the rounds with his smart boxing and eliminated one of the biggest stars of the competition.
Russia’s Vasilii Vetkin delivered one of the biggest sensations of the opening day when he defeated United States’ AIBA Youth World Champion Marc Castro. The smaller Russian tried to reduce the fighting distance against Ireland’s Commonwealth Games silver medallist Kurt Walker in the quarter-final of the bantamweight (56kg). The Russian boxer attacked from the first seconds and won their close contest by split decision.
Russia’s Magomedmurad Arslanbekov attended mainly in national events in the recent years but after his medals in those competitions he received the right to attend in the Chemistry Cup. The Russian heavyweight (91kg) boxer worked with several body punches to stop Slovakia’s David Michalek and he landed high number of clear punches. The Slovakian boxer caught the Russian in the second round which made Arslanbekov more careful in the last minutes. Michalek did a fantastic end and his ringside celebrated his unexpected success over the Russian boxer.