Germany’s Hamsat Shadalov was the hero of the day in London where 16 boxers qualified for the Olympics17 March 2020
An exciting competition day with 55 bouts have been held at the European Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event in London on Day3. Sixteen boxers earned their quota places for the Tokyo Olympic Games at the men’s flyweight (52kg) and featherweight (57kg). Several surprises delivered by young talents in the competition day when Germany’s Hamsat Shadalov was the hero of the day.
The bout of the day
Germany’s Hamsat Shadalov claimed bronze medal in the Kolobrzeg 2015 EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships which he got at the light flyweight (49kg). Since then he moved up several categories but the new featherweight (57kg) could be his best option not only for the future. The 21-year-old German, who defeated Cuba’s two-time Olympic Champion Robeisy Ramirez two years ago, delivered an even better performance in the third day of boxing. Shadalov had such a strong opponent as Ireland’s European Games winner Kurt Walker but he built up a workable tactic against the Seed No.2. Shadalov felt the tempo and his physical condition was enough to keep his world class performance until the final gong which means he qualified for the Tokyo Olympics.
Surprises of the day
Norway’s Lithuanian-descent Mindaugas Gedminas won his opening fight in the Minsk 2019 European Games and he was near also to beat the eventual silver medallist Salvatore Cavallaro of Italy. The younger Norwegian boxer had to meet in the opening round of the middleweight (75kg) with Hungary’s former EUBC European Champion Balazs Bacskai who returned from the professional world. The Norwegian tried to keep his Hungarian opponent long and his tactic paid off which means Gedminas delivered a big surprise in London.
Turkey’s Batuhan Ciftci is an honest fighter but he was not a favourite in the last of the flyweight (52kg) against Bulgaria’s two-time EUBC European Champion Daniel Asenov. The Turkish boxer exceeded all of the expectations in their fight and Asenov could not do his best tactic in this important preliminary bout. Ciftci eliminated his star rival by split decision and qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Turkey’s Busenaz Cakiroglu is the defending European Games winner and European Women’s Champion at the flyweight (51kg) and she is the top favourite in London as well. Cakiroglu was too quick for Spain’s Monica Gonzalez who eliminated Hungary’s Tamara Tarnoczy in the first preliminary round. The Turkish boxer fought from her best range and kept her Spanish opponent long from the first seconds. Cakiroglu had wonderful technical and tactical skills in this bout and advanced to the quarter-finals.
Italy’s Giordana Sorrentino had a successful youth career and she moved down to the flyweight (51kg) in the recent months to compete in the European Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event. This category is the weak point of the Italian female team in the recent years but Sorrentino solved their issues. The 20-year-old boxer had to meet with Armenia’s EUBC European U22 Champion Anush Grigoryan in a superb preliminary bout. The Italian used the tactic how Grigoryan defeated his opponents in the U22 level and Sorrentino’s skills were enough to eliminate the Armenian.
Denmark’s Sebastian Terteryan joined to the elite age group only this January but he had several strong experiences from the previous junior and youth events. The Armenian-descent boxer was quarter-finalist at the Budapest 2018 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships and he proved such strong developments in the recent half year. Terteryan and his Polish opponent Mateusz Polski both have just moved up to the welterweight (69kg). The Danish teenager moved more on feet and he has done such smart boxing which was enough to beat the bronze medallist from the Kharkiv 2017 EUBC European Boxing Championships.
A developing European nation, Belgium impressed in the last edition of the AIBA World Boxing Championships in Yekaterinburg where almost all of their boxers won one contests. Following their first successes, Mohamed Rachem used his distance well against Hungary’s Laszlo Kozak and advanced to the Top16 of the welterweight (69kg). Belgium’s most experienced boxer Lancelot Proton de la Chappelle has done a superb job against Germany’s Silvio Schierle and secured another success for his nation.
Russia’s Gleb Bakshi was AIBA World Champion in 2019 therefore he is the Seed No.1 at the middleweight (75kg) in London. The 24-year-old Russian had a promising opponent Moldova’s Andrei Vreme who reached some excellent results in the recent months. Bakshi, who was born in Ukraine, used his longer reach in the first round well enough and took the lead on the scorecards. The Russian boxer was better in all aspects of boxing in their contest and joined to the last 16 in London.
Spain’s Miguel Cuadrado was quarter-finalist in the Minsk 2019 European Games and he is aiming for a quota place for Tokyo. The Spaniard was too strong for North Macedonia’s Goce Janeski and knocked his opponent out very quickly. In another middleweight (75kg) fight Slovakia’s European Games bronze medallist and European Union Champion Andrej Csemez controlled his fight over Poland’s Ryszard Lewicki and secured his place in the last 16 of the Qualifiers.
Great Britain’s Galal Yafai qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and claimed medals in all of the important European events. Flyweight (52kg) hope Yafai had a fantastic motivation in the first round against Russia’s newly crowned National Champion Rasul Saliev and used an aggressive style to catch his opponent. Yafai was better in all aspects of boxing than his Russian rival and his success means that the English boxer has qualified for his second Olympics.