Gojkovic and Giannakopoulou were the heroes of Day2 at the Golden Gloves of Vojvodina Youth Tournament

03 September 2021 News

Twenty contests were held in the second competition day at the 39th edition of the Golden Gloves of Vojvodina Youth Tournament in Subotica, Serbia. Montenegro’s three-time EUBC European Champion in different age groups Bojana Gojkovic returned to the international events with a success. Greece’s Antonia Giannakopoulou caused the main sensation of the day with her triumph over a well-experienced Russian boxer. 

The Golden Gloves of Vojvodina Youth Tournament is a preparation event before the EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships which will be held in Budva, Montenegro in October. Mr. Viorel Sima of Romania is the Technical Delegate of the new edition of the Golden Gloves of Vojvodina Youth Tournament.

The number of the participating nations is 15 in the Golden Gloves of Vojvodina Youth Tournament. Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Serbia and Ukraine sent their youth talents to Serbia. Altogether 106 bouts will be held in the competition which is the highlight of the week in the whole boxing world.

The safety of all participants, the continuous medical checks, the social distancing, the hygienic preparations, wearing masks and all of the health controls were the responsibility of the local organizers in Serbia to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the new Golden Gloves of Vojvodina Youth Tournament.

The bout of the day

Montenegro’s Bojana Gojkovic claimed gold medals at the 2018 and 2019 editions of the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships and she earned the title also in the Budva 2020 EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships. The 18-year-old Montenegrin had an early exit in the Kielce 2021 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships therefore she trained hard in the previous months to upgrade her skills. Gojkovic had not an easy opponent as first in Subotica but she proved that mentally she is stronger than in her last international event. Gojkovic was able to keep her strong level until the final gong against Russia’s Uliana Savro and advanced to the next stage of boxing.

The surprise of the day

Greece’s Antonia Giannakopoulou competed in the recent big international events but she did not reach top results yet. The 18-year-old Greek impressed in her opening contest at the Golden Gloves of Vojvodina Youth Tournament where she met with Russia’s more experienced Anna Platonova. Giannakopoulou was fantastic in their contest, she exceeded the previous expectations in Subotica and eliminated her Russian opponent at the women’s youth bantamweight (54kg).

The Round-up

Hungary’s Beata Varga competed at the Kielce 2021 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships but she had to meet with India’s star Poonam as first who became the eventual winner of the event. The 18-year-old Hungarian featherweight (57kg) boxer was amazing in the first round against Serbia’s Kristina Markovic and took the lead on the scorecards. Varga used up her previous experiences to beat her Serbian opponent and marched into the next stage of boxing.

Russia’s two-time EUBC European Women’s Junior Champion Nadezhda Golubeva is a fantastic 17-year-old talent who won all of her previous international bouts. The Russian lightweight (60kg) girl had a strong opponent, Czech Republic’s AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships bronze medallist tall Veronika Gajdova. Golubeva had to do her very best in the contest and eliminated the technician Czech by split decision. Russia’s AIBA Women’s Youth World Champion Azalia Amineva spent a short time in the ring against Serbia’s Aleksandra Tepavac and her opponent’s ringside abandoned their contest.

Hungary’s Imre Bernath is not an experienced boxer in the international events but he used excellent speed to beat Denys Bilenkyi at the light flyweight (48kg). Montenegro’s Tomislav Djinovic is also a newcomer in the international tournaments but he also succeeded against Romania’s Ionut Chiriac 4:1 at the featherweight (57kg). Italy’s EUBC European Junior Champion Yoel Carlo Angeloni amazed in his debuting contest in Subotica where he stopped Serbia’s Uros Veljovic at the welterweight (67kg).

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