Great day for England and Russia in the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships11 October 2018
Another marathon day with fifty-four preliminary bouts was held in the third competition day of the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships in Anapa, Russia. England and Russia produced a superb competition day their junior boxers proved their talents on Day3.
Anapa hosted the event previously in 2013 and in 2014 and after four years the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships returned to the Russian city. This new edition of the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships is the first ever competition when the women and the men boxers can attend together within one event.
Russia’s Diana Yermakova was bronze medallist in the 2017 EUBC European Confederation Women’s Junior Boxing Championships in Sofia and in her second year in the junior level she is a favourite in Anapa. The 16-year-old Russian light bantamweight (52kg) boxer was more experienced than her Hungarian opponent Hanna Beres and used her longer reach. The Russian caught Beres a few times in each round and advanced to the last four securing a guaranteed medal in Anapa.
Two promising stars as England’s EUBC European Confederation Women’s Junior Boxing Championships silver medallist Courtney Marie Scott and Ireland’s Golden Girl Junior Box Cup winner Niamh Fay had to meet already in the quarter-final of the event. The English talent proved strong defensive skills and her counter-attacks worked well in the first round. Scott was almost untouchable for the experienced Irish boxer which means England’s talent advanced to the last four in Anapa.
England’s Women’s Junior National Champion Emily Asquith was taller than Turkey’s Senanur Kocaoglu and she tried to use her distance well in their quarter-final at the light heavyweight (80kg). The English boxer landed seriously hard punches in the middle of the bout and the referee counted her Turkish rival. The gong for the second break saved Kocaoglu but the bout was won by Asquith by large margin of differences.
Hungary’s Zsolt Zuro defeated three Irish opponents during his previous career but he never met with EUBC European Confederation Schoolboys Boxing Championships silver medallist. Patrick Sweeney. The Hungarian southpaw, who began boxing at the age of 6 as his Irish opponent, moved more on feet in the first round and dictated the tempo. The Hungarian ruled the middle of the ring while the Irish teenager worked with counter-attacks but Zuro’s better technical skills controlled their contest and advanced to the last eight of the men’s bantamweight (54kg) in Anapa.
Poland’s Piotr Pawel Niewiadomski just moved up to the bantamweight (54kg) before the start of the European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships. The Polish southpaw was patient and tried to keep the best fighting distance against Romania’s younger hope Adrian Florin Preda. The one-year younger Romanian increased his rhythm and his hard work was able to turn back their narrow bout.
Russia’s Khunkerkhan Tyulemeshev replaced Magomed Mamayev in the national team just before the start of the Anapa event. The Russian bantamweight (54kg) boxer used his longer reach against Estonia’s 15-year-old Matvei Starikov whose father was a world class athlete in the ’90s. Tyulemeshev’s brother is also a boxer and his strong family connections to our combat sport delivered for him a clear success on Day3.
Armenia’s Artur Sahakyan attended in the last edition of the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships in Albena but he had hard job against Turkey’s two-time Junior National Champion Kerem Ozmen at the men’s bantamweight (54kg). The Armenian moved ahead more than his Turkish opponent and landed several jabs in the first round. Ozmen did not give up their fight and his efforts were enough to turn back the bout in Anapa.
England’s Junaid Mohammad Bostan, who competed in the last edition of the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships, is three-time National Champion in different age groups therefore he was the favourite against Hungary’s Bendeguz Szigetvari who will be turning to 15 only in December. The younger Hungarian was a hard target for Bostan and his footwork surprised the more experienced English talent. Bostan changed his rhythm and defeated his Hungarian rival with superb second and third rounds.
Lithuania’s Nedas Gudomskas claimed gold in the Ricardas Tamulis Junior Tournament and silver in the Vladimir Botvinnik Junior Memorial Tournament. The 16-year-old Lithuanian featherweight (57kg) boxer had to meet with Dean Anthony Gonzalez Furlong who has got Irish roots but he is fighting for Spain. The Lithuanian talent was tactically better than his Spanish opponent which decided their contest in Anapa.
The first round between Italy’s EUBC European Confederation Schoolboys Boxing Championships silver medallist Giacomo Micheli and Hungary’s ISF Gymnasiade silver medallist Roland Loczi delivered great exchanges, both boxers reached the target several times. The Hungarian light welterweight (63kg) boxer moved more on feet in the second round but Micheli’s aggressive style was uncomfortable for him. The Italian was quick and energetic which means he advanced to the last eight in Anapa.
Croatia’s Matej Hlaca was gold medallist in the 2016 EUBC European Confederation Schoolboys Boxing Championships and tried to control his fight against Romania’s aggressive boxer Ioan Deaconu. The Croatian welterweight (66kg) talent moved back one step before launching his counter-punches tried to stop the attacking Romanian. Deaconu exceeded the previous expectations and eliminated a favourite in Anapa.