Guler, Virban and Todorova won their tough fights in the Belgrade Winner Tournament on Day3

19 April 2019 News

The 57thedition of the Belgrade Winner Tournament, which named also as Branko Pesic Memorial, continued with its third competition day in the Serbian capital. Turkey’s Serhat Guler amazed the experts in Belgrade with his next strong performance but Virban and Todorova also defeated experienced rivals on Day3.

Altogether 23 nations are attending in the 57thedition of the Belgrade Winner Tournament from four different continents. 58 women boxers and 99 men athletes are attending in the competition from top boxing nations such as Russia, Kazakhstan, France, Ukraine, Turkey, Romania, Hungary, host Serbia, Croatia, Spain, Bulgaria, Netherlands, Moldova, Tunisia and Australia.

Bout of the day

Turkey’s Serhat Guler claimed bronze medal at the 2017 EUBC European Confederation U22 Boxing Championships on which event he attacked bravely and reached his career highlight. Since then the Turkish boxer’s skills are developed in all aspects of boxing and his technique reached the level of the top Europeans. Guler moved up to the middleweight (75kg) and showed his strong future potential in his debuting contest in Belgrade. The 23-year-old Turkish boxer had to meet with Spain’s promising Miguel Cuadrado who attended high number of international events in 2018. Guler dictated the tempo but also received punches from the Spanish side which made the bout fantastic on Day3. Finally Guler worked enough to win their battle but Cuadrado also proved his upgraded skills in the event.

Surprises of the day

Hungary’s Martin Virban started to compete internationally as a junior boxer still in 2013 but in the recent years he did not receive as many chances which he wanted. The 21-year-old Hungarian increased the rhythm of his trainings and his great motivation paid off in the Belgrade Winner Tournament. Virban was not the favourite against the more experienced Ukrainian Andriy Tyshkovets but he eliminated his rival by unanimous decision and marched to the next stage of the men’s flyweight (52kg).

Ukraine’s Baku 2015 European Games bronze medallist Yaroslav Samofalov knocked out his first opponent on Day1 and expected another wins in Belgrade. The 24-year-old Ukrainian welterweight (69kg) boxer did not underestimate Tunisia’s new National Champion Ahmed Tebii but he suffered an unexpected loss in the quarter-finals of the Belgrade Winner Tournament.

The Round-Up

Bulgaria’s EUBC European Women’s Champion Sevda Asenova controlled all of her rounds against Serbia’s Sandra Maran and advanced to the next round of the women’s light flyweight (48kg) dominating her opening bout. Her 14-year-younger teammate two-time EUBC European Women’s Youth Champion Emi-Mari Todorova shocked the main favourite Ukraine’s AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships silver medallist Hanna Okhota and won Bulgaria’s second success in the lowest female category.

Hungary’s defending EUBC European Youth Champion Attila Bernath is attending in his perfect division at the light flyweight (49kg) in Belgrade and he spent less than two rounds in the ring when the referee confirmed his RSC success against Turkey’s Enes Parmaksiz. Another strong Hungarian, two-time Bocskai Memorial Tournament winner Istvan Szaka also showed his strength in the third day of the Belgrade Winner Tournament where he stopped Northern Macedonia’s Dejan Demirov at the flyweight (52kg).

Bosnia & Herzegovina’s best boxer Adem Fetahovic defeated strong boxers during his career and he has done another powerful performance when he eliminated Netherlands’ Delano James at the welterweight (69kg). Hungary’s Andras Vadasz and Ukraine’s Viktor Petrov also defeated their opponents by unanimous decisions in the category.

Moldova’s Victor Carapcevschi and Hungary’s two-time Olympian Zoltan Harcsa both are experienced middleweight (75kg) boxers but had to face each other in the first preliminary round. The 27-year-old Moldovan boxer was slightly better today and eliminated his Hungarian rival in Belgrade. Another Moldovan athlete Alexei Zavatin used his routine to beat Ukraine’s Andrii Horodetskyi at the super heavyweight (+91kg).

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