Half dozen Ukrainian gold medals in the Nikolay Manger Memorial Tournament22 April 2019
The 14thedition of the Nikolay Manger Memorial Tournament was held Kherson, Ukraine which international competition has been hosting generally in April every year. Among the nine gold medals host Ukraine claimed six and the remaining three were taken by Algeria, Armenia and Moldova.
Altogether 63 men elite boxers attended in the 14thedition of the Nikolay Manger Memorial Tournament in Kherson. The number of the countries in the event was 10 from four different continents: Algeria, Armenia, Australia, Hungary, Israel, Lithuania, Moldova, Senegal, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
Bout of the finals
Ukraine’s Oleksandr Melenyuk won the title of the Lviv 2010 EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships but following that peak performance he was unable to reach the same results. The 25-year-old Ukrainian arrived back to the sport in top shape and he is near to attend in his first big elite event in 2019. Melenyuk was motivated in each round of the Nikolay Manger Memorial Tournament and defeated Armenia’s AIBA World Boxing Championships competitor Karen Tonakanyan in the final of the light welterweight (64kg). The Armenian also proved his strength in the quarter-finals when he bowed out Algeria’s two-time Olympian Reda Benbaziz.
Surprise of the finals
Armenia’s Gurgen Madoyan attended in the last editions of the EUBC continental events in the youth and U22 levels. His best achievement is a bronze medal at the Anapa 2016 EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships. The 21-year-old Armenian welterweight (69kg) boxer is moving forward in his career and defeated all of his four rivals in the Nikolay Manger Tournament. Madoyan took Armenia’s lone gold medal in Kherson where he was slightly better than Algeria’s promising Chemseddine Kramou. Madoyan’s success was a surprise in the finals, his Algerian opponent had better pedigree based on the recent international events.
Algeria’s Mohamed Flissi achieved silver medal at the Almaty 2013 AIBA World Boxing Championships and bronze at the Doha 2015 AIBA World Boxing Championships. The two-time Olympian Algerian was one of the biggest names in the whole competition who controlled all of his three bouts in Kherson. The 29-year-old experienced Algerian had better footwork in the final than Armenia’s Baregham Harutyunyan and celebrated his title after the end of the third round, remaining unbeaten in 2018 and in 2019.
Ukraine’s Zhermen Nshirimana attended in the Sofia 2014 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships and after five years of experiences in the elite level he is ready to do big things. The 23-year-old Ukrainian, who has got African roots, attends at the bantamweight (56kg) and used his height advantage against Armenia’s Zhirayr Sargsyan in the final of the Nikolay Manger Memorial Tournament.
Moldova’s Dorin Bucsa involved to the international events still in the very beginning of the current decade as a schoolboy. His career highlight was a gold medal at the Zagreb 2014 EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships but in the recent years he achieved good results in the elite level as well. The Moldovan lightweight (60kg) boxer had more than enough international experiences to handle his tactical jobs in Kherson where he had to beat a younger hope Ukraine’s Oleksandr Zheleznyak in the final.
Mykola Zhizhiyan defeated two Hungarians during his road to the title of the middleweight (75kg) but the local boxer was able to eliminate both Viktor Arpad and Isaac Oroyovwe. Ukraine’s next gold medal was achieved by Rotterdam 2013 EUBC European Youth Champion Vladislav Mikhailov who had tough contests against Armenia’s Gor Nersesyan and his teammate Maksim Kots.