Hungary’s Levente Kiss dictated fantastic rhythm in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships on Day418 April 2021
The fourth preliminary day was held at the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in Kielce, Poland where the next big package of contests saw several RSCs. Hungary’s EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships silver medallist Levente Kiss had a fantastic rhythm against India’s Jugnoo and won the bout of the day.
Altogether 414 boxers including 140 women from 52 nations are competing in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in Poland. Among the European nations, Armenia, Belarus, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine sent at least 10 boxers to Kielce.
The following 32 European nations are attending in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in Kielce: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey and Ukraine.
The safety of all participants, the continuous medical checks, the social distancing, the hygienic preparations, wearing masks and all of the health controls are the responsibility of the local organizers in Poland to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships. The competition is holding with strict Covid-19 protocols same which used in the recent EUBC Championships.
The bout of the day
Hungary’s Levente Kiss claimed silver medal at the 2018 EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships and gold in their last Elite National Championships at the age of 18. The Hungarian super heavyweight (+91kg) boxer started the first round with energetic style against India’s Jugnoo who is a well-known face in the European international tournaments. Kiss dictated the tempo against the strong Indian and built up his advantage minute by minute in Kielce. All of the Indian boxers developed amazingly in the recent one year but Kiss was able to increase his rhythm and beat Jugnoo in a fantastic battle.
The surprise of the day
Estonia’s Anton Vinogradov competed mostly in national events and smaller tournaments in the recent years therefore he was motivated in his debuting contest at the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships. The light heavyweight (81kg) boxer dominated the first round against Jordan’s Rashed Al-Swaisat and he had a massive advantage after three minutes. The taller Estonian controlled all of the exchanges against the Jordanian and one of his punches decided the contest, knocked out his opponent.
Italy’s Lucia Ayari achieved silver medal at the 2019 EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships and she is a secret favourite at the women’s flyweight (51kg). She was smaller than her Czech opponent, Veronika Zajicova but her aggressive style compensated the differences. Both boxers received warnings in the first and second rounds of the contest and after six minutes of fight Ayari had a short advantage on the scorecards. The Italian controlled the third round and advanced to the next stage of the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships.
Finland’s Pihla Kaivo-Oja has got experiences from the recent EUBC Championships and she competed also several international tournaments. She had the routine against Jordan’s Hanan Nassar who competed at the very first time out of her country. Finland’s flyweight (51kg) talent reduced the fighting distance successfully therefore she had a massive advantage after two rounds. Kaivo-Oja knew more about boxing and she eliminated the taller Jordanian in Kielce reaching the quarter-finals.
Russia’s EUBC European Women’s Junior Champion Valeria Linkova claimed the youth national title and returned to the national team. The 18-year-old Russian was a hard target for Morocco’s Salma Laghlali who tried to catch the European star in their flyweight (51kg) contest. Linkova had better footwork and the Irish referee had to count the Moroccan in the second round following the tough Russian punches. The North African boxer survived the most dangerous moments but Linkova’s clear success was not in danger.
Russia’s EUBC European Schoolboys Boxing Championships silver medallist Vasiliy Kaverin enjoyed his comeback to the top national team in Kielce on Day4. The Russian light heavyweight (81kg) boxer used his quick jabs to control his contest against Armenia’s Hrant Torosyan in the afternoon session. The 18-year-old Russian used the perfect tactic against the taller Armenian and landed several good shots in each of the three round. Kaverin has done a successful debut in Kielce and won his contest by unanimous decision.
Montenegro’s defending EUBC European Youth Champion at the light heavyweight (81kg) Petar Lijesevic arrived to the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships as a medal hopeful. The Montenegrin boxer was more experienced than Kyrgyzstan’s Bakyt Toktosun Uulu who looked competitive only in the third round. Lijesevic used his height advantage and his physical conditions well in the contest and won his debuting match unanimously.
Bulgaria’s William Cholov is a native talent in our sport who won three European titles within three years as a schoolboy and junior. The Bulgarian middleweight (75kg) boxer followed his tactic well against Azerbaijan’s Jafar Heydarli and his will controlled the battle. Cholov, who recovered from his illness in time, landed excellent shots but he was not untouchable for Heydarli in the second round. The Bulgarian delivered a smart boxing in Kielce and eliminated a capable Azeri boxer by unanimous points decision.