Hungary’s Tibor Barbosu made the crowd happy in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships on Day4

25 August 2018 News

The fourth competition saw 48 preliminary contests in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in Budapest where the winners are advanced to the quarter-finals of the global event. Hungary’s strong duo Adrian Orban and Tibor Barbosu impressed with their excellent stamina on Day4.

A unique battle was held between Russia’s EUBC European Junior Champion Vsevolod Shumkov and Albania’s EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships bronze medallist Muhamet Qamili in the opening bout of the whole fourth competition day. Qamili, who trains and lives in Italy but has been fighting for Albania in the international stages, moved ahead in the first round but Shumkov was a hard target. The Russian boxer controlled the rounds and finally his hand was raised after the last gong.

Armenia’s EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships bronze medallist Rafayel Hakobyan eliminated Turkey’s Mizan Aykol in the first preliminary round of the men’s bantamweight (56kg) and tried to use his counter-attacking style against Georgia’s Gia Totladze on Day4. The Georgian boxer pressurized his Armenian boxer mainly in the second round which was his best period. Hakobyan had to go to the medical corner in the third round but his counter-punches were effective and advanced to the last eight in Budapest.

Hungary’s Bornemissza Youth Memorial Tournament winner 16-year-old Adrian Orban was fully motivated after his teammate Attila Bernath lost yesterday, and exceeded all of the expectations in the third competition day when he met with Ukraine’s two-time EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships silver medallist Taras Bondarchuk. The Ukrainian boxer had more than 200 bouts during his career but the Hungarian shocked him with his effective punches. The final verdict was split decision to Orban who is one of the youngest boxers in the whole AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships.

Russia’s two-time EUBC European Youth Champion Ruslan Kolesnikov is the main favourite of the men’s light heavyweight (81kg) who started slowly against France’s Axel Yoka but he increased his tempo from the second. Axel, who is Rio 2016 Olympic Games winner Tony’s younger brother, was not able to find Kolesnikov’s weak points in their contest therefore the Russian boxer won the bout by unanimous decision.

Belarus’ top youth hope in Budapest Aliaksei Alfiorau did not find the best fighting range against Georgia’s EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships bronze medallist Temuri Kimadze in the first minute of their light heavyweight (81kg) bout. The 18-year-old Belarusian boxer controlled the second and third rounds using his effective jabs and finally his hand was raised after the last gong.

Russia’s top youth boxer in their squad is EUBC European Youth Champion Ilia Popov used his excellent footwork to avoid the punches from the Thai side which came from Bannaphon Pannon. Popov landed a great jab and the referee counted the Thai talent in the middle of the second round but Pannon responded quickly with powerful punches. The referee counted also Popov in their world class battle therefore the Russian had to mobilize all of his resources to advance to the quarter-finals. Popov was slightly better than his Thai opponent in the third round and he was able to win the bout by split decision.

Hungary’s former EUBC European Schoolboys Champion Tibor Barbosu was also motivated as his teammate Adrian Orban and he started in high rhythm against India’s Vijay Deep in the first round and felt the support of the home crowd. The 18-year-old Hungarian welterweight (69kg) boxer caught his Indian rival with tough right-handed hooks in the second and he was able to share his power until the end of the final gong. The final verdict was unanimous decision to Barbosu who absolutely gave in everything to his second fight in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships.

England’s EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships bronze medallist Connor Tudsbury dominated his opening fight in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships and continued his winning path in the second today. The 18-year-old English hope did not give any chance to Iran’s Akbar Mardomi Mulan and dominated the first round. Tudsbury launched several lethal combinations in the second and one of those serious punches ended the bout which was a classical KO.

Russia’s EUBC European Youth Champion Daniil Teterev and Croatia’s EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships silver medallist Gabrijel Veocic had to meet already in the last 16 of the men’s middleweight (75kg). Veocic was excellent in the first round and his tactic surprised Teterev in Budapest. The Croatian moved a lot on feet to avoid the Russian punches in the third round but Teterev’s actions were quicker than in the previous parts. The final verdict was split decision to the Russian who was not in top form today against the super talented Croatian.

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