Ireland earned two female titles in the Golden Belt Tournament09 April 2022
Four women’s finals and all of the men’s semi-finals were held in the fourth competition day at the new edition of the Golden Belt Tournament in Targu Mures, Romania. Germany’s David Gevorgian is an excellent native talent and the young boxer defeated Ireland’s EUBC European U22 Champion on Day4. Ireland, Germany and Romania earned the first gold medals of the Golden Belt Tournament in Targu Mures.
The Golden Belt Tournament is a preparation event for the upcoming EUBC European Men’s Elite Boxing Championships and the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships. The Romanian Boxing Federation hosted the Brasov Youth & Junior Open on February but there is not any stoppage in their boxing agenda. Their management is planning to arrange further international competitions in 2022, and the Golden Belt Tournament is their next.
The recent editions of the Golden Belt Tournament were taking place in Constanta, in Chiajna, in Craiova, in Iasi and in Galati. Following the decision of the Romanian Boxing Federation, the Golden Belt Tournament moved to the city of Targu Mures. The last edition of the Golden Belt Tournament took place in Galati on September 2018 therefore the event returned to the boxing map after four years of break.
The safety of all participants, the continuous medical checks, the social distancing, the hygienic preparations, the vaccines check, the mask wearing and all of the health controls are the responsibility of the local organizers in Romania to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the Golden Belt Tournament.
The bout of the day
Germany’s David Gevorgian was involved to their national elite team only last year but he amazed with his excellent technical skills in several events. The Armenian-descent German light welterweight (63.5kg) boxer is better by competitions by competitions and he proved excellent performance in the Golden Belt Tournament. Gevorgian met with Ireland’s EUBC European U22 Champion Dean Patrick Clancy in the quarter-finals and he expected a hard contest. The German used his height advantage and longer hands in the bout delivering a small sensation with his wins in Targu Mures. He will now meet for the title of the event with another Irish boxer, Brandon McCarthy who had a narrow success over Uzbekistan’s Shokhrukhbek Kenjayev.
The surprises of the day
Belgium’s Vasile Usturoi is an experienced boxer, he competed in several top events in the recent years but he was not the favourite against Uzbekistan’s ASBC Asian U22 Champion Dilshod Abdumurodov. The Belgian featherweight (57kg) boxer eliminated his Uzbek rival and will be facing in the next stage with Ireland’s Adam Hession who eliminated Georgia’s Giorgi Kapanadze.
Romania’s Andrei Valentin Gavae caused the main sensations of the day with his success over Uzbekistan’s Asian Games silver medallist Shunkor Abdurasulov who returned to the national team after a short break. The young Romanian lightweight (60kg) boxer will have another brilliant opponent, Spain’s Tokyo Olympian Jose Quiles who bowed out Georgia’s Artyush Gomtsyan.
Romania’s iconic female boxer, multiple EUBC European Women’s Champion Steluta Duta enjoys her last year in the sport and she has still objectives in 2022. The minimumweight (48kg) boxer eliminated Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota who achieved silver medal at the 2018 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships and advanced to the final in Targu Mures. Duta met for the gold medal with Ireland’s Shannon Sweeney and she gave in everything to this contest, used her aggressive attacks but her opponent solved the tactical issues and won their narrow final.
Romania’s reigning EUBC European Women’s Champion Lacramioara Perijoc prepares to the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships and she has done excellent job against Georgia’s Ana Khunjua 5:0 in the final of the women’s bantamweight (54kg). Following Perijoc’s success, in the next female title contest, Ireland’s powerful Amy Broadhurst stopped Romania’s Daniela Pita in the first round of their light welterweight (63kg) bout and claimed her next tournament title.
Georgia’s EUBC European U22 Champion and AIBA World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Lasha Guruli faced with a technician opponent, Germany’s Deniel Krotter but he managed to gain and keep the control of their semi-final. The Georgian welterweight (67kg) boxer will now meet with one of the top stars, Uzbekistan’s Javlonbek Yuldashev which could be an anticipated final contest in Targu Mures. Belgium’s AIBA World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Victor Schelstraete also advanced to the final in Targu Mures following his success over Georgia’s Artyom Yordanyan at the cruiserweight (86kg) and his last rival is also from Georgia, Giorgi Kushitashvili.