Ireland, England, Italy and Hungary were perfect on Day2 in the EUBC U22 Championships

03 April 2017 News

Ireland, England, Italy and Hungary were perfect on Day2 in the EUBC European Confederation U22 Boxing Championships

The second competition day of the EUBC European Confederation U22 Boxing Championships delivered 19 superb bouts in Braila, Romania. Ireland, England, Italy and Hungary did perfect performance in the second competition day in the continental event.

In the first bout of the second competition day Hungary’s Istvan Szaka attacked from the first seconds successfully against Turkey’s Omer Koc and felt the rhythm well enough. The 18-year-old Hungarian flyweight (52kg) boxer was excellent in the first round and after the close second he was able to re-new his power in the third. The final verdict was unanimous decision to Szaka who advanced to the quarter-final of the championships.

Spain’s Gabriel Escobar won the gold medal at the 2016 Bocskai Memorial Tournament and tried to dictate the tempo against Romania’s Sebastian Arbuz who competed in the last edition of the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in St. Petersburg. The Spanish flyweight (52kg) boxer tried to control the bout and moved ahead aggressively which was uncomfortable for the Romanian boxer. Escobar, who had more experiences than his Romanian rival, won the bout and advanced to the quarter-finals.

Italy’s two-time National Champion Paolo Di Lernia competed in the Season VII of the World Series of Boxing and tried to use those experiences against Croatia’s AIBA European Olympic Qualification Event competitor Erik Pijetraj. The Croatian, whose coach is his father, tried to move more on feet to catch the quick Italian in their light welterweight (64kg) bout. Di Lernia’s counter-attacks were well organized and his combinations were dangerous for the Croatian therefore the Italian will be boxing with Israel’s Mikael Kurginian in the next round.

Romania’s second boxer in action on Day2 was Daniel Cristofor Costea who had to meet with France’s newly crowned National Champion Yanis Mehah in the preliminary round of the light welterweight (64kg). The 18-year-old French boxer, who attended in the last edition of the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships, could not avoid the Romanian attacks in the final round which was decided their contest. Costea’s next opponent will be Poland’s Lukasz Niemczyk who eliminated Czech Republic’s Erik Agateljan.

Norway’s Hadi Hassan Srour used his longer hands to keep the distance against Spain’s Samuel Molina in their light welterweight (64kg) bout and his counter-attacks worked well in the first round. Srour, who came from a boxing family, continued his strong performance and his skills were enough to beat his younger Spanish rival. Srour will now meet with Georgia’s Lasha Guruli who eliminated Russia’s Andrei Kirichenko in a top bout.

Romania’s EUBC European Youth Champion Paul Andrei Aradoaie shocked his Spanish rival Jacinto Daniel Hormiga with his incredible speedy combinations in the first minute of their light heavyweight (81kg) bout. The referee counted the Spanish boxer and the ringside doctor finished the bout due Hormiga’s injury. Aradoaie advanced to the last 16 where his next opponent will be Netherlands’ new national team member Artjom Kasparian.

Ireland’s Jordan Moore competed at the light flyweight (49kg) in the last edition of the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships but since then he moved up one category. The 19-year-old talent won their U22 National Championships and tried to move more than his opponent, Ukraine’s Andriy Tyshkovets. Moore launched better punches and he was effective in the third round therefore the referee confirmed his triumph in Braila. Moore will now meet with England’s William Cawley who eliminated Russia’s Onik Tamrazian in a superb contest.

The two top favourites of the bantamweight (56kg) Belarus’ Doha 2015 AIBA World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Dzmitry Asanau and England’s Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games bronze medallist WSB boxer Peter McGrail had to meet each other in the opening round. The English boxer, who boxed brilliantly in the Season VII of the World Series of Boxing, reduced the fighting distance against his quick Belarusian opponent and won their world class contest by split decision.

Italy’s Raffaele Di Serio was gold medallist in the 2015 EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships in Kolobrzeg, Poland and received the right to box in Braila. The 20-year-old Italian bantamweight (56kg) boxer met with Ukraine’s Rostyslav Kravchenko who was involved to the team only in the final minute. The Italian boxer had great tactical weapons against the concentrating Ukrainian and won the narrow bout in Braila. His next opponent will be Ireland’s Kurt Walker who eliminated Poland’s Adrian Kowal.

Hungary’s Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games bronze medallist Richard Konnyu demonstrated his power against Slovenia’s Tadej Cernoga in the lightweight (60kg). The referee counted the Slovenian boxer twice in the first round and after Konnyu’s amazing body punches and left-handed hooks Cernoga went down to the floor. The 20-year-old Hungarian advanced to the next preliminary round when his second rival will be Lithuania’s Gilvinas Lukosiunas.

Russia’s Shamil Askerov had great youth and junior results and his efforts were enough to win his debuting contest in Braila where he was too strong for Germany’s Nenad Stancic in their lightweight bout (60kg). The Russian talent will now meet in the next preliminary round with Romania’s Stefan Marcu who eliminated Spain’s Salvador Jimenez.

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