Ireland’s Jon Alexander McConnell caused the main surprise of Day2 at the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships11 October 2018
Fifty-seven preliminary bouts were held in the second competition day of the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships in Anapa, Russia. The winners advanced to the quarter-finals in Anapa where Ireland’s Jon Alexander McConnell caused the main sensation of Day2 eliminating Russia’s two-time EUBC European Schoolboys Champion Evgeny Zhorov.
Anapa hosted the event previously in 2013 and in 2014 and after four years the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships returned to the Russian city. This new edition of the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships is the first ever competition when the women and the men boxers can attend together within one event.
Hungary’s Junior National Champion Balint Kapuvari and Italy’s Boxam Tournament silver medallist Gianni Orazio have had same level of experiences in the past and the two pinweight (46kg) boxers delivered a spectacular bout in Anapa. The Hungarian was quicker in the second round and moved ahead more than his Italian rival which decided their narrow fight in Anapa.
Romania’s Mihai Laurentiu Vaduva attended in several international junior events this year and arrived to Anapa as medal contender of the men’s pinweight (46kg). Vaduva had difficulties against a younger opponent Israel’s Ricardas Tamulis Junior Tournament winner Maor Rusanov but his stamina was enough to turn back the next close bout.
Greece has got strong junior boxers in the heaviest categories but their miniman Ioannis Evmorfiadis also impressed in the second competition day of the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships. The 16-year-old Greek pinweight (46kg) boxer felt the tempo in the first round against Scotland’s James Sweeney. The Greek boxer landed single shots and he was a hard target for the younger Scottish talent which means Evmorfiadis can continue in the last eight of the division.
Hungary’s Roland Loczi has got more than 70 bouts already and won several international preparation events in the recent months. The 16-year-old Hungarian light welterweight (63kg) boxer started better than Belarus’ Botvinnik Junior Memorial Tournament silver medallist Artur Tsekhanovich. The Hungarian found his best rhythm and distance still in the first round and controlled their fight in Anapa.
Italy’s Giacomo Micheli claimed silver medal in the 2016 EUBC European Confederation Schoolboys Boxing Championships in Zagreb and he was the favourite against Poland’s Jacek Zuchowski in their light welterweight (63kg) contest. The Italian moved ahead without any stoppage and caught his Polish rival with hooks in the first round. The Polish boxer did not use his long distance well and Micheli secured his place in the next round.
England’s George Bance competed in the recent two EUBC events and he looked confident against Romania’s Alexandru Viorel Badea. The English southpaw used his strong defence to avoid the head blows of the Romanian boxer. Badea landed body punches but he received shots from the English side mainly in the second and third rounds. Bance did enough in the final round to win their close bout and advanced also to the next stage.
Bulgaria’s EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships silver medallist Yasen Radev is the favourite of the light bantamweight (52kg) and started strongly against Belarus’ Yauheni Anherchyk. The Belarusian had longer reach in the bout and he tried to keep the distance but Radev’s attacks were quicker than he expected. The Bulgarian’s left-handed hooks were dangerous weapon for the Belarusian and Radev’s victory was a well-deserved one in Anapa.
Russia’s Evgeny Zhorov is two-time EUBC European Schoolboys Champion and the 15-year-old talent had to do his very best to eliminate Hungary’s Aron Szollosy on Day1. Zhorov had to meet in the last 16 with Ireland’s Jon Alexander McConnell who tried to use his longer reach from the first seconds. The Irish boxer delivered a small sensation with his effective tactic and shocked the Russian ringside. The final verdict was split decision to McConnell who joined to the last eight of the light bantamweight (52kg).
Sweden’s Kevin Scott and Latvia’s Markus Tencs were in the same level in their lightweight (60kg) bout. The Latvian started the second round more aggressively after the tactical first. The Swedish counter-attacks reached the target area and Tencs moved back after a few clear punches and lost the control. After the second break the Latvian boxer increased his rhythm in the last round and his efforts were paid off.
Russia’s Junior National Champion Chezrav Ashalayev had to do his very best against Denmark’s EUBC European Confederation Schoolboys Boxing Championships silver medallist Ilias Naseer Warraich. The Danish boxer started the first round with a big punch but the Russian followed his well-built tactic and remained patient. Ashalayev had longer hands than his Danish opponent and used well in the second round. Warraich had a great finish landed a few nice punches in the third round but Ashalayev was able to beat him.
Bulgaria’s EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships silver medallist Nikolay Zafirov is a gold medal contender at the light middleweight (70kg). Zafirov, who defeated Kazakhstan’s junior No.1 Yerassyl Zhakpekov in a preparation event this year, was at least 20cm taller than his Greek rival Ioannis Gemenoglou. Zafirov moved ahead more in spite of his serious height advantage and dominated all of the rounds with large margin of differences.