Ireland’s Michael Donoghue was the hero of the semi-finals at the EUBC Junior Boxing Championships01 June 2019
The second part of the semi-finals with 26 male bouts was held in the seventh competition day at the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships today.
The host of the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships is the city of Galati, Romania where boxers who were born in 2003 and in 2004 are eligible to attend in the event. The event will be holding fort both genders and after five preliminary and quarter-final days the semi-finals and finals will be closing the event.
The following 35 nations are taking part in the event with 400 boxers: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine and Wales.
Bout of the day
Ireland’s Michael Donoghue arrived to the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships as one of the main favourites for the title of the light flyweight (48kg). The Irish boxer started the first round against Russia’s Boris Eroshkin in amazing rhythm and launched more than 30 attacks in the opening two minutes. Donoghue dictated the tempo and felt the best attacking moments in their superb semi-final and became the first boxer who could eliminate a Russian male athlete in Galati. Donoghue’s final opponent will be another promising boxer Ukraine’s Dmytro Molodan who eliminated Moldova’s Mihail Taranu.
Surprise of the day
Germany’s Hamsat Shadalov is member of the elite national team while his brother Malik advanced to the semi-finals of the pinweight (46kg) at the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships. The favourite German boxer started strongly against Romania’s Junior National Cup winner Cristinel Costel Mazareanu but the local hope adopted the speed of the bout quickly. Newcomer Mazareanu felt the support of the crowd and his effectiveness means he can box for the title with Ukraine’s Danylo Dryzhak.
Bulgaria’s EUBC European Confederation Schoolboys Boxing Championships silver medallist Krasimir Dzhurov began boxing at the age of 7 and since than he had more than 100 bouts already. The Bulgarian light bantamweight (52kg) boxer had a Scottish opponent in the semi-finals Isa Akram who delivered two big sensations in the previous rounds. Dzhurov had difficulties in the first round against his younger Scottish rival but he was able to change his tempo in time. The final verdict of their tight contest was split decision in the favour of Dzhurov who will be facing with Russia’s Aleksey Shendrik in the title bout.
In the second Russia vs. Ireland battle of the seventh competition day EUBC European Confederation Schoolboys Boxing Championships silver medallist Ivan Kobzev had to face with Martin McCullough. The Belfast-based boxer has eight years of experiences in our sport already and started their battle with perfect attitude. The Russian featherweight (57kg) boxer increased his tempo and his tactical change delivered for him a place in the finals where he will be meeting with Ukraine’s Viacheslav Bryhadenko.
Italy’s Cuban-descent Yoel Carlo Angeloni has a very special southpaw stance who used that position to overcome his Belarusian rival Daniil Tsitko in the attacks. The 16-year-old Italian light welterweight (63kg) boxer used his world class footwork to dominate their contest in Galati. Angeloni controlled their semi-final from the opening seconds and won their bout by unanimous decision representing Team Italy at the very first time. Angeloni’s final opponent will be Russia’s Aleksandr Zyrianov who eliminated Turkey’s 15-year-old Bilge Kagan Kanli.
Bulgaria’s EUBC European Junior Champion and EUBC European Schoolboy Champion William Cholov moved up to the light middleweight (70kg) in the recent months. The 16-year-old Bulgarian is a native talent in our sport who used his longer reach in the first round against Romania’s Cosmin Daniel Hermeziu. Billy, which is Cholov’s nickname, was better in all aspects of boxing and secured his third-in-a-row EUBC final. His opponent for the title Russia’s Mikhail Usov has done the same pathway therefore their final could be one of the most anticipated one tomorrow.
Bulgaria’s Radoslav Rosenov won the pinweight (46kg) at the 2018 EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships last October but since then he moved up to the flyweight (50kg). The 16-year-old Bulgarian was more aggressive in the semi-final than in the previous rounds and tried to pressurize Romania’s Eusebiu Tirzoman. Rosenov destroyed Tirzoman’s defences and remained his chance to alive get his next EUBC title in the upcoming final against Russia’s Aleksei Starodubtsev tomorrow.
Romania’s Adrian Florin Preda claimed silver medal in the last edition of the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships and the bantamweight (54kg) boxer advanced to the semi-finals in Galati as well. The 16-year-old Romanian was too nervous in the previous rounds but in the last four he worked better against Sweden’s No.1 Alexander Fredriksson. Preda was more patient and used his counter-attacking style to beat his tough opponent and will be meeting with Russia’s virtuoso Mikhail Grigorian.
Russia’s EUBC European Schoolboy Champion Akim Pavliukov used his height advantage in the semi-final of the middleweight (75kg) against Croatia’s Antonio Grabic who has got also strong international results. The 16-year-old Russian used his longer hands to stop the Croatian attacks but Grabic was able to reduce the fighting distance mainly in the second round. Pavliukov landed lethal punches in the third and following that Grabic went down to the floor therefore the Russian won their spectacular contest by RSC. Pavliukov will be meeting with Ukraine’s Yehor Fedosenko for the title of the weight class.