Italy’s Jessica Erbasecca won her key final at the Adriatic Pearl Youth Tournament15 March 2022
The twenty-three final contests were held in the fifth competition day in the new edition of the Adriatic Pearl Youth Tournament in Budva, Montenegro. Italy’s Jessica Erbasecca won her key final contest against her teammate while Armenia, Greece, Norway, Serbia, the Netherlands and Spain each won fantastic title bouts.
Nineteen nations arrived to attend at the Adriatic Pearl Youth Tournament from three Confederations and competed for the medals in Budva: Albania, Armenia, Croatia, Cuba, Denmark, Finland, Georgia, Greece, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain and Ukraine.
The total number of boxers was 111 including 26 girls and strong commitment that one Ukrainian male talent could attend in Budva despite of the hard situation which affects their country. Kazakhstan is competing in the ASBC Asian Youth & Junior Boxing Championships currently but their second line-ups attended in the Adriatic Pearl Youth Tournament.
The Boxing Club Budva with the support of the Municipality of Budva were the organizers of the new youth competition. The young boxers attended in 12 female divisions and in 13 male weight categories at the Adriatic Pearl Youth Tournament. The event was a preparation event for the upcoming EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships which will be held in Sofia, Bulgaria on April 10-22.
The safety of all participants, the continuous medical checks, the social distancing, the hygienic preparations, wearing masks and all of the health controls were the responsibility of the local organizers in Budva to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the 2022 Adriatic Pearl Youth Tournament.
The bout of the day
Two Italian girls advanced to the finals of the Adriatic Pearl Youth Tournament, Jessica Erbasecca and Federica Lombardo. Both boxers had lot of experiences from the previous junior and youth tournaments and their meeting was selection before the EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships. Erbasecca was better in most of the exchanges in the opening final of the whole competition and defeated her compatriot at the minimum weight (48kg) which means she is near to get a flight ticket to Sofia.
Serbia’s EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships silver medallist Sara Cirkovic is their best youth talent who is aiming a gold medal in the upcoming continental event. The 17-year-old Serbian remained unbeaten this year following her title at the light flyweight (50kg) where she defeated Spain’s Iratze Vals del Valle. Another Serbian girl, who advanced to the final in Budva, Dragana Jovanovic had a narrow loss to Spain’s Luna Maria Mairena Aragon at the flyweight (52kg).
Netherlands’ Gabriella Weerheim competed in several events between 2018 and 2020 but during the Covid-19 period she could not participate in the international events. The Dutch girl returned in the Adriatic Pearl Youth Tournament and she impressed in the final of the bantamweight (54kg) against Finland’s Kiira Merilainen. Weerheim showed her developed skills and strength in Budva where she celebrated a gold medal winning the final by unanimous decision.
Italy’s EUBC European Schoolboys Champion 17-year-old Luisa Acconcia is a high hope in the upcoming youth continental event and the Adriatic Pearl Youth Tournament was her last stoppage in that road. The Italian lightweight (60kg) boxer won all of the three rounds against Norway’s Silesian Open Tournament winner strong Julie Enge and achieved a title in Budva. Her teammate, Valentina Marra was also gold medallist at the 2019 EUBC Schoolgirls European Boxing Championships and won the title of the welterweight (66kg) in Budva stopping Finland’s Viivi Jokinen in the final.
Following Julie Enge and Sara Melgard achieved silver medals from the Norwegian team, their defending EUBC Youth European Champion Sunniva Hofstad succeeded in the final of the women’s middleweight (75kg). The Norwegian No.1 controlled the first round against Georgia’s Tatia Bukia and her strong combinations delivered for her a RSC triumph in the second. Norway’s second gold medal in Budva was achieved by Sofia Stigen Sorensen at the light heavyweight (81kg) after beating Kosovo’s Alnera Brahimi.
Georgia’s Gor Ayvazyan and Armenia’s Aren Aslamazyan both eliminated Danish boxers in the semi-finals of the flyweight (51kg) and met each other in an exciting final. The Georgian talent has just joined to the youth age group but he managed to win all of the three rounds against the Armenian in Budva. Armenia’s Erik Israyelyan and Artur Mkrtchyan won their weight classes in the further actions while Greece’s new hero, Michail Tsamalidis achieved the title of the light heavyweight (80kg).