Italy’s Youth Olympic Games winner Martina La Piana had a tough quarter-final bout in the Golden Gloves of Vojvodina Youth Tournament

13 July 2019 News

The quarter-finals were held in the third competition day at the 37thedition of the Golden Gloves of Vojvodina Youth Tournament in Subotica, Serbia where the winners are now guaranteed medallist. Italy’s Youth Olympic Games winner Martina La Piana had a seriously tough battle in the quarter-finals but she survived the dangerous moments and advanced to the last four.

Boxers who were born in 2001 or in 2002 are eligible to attend in the Golden Gloves of Vojvodina Youth Tournament. This Serbian international event is one of the main preparation events before the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships which will be held in Sofia on September 2-11.

The following 22 nations are taking part in the Golden Gloves of Vojvodina Youth Tournament this week: Argentina, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, India, Italy, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Mongolia, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Slovenia, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine.

Bout of the day

Italy’s Martina La Piana was gold medallist in the Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games and also in the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships therefore she is a big favourite also in Subotica. The Italian had to meet on Day3 with Hungary’s Tamara Tarnoczy who claimed several national titles in her homeland in the recent years. The Italian flyweight (51kg) boxer started better their contest and used her footwork to catch the talented Hungarian in the first round. Tarnoczy, who trains in a smaller boxing club in Vecses near to Budapest, returned in the second with tough punches and shocked the Italian star with her competitiveness. La Piana was able to keep her narrow advantages and defeated the promising Hungarian in the bout of the day.

Surprise of the Day

Serbia’s Dajana Grmusa attended already high number of the international competitions but her opponent on Day3 was Hungary’s two-time EUBC European Confederation Women’s Junior Boxing Championships bronze medallist Hanna Lakotar. The Hungarian competed in the Budapest 2018 AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships but she suffered a loss to the local Serbian boxer who exceeded the previous expectations.

The round-up

Croatia’s Nikolina Cacic was silver medallist in the Budapest 2018 AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships and he is spending his second year among the youth boxers in 2019. The Croatian moved down to the bantamweight (54kg) and used her longer reach to beat Russia’s Angelina Glebova in Subotica. Cacic is not only the main favourite of the Golden Gloves of Vojvodina Youth Tournament but the whole upcoming EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships.

Montenegro has got developing level of women’s boxing which is the effort of their boxing centre. It is located in the city of Budva where coach Nikola Ruzic has been working hard to build up new and strong female team. Following Bojana Gojkovic’s second gold in the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships, their youth hope 17-year-old Nela Radenovic won her quarter-final bout at the featherweight (57kg) in Subotica eliminating Italy’s Leticia Capuzzi.

Italy’s experienced Sabrina Er-Raqioui was quarter-finalist in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships last August and remained at the light welterweight (64kg) this year as well. The 18-year-old Italian did not have an ideal opponent in the quarter-finals as she had to face against Russia’s EUBC European Junior Champion Maria Bersteneva. The Italian did not let to box the Russian from loner distance and her pressurizing style paid off in their bout which means Er-Raqioui is a guaranteed medallist now.

Bulgaria’s two-time EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships silver medallist Yasen Radev joined to the youth age group only this January but his skills made him favourite at the flyweight (52kg) in Subotica. The 17-year-old Bulgarian had a similar strong rival in the quarter-finals India’s Bhavesh Kattimani and their fight became another sensational one on Day3. The younger Bulgarian was enough fresh in the third round to bow out the Indian youth No.1 in Subotica where the male flyweight (52kg) is one of the most difficult categories.

Scotland’s Reese Lynch arrived to the Golden Gloves of Vojvodina Youth Tournament as titleholder of the light welterweight (64kg). The Scottish boxer eliminated Russia’s Youth National Championships silver medallist Akhmadshokh Makhmadshoyev as first in Subotica which was an early final for him. Lynch had a tough opponent also in the quarter-finals but he was able to follow the strategy to beat Argentina’s well-experienced Taiel Chaves securing his place in the last four.

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