Jacob Bank and Gianni Dedic are the main surprises in the Brandenburg Youth Cup05 July 2019
The quarter-finals were held in the second competition day at the 24thedition of the Brandenburg Youth Cup in Frankfurt an der Oder, Germany. The winners of Day2 contests are guaranteed medallists in the prestigious event among them Russia’s Stanislav Sotskov, Germany’s Gianni Dedic and Denmark’s Jacob Bank who became the main surprise.
The event is one of the main preparation events before the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships which will be held in Sofia this September. The following 19 nations are taking part in the Brandenburg Youth Cup this week: Argentina, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine and Wales.
The bout of the day
Russia’s Stanislav Sotskov won the gold medal in the Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament in Lithuania this March and started strongly against a favourite Wales’ Taylor Bevan in the opening day of the Brandenburg Youth Cup. The Russian middleweight (75kg) boxer had a seriously strong draw but in the second competition day he impressed once again. His rival was Kazakhstan’s ASBC Asian Junior Champion and Children of Asia Games winner Yerassyl Zhakpekov but the Russian boxer found the best fighting distance against the Central Asian. Sotskov had enough power to keep the same level until the end of the third round and bowed out a gold medal contender in Frankfurt an der Oder.
Surprises of the day
Germany’s Gianni Dedic attended in a few international tournaments in the recent two years mainly in Belarus, in Lithuania and on home soil but he was not the favourite against Kazakhstan’s Margulan Aidaruly at the welterweight (69kg). The Kazakh boxer claimed silver medal in the Bornemissza Memorial Tournament last month but his German opponent’s stamina delivered a surprise success for Dedic.
In another top contest on Day2 a surprise was done by Denmark’s Jacob Bank at the middleweight (75kg). The 18-year-old Danish boxer has just moved up from the welterweight (69kg) and the Brandenburg Youth Cup is a test for him in this new division. The Danish boxer has got long hands and kept the best fighting range against Germany’s Delil Dadaev winning their bout by unanimous decision.
Germany’s Cathy Satorius attended in the 2018 EUBC European Confederation Women’s Youth Boxing Championships and opened with a close success over Norway’s experienced Annabelle Bruun at the female bantamweight (54kg). Her main rival France’s Bornemissza Memorial Tournament winner Salma Friga eliminated Germany’s Ana Budimir-Bekan in another hectic woman contest.
France’s EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships bronze medallist Ibrahim Boukedim is one of the best flyweight (52kg) boxers in our continent. The 18-year-old French started the opening minute aggressively against Czech Republic’s Dominik Stepanek and shocked his opponent. The Czech boxer was not able to avoid these pressurizing attacks and his coaches abandoned their fight quickly.
Russia’s EUBC European Schoolboys Champion Nikolai Medinskiy has got international experiences since 2015 and he was named as another favourite at the flyweight (52kg) besides to Boukedim. The Russian talent knocked out Poland’s Pawel Brach on Day1 and worked well in his second bout against Denmark’s Daniel Malik in the quarter-finals. Medinskiy won the bout by unanimous decision which means he is now a guaranteed medallist in Frankfurt an der Oder.
Germany’s Rasul Hamad had strong junior pedigree and he made all efforts to beat Wales’ experienced Billy Unsworth in their bantamweight (56kg) contest. Following Hamad’s close success another strong favourite in this category, Russia’s EUBC European Junior Champion Khunkerkhan Tiulemeshev eliminated France’s Selim Bouaita in a narrow bout using his stopping jabs.
Slovenia’s Nejc Petric was one of the main surprises in the opening day of the Brandenburg Youth Cup in Frankfurt an der Oder. The Slovenian light welterweight (64kg) boxer eliminated Poland’s Marcin Chudobinski on Day1 but he was still hungry for a further success and gave in everything against Lithuania’s Erikas Laurikietis. Petric is a newcomer in the international stage but he won his second bout in this strong event.
Lithuania’s Aras Dudenas attended as many events as possible this year to increase his international experiences. The Lithuanian heavyweight (91kg) boxer outpointed Czech Republic’s Petr Reznicek and marched into the last four in the Brandenburg Youth Cup. His teammate Gabrielus Savickas also defeated his opponent, Germany’s Kevin Paal at the light heavyweight (81kg) securing another medal for Lithuania.