Jovanovic and Kartavtseva marched to the finals of the Junior Nations Cup18 August 2019
The female and male semi-finals were in the official program of the fourth competition day at the 3rdedition of the Junior Nations Cup in Vrbas, Serbia. The winners of Day4 bouts marched to the finals of the event including Serbia’s new surprise Mile Jovanovic and Ukraine’s Kristina Kartavtseva.
Altogether 20 nations registered to attend in the 3rdJunior Nations Cup and all of them arrived to Vrbas to compete for the medals. Following the Official Draw, it is revealed that 51 women and 109 men boxers are attending for the titles in Vrbas. Boxers who were born in 2003 and in 2004 are eligible to attend in this international junior event.
The following 20 nations are taking part in the 3rdJunior Nations Cup: Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, India, Israel, Kazakhstan, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Ukraine, United States of America, Uzbekistan.
Bout of the day
Serbia’s Mile Jovanovic is not an experienced junior boxer yet but he is now a finalist in the Junior Nations Cup in Vrbas. The 15-year-old Serbian had a tough quarter-final contest at the pinweight (46kg) against Slovakia’s top junior hope Samuel Zupko but finally his hand was raised after the last gong. The Serbian junior performed better in the semi-final against Croatia’s Tomislav Letinic and succeeded on Day4. Jovanovic won that bout unanimously and will be meeting for the title of the category with Kazakhstan’s Nurkhan Zhylkybay who eliminated India’s favourite Yaiphaba Singh Soibam.
The surprise of the day
Ukraine’s Kristina Kartavtseva lost her quarter-final to Russia’s eventual winner Liana Tarasian in the EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships three months ago but that loss increased her motivation. The Ukrainian talent moved up two weight classes in the recent months since the continental event and impressed at the lightweight (60kg) in Vrbas. The 16-year-old Ukrainian bowed out Russia’s favourite Sofia Pelevina in the semi-final and will be facing for the title with India’s Preeti Dahiya who eliminated another Russian, Maria Kachalkina in Vrbas.
Russia’s Valeria Linkova was gold medallist in the 2018 edition of the EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships and claimed silver in the last one this May. The Russian light bantamweight (52kg) boxer controlled her semi-final against Hungary’s Tifani Csenge Lukacs and remained her chance alive to win this category in Vrbas. The Russian boxer will be meeting for the gold medal with India’s strong Verma Simran who eliminated Ukraine’s Oleksandra Horbunenko.
Russia’s Armenian-descent Liana Tarasian claimed gold medal at the EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships in Galati and she used her speed in the semi-final of the Junior Nations Cup on Day4. The 16-year-old Russian won her bout against Hungary’s Lili Fekete quickly following her opponent’s ringside abandoned their contest. Tarasian will be boxing for the title with Russia’s Viktoriya Zastryalina who was slightly better than India’s Neha in a key semi-final.
North Macedonia’s Ilhan Ozmen delivered a sensation on Day3 when he eliminated Hungary’s two-time EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships bronze medallist Ferenc Samu at the male lightweight (60kg). The North Macedonian youngster had to meet with another top rival Russia’s Maksim Shumov who achieved gold at the 2018 EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships. Ozmen performed well once again but his Russian opponent was too strong for him in the semi-finals of the Junior Nations Cup.
Russia’s 15-year-old Sergei Koldenkov claimed the gold medals at the EUBC European Schoolboys Boxing Championships in 2017 and in 2018 twice which made him favourite at the light welterweight (63kg). Koldenkov stopped Slovakia’s Ladislav Horvath in the quarter-finals and spent also short time in the ring on Day4 when he met with Serbia’s Uros Milosevic. The referee stopped their contest in the first round following Koldenkov’s heavy blows which means the Russian will be boxing for the gold against Kazakhstan’s technician Adilzhan Zhandarbek who eliminated India’s Yogesh Kagra.
Ilhan’s brother, another North Macedonian sensation Ajhan Ozmen defeated Montenegro’s Darko Mrdovic in the quarter-finals of the welterweight (66kg) and continued his winning path against Romania’s Sebastian Trandafir in Vrbas. Ajhan Ozmen will be meeting for the title with Kazakhstan’s best junior boxer Sultan Babakhanov in the last day of boxing. North Macedonia’s second finalist became Emil Jechev Junior Memorial Tournament winner Adrijan Azemi who stopped Bosnia & Herzegovina’s Alija Mesic in the semi-final of the heavyweight (+80kg).