Keenan, Rodriguez and Lushchyk defeated favourites in the quarter-finals of the Liventsev Memorial Tournament11 October 2018
The 16th edition of the Liventsev Memorial Tournament continued with its second competition day in the capital city of Belarus in Minsk. 41 bouts quarter-final bouts were held in two sessions on Day2 when Ireland’s Martin Keenan, France’s Jordan Rodriguez and Belarus’ Olga Lushchyk defeated high-ranked rivals.
Minsk hosted the 1998 edition of the European Men’s Elite Boxing Championships and the city is ready to organize its next big competition. The Belarusian capital will be hosting the 2nd edition of the European Games in June 21-30 next year which will be one of the highlights for the elite boxers in 2019. The competition is preparation event for the upcoming European Union Boxing Championships and test event for the 2019 European Games.
The Liventsev Memorial Tournament is a preparation and test event for the 2019 European Games which raised his importance up to another level. The following 16 European and Asian nations are taking part in the Liventsev Memorial Tournament: host Belarus, China, Croatia, England, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, France, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Serbia, Ukraine and Wales.
Belarus’ 22-year-old female talent Yulia Apanasovich claimed bronze medal in the 2016 EUBC European Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships at the featherweight (57kg) but in the 16th edition of the Liventsev Memorial Tournament she attends at the flyweight (51kg). The young hope defeated her teammate Olga Stsepanenka on Day2 and in the same category Olga Lushchyk shocked Belarus’ best female boxer Yana Burym.
Belarus’ Helina Bruyevich involved to the national team a few years ago and her international experiences were too much for Moldova’s Iulia Corol at the featherweight (57kg) which bout was ended by the referee in the third round. Croatia’s top woman boxer Sara Beram dominated all of the rounds against Belarus’ Angelina Pusitskaya and also advanced to the next stage in this category.
Kazakhstan’s former ASBC Asian Champion Temirtas Zhussupov won his WSB Final match at the light flyweight (49kg) two weeks ago but he attends in the Liventsev Memorial Tournament at the flyweight (52kg). The 30-year-old Kazakh veteran eliminated France’s talented Billal Bennama and continued his winning path against Serbia’s Dusan Janjic in the quarter-finals of the event.
France’s Jordan Rodriguez is in promising stage, his international performance is better in each competition. The 22-year-old French bantamweight (56kg) boxer absolutely gave in everything against Kazakhstan’s Orazbek Asylkulov and won their top fight. His French teammates such as Bamba Bengoro, Milan Prat and Gaetan Ntambwe also won their contests in the second competition day of the Liventsev Memorial Tournament.
Belarus’ EUBC European U22 Champion and AIBA World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Dzmitry Asanau continued also his strong performance in Minsk. The currently 22-year-old Belarusian eliminated his teammate Yauheni Shabelnik on Day1 and used his virtuoso technique against Kazakhstan’s WSB boxer Nursultan Koshchegulov in the quarter-finals winning the bout by unanimous decision.
Miroslav Kapuler or formerly known as Ishchenko started his career in Ukraine but he has been representing Israel in the international events since 2017. The Israeli welterweight (69kg) boxer was too strong for China’s Jia Wenlong in the opening day. The 21-year-old talent was quicker than Belarus’ Yauheni Makarchuk and won his second contest in the Liventsev Memorial Tournament.
Italy’s Rio 2016 Olympian Valentino Manfredonia, who has got Brazilian roots, impressed in the quarter-finals of the light heavyweight (81kg) in Minsk and eliminated Serbia’s Nikola Stevanovic. Belarus’ Aliaksandr Khaleyeu and another local favourite two-time Olympian Mikhail Dauhaliavets also secured their places in the last four of the Liventsev Memorial Tournament.
Ireland’s Martin Keenan is No.2 at the super heavyweight (+91kg) in his homeland but he delivered one of the main sensations of the quarter-finals following his unexpected success over France’s EUBC European U22 Champion and Rio 2016 Olympian Paul Omba Biongolo. Serbia’s former WSB boxer Vladan Babic, Georgia’s AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships silver medallist Giorgi Tchigladze and Italy’s Mirko Carbotti are also remained their gold medal chances alive in the heaviest weight class.