Knezevic and Janjic won their tight semi-finals in the Golden Gloves of Vojvodina Youth Tournament

10 October 2020 News

The last part of the semi-finals was held in the third competition day at the 38th edition of the Golden Gloves of Vojvodina Youth Tournament in Subotica, Serbia. Croatia’s Petar Kresimir Knezevic defeated his Serbian rival in the closest bout of Day3 while the local hope Momcilo Janjic caused the surprise of the session.

The Golden Gloves of Vojvodina Youth Tournament has been re-scheduled from July which was the original date of the event as in the previous years. The 38th Golden Gloves of Vojvodina Youth Tournament is taking place in the Subotica Sports Hall in Serbia and the event is parallel with the Boxam Tournament.

The young talents who were born in 2002 or in 2003 are eligible to attend in the 38th Golden Gloves of Vojvodina Youth Tournament in Subotica. The safety of all participants, the continuous medical checks, the social distancing, the hygienic preparations, wearing masks and all of the health controls are the responsibility of the local organizers in Serbia to avoid any new Covid-19 cases in the event.

Bout of the day

Croatia’s Petar Kresimir Knezevic attended at the 2019 EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships in Galati, Romania and a few other international events in Ukraine and in other countries. The 17-year-old Croatian is now at the youth level who had a tough semi-final battle at the welterweight (69kg) against a local hope, Dusan Vojvodic of Serbia. Both boxers had the strong fighting spirit to advance to the finals and landed several punches in Subotica. The Croatian was slightly better in their exchanges and defeated the Serbian by split decision which means he can box for the gold medal with Bulgaria’s EUBC European Junior Champion Emirdzhan Mehmed who eliminated Serbia’s Strahinja Karabegovic.

The surprise of the day

Serbia’s Momcilo Janjic attended several local and national events in the recent two years but his international experiences are very few yet. The Serbian lightweight (60kg) talent was participant at the 2018 Junior Nations Cup but he lost his first fight on home soil. Janjic was not the favourite against Scotland’s Colin Cairney who competed at the 2018 EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships and earned medals in strong international events. Janjic demonstrated his developments and surprisingly he was able to beat the Scottish boxer in the semi-finals.

The Round-up

Bulgaria has got an impressive youth team with several stars in their line-ups who all attend in the Golden Gloves of Vojvodina Youth Tournament. Their EUBC European Junior Champion Krasimir Dzhurov joined to the youth age group this January but his fighting spirit and technical skills are superior over most of his opponents. Dzhurov controlled all of the rounds against Serbia’s Anes Papic and will be facing for the gold medal of the bantamweight (56kg) with his main national rival, Nikolay Marinov who claimed silver at the Sofia 2019 EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships.

Bulgaria’s Radoslav Rosenov won the title of the pinweight (46kg) at the Anapa 2018 EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships and moved up to the lightweight (60kg) until our present day. The Bulgarian met in the semi-finals with Serbia’s youth No.1 Semiz Alicic who claimed gold at the light bantamweight (52kg) in the Anapa continental event two years ago. In the battle of the European Champions, Radoslav Rosenov was better today and marched into the finals of the event.

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