Kool was cool in the first session of the AIBA World Boxing Championships27 October 2021
The featherweight (57kg) and the welterweight (67kg) boxers opened their campaigns at the AIBA World Boxing Championships in Belgrade, Serbia where the winners advanced to the last 32. Norway’s Martin Skogheim and Russian Boxing Federation’s Evgeniy Kool were the successful European young talents in the first session.
The total number of boxers is 510 in the AIBA World Boxing Championships and these athletes represent altogether 88 nations from four Confederations. Among the 88 countries, 38 arrived from the European continent which competes with 246 boxers in Serbia’s capital city. The Technical Delegate of the AIBA Men’s Elite World Boxing Championships is Mr. Marko Marovic of Croatia.
The bout of the day
The Russian Boxing Federation’s team contains high number of young talents and among them Evgeniy Kool is one of the youngest ones. The 20-year-old boxer surprisingly won the welterweight (67kg) at the Russian National Championships which was his career highlight. Following that gold medal, he received the right to attend in the AIBA World Boxing Championships where he met with England’s Bocskai Memorial Tournament winner Harvey Lambert. Their contest was one of the tightest bouts in the whole competition day and despite of his lack of international exposures, Kool won their preliminary bout.
The surprise of the day
Norway’s Martin Skogheim and Bulgaria’s Vensan Kirilov both were born in 2000 and had similar pathway in the recent years. The two youngsters moved up to the welterweight (67kg) and faced each other in the first preliminary round of the AIBA World Boxing Championships. The Norwegian attacked from the first seconds and gained the control of the exchanges immediately. The Bulgarian tried to move away from Skogheim’s punches but his footwork was not enough quick therefore the Norwegian won their contest.
Spain’s Antonio Barrul is a 22-year-old boxer who received the right to compete in the AIBA World Boxing Championships at the very first time. The young Spaniard met with Turkey’s Nurettin Ovat who returned to the national team after a few years of break. The Turkish tried to reduce the fighting distance and some of his left-handed hooks were effective in the first round. Barrul turned up the heat in the second but Ovat had the right response in time therefore the Turkish boxer won the very first contest of the event.
Bulgaria’s Javier Ibanez joined to the boxing events still in 2009 and achieved titles in 2014, firstly at the Sofia AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships, then at the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games representing Cuba. He competed for the Caribbean boxing power at the Hamburg 2017 AIBA World Boxing Championships before switching to Bulgaria. The ex-Cuban boxer controlled the first round and felt the tempo against Fair Chance Team’s Afghan hope, Hasibullah Malikzadah. Ibanez kept his concentration until the final bell and he delivered a clear success in his first featherweight (57kg) contest.
Moldova’s Dmitri Galagot claimed silver medal at the Minsk 2013 EUBC European Boxing Championships and competed in all levels of international events excluding the Olympic Games. The 29-year-old Moldovan faced with an Afghan talent, Youth Olympian Sultan Mohammad Naeemi who represents the Fair Chance Team in this AIBA World Boxing Championships. Galagot overcame the nine-years-younger Afghan in the attacks and won all of the three rounds in Belgrade.
Georgia’s EUBC European U22 Champion 25-year-old Lasha Guruli competed at the old light welterweight (63kg) and at the welterweight (69kg) but probably he found his best option, the new 67kg. The Georgian boxer was too smart in the first round against Bahamas’ veteran Rashield Williams and used his longer hands to take the best fighting distance. Guruli used tricky movements to find the best counter-attacking angles and his impressive technical skills were decisive in their preliminary contest.