Korcek and Vymyslicky are the surprise winners in the Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament

19 March 2022 News

The twelve final contests featured in the fourth competition day at the new 17th edition of the Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament in Vilnius, Lithuania. Slovakia, Scotland, France, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Belgium, Latvia and Sweden all won gold medals in the Lithuanian capital. Czech Republic’s Samuel Korcek and Slovakia’s Lukas Vymyslicky were the surprise winners of the finals.

The competition is a preparation tournament before the EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships, which will take place in Sofia, Bulgaria next month. The Lithuanian organizers have strong experiences from the recent years and waiting for record number of boxers to Vilnius. Boxers who were born in 2004 and in 2005 are eligible to attend in the new edition of the Danas Pozniakas Tournament. The Technical Delegate of the 17th Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament is Mr. Henrik Tavio of Finland.

The competition was named after Lithuania’s national boxing hero Mr. Danas Pozniakas who claimed gold medal at the Mexico 1968 Olympic Games representing the Soviet Union and also crowned three-times in the history of the European Boxing Championships. During his long and successful career Lithuanian boxing icon Danas Pozniakas won 203 bouts out of his 217 total contests in the ’60s.

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 Lithuania to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the 2022 Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament.

The bout of the day

The Czechs competed in all of the previous editions of the Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament, their boxers earned titles on these occasions. Czech Republic’s Samuel Korcek eliminated Belgium’s Vasken Ghayenian in the semi-finals of the light welterweight (63.5kg) who also joined to the youth age group this January. The Czech Junior National Champion was still hungry for the further success and gave in everything against Lithuania’s Simonas Zelenekas. The Brno-based Czech boxer shared his energies better than the Lithuanian favourite did and won the final by split decision.

The surprise of the day

Slovakia’s Lukas Vymyslicky won their Junior National Championships in 2021 and joined to the youth age group this January but he is unknown in the international stage. The Slovakian flyweight (51kg) boxer surprised his final opponent, France’s Bilal Benali with his speed and technical skills. Vymyslicky made his debut in the Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament to increase his experiences but he won the gold medal in Vilnius exceeding the expectations. The Slovakian boxer won two out of the three rounds on the scorecards and celebrated his first ever international tournament title.

The Round-up

Scotland’s Aaron Cullen prepares to the upcoming EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships and the Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament is a perfect option for him to increase his confidence before the main event. Cullen competed in several events including at the Pavlyukov Youth Memorial Tournament in Russia last April. The Scottish boxer eliminated France’s Bilel Sabbani in the semi-final of the bantamweight (54kg) and continued his winning path. The Scottish boxer met for the title with Czech Republic’s Josef Slepcik and won all of the three rounds in each of the judges’ scorecards.

France has a strong youth national team and their best hopes attended in the Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament before Sofia. Their Marwan Mouflih was quarter-finalist at the 2020 EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships but since then he developed in all aspects of boxing. The French boxer stopped Belgium’s Jessie Guille in the semi-finals and he was too strong for Latvia’s Kristaps Lejnieks too. The Latvian was able to fight until the last gong but Mouflih’s technical skills decided their featherweight (57kg) final.

Paulius Bublis was Lithuania’s first gold medallist in the new edition of the Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament, he defeated Scotland’s Sonny Kerr in the final of the lightweight (60kg). The next Lithuanian talent who had the skills to join to the finals was Nojus Samuilis who faced for the title with Slovakia’s Daniel Horvath. The local welterweight (67kg) boxer was successful in the exchanges and despite of Horvath’s efforts in the last round, Samuilis kept the gold medal in Lithuania.

France’s Momir Trbic delivered their second title following Marwan Mouflih’s gold medal in Vilnius. The new light middleweight (71kg) boxer defeated Slovakia’s Roman Horvath in the next final earning his first youth tournament title. Belgium’s Noa Hadjit eliminated Lithuania’s Paulius Vilkas in the semi-finals of the middleweight (75kg) and walked over to the title after his opponent, Czech Republic’s Jindrich Janecka was unable to box in the day of the finals. Latvia’s Ilja Jurcenoks and Sweden’s Elwin Belezika both succeeded in Vilnius with excellent performance on Day4.

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