Kosovo’s Youth Olympian Erdonis Maliqi won gold medal at the Lah Nimani Youth Tournament03 June 2019
The main focus of our National Federations was on the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships in the present days but another international competition the Lah Nimani Youth Tournament took place also. The event was held in Kosovo’s capital city in Prishtina at the Pallati I Sporteve.
Boxers who were born in 2001 and in 2002 were eligible to attend in the Lah Nimani Youth Tournament where a few junior contests also have been held. Kosovo Boxing Federation’s main international tournament was a success in Prishtina and boxers from Belgium, Montenegro, Albania, Kosovo, and Bulgaria claimed the gold medals.
Bout of the finals
Kosovo’s Erdonis Maliqi is a well-experienced youth boxer and the host nation’s best in this age group. He attended in the 2016 and 2017 editions of the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships and at the 2018 EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships in Roseto degli Abruzzi. The Kosovan welterweight (69kg) boxer qualified for the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games and he is their main medal hopeful in the youth competitions in 2019. Maliqi was confident in the final against Albania’s Santiago Selimaj who was a competitive rival and tried to adopt the rhythm of their contest. Maliqi has done a great finish and the experienced Kosovan won his next international title.
Surprise of the finals
The first gold medal of the whole Lah Nimani Tournament was achieved by a junior talent who had only 6 bouts before the start of the competition. Belgium’s Adam Bensaadoun made this success in spite of his low number of bouts and experiences. The Belgian controlled all of the rounds of his final at the light flyweight (48kg) beating Kosovo’s National Champion Gentrit Gashi by unanimous decision.
The second junior gold medal at the Lah Nimani Tournament was taken by Montenegro’s Darko Mrdovic in Prishtina. He had to miss the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships in Galati but won the welterweight (66kg) in Kosovo. Mrdovic was too strong for Kosovo’s Shiqiri Preshtreshi in the final of this category.
Albania has been preparing to the upcoming EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships and their new national team member Myslim Lelaj claimed gold for them at the bantamweight (56kg) following his success over Kosovo’s Agron Berisha. Kosovo’s Riad Konushevci used his previous international experiences to beat Albania’s Edmund Murja at the youth lightweight (60kg).
Due the high number of participants the local organizers divided the participants into two groups at the light welterweight (64kg). Both Group A and Group B were won by Bulgarian boxers at the Lah Nimani Youth Tournament. Firstly Bulgaria’s Sean Torres defeated Albania’s Real Nezaj before his teammate Martin Lekov became the winner against Northern Macedonia’s Almir Roqi.
Belgium’s Arburon Avdimetas attended in second international tournament following his first one which was held in Eindhoven. He had less than 20 contests during his career but his skills were enough to control his contest against Kosovo’s Altin Shala in the final of the middleweight (75kg). Avdimetas claimed Belgium’s second gold medal which was a great preparation for him before the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships.