Kotoyan, Sajaia and Tohobytskyi won the toughest contests at the Adriatic Pearl Youth Tournament on Day118 February 2021
Montenegro’s new international competition, the Adriatic Pearl Youth Tournament began with its first competition day in Budva. AIBA President Mr. Umar Kremlev opened the competition where Russia’s Tengiz Kotoyan, Georgia’s Giorgi Sajaia and Ukraine’s Ilya Tohobytskyi won the toughest contests of the day.
The town of Budva hosted the 2020 edition of the EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships and launched a new international tournament. The event will be a preparation event for the upcoming AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships which will be held in Kielce, Poland on April 10-24. Boxers who were born in 2002 and in 2003 are able to attend in the Adriatic Pearl Youth Tournament.
The following 13 nations will be attending in the Adriatic Pearl Youth Tournament in Budva: Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Georgia, Finland, India, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. Boxers can attend in 10 female divisions and in 10 male weight categories at the Adriatic Pearl Youth Tournament.
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 Budva to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the Adriatic Pearl Youth Tournament.
The bout of the day
Russia’s Tengiz Kotoyan claimed silver medal at the 2020 EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships and returned to Montenegro after three months. The 18-year-old Russian met with his teammate Mikail Zainulabidov in the first round of the men’s lightweight (60kg). His opponent claimed the title at the light welterweight (64kg) in Budva but moved down one division. Kotoyan used his virtuoso technique to land punches while his teammate tried to speed up his footwork to adopt the high rhythm. Kotoyan was better in their game following his strong strategy and eliminated his fellow which used as selection between them.
The surprise of the day
Doniyer Nazarov is not an experienced Russian boxer at the international stage yet but the Uzbek-descent boxer amazed in the first day of boxing in Budva. The 17-year-old talent met with Bulgaria’s EUBC European Junior Champion Krasimir Dzhurov who has just moved up to the light welterweight (64kg). The Bulgarian used his attacking tactic but his Russian opponent kept the safest fighting range to cause the main sensation of the first session eliminating Dzhurov from the competition.
Georgia’s Giorgi Sajaia was bronze medallist at the light bantamweight (52kg) in the 2019 EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships where he won two tough battles. The 18-year-old Georgian opened his campaign at the Adriatic Pearl Youth Tournament with tough performance against Ukraine’s Ivan Rus. Sajaia competes at the bantamweight (56kg) currently and the strength of his punches determined the success of the Georgian talent.
Ukraine’s Bozorboy Matyakubov achieved bronze medal at the 2020 EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships and he also returned to Budva after a short break. The Ukrainian light welterweight (64kg) boxer was too smart for Kosovo’s Qlirim Berisha and advanced to the next stage of the event. India’s Ankit Narwal, Uzbekistan’s Akhmadjon Akhmedov and Russia’s Aleksandr Zyrianov all defeated their tough rivals in narrow contests.
Ukraine’s two-time EUBC European Youth Champion Yuriy Zakhareyev had more than 140 contests during his career therefore he controlled all of the rounds against Finland’s Sam Morovati using his experiences. EUBC European Youth Champion Ilya Tohobytskyi of Ukraine caused a small surprise in the first day of boxing when he defeated Uzbekistan’s promising star ASBC Asian Junior Champion Login Petrov at the middleweight (75kg).