Kovacs, Hamraoui and Mnatsakanyan impressed in the opening day of the Boxam Tournament09 May 2018
Following the general weigh-in and the official drawing the Boxam Tournament began with its first competition day in Spain. The new wave of the European boxers such as Hungary’s AIBA World Boxing Championships competitor Richard Kovacs, France’s Lounes Hamraoui and Russia’s Vladimir Mnatsakanyan impressed on Day1.
Murcia is the host of the Boxam Tournament at the very first time in the history of the traditional Spanish international event. The competition is holding for elite, youth and junior men boxers as well in Murcia where Russia, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, China and Hungary are there from the top boxing nations.
France’s Mohamed Suleiman Khartoum and Germany’s Dawid Szymiczek opened the whole competition in the Boxam Tournament in Murcia. The German light welterweight (64kg) boxer used his longer reach well in the first round and launched great combinations. The French talent raised the tempo of the bout in the second and caught his German opponent in the middle of their contest. The referee had to count the German boxer therefore Khartoum was able to win their narrow fight which was the first one in the whole event.
Spain’s Gabriel Kraus attended in the Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament in Lithuania two months ago but he had such a difficult mission in the youth middleweight (75kg) when he met with Ireland’s Gavin Rafferty. The Irish teenager was 20cm taller than his Spanish rival and danced through the whole ring to keep his best fighting distance. The referee counted the Spanish boxer and finished their unequal contest in the second round.
Hungary’s Richard Kovacs has qualified for the Hamburg 2017 AIBA World Boxing Championships and proved strong technique in the recent competitions. The 20-year-old Hungarian light welterweight (64kg) boxer dominated the first round against Spain’s Imad El-Bakkaly and looked more confident than his rival. Kovacs played well and used his tricky game tactic in the second round against his inexperienced opponent. The Hungarian caught his Spanish opponent several times and won their contest by large margin of differences.
Russia’s Vladimir Mnatsakanyan attended in the St. Petersburg 2016 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships and joined quickly to their elite team. The 20-year-old Russian light flyweight (49kg) boxer controlled the first round against Spain’s Alberto Aladren who is newcomer in the elite level. The Russian boxer launched more punches than his Spanish opponent and advanced to the last four in Murcia.
Russia’s 22-year-old Ivan Abramov was gold medallist in the Zagreb 2014 EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships and in spite of the fact he moved up to the flyweight (52kg) he is still taller than many of his opponents. The Russian boxer had a competitive rival Spain’s Jose Alejandro Santiago who is newcomer but impressed with his fast attacks. Abramov dominated the last round against his tiring Spanish opponent therefore the Russian did finally enough to win their contest.
Russia’s former Youth National Champion Levan Khasaia landed a serious left-handed uppercut in the first minute of his debuting fight against Spain’s Omar Trebol which determined the further periods. The 22-year-old Russian bantamweight (56kg) boxer was more experienced than his younger Spanish opponent and secured his place in the next round winning the bout by unanimous decision.
France’s Lounes Hamraoui joined to the elite age group only in January 2017 but he won their Elite National Championships already and attended in several international competitions. The French lightweight (60kg) boxer used his long distance tactic against Ireland’s Wayne Kelly and moved more on feet in the opening round. The Irish boxer, who prepared in the United States on March, received clear punches from the French side and Hamraoui advanced to the semi-finals.
Iceland also sent a team to the Boxam Tournament and their first boxer in action was Thordur Bjarkar Areliusson at the elite lightweight (60kg). The Icelandic boxer was brave and moved ahead against Spain’s Cristian Alberto Eusse Vasquez in the first round. The Spanish boxer, who trains in the Murcia region, took over the control of the bout and his footwork was enough to beat Areliusson in their quarter-final.
Bulgaria’s Kiril Rusinov competed in the Season VIII of the World Series Boxing and launched hard punches against Spain’s Rafael Salvador Jimenez but his opponent accepted the rhythm of the bout quickly. Both lightweight (60kg) boxer used the same attacking style which made their contest spectacular for the crowd. The final verdict was split decision to the Bulgarian boxer who did not stop his attacks until the end of the last gong.
Russia’s EUBC European Youth Champion Vladimir Strygin was not enough shape in the first round against Belgium’s newcomer Stephane Voda who surprised his top opponent with his footwork. The Russian lightweight (60kg) boxer changed his tactic and tried to pressurize his Belgian rival from the second. Voda exceeded the expectations but Strygin was able to win their difficult contest by split decision.