Krasnici and Lijesevic delighted Montenegro in the last day of the quarter-finals at the EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships19 November 2020
The last part of the quarter-finals with twenty-four quarter-finals bouts contested in two sessions in the fifth competition day at the EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships in Budva, Montenegro. The host nation’s two best male boxers such as Milos Krasnici and Petar Lijesevic both dominated their quarter-finals in Budva.
The following 22 nations are attending in the EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships Budva 2020: Albania, Armenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Israel, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Ukraine.
Boxers who were born in 2002 and in 2003 are eligible to attend in the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships in Budva. 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 Montenegro to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships.
The bout of the day
Czech Republic’s best male boxer Erik Suchy won the title at the 2020 Danas Pozniakas Youth Memorial Tournament in Lithuania where he defeated also India’s best at the light welterweight (64kg). The 18-year-old Czech boxer knew his quarter-final opponent well, Lithuania’s Nedas Gudomskas and his coaches built up a strong strategy. Suchy was confident from the first seconds and became hard target for the Lithuanian boxer. The Czech talent felt the tempo in the contest and delivered a guaranteed medal for his nation in Budva.
The surprise of the day
Bosnia & Herzegovina’s woman boxing life joined to the European events only ten years ago but their boxers were not able to reach any strong results yet until today. Tara Bohatjuk switched from kick-boxing to our sport but her fighting spirit was impressive in the quarter-finals of the featherweight (57kg). She worked well against her Spanish opponent, Nayara Arroyo and claimer her nation’s first female medal in the continental level.
Armenia’s Vahag Galustyan won already two contests in Budva but his quarter-final opponent was a top one, Russia’s Mikail Zainulabidov who is their new Youth National Champion. The 17-year-old Armenian southpaw built up a patient tactic against the Russian newcomer in their quarter-final. Both boxers were waiting for the mistakes of his rivals and tried to work smartly in the first round. The Russian boxer caught Galustyan in the middle of the second round with a tough punch and the referee counted the Armenian which was the turning point and Zainulabidov won the light welterweight (64kg) bout by RSC.
Russia’s EUBC European Junior Champion Mikhail Usov had nearly 300 contests already during boxing career therefore he is the most experienced talent in the EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships Budva 2020. The Russian middleweight (75kg) star prepared against strong Uzbek ASBC Asian Junior Champions last month and he arrived in top form to Montenegro. The 17-year-old Usov was too strong for Serbia’s Aleksandar Serifovic and advanced to the last four of the continental event.
Montenegro’s Milos Krasnici has got strong experiences in the international events since 2017 and his efforts paid off in Budva. The middleweight (75kg) boxer was the favourite against Lithuania’s Arvydas Dainys and his technical and tactical superiority delivered another medal for Montenegro. Santiago Selimaj worked from close distance against Moldova’s Sveatoslav Voschresenchii and his powerful punches guaranteed his triumph which was Albania’s best success in 2020.
Montenegro’s best male boxer Petar Lijesevic is a gold medal favourite at the light heavyweight (81kg) following his several international tournament titles. The 18-year-old boxer opened the first minute with enthusiasm and confidence against Czech Republic’s EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships bronze medallist Michal Lanik. Lijesevic had different rhythm and following the second standing count, the referee stopped their contest in Budva. Further favorites of the category as Russia’s Ramazan Dadayev and Ukraine’s Denys Salabay also advanced to the semi-finals.
Bulgaria’s EUBC European Junior Champion Radoslav Rosenov used the quarantine period to increase his physical skills and his hard work meant that the 17-year-old talent had to move up to the lightweight (60kg). Rosenov defeated Serbia’s EUBC European Junior Champion Semiz Alicic in the Golden Gloves of Vojvodina Youth Tournament one month ago and he repeated that in Budva. Rosenov landed tough punches in their contest and quickly won it by RSC still in the first round.
Moldova’s Vladislav Gudzi claimed silver medal in the last edition of the EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships in Sofia one year ago. The Moldovan welterweight (69kg) boxer used his reach well against Serbia’s Strahinja Karabegovic and advanced to the semi-finals of the event. Gudzi will be meeting in the semi-finals with Russia’s Chezrav Ashalayev who eliminated Lithuania’s EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships silver medallist Aleksandr Trofimciuk.