Kulakov and Petecio eliminated high-ranked rivals in the Pavlyukov Youth Memorial Tournament03 April 2019
Besides to the Emil Jechev Youth & Junior Memorial Tournament another top event is holding in the European continent, the Pavlyukov Youth Memorial Tournament in Anapa, Russia. Russia’s Artur Kulakov eliminated Cuba’s No.1 Dany Lafos at the welterweight (69kg) after Philippines’ Norlan Petecio shocked his rival in Anapa.
Anapa, which is located off the coast of the Black Sea, hosted the last edition of the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships in October 2018. The Pavlyukov Youth Memorial Tournament is one of the strongest in that age group in the entire world and the top nations as Russia, Cuba, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, India, Armenia, Georgia, and Belarus are all attending in Anapa.
Bout of the day
Russia’s Botvinnik Junior Memorial Tournament winner Artur Kulakov claimed silver medal in the Nikiforov & Denisov U17 National Cup last November and the Pavlyukov Youth Memorial Tournament is very important for him during his road to the 2019 EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships. Kulakov, who will be turning to 17 later this year, had to fight against not an easy opponent as first, Cuba’s Dany Lafos in Anapa. His welterweight (69kg) Cuban opponent used virtuoso footwork but Kulakov caught him in time with short distance combinations and won the best bout of Day1.
Surprises of the day
Russia’s Oleg Moshkirev arrived to the Pavlyukov Youth Memorial Tournament as a favourite of the lightweight (60kg) but he was not able to repeat his performance which he produced in the recent competitions. The Russian boxer had to meet with Philippines’ Norlan Petecio who was newcomer in the 2017 ASBC Asian Confederation Junior Boxing Championships. Petecio, whose elder sister is an AIBA medallist star boxer Nesthy, exceeded all of the previous expectations and eliminated his Russian rival in Anapa.
Uzbekistan’s Khurshidbek Rasuljonov competed mainly in national events in the recent years and he opened the whole Pavlyukov Youth Memorial Tournament with a match against Russia’s Akhmed Magomedsaidov. The Uzbek bantamweight (56kg) talent did not underestimate his Russian rival and following his impressive combinations the referee counted the local boxer. Rasuljonov dominated the fight and his RSC success was confirmed in the third round after the next knock down.
Kazakhstan’s Biybars Zheksen was ASBC Asian Junior Champion in 2017 and he claimed medals in the top youth events in 2018. The 18-year-old Kazakh boxer is still in the youth age group and remained at the bantamweight (56kg) which means his expectations are high after these strong results. Zheksen started better than Kyrgyzstan’s AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships competitor Sultan Asankul Uulu and controlled all part of their bout ruling the middle of the ring.
Following Rasuljonov’s and Zheksen’s successes another powerful bantamweight (56kg) boxer started his campaign in the Pavlyukov Youth Memorial Tournament. Russia’s Vsevolod Shumkov was EUBC European Junior Champion in 2017 and achieved silver in the Budapest 2018 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships. As he is one of the main gold medal contenders of the Russian team, he started strongly and eliminated Georgia’s Eldari Gogiashvili in Anapa.
Kyrgyzstan’s ASBC Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championships bronze medallist Nuradin Rustambek Uulu is a powerful welterweight (69kg) boxer who did not give any chance to Belarus’ Robert Hirshtein in the opening day of the Pavlyukov Youth Memorial Tournament. Another top performance in the same category was delivered by India’s AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships competitor Vijay Deep who eliminated Russia’s Emin Mincaev winning the bout unanimously.