Lewis Richardson won a narrow contest at the Golden Gloves Tournament on Day2

18 December 2021 News

Seventeen bouts took place in the second day of boxing at the 64th edition of the Golden Gloves Tournament in Loznica, Serbia where the local organizers arranged the program in one session. England’s Lewis Richardson won the closest bout of the day when Montenegro, Russia, Bulgaria and Serbia also impressed.

The Serbian Boxing Federation hosted the AIBA Men’s Elite World Boxing Championships between October 24 and November 6 and a top event returns to the country. Their next international event is the Golden Gloves Tournament which is one of the traditional competitions in Europe. Powerful nations arrived to the new edition of the Golden Gloves Tournament in Serbia. The competition was launched in the end of the ’50s and saw several big champions in the recent decades.

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 Serbia avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the new edition of the Golden Gloves Tournament.  

The bout of the day

England’s Lewis Richardson joined to their top national team in 2020 following he increased his experiences in international tournaments. The 24-year-old English middleweight (75kg) boxer has got excellent technical skills and he looked patient in the first round against Serbia’s Dejan Dasic. Richardson’s opponent was competitive, fought until his last drop of power therefore the English boxer also had to give in everything to this contest. Richardson’s technical skills managed to win the contest which was one of the tightest fights of the day.

The Round-up

England’s Shona Whitwell joined to the elite national team in 2017 and she earned several medals in various international tournaments. The currently 23-year-old boxer moved back to the lightweight (60kg) and she is one of the tallest talents in this category. Whitwell met with Moldova’s Cristina Chiper who had good youth results but she is still newcomer in the elite stage. The English girl used her longer hands successfully and eliminated the Moldovan teenager who has got medal expectations in the upcoming 2022 EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships.

The management in Montenegro worked hard in the recent three years to increase their boxers who can attend in the international events. Their boxers moved forward to the age groups step by step and the country has got now excellent potential already in the elite events. Their Remzo Ikovic is also a young talent in the U22 level but he managed to win his debuting contest in Loznica against Serbia’s Miroslav Ivanovic at the men’s featherweight (57kg). Ikovic not only controlled all of the three rounds but proved strong developments since his last international bout.

Bulgaria’s EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships silver medallist Nikolay Marinov impressed in the first day of boxing and he eliminated a well-experienced boxer by split decision. The 19-year-old Bulgarian continued his winning path in the Golden Gloves Tournament, he managed to gain the control of the second bout against Bosnia & Herzegovina’s Alen Rahimic at the featherweight (57kg). His opponent is experienced from several big events but Marinov stopped him in the second round.

Serbia’s Nenad Jovanovic had to meet with a strong boxer in the second day of boxing, North Macedonia’s Jasin Ljama who won a historical bout in the AIBA Men’s Elite World Boxing Championships in Belgrade. Despite of the previous results and experiences, Jovanovic worked well enough to beat the North Macedonian No.1 in Loznica. His teammate, another young Serbian talent, the 19-year-old Amir Memic was never stopped attacking against Slovakia’s Lukas Ferneza and won their middleweight (75kg) contest.

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