Lithuania and Moldova won the best finals at the Algirdas Socikas Tournament20 May 2019
The Algirdas Socikas Tournament was held in Lithuania’s second most populated city in Kaunas where eight champions have been crowned following the finals. Lithuania’s duo Edgaras Skurdelis and Vytautas Balsys both defended their thrones while Moldova’s most experienced boxers such as Dmitri Galagot and Vasilii Belous are also won their weight classes in Kaunas.
Six-time Soviet National Champion Mr. Algirdas Socikas was one of the hero of Lithuania’s boxing life in the past who won the European Boxing Championships two-times in 1953 in Warsaw and in 1955 in West Berlin. Lithuania’s most important elite international boxing tournament was named after their national boxing icon.
Lithuania hosted the Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament on March, their next international activity was the Algirdas Socikas Tournament in Kaunas. Their upcoming event is the Ricardas Tamulis Memorial Tournament which is scheduled to be held for the youth boxers in Kaunas on August.
Bout of the finals
Lithuania’s Vytautas Balsys was silver medallist in the 2016 EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships in Anapa and he is moving ahead step by step in the ranking. The 21-year-old Lithuanian middleweight (75kg) boxer had to meet with Moldova’s six-year older experienced Victor Carapcevschi in the final of the event. The two boxers met each other in the last edition of the Algirdas Socikas Tournament and Balsys was able to beat his Moldovan rival. The Lithuanian boxer repeated that performance in a hectic contest and defended his throne at the Socikas Tournament.
Surprise of the finals
Lithuania’s new heavyweight (91kg) hope in the national team Robertas Jokulys is a strong future prospect but he is still raising his number of bouts to be competitive against the best ones. The young Lithuanian had to face with Sweden’s well-experienced EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships competitor Gabriel Richards and exceeded the previous expectations. He landed tough combinations quickly and the referee confirmed his unexpected RSC success in the first round.
In the first final of the Algirdas Socikas Tournament Lithuania’s veteran boxer Marius Vysniauskas proved that he is still enough tough to win an international competitions. The 32-year-old boxer defeated his teammate Marius Kontrimas in the final of the flyweight (52kg) winning the bout by split decision.
Lithuania’s Edgaras Skurdelis joined to the international competitions as a junior boxer in 2009 when he attended already in AIBA and EUBC events. Following his junior and youth successes he is member of their national elite team since 2012 and attended in several EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships. Skurdelis had to meet in the title bout of the lightweight (60kg) with his main national rival Gilvinas Lukosiunas once again which was the repeat final of the 2018 edition but he was able to defend his throne.
Moldova’s EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships silver medallist Dmitri Galagot delivered a sensational triumph over Lithuania’s London 2012 Olympic Games bronze medallist Evaldas Petrauskas in the 2017 edition but he claimed only silver in the event one year ago. Galagot advanced to the final once again and stopped his compatriot Mihail Cvasiuc in a quick contest claiming the title of the light welterweight (64kg).
Moldova’s EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships bronze medallist Vasilii Belous eliminated Russia’s Ismail Askerov in the semi-finals of the welterweight (69kg) which was his key contest in the competition. The Moldovan boxer, who was already quarter-finalist in the 2011 AIBA World Boxing Championships, was slightly better than Sweden’s Adel Belalia and claimed his next international title.
Denmark’s Morten Givskov Nielsen is a new super heavyweight (+91kg) boxer in their national team who is aiming for a place in the upcoming big events. The Danish boxer had to meet in the final with Lithuania’s Liudvikas Lagunavicius who qualified for the Budapest 2018 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships. The 20-year-old Danish boxer impressed in the final of the Algirdas Socikas Tournament and captured gold medal.