Lithuania and Finland exceeded the expectations in the semi-finals of the Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament10 March 2017
The 12th edition of the Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament turned to its medal phase in the Lithuanian capital in Vilnius. Finland and Lithuania were excellent in the semi-finals besides the top countries in the fourth competition day. The best performances were done by Turkey’s Necat Ekinci, Finland’s Krenar Aliu, Lithuania’s Airijus Vitlipas and Israel’s Ahmad Shtiwi today.
The competition was named after Danas Pozniakas who is Lithuania’s national boxing hero who claimed gold medal at the 1968 Olympic Games and also crowned three-times in the history of the European Boxing Championships.
Ukraine’s Youth National Champion Nikita Dineev and Hungary’s newcomer in the youth squad Attila Bernath both were born in 2000 and great prospects in the light flyweight (49kg) for the future. The Hungarian proved top performance in the third round but he was not able to turn back their narrow semi-final which means the Ukrainian will be boxing for the gold medal with Turkey’s Ferhat Uka.
In the second bout of the fourth competition day Ukraine’s Maksim Galinichev had to meet with Spain’s last remained boxer Alberto Arroyo in Vilnius. Their flyweight (52kg) bout delivered a lot of exchanges and the Ukrainian was better in in effectiveness which was the difference between them. The Spanish boxer does not have too many experiences yet but he proved he could be a top athlete in the upcoming years. Galinichev’s next opponent will be Turkey’s Azad Demirhan who eliminated Italy’s Alessandro Adami today.
Ukraine’s Taras Bondarchuk competed successfully in the junior level in 2015 and in 2016 and joined to the youth age group this January. The Ukrainian bantamweight (56kg) hope controlled all of the rounds against Poland’s Dominik Harwankowski and he needs only one further step to get the title in the event. Bondarchuk’s final opponent will be Turkey’s Ahmet Cikot who had a narrow triumph over Israel’s David Kharmats.
Turkey’s AIBA Junior World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Necat Ekinci is one of the biggest name in the Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament in Vilnius and he proved he is a superb teenage hope in our beloved combat sport. The 18-year-old Turkish lightweight (60kg) boxer had to meet in the semi-final with Israel’s new sensation Bishara Sabbar and both did nice things in the ring until Ekinci’s lethal left-handed hook which decided their contest before the final bell. Following Ekinci’s KO success his next opponent for the title will be Finland’s Asseme Nouali who was able to beat the Maksym Boryghpolets which was Ukraine’s first loss in the whole competition.
Israel’s EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships bronze medallist Ahmad Shtiwi arrived to the Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament as titleholder. The Israeli boxer moved up to the light welterweight (64kg) but he could control his semi-final with his strength against Hungary’s younger talent EUBC European Confederation Schoolboys Champion Tibor Barbosu. Shtiwi had a well-built game plan which was the key of his success today and will now face with Italy’s Armando Casamonica who had a narrow triumph over Poland’s Konrad Bialas on Day4.
Lithuania’s Airijus Vitlipas trains in Ireland but returned to his homeland to compete in the Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament in Vilnius. The Lithuanian welterweight (69kg) boxer had the best tactic against Hungary’s strong Kalmas Hanko and won the bout by unanimous decision in Vilnius. His final opponent will be Italy’s Augusto Buremi who was too strong for Turkey’s Fazli Oztari in the second semi-final.
Lithuania’s second final place in the Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament was achieved by Lukas Petrauskas who won his middleweight (75kg) bout against Turkey’s Muhammet Karaosmanoglu. The 17-year-old Lithuanian, who is London 2012 Olympic Games bronze medallist Evaldas Petrauskas’ younger brother, will now face for the title of the competition with France’s strong Moreno Fendero who eliminated Belarus’ Aliaksandr Filipovich.
Poland’s Konrad Kaczmarkiewicz moved ahead from the first seconds against Austria’s most experienced youth boxer Kushtrim Veseli and took the lead after three minutes of fight. The Austrian boxer did an excellent finish in the third but his efforts were not enough to turn back their light heavyweight (81kg) contest. The Polish boxer will now meet for the title with Ukraine’s Yevhenii Pavlovskyi who eliminated Lithuania’s Domantas Prismantas who came from a boxing family.
Finland’s Heydar Aliyev Junior Cup winner and EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships bronze medallist Krenar Aliu eliminated Austria’s younger talent Ahmed Hagag in the preliminary round, Lithuania’s Edvin Makievic in the quarter-final and continued his winning path against Italy’s Salvatore Scala in the semi-final. The referee counted the Italian twice after Aliu’s powerful shots therefore the Finnish talent can prepares to his final fight against Ukraine’s EUBC European Junior Champion Arkadiy Kartsan.
Lithuania’s most experienced youth boxer Marek Korolkov eliminated the favourite of the super heavyweight (+91kg) Croatia’s EUBC European Junior Champion Josip Biletic in the semi-final and he had done great job also against Latvia’s last remained boxer Milans Volkovs in the last four. After their spectacular contest Ukraine’s EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships silver medallist Oleksandr Hrytsiv demonstrated his power against his taller rival Poland’s Oskar Safaryan.