Maximum performance from Welsh talents in the semi-finals of the Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament23 March 2019
The superb semi-finals contests were taking place in the third competition day at the 14th edition of the Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament in Vilnius, Lithuania. Wales sent three boxers to the Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament but all of them are advanced to the finals impressing all coaches and the crowd. The main surprise of Day3 was getting by Czech Republic’s Milos Beranek at the welterweight (69kg).
The competition was named after Lithuania’s national boxing hero Danas Pozniakas who claimed gold medal at the Mexico 1968 Olympic Games and also crowned three-times in the history of the European Boxing Championships. During his long and successful career Danas Pozniakas won 203 bouts out of his 217 total contests in the ’60s.
Bout of the day
France’s Hugo Grau achieved the title of the Sven Lange Junior Memorial Tournament and he claimed medals in several junior and youth events. His elder brother Enzo shined in the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships in Vladikavkaz and it was a strong motivation also for Hugo in Vilnius. The 17-year-old French boxer moved up to the lightweight (60kg) and had to face with Lithuania’s Nedas Gudomskas who had more international contests than Hugo in spite of his younger age. Grau started better their contest and his effective combinations were the way of his strong semi-final success in Vilnius.
Surprise of the day
Czech Republic’s Milos Beranek has got experiences from the last two editions of the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships but among the youth boxers he is new in the national team. The Czech boxer had to face against such a strong opponent as Ukraine’s Yuriy Zakhareyev but Beranek delivered his best ever performance in their meeting. The Ukrainian welterweight (69kg) boxer won the Emil Zhechev Junior Memorial Tournament and the ISF Gymnasiade but Beranek’s strong attacks was enough for an unexpected Czech triumph in Vilnius.
Team of the day
Wales sent three boxers to the Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament and their team impressed already at the quarter-finals. Following their strong performance in the quarter-finals the squad’s three boxers continued the winning series in the semi-finals as well. Ioan Croft spent short time in the ring against Estonia’s David Andrejev when the referee confirmed his RSC success as lightweight (60kg).
Following that his brother Julius Torma Youth Memorial Tournament winner Garan Croft advanced to the final of the light welterweight (64kg) eliminating Bulgaria’s Stilian Hristov. Another gold medallist from last year’s Julius Torma Youth Memorial Tournament Taylor Bevan marched to the final of the welterweight (69kg) following his superb success against Bulgaria’s EUBC European Junior Champion Emirdzhan Mehmed.
Russia’s Airat Muslimov is a newcomer in their youth national team but he was motivated in the semi-final of the light flyweight (49kg) and enjoyed his first big event during his career. The 17-year-old Russian won all of the rounds in each scorecard against Romania’s Mihai Laurentiu Vaduva who moved up from the junior age group. Muslimov will be boxing for the title of the Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament with Ukraine’s Oleksandr Korniev who eliminated Hungary’s Balint Kapuvari in the second semi-final.
France’s Ibrahim Boukedim defeated Azerbaijan’s and Armenia’s top boxers in the last edition of the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships in Roseto degli Abruzzi one year ago when he finally earned a bronze medal. The French flyweight (52kg) boxer controlled his semi-final against Romania’s new surprise Mustafa Aurel Curt and secured his place in the final of the event. Boukedim will be boxing for the title with Bulgaria’s two-time EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships silver medallist Yasen Radev in Vilnius.
Russia’s defending EUBC European Junior Champion Khunkerkhan Tiulemeshev eliminated his main rival Hungary’s Zsolt Zuro in the first day of the Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament. The 17-year-old bantamweight (56kg) talent continued his winning path against Romania’s Tavi Dobre on Day2 and worked better than Czech Republic’s Kevin Godla in the semi-finals of the event. His third success means that Tiulemeshev will be facing for the title with France’s Selim Bouaita who triumphed over Lithuania’s Lukas Simonavicius.