Metodiev and Hartsuyeu used world class technical skills in Tbilisi on Day306 July 2021
The male talents were in action in the third competition day at the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships in Tbilisi, Georgia. The 42 contests have been divided into two sessions today when Bulgaria’s Lyuboslav Metodiev and Belarus’ Vitas Hartsuyeu used their world class technical level to eliminate their rivals.
The number of the participating boxers is 335 including 111 girls in the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships. Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, host Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey and Ukraine are the participating nations of the event.
Girls and boys who were born in 2005 and in 2006 are eligible to attend in the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships in Tbilisi. Georgia’s capital hosted the 2019 edition of the EUBC European Schoolboys & Schoolgirls Boxing Championships and a top event returns to Tbilisi after two years of break.
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 Georgia to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships Tbilisi 2021.
The bout of day
Belarus’ Vitas Hartsuyeu eliminated Hungary’s Kevin Kozak in the first preliminary round and he had to box in the second stage of the flyweight (50kg) with Georgia’s favourite Levan Demurovi. The Belarusian was taller than his local rival and used his longer hands to keep the best fighting distance. Hartsuyeu had world class footwork in the contest therefore Demurovi was not able to reach him. The Belarusian used up also the faults of the Georgian boxer and his counter-punches decided their top contest. Hartsuyeu boxed smartly against the host nation’s pride and deserved to win his second bout in Tbilisi.
The surprise of the day
Belarus’ Yahor Matsukou is a tall talent at the light flyweight (48kg) and he tried to use his distance against Israel’s Junior National Champion Yuriy Lapchevskyi in his contest at the Ring B. The Belarusian competed well in the previous junior tournaments but his aggressive Israeli opponent surprised him in this contest. Matsukou, who began boxing at the age of 7, was planned to keep his Israeli rival on long but Lapchevskyi worked well to win their contest using his energetic attacks.
Croatia is famous of its heavier boxers but their new light flyweight (48kg) talent, Bruno Bacac impressed in the third competition day during his debut in Tbilisi. The Croatian boxer trains in the club of Team Predator in the city of Rijeka and surprised his opponent, Germany’s Enes Akin. Bacac had three years of experiences in the national events and his rhythm was enough to eliminate the German boxer.
Azerbaijan’s Kanan Babayev arrived to the venue of the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships as one of the favourites at the light flyweight (48kg) following he won the strong Botvinnik Memorial Tournament were he defeated all of his opponents including Uzbek stars. The small Azeri boxer was quicker than his Italian opponent, Yari Bonacina and took the lead on the scorecards after two minutes. Babayev proved his amazing talent in this contest and secured his place in the last eight of the weight category.
Georgia’s Oruj Akhmedovi claimed silver medal at the Montenegro Cup in May and opened the third competition day for the host nation. The Georgian light flyweight (48kg) boxer had hard job in the first round against Bulgaria’s Georgi Karakolev and used his footwork to find the best attacking angles in their contest. Akhmedovi had excellent hooks in the first and second rounds and following those attacks he left the dangerous fighting zone before Karakolev’s counter-punches. The Georgian boxer was better in all aspects of boxing and he advanced to the quarter-finals of this weight class.
Georgia’s second boxer in action during the third competition day was Davit Japaridze who started the first round in different rhythm as Spain’s Miguel Angel Pina. The Spaniard survived the most dangerous moments in the first round following the standing count and he could continue the bout. Japaridze overcame Pina in the second round and his hooks were not only effective but stopped the Spanish attacks. Pina was brave in the bout, moved ahead but his experiences were not enough against the powerful Georgian.
Finland’s Abdelsalam El-Gendy won the Bornemissza Junior Memorial Tournament where he defeated Romania’s EUBC European Junior Champion Daniel Girleanu in the final. The Finnish boxer moved back to the light bantamweight (52kg) where he is still smaller than most of his opponents. Italy’s Gaetano Buonocore used his height advantage in the first round but El-Gendy opened the second in different tempo. The Finnish boxer moved ahead but mentally he was not enough strong and concentrated to beat the taller Italian.
Armenia’s Harutyun Khachatryan was taller than his Hungarian opponent, Sandor Kiss but he moved ahead and worked from close distance in their light bantamweight (52kg) contest. The Armenian received punches from the Hungarian in the first exchanges but his pressurizing tactic paid off in the second part of the opening round. Khachatryan controlled the bout and did not let the Hungarian to move to safer distance therefore the Armenian southpaw advanced to the quarter-finals.
Turkey’s Abdulsamet Eroglu landed quicker punches than his Belarusian opponent, Artsiom Drazdou in the first round of their featherweight (57kg) contest. The Turkish boxer landed all kind of punches in the opening two minutes and destroyed the Belarusian talent’s defence quickly. Eroglu controlled also the second round with his impressive technical skills and amazed also the experts with his performance. The Turkish Junior National Champion landed dozens of shots and deserved to win their contest by unanimous decision.
Armenia’s Erik Arstamyan was amazing in the first round against Turkey’s Emirhan Akturk and took the lead on the scorecards. The Armenian pinweight (46kg) boxer increased his tempo in the second and the referee stopped their contest following Arstamyan’s heavy punches in the first bout of the evening session. Another bout from the same weight category was held in the Ring B where Poland’s Nikolas Pawlik delivered the next RSC success and eliminated Italy’s Simone Maccioni.
Georgia’s Gor Ayvazyan is one of the main favourites for the gold medal at the pinweight (46kg) which is the smallest category in the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships. The local boxer had a tough rival as first, Azerbaijan’s Tofig Guliyev who tried to use his longer hands in the contest. Ayvazyan had strong double defence all of the three rounds and he landed jabs from his safest position. The Georgian boxer caught his regional rival with massive shots and advanced to the quarter-finals.
Bulgaria’s Lyuboslav Metodiev claimed bronze medal at the 2020 EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships in Sofia and remained at the flyweight (50kg). The 16-year-old Bulgarian won the Junior Nations Cup before the continental event therefore he was highly confident against Latvia’s Arturs Vaisla in the first round. Metodiev used his unpredictable movements in the opening two minutes and landed tough hooks from various angles. The Bulgarian had tricky movements and controlled all of the exchanges in their unequal contest. Metodiev caught the Latvian youngster with powerful shots and Vaisla went down to the floor in the end of the third round. The Latvian could continue but Metodiev won their preliminary contest by large margin of differences.
The quote of the day
“I am very excited to be part of this event. As I am in the beginning of my career I leave my heart on the ring but I know there is a lot more to learn in the future. It is very interesting to compete against boxers who have different level, knowledge and origin. I hope I will be able to reach the highest award here in Tbilisi and to become the champion in my weight category. I am really thankful to all my coaches and the Bulgarian Boxing Federation for the support and given the opportunity out my country,” said Bulgaria’s Lyuboslav Metodiev after his contest in Tbilisi.