Mohammed Harris Akbar is England’s new pride which he proved at the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships

12 March 2019 News

The fourth preliminary day of the European U22 Boxing Championships was held in Vladikavkaz today where the winners advanced to the quarter-finals. England’s Mohammed Harris Akbar won the key bout of Day4 when the favourites proved tough performance in Vladikavkaz.

Boxers who were born in 1997, 1998, 1999 and in 2000 are eligible to attend in the European U22 Boxing Championships in Vladikavkaz. All of the ten women and men weight classes are in action in the European U22 Boxing Championships in the Russian city where 20 winners will be crowned after the finals.

Bout of the day

England’s Mohammed Harris Akbar achieved bronze medal at the St. Petersburg 2016 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships and returned to Russia after two and half years. The English talent remained at the welterweight (69kg) where he is taller than most of his opponents. Akbar, who has been attending in the international events since 2013, had to face with Turkey’s Necat Ekinci who had also similar strong results as a youth boxer. The Turkish talent, who is one year younger than Akbar, started with tough combinations but England’s 20-year-old pride found the best fighting distance in time. Ekinci moved up two divisions in the recent months and he did not acclimatize well enough to the welterweight (69kg) to beat such a strong rival as Mohammed Harris Akbar who marched to the last eight.

Surprises of the day

Belarus’ Aliaksandr Radzionau had more than 150 bouts during his career but he is newcomer in the elite level following his youth successes. The 19-year-old Belarusian moved up from the lightweight (60kg) to the welterweight (69kg) as quickly as Turkey’s Necat Ekinci but his technical skills were enough good to be competitive with Georgia’s EUBC European U22 Champion Eskerkhan Madiev. Radzionau had the brave decision to beat Madiev in Vladikavkaz and he was able to follow his tactics to eliminate the Georgian No.1.

Sweden’s Adam Chartoi eliminated Israel’s Mikhael Ostroumov who took bronze in the last edition of the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships one year ago. Following his first surprise in Vladikavkaz, he had to face with Hungary’s Bocskai Memorial Tournament winner Robert Cservenka who is a new sensation at the middleweight (75kg). Chartoi, who has got Chechnyan roots, felt the support of the Russian crowd and defeated a next top rival advancing to the quarter-finals in Vladikavkaz.

The Round-up

England’s Kiaran MacDonald attended in the recent years in strong international events but his success over Russia’s defending EUBC European U22 Champion Islam Abumuslimov was a surprise in Vladikavkaz. MacDonald found the best fighting distance quickly and eliminated his top rival at the men’s flyweight (52kg). The category’s biggest name two-times EUBC European Champion Daniel Asenov also advanced to the last eight.

Hungary’s Laszlo Kozak was unable to get medal at the Bocskai Memorial Tournament last month but he proved his strong defence against Scotland’s Tyler Jolly at the welterweight (69kg). Kozak, who has been attending in the international stage since many years, kept continue his performance and eliminated Scotland’s most powerful boxer in Vladikavkaz. Russia’s Vakhid Abbasov won his key contest at the welterweight (69kg when he faced with Ireland’s Patrick Donovan.

Scotland’s EUBC European Confederation Women’s Youth Boxing Championships Sean Lazzerini moved down to the middleweight (75kg) and his coaches focused to his pervious mistakes to raise the level.  His defence was better than in the recent competitions and his skills were enough to eliminate Lithuania’s Vytautas Balsys. Ireland’s AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Gabriel Dossan also marched to the next stage at the middleweight (75kg).

Croatia’s Luka Pratljacic was strongly successful as a youth boxer in 2014 and following his step-by-step development he was able to beat Bosnia & Herzegovina’s Daso Simeunovic at the heavyweight (+91kg). Another strong preliminary contest was won by Azerbaijan’s AIBA Youth World Champion Mahammad Abdullayev who was too strong for Georgia’s Giorgi Tchigladze today.

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