Moldova’s Serghei Aralchin stopped the German dominancy in Galati on Day227 May 2019
Sixty-six bouts were held in the second competition day of the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships in Romania today. Following England’s Royston Barney-Smith’s impressive triumph, Moldova’s Serghei Aralchin was able to stop Germany’s amazing winning series in the last bout of the day.
The host of the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships is the city of Galati, Romania where boxers who were born in 2003 and in 2004 are eligible to attend in the event. The event will be holding fort both genders and after five preliminary and quarter-final days the semi-finals and finals will be closing the event.
The following 35 nations are taking part in the event with 400 boxers: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine and Wales.
Bout of the day
England’s Royston Barney-Smith claimed gold medals in the last two editions of the EUBC European Confederation Schoolboys Boxing Championships in Valcea and in Albena. He defeated Mustafa Edris in the dual match between England vs. Ireland one month ago which was for both the last bout before the start of the European event. The 15-year-old English bantamweight (54kg) boxer and his Irish opponent both were waiting for the best angles to land clear punches in the first round. Their tactical chess game continued from the second round as well which contest became the best one in the second competition day. Barney-Smith was narrowly better in their tough exchanges and defeated his Irish opponent once again in their re-match.
Surprise of the day
Ani Manukyan has strong Armenian roots but she has been boxing for Germany in the international competitions. She lost her first contest in the last edition of the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships in Anapa but worked much better in Galati. Manukyan, who moved up three weight classes in the recent seven months, shocked Russia’s Olga Petrashko with her strong combinations. The final verdict was split decision in the favour of the German boxer who has done the main surprise with her success on Day2. Manukyan became the first boxer in the whole EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships who eliminated a Russian in Galati.
In the opening bouts of the whole second competition day two tough contests were held in Ring A and in Ring B. Hungary’s Barbara Megyeri landed effective punches in each of the round against Poland’s Zuzanna Burczyk and her better technical skills delivered a place in the quarter-finals of the light bantamweight (52kg). In Ring B Russia’s Viktoriya Zastryalina found her best rhythm after one of fight and eliminated Scotland’s new national team member Chloe Roberts in Galati.
Wales started to develop the female part of boxing relatively late in comparison to the other European pioneer countries but their elite squad is strong enough now. Their younger age groups are also reached the top level and their new junior sensation Zoe Andrews stopped Belarus’ Karyna Sharshneva in a one-sided contest at the light bantamweight (52kg). Another GB boxer in this division Jayne Bardauskas also amazed and eliminated Romania’s strong Mihaela Gabriela Manea advancing to the quarter-finals in Galati.
Denmark’s Elias Idrissi was bronze medallist in the last edition of the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships in Anapa and arrived to Galati as one of the favourites of the boy’s light bantamweight (52kg). The Danish boxer demonstrated his power against Poland’s Marcel Materla and following his hard job the referee stopped the contest in the first round. In the same category Croatia’s Ante Ivan Greguric also has done the same strong performance against Czech Republic’s Jan Berger and won the bout by a quick RSC.
Russia’s Magomed Mamaev defeated EUBC European Junior Champion Maksim Shumov in their National Championships this year and controlled his opening fight in Galati as well where he was too smart for Armenia’s Gor Mkhitaryan. Another tough lightweight (60kg) boxer Germany’s John Liam Bielenberg also impressed in Galati where he triumphed over Romania’s Alexandru Marian Ungureanu short after Ukraine’s Volodymyr Horzov stopped Poland’s Lukasz Perkowski.
Hungary’s Peter Zarando is not an experienced boxer yet but his strength is impressive and following the first round he used it well against Georgia’s Paata Beshidze. The Hungarian middleweight (75kg) boxer dominated the next parts and the referee stopped their unequal contest before the final gong. England’s Vinny Huczmann repeated that performance in the next bout of the middleweight (75kg) stopping Turkey’s Muhammet Firat Deniz in another one-sided bout.
Sweden’s 16-year-old Zehra Milli earned medals in some of the main international junior competitions as the Silesian Women’s Open Tournament in Poland and the Golden Girl Box Championships. The Swedish bantamweight (54kg) was more experienced than Hungary’s newcomer Tiffani Csenge Lukacs but she had to do her very best to beat her rival in Galati. Milli overcame her rival in the attacks from the second round and eliminated a technician rival in Galati.
Finland’s lone woman boxer in the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships is Lia Pukkila who attends at the light welterweight (63kg) in Galati. Finland’s new hope defeated Sweden’s Vera Persson Donkersloot in the Pirkka Junior Memorial Tournament just before the start of the competition. Pukkila used similar tactic as last time and in the third round she demoralized her Swedish opponent and defeated her opponent once again in a special Nordic derby.
Sweden’s best male junior boxer Alexander Fredriksson is an experienced hope he dictated the tempo against Bulgaria’s Daniel Kirilov and won their bantamweight (54kg) in Galati. The Best Boxer of the last edition of the Hungarian Junior National Olympiad Rafael Buza landed more punches than Ukraine’s Yaroslav Bhan and won another high-rhythm bantamweight (54kg) bout in the second competition day.
Moldova’s Serghei Aralchin attended in the 2017 edition of the EUBC European Confederation Schoolboys Boxing Championships and after two years he returned to Romania as a junior boxer. The Balti-based light welterweight (63kg) boxer had to face with a smaller athlete Germany’s Marvin Philipp Gloner in the second preliminary round. The German boxers won all of their seven previous fights in Galati but Aralchin stopped their amazing winning path using his longer hands to keep the best fighting distance.