Montenegro’s Bojana Gojkovic eliminated the German titleholder in the Nations Junior Cup on Day218 August 2018
The second edition of the Nations Junior Cup saw 42 bouts in the Drago Jovovic Sporting Hall where the second competition day was held in the city of Vrbas, Serbia. Montenegro’s 15-year-old talent Bojana Gojkovic eliminated the German titleholder in the second competition day proving her top boxing skills in Vrbas.
Altogether 50 women and 125 men boxers from record number of 24 nations are attending in the Nations Junior Cup which is a preparation event for the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships. The upcoming EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships will be held for both genders in Anapa, Russia in October.
The following 24 nations are attending in the Nations Junior Cup: Azerbaijan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Georgia, Germany, Greece, India, Israel, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Macedonia, Mauritius, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, host Serbia, Slovakia, Sweden, Turkey, United States of America and Wales.
Montenegro’s best woman junior boxer Bojana Gojkovic won the Golden Girl Box Cup in Sweden last year and she has got more than enough international experiences to beat top rivals as well. The 15-year-old girl from Montenegro had to meet with another talent Germany’s titleholder in the event Melissa Rempel and after the first difficulties Gojkovic solved the tactical issues and secured her place in the next round.
Serbia’s Omer Ametovic was silver medallist in the last edition but he had to do his very best to beat Azerbaijan’s Ruslan Gadirov at the men’s pinweight (46kg) on Day2. United States’ Shaman Canai, Serbia’s Stefan Vukovic and India’s Keisham Sanjit Singh still remained in actions in this weight class following the quarter-finals.
Georgia’s Luka Nikabadze impressed in the second competition day when he met with Slovakia’s Lukas Lorinc and won their contest by large margin of differences. The 16-year-old Georgian will be meeting in the semi-final of the flyweight (50kg) with Kazakhstan favourite Yerbolat Sabyr who dominated his fight against Turkey’s Arslan Berkan Sefa.
Sweden’s Pirkka Junior Tournament winner Alexander Fredriksson spent a short in the ring against Macedonia’s Eles Asanov and the referee confirmed his quick RSC success following his lethal punches. The Swedish boxer’s next opponent at the light bantamweight (52kg) will be Kazakhstan’s Yerasyl Tankay who eliminated Serbia’s Semiz Alicic in a spectacular bout.
Fredriksson’s teammate Kevin Bohm, who also won the Pirkka Junior Tournament in Finland a few months ago, eliminated another Macedonian rival Ilhan Ozmen at the bantamweight (54kg) with top performance. Azerbaijan’s Heydar Aliyev Junior Cup winner Azrak Babirov triumphed over Georgia’s Eldari Gogiashvili on Day1 at the bantamweight (54kg) and continued his winning path against Kazakhstan’s Armat Armanuli in the quarter-finals.
Czech Republic’s two-time Junior National Champion Dominik Stepanek was slightly better than Serbia’s Junior National Champion Branko Zeremski at the featherweight (57kg) and will be meeting in the last four with India’s Ramesh Gorkha Akash who defeated the favourite from Kazakhstan Abzal Serik in Vrbas.
Wales’ two top junior boxers were eliminated by Romanian talents on Day1 but their Torrance Jayden finally won a contest against Macedonia’s Trajce Ilioski which means he will be boxing in the last four with United States’ Kasin Goldston who eliminated Georgia’s No.1 Lado Lomaia. His teammate another Welshmen Patrick Mullane defeated Bosnia & Herzegovina’s Bogdan Malinovic at the welterweight (66kg) using his tough jabs.
Kazakhstan’s ASBC Asian Junior Champion Yerassyl Zhakpekov is one of the best junior boxers in the whole world who also opened his campaign in the Nations Junior Cup. The 16-year-old Kazakh star moved up to the middleweight (75kg) only in the recent weeks but he was too strong for Czech Republic’s Nikolas Gabor. Zhakpekov’s teammate Bornemissza Junior Memorial Tournament winner Yevgeniy Prikhodko also dominated his quarter-final and defeated India’s Vinit.