Montenegro’s historical medal was achieved by Petar Lijesevic at the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships20 April 2021
The second part of the quarter-finals delighted the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in Kielce, Poland where 56 bouts were in the schedule. Russia’s Valeria Linkova had a tough contest in the seventh competition day but the main hero of the day was Montenegro’s Petar Lijesevic who secured his nation’s first ever medal in this level.
Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Italy, Czech Republic, Turkey, France, Latvia, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Armenia and Hungary became medallists from the European nations. Altogether 414 boxers including 140 women from 52 nations are competing in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in Poland where 334 contests are concluded until the end of the seventh competition day.
The following 32 European nations are attending in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in Kielce: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey and Ukraine.
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 Poland to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships. The competition is holding with strict Covid-19 protocols same which used in the recent EUBC Championships.
The bout of the day
Russia’s Valeria Linkova regained her place in the national team at the women’s flyweight (51kg) and she had the motivation against Finland’s Pihla Kaivo-Oja to take a medal in Kielce. The Russian girl developed well in terms of strength but her Finnish rival was more competitive than she expected in Kielce. Linkova impressed in the first and second rounds but Kaivo-Oja had the stamina to return with great hooks in the middle of the bout. The Russian had a tougher contest than as predicted before it but she deserved to win the semi-final place in the event.
The surprise of the day
Montenegro’s No.1 Petar Lijesevic is the EUBC European Youth Champion at the light heavyweight (81kg) but he was not the favourite against one of the most powerful Cuban boxers, Brayan Leon Salgado who eliminated already several favourites. None of the boxers from Montenegro were able to beat any Cubans in the history of the country but Lijesevic became the first. Montenegro’s hero delivered another sensational performance during his career and his fantastic stamina was enough to beat Leon in the quarter-finals.
Poland’s Karolina Ampulska proved her next energetic performance in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships when she faced in the quarter-finals with Kazakhstan’s tall Aishagul Yeleubayeva. The Polish bantamweight (54kg) boxer moved a lot from body and she was a hard target for the Kazakh talent. Ampulska’s rhythm was too difficult for the Kazakh boxer in the first round therefore Yeleubayeva changed her strategy after three minutes. The Polish girl was better in that game as well and advanced to the semi-finals in Kielce eliminating the Kazakh opponent unanimously.
Another experienced Polish girl, Barbara Marcinkowska tried to use her distance against Russia’s EUBC European Youth Champion Anastasia Kholueva at the welterweight (69kg) which bout also decided the medal in Kielce. The Russian started better but she was not enough confident in the second round when Marcinkowska still increased her tempo. The Polish talent moved ahead more in the third round and she wanted to fight against the Russian and her efforts were enough to secure her place in the last four.
Azerbaijan’s Nijat Huseynov was more experienced than Hungary’s Levente Hegedus in the quarter-finals of the light flyweight (49kg) but the Caucasian boxer had to do his very best in the bout. The younger Hegedus dictated the rhythm in the first minute and Huseynov adopted it very quickly. The Azeri boxer’s height advantage worked better in the second round and he was able to catch the Hungarian more times in the third. Huseynov won the contest by unanimous decision and secured a medal for Azerbaijan in Kielce.
Italy’s EUBC European Junior Champion Michele Baldassi is the best youth male boxer from their country who prepared well to the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships with training camps and international tournaments. The Italian bantamweight (56kg) boxer used his distance better than Armenia’s Ruslan Aslikyan in the first round and tried to move more on feet. The Armenian was a hard opponent for the Baldassi but he managed an emotional success over the Caucasian boy in Kielce.
“I am so happy to accomplish my goal with this medal in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships. I am so grateful for my coaches who worked hard with me in the preparations, and thanks also for my Italian Boxing Federation to give us chances in this period. I am also want to send my gratitude to the Polish Boxing Federation to host this fantastic event,” commented his success Michele Baldassi emotionally.
Ukraine’s EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships bronze medallist Bozorboy Matyakubov knew his quarter-final opponent, Czech Republic’s Erik Suchy well enough and he built up a strong strategy. The two-time Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament winner Czech was not able to follow the Ukrainian boxer’s tempo and this time he had a bad day. Matyakubov’s confidence was higher every rounds and the Ukrainian boxer’s strength was the difference between them in the afternoon session.
Bulgaria’s William Cholov is three-time European Champion and a native talent in our sport who had to do his very best in the quarter-finals of the middleweight (75kg) against India’s Manish. Her produced a great first round against the attacking Indian and used his longer hands well. Cholov’s speed was enough strong in the second round to keep his Indian opponent on long in this hectic contest. Manish delivered an outstanding final round but Cholov could keep his advantage and earned a medal for Bulgaria.
Russia’s Azalia Amineva and Maryna Stoiko of Ukraine were the finalists at the Budva 2020 EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships. The Russian won that contest in Montenegro and in their repeat match she was able to keep also the best fighting distance in Kielce. The Ukrainian competed at the welterweight (69kg) in the international tournaments but went back to the light welterweight (64kg) just for this event. Amineva maintained the attacking range well in the first round and she could continue that level until the last gong.