Montenegro’s Mirko Sarcevic is the best male boxer at the 5th Junior Nations Cup

13 June 2021 News

The thirteen male finals were held in the fifth competition day at the 5th Junior Nations Cup in the city of Vrbas, Serbia. Kazakhstan won seven gold medals in the male finals but Bulgaria, Croatia, Montenegro, Romania and Poland also celebrated titles in Vrbas. Montenegro’s new junior sensation Mirko Sarcevic defeated two Kazakh talents at the middleweight (75kg) and won also the Best Men’s Junior Boxer Trophy.

The Serbian international competition was a preparation event before the upcoming EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships. The junior continental event will be held in Tbilisi, Georgia on July 1-12 after the EUBC European U22 Boxing Championships. Boxers who were born in 2005 and in 2006 were eligible to attend at the 5th Junior Nations Cup where the Technical Delegate of the competition was Mr. Henrik Tavio of Finland.

Altogether 109 boxers from 16 nations attended in the competition in Serbia. The following nations sent boxers to the 5th Junior Nations Cup: Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia and the United States.

The safety of all participants, the continuous medical checks, the social distancing, the hygienic preparations, wearing masks and all of the health controls were the responsibility of the local organizers in Serbia to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the new Junior Nations Cup.

The bout of the day

Montenegro claimed a historical silver medal at the 2021 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in Kielce where Petar Lijesevic produced that fantastic result. Their new junior sensation, Mirko Sarcevic eliminated Kazakhstan’s ASBC Asian Junior Champion Batyrkhan Seitenov in the semi-finals of the middleweight (75kg) causing a surprise on Day3. The Montenegrin was still hungry for his further success, and he started the final with excellent rhythm against Kazakhstan’s Daulet Tulemisov. The Central Asian boxer adopted the rhythm of the final quickly and after two rounds the verdict was depended on their performance in the third. Sarcevic not only won the final by split decision following his great run but he received the Best Men’s Junior Boxer Trophy.

The surprise of the day

Poland’s Nikolas Pawlik is one of their impressive talents who has got a bright future in our sport but he had a hard road to the gold medal at the 5th Junior Nations Cup. The 16-year-old Polish boxer eliminated Kazakhstan’s gold medal favourite Damir Baipakov in the semi-finals of the pinweight (46kg) in Vrbas. Pawlik had to meet another Kazakh boxer in the final, Zhandarbek Izbasarov and surprisingly he was able to control that contest. The final verdict was unanimous decision for the Polish boxer who can expect another strong challenge in the upcoming EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships.

The Round-up

Bulgaria’s EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships bronze medallist Lyuboslav Metodiev knocked out Bosnia & Herzegovina’s Marko Berendika and he controlled his semi-final against Cyprus’ Nikolas Kambourakis in Vrbas. The 16-year-old Bulgarian met in the final with Kazakhstan’s Yunus Shakarov and used his speed to catch his opponent with tough shots. Metodiev produced an excellent finish and his efforts were enough to take the gold medal of the flyweight (50kg).

Romania’s EUBC European Schoolboys Boxing Championships silver medallist Angelo David Teodosescu is member of the national team since 2018 when he was only 13. The experienced Romanian moved up to the light heavyweight (80kg) and produced an excellent performance in the Junior Nations Cup. Teodosescu had a few difficulties in the first round against Serbia’s Masan Nikcevic but his strength decided their contest in the second. The referee counted the Serbian and following his next heavy blows, confirmed the RSC success of the Romanian boxer.

Croatia’s Lovro Pavcec claimed silver medal at the 2019 EUBC European Schoolboys Boxing Championships in Tbilisi and he is planning to return to Georgia’s capital soon. During his road to the preparation for the EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships, Pavcec claimed the title of the heavyweight (+80kg) in Vrbas. The 16-year-old Croatian had a tough final battle against Poland’s Olaf Pera but his stamina was enough to take the gold medal of the heaviest weight category.

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