Naimov, Medinskiy and Grigoryan were the bests in the quarter-finals of the Komsomolsk-na-Amure International Youth Tournament04 February 2020
The Komsomolsk-na-Amure International Youth Tournament is holding for the Memory of the Russian Soldier victims in Afghanistan and other flashpoints this week. The event is the first valuable youth competition in 2020 and boxers who were born in 2002 and in 2003, are eligible to attend in this Russian tournament.
Host Russia competes in the Komsomolsk-na-Amure International Youth Tournament with their top teams and the event is their first selection tournament before the main goals of 2020. Besides to them among the top nations Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Poland, Latvia and Germany also sent their best youth talents to Komsomolsk-na-Amure which is located in the Russian Far East.
Bout of the day
Russia’s Chezrav Ashalayev claimed bronze medal at the 2018 edition of the EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships in Anapa. Since then he became stronger and moved up two categories to the welterweight (69kg). The 17-year-old Russian had to meet in the quarter-finals of the tough division with Uzbekistan’s newly crowned Youth National Champion Sirojatdin Khojakhmetov. The Uzbek boxer eliminated Russia’s Artur Golikov in the first preliminary round and he became competitive for Ashalayev. Both boxers gave in everything and their exchanges were spectacular ones for the crowd and after the final decision Ashalayev can continues in the last four.
The surprise of the day
Uzbekistan’s Mirzabek Mirzakhalilov claimed bronze medal in the 2019 ASBC Asian Youth Boxing Championships and arrived to Komsomolsk-na-Amure as one of the favourites of the bantamweight (56kg) which is his new division. The 17-year-old Uzbek, whose elder brother Mirazizbek is the current AIBA Elite World Champion in this weight class, did not deliver his very best this time and lost to Russia’s Murat Khapchayev which was the main sensation of the competition day.
Russia’s Dmitriy Naimov earned silver medal in the 2019 EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships in Sofia last September. The Russian boxer changed from the light flyweight (49kg) up to the flyweight (52kg) in the recent weeks and started his campaign well in Komsomolsk-na-Amure and defeated his teammate Islam Albaskhanov.
Nikolai Medinskiy earned gold medal in the 2016 EUBC European Schoolboys Boxing Championships and bronze at the 2017 EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships. The Russian bantamweight (56kg) boxer is aiming for a place in their top team this year and proved his developed strength against Germany’s Paul Werner.
Russia’s EUBC European Junior Champion Mikhail Grigoryan was one of the best boxers in his age group and arrived to the event as a favourite at the bantamweight (56kg). He controlled his fight against Moldova’s Danil Slepoi who moved up one weight class since the 2019 EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships. Another 2003 born Russian boxer EUBC European Junior Champion Magomed Mamayev was also too strong for Azerbaijan’s Farid Sadykov at the lightweight (60kg).