Netherlands’ Sven Cuppen turned back his fight at the EUBC Schoolboys Boxing Championships on Day2

07 August 2019 News

The second day of the EUBC European Schoolgirls and Schoolboys Boxing Championships saw marathon program with 60 bouts in Georgia’s capital in Tbilisi. Netherlands’ lone boxer in the whole event Sven Cuppen turned back his top level fight against the English favourite on Day2 when Finland, Czech Republic and Italy won strong contests.

Altogether 30 nations are attending in the EUBC European Schoolgirls and Schoolboys Boxing Championships and several of these young talents have already international experiences. Boxers who were born in 2005 and in 2006 are eligible to attend in the event where 13 girls and 20 boys will be crowned among the participating 78 schoolgirls and 238 schoolboys.

The following 30 nations are taking part in the EUBC European Schoolgirls and Schoolboys Boxing Championships: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, England, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey and Ukraine.

Bout of the day

Netherlands earned strong results in the Minsk 2019 European Games and in the recent big international events. Netherlands sent only one boxer to Tbilisi but their Sven Cuppen is a quality one athlete who had to meet in the first round with one of the gold medal contenders of the light welterweight (56kg), England’s Emmanuel Buttigieg. The English boxer started their contest better and took the lead in each scorecard after the opening round. The lone Dutch boxer in the event, who won 23 out of his previous 30 contests, proved his strength in the second round when the ringside doctor finished their tough bout confirming Cuppen’s unexpected success in the Georgian capital.

Surprises of the day

Czech Republic’s Filip Horvath reached excellent national results in the recent one and half year but his opponent Armenia’s Ruben Antonyan was more experienced than him. The Czech talent exceeded all of the previous expectations and won their contest by split decision which was a surprise at the flyweight (43kg). His teammate Tom Odlozilik was slightly better than Slovakia’s Dusan Bobek at the pinweight (40kg) delivering another strong success for the Czech Republic on Day2.

The Round-Up

England’s Thomas Varey arrived to the EUBC European Schoolboys Boxing Championships from a strong boxing family and has done a superb performance against another favourite, Ukraine’s Maksym Altunyan at the pinweight (40kg). Another strong English boxer Sam Hardy controlled his fight against Italy’s Mattia Prezzinga at the featherweight (54kg) and won that bout by unanimous decision.

Georgia achieved two excellent successes in the first competition day which was continued by their new national team member Murad Tagievi on Day2. The 14-year-old talent impressed against Azerbaijan’s Ali Jafarov at the 40kg weight class making the crowd proud in Tbilisi. In the same division Hungary’s Kevin Kozak was smarter than Lithuania’s Arnold Vobalis and advanced to the next stage of the event.

Malta did not attend any EUBC Championships in the recent few years but the tiny island returned to the boxing map in the schoolboy level and their National Federation sent a team to Tbilisi. Malta’s first boxer in action was Cayden Ellul who had brave attempts against Ireland’s Roy Farrelly in their meeting on Day2. The Irish boxer realized his previous chances and eliminated Malta’s debutant in Tbilisi.

The Italians had a rapid three-in-a-row series in Tbilisi proving their high potentials in this championship. Angelo Di Luggo defeated Israel’s Said Fathi at the light featherweight (50kg) before Danilo Mastrorillo was too strong for Serbia’s Marko Pizurica at the light welterweight (56kg). Short after these contests Davide Fiore eliminated Moldova’s Serghei Popov at the semi-welterweight (59kg).

Finland’s national coach Mr. Askar Sarsenbayev arrived to Europe from Kazakhstan two decades ago and his talented son represented the country in Tbilisi on Day2. Diar Sarsenbayev had better footwork than Belarus’ Yaraslau Vasilyeu and advanced to the next round at the bantamweight (48kg). Finland’s second success in the day was achieved by Miska Leikman who became the better boxer in the bout against North Macedonia’s Mario Efremov at the semi-welterweight (59kg).

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