North Macedonia, Estonia and host Montenegro are among the medallist nations at the EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships21 November 2020
Twenty-four quarter-finals contests have been held in two sessions in the fourth competition day at the EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships in Budva, Montenegro. North Macedonia, Estonia and host Montenegro are also among the medallist nations besides to the boxing powers in the EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships.
The following 22 nations are attending in the EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships Budva 2020: Albania, Armenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Israel, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Ukraine.
Boxers who were born in 2002 and in 2003 are eligible to attend in the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships in Budva. 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 Montenegro to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships.
The bout of the day
Latvia’s Matvejs Prokudins impressed in the first day of boxing in Budva and stopped Sweden’s No.1 Alexander Fredriksson. The 17-year-old Latvian bantamweight (56kg) boxer was quarter-finalist in the 2019 EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships but failed his last step to get a medal. Prokudins had a chance once again to take a medal for Latvia and gave in everything against Armenia’s Ruslan Aslikyan. Both boxers had wonderful footwork in their quarter-final but Aslikyan’s quick attacks decided their spectacular contest therefore Prokudins missed the medal in Budva.
The surprise of the day
Estonia joined to the female boxing events only in the recent years but their development is continuous especially in the younger age groups. Diana Gorisnaja had less international experiences than Bulgaria’s Blagovesta Georgieva but she had the strong motivation to reach her career highlight in Budva. The flyweight (51kg) boxer controlled all of the rounds against the Bulgarian and achieved a guaranteed medal for Estonia.
Moldova’s Mihail Taranu claimed silver medal in their Youth National Championships and after that he decided to move down to the light flyweight (49kg). The 17-year-old Moldovan is two-time EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships bronze medallist who demonstrated his excellent technical skills on Day3. The Moldovan boxer had unpredictable movements all of the three rounds against Romania’s Gheorghe Ghinoiu and won the quarter-final bout. Taranu will be meeting in the semi-finals with Ukraine’s Danylo Dryzhak who had a tough and narrow fight against Serbia’s strong Omer Ajetovic.
Russia’s Robert Badalyan competed high number of youth events in 2019 and following those experiences he won the title of their Youth National Championships. The Armenian-descent Russian had to meet with Armenia’s Rudolf Garboyan in the quarter-finals of the light flyweight (49kg) in Budva. The Russian boxer used fantastic footwork to catch his Armenian opponent in the first and second rounds. Garboyan was too static in the third round therefore Badalyan won the superb Armenian battle in Budva.
Bulgaria’s Krasimir Dzhurov claimed gold medal in the 2019 EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships but in his last youth competition he lost to his teammate EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships silver medallist Nikolay Marinov one month ago. Despite of his loss, the 17-year-old bantamweight (56kg) boxer was selected to attend in Budva and dominated his quarter-final against Moldova’s Vitalie Prisacaru. Dzhurov overcame his Moldovan rival, landed one clear punch and after moved away to the safest distance and his long range tactic paid off on Day4.
Latvia’s EUBC European Women’s Junior Boxing Championships silver medallist Nikolina Boke joined to the youth age group this January but she is one of the most experienced at the lightweight (60kg) in Budva. The 17-year-old Latvian met with Russia’s Vladlena Bezlapova who replaced Youth National Champion Karina Babanazarova in the squad. The Russian southpaw tried to be a hard target for Boke in the bout and moved more on feet to land effective counter-punches. The Russian boxer used her longer reach better and eliminated one of the favorites of the weight category.
North Macedonia’s best boxer Ardijan Azemi won several international junior competitions in 2019 and joined to the youth age group as high hope of the country. The 17-year-old North Macedonian heavyweight (91kg) already won his first contest in Budva and he had the strong fighting spirit in the fourth competition day to accomplish his target, the medal in the event. Azemi used the best attacking angles against Croatia’s tall Kristijan Duje Gacina who was not able to organize his defense well enough in the bout. Azemi won the quarter-final and achieved a historical medal for North Macedonia in the continental event.
Russia’s Anastasia Kiriyenko won the gold medal at the 2019 EUBC European Women’s Junior Boxing Championships in Galati. She quickly adopted the level of the youth boxers and impressed in her flyweight (51kg) quarter-final against Armenia’s newcomer Arsine Tsaturyan. The 17-year-old Russian was technically and tactically better than her inexperienced Armenian opponent and she used also her strength to beat Tsaturyan in Budva. Another favourite in this weight category, Poland’s Alexas Kubicki eliminated Spain’s promising Zuleima Del Pino Gonzalez.
Montenegro’s Nela Radenovic was defeated by Poland’s Julia Szeremeta in the quarter-finals of the women’s lightweight (60kg) but in the evening session her sister proved better performance. Nina Radenovic duplicated her efforts following Nela’s loss and gave in all of her power to beat Czech Republic’s Kristyna Vaclavikova. The final verdict was split decision in the favour of Nina Radenovic who advanced to the semi-finals of the light welterweight (64kg) in Budva.