North Macedonia’s new heroes are the Ozmen brothers who both won in the Junior Nations Cup

17 August 2019 News

The 3rdedition of the Junior Nations Cup continued in Vrbas where several top female and male contests were held on the third day of boxing. North Macedonia returned to the boxing map in the recent two years with active participation in the international stage and their new heroes are the Ozmen brothers who eliminated more experienced rivals in the prestigious Serbian tournament.

Altogether 20 nations registered to attend in the 3rdJunior Nations Cup and all of them arrived to Vrbas to compete for the medals. Following the Official Draw, it is revealed that 51 women and 109 men boxers are attending for the titles in Vrbas. Boxers who were born in 2003 and in 2004 are eligible to attend in this international junior event.

The following 20 nations are taking part in the 3rdJunior Nations Cup: Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, India, Israel, Kazakhstan, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Ukraine, United States of America, Uzbekistan.

Bout of the day

Kazakhstan’s Sultan Babakhanov is one of the best boxers in their junior team who tries to continue his nation’s excellent tradition at the welterweight (66kg). The 16-year-old Kazakh had to meet on Day3 with Russia’s EUBC European Schoolboys Champion Ivan Romanchuk who defeated Hungary’s EUBC European Schoolboys Boxing Championships bronze medallist Mate Horvath in the previous stage. The Central Asian boxer knew his Russian opponent and followed the well-built strategy in Vrbas. Romanchuk was a competitive rival for Babakhanov but the Kazakh boxer replied to all Russian attacks effectively therefore the Central Asian youngster advanced to the next stage of the event.

The surprises of the day

North Macedonia’s Ilhan Ozmen is almost a newcomer in the international stage but he delivered the main sensation of the third competition day. He had to box with Hungary’s two-time EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships bronze medallist Ferenc Samu at the male lightweight (60kg) on Day3. In spite of the previous chances the North Macedonian delivered a sensation with his narrow success over the experienced Hungarian. Another North Macedonian boxer, his brother Ajhan Ozmen defeated Montenegro’s Darko Mrdovic at the welterweight (66kg).

The Round-up

Russia’s EUBC European Women’s Junior Champion Alena Tremasova did not have an ideal first opponent but she was able to beat India’s Upadhyay Ragini unanimously on Day2. Tremasova had to meet in the next stage of the event with Uzbekistan’s Nations Women’s Cup winner Sabina Bobokulova which was a key contest at the girls’ light flyweight (48kg). The Russian boxer was slightly better than her promising Uzbek opponent and remained her chance alive to win this weight class in Vrbas.

Russia’s outstanding technician Anastasia Kiriyenko won the title of the light flyweight (48kg) in the EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships but moved up one category in the recent weeks. The Russian eliminated Hungary’s Eszter Marton unanimously in their flyweight (50kg) bout on Day2 and continued her winning path against Serbia’s Jovana Radmanovic stopping the local boxer in the first round.

Sweden’s Sipel Duna is relatively newcomer in the international events but she shined against Hungary’s Evelin Nagy at the girls’ featherweight (57kg) in Vrbas. Russia’s Valeria Vorontsova was gold medallist at the middleweight (75kg) in the EUBC European Women’s Junior Boxing Championships but since May she moved up to the heavyweight (+80kg). Vorontsova, whose sister is also a well-known boxer, was able to control her fight against India’s Alfiya Tarannum Pathan which was an early final in Vrbas.

Croatia’s Tomislav Letinic knew several Hungarian opponents from previous events but he never met with Nobert Ollari in any events yet. The technician Croatian ruled the bout and won the contest by unanimous decision. In another male pinweight (46kg) bout Serbia’s Mile Jovanovic was slightly better than Slovakia’s top junior hope Samuel Zupko and remained his chance alive to get a gold on home soil.

Russia’s 15-year-old Sergei Koldenkov claimed the gold medals at the EUBC European Schoolboys Boxing Championships in 2017 and in 2018 twice therefore his dominancy over Slovakia’s Ladislav Horvath was not a surprise in Vrbas. Another boxer, who is spending his first year among the juniors, Serbia’s Uros Milosevic also worked well in the light welterweight (63kg) and controlled his fight over Hungary’s Robert Budai.

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