Norway’s Mindaugas Gedminas made the top sensation of the semi-finals at the Eindhoven Box Cup

20 October 2019 News

The new edition of the Eindhoven Box Cup turned to its semi-final stage and all of the winners of the second competition day advanced to the gold medal bouts. Netherlands’ Enrico La Cruz had even harder job in the semi-finals than he expected while the top surprise of the day was made by Norway’s Mindaugas Gedminas.

The Chairman of the EUBC Passion for Boxing Commission and the President of the Netherlands Boxing Federation Mr. Boris Van der Vorst followed the semi-finals in the venue together with the Technical Delegate of the Eindhoven Box Cup Mr. Maxim Cherticovtsev of Moldova, ASBC Vice-President Mr. Chaiwat Chotima of Thailand and ASBC EC Member Mr. Dian Gomes of Sri Lanka.

The Eindhoven Box Cup is a new event in the European Boxing Map which was launched only a few years ago but the engine of the competition Mr. Jeremie Besson developed it rapidly and conquered new markets in the world. Afghanistan, Hong Kong, Kazakhstan, Mali, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Zambia are also attending in the Eindhoven Box Cup besides to several European countries.

Bout of the day

Netherlands’ Enrico La Cruz earned bronze medal in the Minsk 2019 European Games and the Rio 2016 Olympian boxer showed excellent performance in the day of the semi-finals. The Dutch No.1 overcame Germany’s Mert Caliskan in the attacks and in the second he increased his dominancy. La Cruz used different tactics in their semi-final and attacked more than in his previous tournaments. The German was a more competitive opponent for La Cruz than expected but the Dutch marched to the final of the Eindhoven Box Cup where he will be facing with Thailand’s rising star Youth Olympic Games winner Atichai Phoemsap.

Surprise of the day

Norway’s Lithuanian-descent Mindaugas Gedminas involved to the national team one year ago and attended all of the major events in 2019. The Norwegian middleweight (75kg) boxer had a well-experienced opponent in the semi-final, Netherlands’ Max Van der Pas who is member of the national squad since 2011. The Norwegian started the first round better and he looked confident against the Dutch No.1 of this weight class. Van der Pas received strong advices in the first break and returned to the match but Gedminas handled the third round well enough to make a surprise in the semi-finals.

The Round-Up

Netherlands’ EUBC European Youth Champion Chelsey Heijnen started her campaign in the Eindhoven Box Cup with a clear success on Day1 but she has done even better in the semi-finals. She dominated the first round against Czech Republic’s Lenka Volejnikova and following the knock downs the referee confirmed her RSC success in the second. The 20-year-old Dutch will be meeting for the title with Italy’s Valeria Bustamante who defeated Denmark’s Ditte Frostholm by split decision.

France’s Davina Michel qualified for the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games but after a few poor years she came back to the business one year ago following she raised the intensity of her training sessions. The 22-year-old French middleweight (75kg) boxer competed in various tournaments this year and her experiences were enough to beat Kazakhstan’s AIBA Women’s Youth World Champion Araylym Begdilda in the semi-finals. Her final opponent will be another Asian boxer, Sri Lanka’s new team member P.U. Jayasuriya.

Belgium’s Vasile Usturoi won contests in the Minsk 2019 European Games and at the Yekaterinburg 2019 AIBA World Boxing Championships therefore he was a favourite in his semi-final against Hong Kong’s Tso Sing Yu who competed mainly Southeast Asian events. The Belgian southpaw had a tough opponent today but tactically he could manage his success and won the bout unanimously. Usturoi will be meeting in the final of the bantamweight (57kg) with Ireland’s Sean Purcell who was quicker and stronger than Portugal’s Sergio Rodrigues.

Netherlands’ Artjom Kasparian eliminated a tough boxer from Thailand Anavat Thongkrathok in the quarter-finals and met in the last four with France’s Bengoro Bamba who has just moved up to the light heavyweight (81kg) in the recent weeks. The 24-year-old Dutch and the French had similar tactic and in that game Kasparian was better in the first and second rounds. The French began the third round with a nice left-handed hook which increased Kasparian’s motivations and tempo. Kasparian controlled most of their exchanges and deserved to win their semi-finals which means he can fight for the gold with England’s George Crotty.

Belgium’s Victor Schelstraete is a new sensation at the heavyweight (91kg) who impressed in the Minsk 2019 European Games and also in the Yekaterinburg AIBA World Boxing Championships where he knocked out his first rival. The Belgian heavyweight (91kg) boxer has excellent physical skills and ruled the middle of the ring in the semi-final against France’s Seydi Coupe. The Belgian was never stopped attacking and moved ahead bravely from the first seconds in an honest fight.

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