Pawlik and Gindac surprised in the semi-finals of the 5th Junior Nations Cup

12 June 2021 News

Twenty bouts were held in the third competition day at the 5th Junior Nations Cup in the city of Vrbas, Serbia. All of the winners of the female and male contests of the day advanced to the finals of the competition in Serbia. Poland’s Nikolas Pawlik and Romania’s Alexandru Florin Gindac both defeated more experienced rivals on Day3.

The Serbian international competition is a preparation event before the upcoming EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships. The junior continental event will be held in Tbilisi, Georgia on July 1-12 after the EUBC European U22 Boxing Championships. Boxers who were born in 2005 and in 2006 are eligible to attend at the 5th Junior Nations Cup where the Technical Delegate of the competition is Mr. Henrik Tavio of Finland.

Altogether 109 boxers from 16 nations are attending in the competition in Serbia. The following nations sent boxers to the 5th Junior Nations Cup: Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia and the United States.

The Junior Nations Cup is holding at the Drago Jovovic Sports Hall in Vrbas where the Tournament Director & Competition Manager is Mr. Jovan Panic. The Junior Nations Cup was launched in 2017 and it is holding at the fifth times.  

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 Serbia to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the new Junior Nations Cup.

The bout of the day

Bulgaria’s Viktorio Iliev competed mainly national events in his homeland and claimed several titles as a schoolboy and junior. The Bulgarian bantamweight (54kg) boxer received the right to attend in the 5th Junior Nations Cup and impressed in the semi-finals of the strong competition. He met with Poland’s Dominik Jedrej who competed at the 2019 EUBC European Schoolboys Boxing Championships in Tbilisi therefore Iliev could expect a hard battle. The Bulgarian moved a lot on feet and tried to find the best attacking angles and he was better in their exchanges. The Polish boxer was a strong opponent for Iliev but he succeeded and will be facing for the gold medal with Kazakhstan’s Adaybek Niyazbay.

The surprises of the day

Poland’s Nikolas Pawlik has been attending in the international events since 2018 when he was only 13 but he had to meet with Kazakhstan’s gold medal favourite Damir Baipakov at the pinweight (46kg) in Vrbas. That contest was a strong test for the Polish boxer who trains in the club of LKS Myszkow in his home. Pawlik never met with such a top quality opponent but he not only adopted the rhythm but defeated Baipakov causing a surprise in the third competition day.

Romania’s Alexandru Florin Gindac claimed his first national title as a schoolboy in 2019 but he was not the favourite against North Macedonia’s Petar Arsovski who is their biggest talent in the junior team. Arsovski had more than 80 contests already and competed top international events with successes but the Romanian surprised him in the first round. Gindac maintained the fighting distance well and he was able to eliminate Arsovski in the semi-finals of the light bantamweight (52kg).

The Round-up

Bulgaria’s EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships bronze medallist Lyuboslav Metodiev started strongly in the 5th Junior Nations Cup and knocked out Bosnia & Herzegovina’s Marko Berendika. The 16-year-old Bulgarian met in the in the next stage of boxing with Cyprus’ Nikolas Kambourakis who also opened his campaign with a victory in Vrbas. Metodiev had more bouts, experiences during his career and these paid off in their semi-final contest at the flyweight (50kg).

Cyprus’ EUBC European Schoolgirls Champion Laila Abdullatif shined in the previous Bornemissza Junior Memorial Tournament and she impressed in the Junior Nations Cup. The Cyprian girl has done several historical steps for the country’s boxing life and she was too strong for Italy’s Chiara Bencivegna. The referee stopped their contest quickly in the first round and confirmed Abdullatif’s RSC triumph. For the title of the women’s light flyweight (48kg), she will be meeting with Russia’s Viktoria Shareva.

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