Peregyniak and Sahakyan both defeated stars in the Semen Trestin Memorial Tournament on Day1

10 July 2019 News

The Boris Andreev Youth Memorial Tournament was held in Kharkiv in the recent days and quickly after that another international event is scheduled in Ukraine. The 23rdedition of the Semen Trestin Memorial Tournament is the main elite competition this week where Ukraine’s Volodymyr Peregyniak and Armenia’s Janik Sahakyan both delivered sensations on Day1.

The Semen Trestin Memorial Tournament was launched more than two decades ago and the new edition is even stronger than the last one. Altogether 140 boxers have been there in the General weigh-in of the Semen Trestin Memorial Tournament in Odessa. The following 13 nations are taking part in Odessa: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Cuba, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Senegal and Ukraine.

The bout of the day

Ukraine’s Volodymyr Peregyniak attended in the 2012 EUBC European Confederation Schoolboys Boxing Championships and reached the quarter-final but since that international event he competed mainly in national and smaller events. The 23-year-old Ukrainian performed over his limit in today’s bout and defeated Jordan’s two-time ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships silver medallist Obada Al-Kasbeh who has just moved up to the welterweight (69kg).

Surprise of the day

Armenia’s Janik Sahakyan claimed bronze medal in their National Elite Championships in 2017 following his youth years but he was not the favourite against Ukraine’s super talented Maksym Halinichev who claimed gold twice in the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships. In spite of the previous chances the 22-year-old Armenian landed enough punches to eliminate the Ukrainian star in their bantamweight (57kg) meeting.

The Round-Up

Israel sent their best boxers to the Semen Trestin Memorial Tournament which is their preparation event before the AIBA World Boxing Championships. Bshara Sabbar attended in several junior and youth international events and moved down to the bantamweight (57kg) in the recent weeks. The 20-year-old Israeli boxer had to meet with a similar young rival Ukraine’s Mykyta Dineev but he succeeded in Odessa.

Ireland’s Wayne Kelly returned to the national team following his loss in the quarter-finals of their National Championships earlier this year. The Irish light welterweight (63kg) boxer dictated the tempo from the first minutes against Armenia’s Vaghinak Bazeyan in Odessa. The final verdict was unanimous decision in the favour of the Irish boxer who advanced to the last 16 in the Ukrainian city.

Hungary’s Tibor Barbosu was quarter-finalist in the Budapest 2018 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships and joined to the elite boxers only this January. The 19-year-old Hungarian welterweight (69kg) boxer used his energetic style to control the first round against Ireland’s Aidan Walsh. Barbosu proved his developments since his youth bouts and in spite of his tiredness in the last round, he was managed to win this difficult fight.

Ukraine’s Baku 2015 European Games bronze medallist Yaroslav Samofalov is a tough welterweight (69kg) boxer who has been trying to regain his place in the top national team this year. The 24-year-old Ukrainian was more experienced than his first opponent Moldova’s Youth National Champion 19-year-old Dovron Bozorov. The Moldovan has done nice things in the ring but Samofalov’s strength decided their contest in Odessa.

The middleweight (75kg) is the most popular category in the Semen Trestin Memorial Tournament with the participation of 24 boxers. Ireland’s national team member Emmett Brennan eliminated Ukraine’s Igor Kharchenko winning the bout by unanimous decision while Jordan’s Asian Games bronze medallist Zeyad Eshaish also started strongly and defeated Ukraine’s Mykola Zhizhiyan.

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