Perfect competition day for the Serbians with three medals at the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships28 November 2020
The second part of the quarter-finals were held in the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria where 18 contests are scheduled in two sessions. Croatia’s Tomislav Letinic turned back his quarter-final contest and the Serbian team produced a perfect competition day.
The re-scheduled competition moved to Bulgaria’ capital where all of the requirements, experiences and professional organizational team are waiting for the participants. Boxers who were born in 2004 and in 2005 are eligible to attend in the EUBC Junior European Confederation Boxing Championships in Sofia.
The following nations are attending in the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships Sofia 2020: Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Israel, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and Ukraine.
The European Boxing Confederation’s medical and safety rules are very strict in the whole competition as it was followed in Montenegro. 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 Bulgaria to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the EUBC Junior European Confederation Boxing Championships.
The bout of the day
Romania’s Angelo Covaci eliminated one of the top Czech junior boxers, Robin Tokar in the second day of boxing during the preliminaries. The Romanian flyweight (50kg) boxer was taller in the quarter-finals than Croatia’s Tomislav Letinic but tried to work also from closer range. The Croatian attended in the 2019 EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships and had more international experiences than his Romanian opponent. Letinic turned back the control in the second and decided their contest with tough punches in the third round. Covaci had to go to the medical corner in the final round and the ringside doctor decided that he is not able to continue after Letinic’s punches.
The surprise of the day
Poland’s Silesian Women’s Open Junior Tournament winner Weronika Bochen had the height and weight advantages against Russia’s Marina Semenova who has just moved up to the heavyweight (+80kg) in the recent months but she had the experiences. The 15-year-old Polish girl had energetic attacks in the first round and knocked down Semenova who tried to avoid those lethal punches in the later actions. The Russian boxer survived the most dangerous moments but Bochen had the dominancy and the victory today.
Russia’s Renata Mingalimova won the title of the 2018 EUBC European Schoolgirls Boxing Championships at the age of 13 and joined to the junior age group this January when she quickly achieved the gold at the Nations Women’s Cup. The 15-year-old Russian controlled the first round of their pinweight (46kg) fight against Romania’s Emilia Dragan and she was still able to increase her tempo in the second period. Mingalimova is the main favourite of the smallest girl weight category and opened her campaign with a clear triumph.
Poland’s Natalia Gras never boxed out of her country yet but she impressed in local events in the recent two years. The Polish girl had a brave tactic against Russia’s Irina Vostrikova in the quarter-finals of the women’s bantamweight (54kg). Gras tried to catch her quick Russian opponent who danced her through several times moving into the right direction to avoid the Polish punches. Vostrikova’s counter-shots arrived from safest distance which game play continued until the final gong therefore the Russian advanced to the semi-finals.
Ukraine’s Dzhamal Kuliyev moved up to the light heavyweight (80kg) this year and the Junior National Champion adopted the strength of the punches quickly. The 16-year-old Ukrainian landed lethal punches already in the first round against Romania’s Rares Stoiculescu and took massive advantage after the opening two minutes. The Ukrainian used his strength and speed to beat his Romanian opponent and will be meeting in the semi-finals with Czech Republic’s David Polak who knocked out Croatia’s Jura Kunic.
Bulgaria’s Georgi Stoyanov won all of their junior national events this year and looked confident against Latvia’s Ilja Jurcenoks in the first round. The 16-year-old Bulgarian light heavyweight (80kg) boxer landed strong punches all of the rounds and he is now a guaranteed medallist in Sofia. Stoyanov proved powerful performance in the quarter-finals and will be facing in the last four with Russia’s Daniyal Tuktubayev who won all of the rounds against France’s Babacar Diarra.
Serbia’s Dragana Jovanovic was energetic against Romania’s Margareta Hidigan who has just involved to the national team a few weeks ago. The Serbian girl amazed with her effective combinations and secured a medal in Sofia following her excellent success at the women’s bantamweight (54kg). Serbia’s second guaranteed medal was achieved by Vukasin Tepic who used his height advantage well and worked from long distance successfully against Bulgaria’s Manolo Stoyanov. The third Serbian medal of the day was captures by Darko Djukanovic who defeated Latvia’s tall Bruno Bulders at the men’s bantamweight (54kg).
Ukraine’s Maksym Rudyk is one of their most experienced junior male boxers who had one clear target to take the title of the flyweight (50kg) in Sofia. The 16-year-old Ukrainian followed the strategy from the first seconds and his will controlled his quarter-final against Poland’s Nikodem Szafarz who also had nice actions in the bout. Rudyk was patient, played well in all of the three rounds and enjoyed the bout which he won by unanimous decision.
Romania’s Daniel Girleanu came from a boxing family to Sofia, his elder brother Cosmin is AIBA Junior World Champion and already a Tokyo Olympian. The Romanian southpaw used his speed advantage to catch Croatia’s Marko Vuckovic in the quarter-finals of the bantamweight (54kg). The referee counted the Croatian in the second round after Girleanu’s heavy jabs and repeated that standing count in the third. Girleanu was energetic, his rhythm was fantastic and became the next medallist in Sofia following the family traditions.