Petrovski, Simic, Cirkovic and Lugo won the special awards at the 4th Junior Nations Cup

19 October 2020 News

Following the rest day, the Junior Nations Cup finished in Vrbas, Serbia with the exciting finals and new champions have been crowned in the event. Serbia’s Matija Petrovski was the Best Technical Boxer in the Junior Nations Cup where Rastko Simic, Sara Cirkovic and Eliah Lugo won the further trophies. 

The Junior Nations Cup has been re-scheduled from August and then from September but finally the event took place before the EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships. The Tournament Director of the Junior Nations Cup Mr. Jovan Panic worked hard together with Mr. Mojas Stijepovic to the success of the competition. 

Male boxers who were born in 2004 and in 2005 were eligible to attend at the Junior Nations Cup in Vrbas. The safety of all participants, the continuous medical checks, the social distancing, the hygienic preparations, wearing masks and all of the health controls were the responsibility of the local organizers in Serbia to avoid any new Covid-19 cases in the event.   

The 4th Junior Nations Cup was held at the Drago Jovovic Sports Hall in Vrbas as in the recent years and the event was live streamed in their officials website: The Junior Nations Cup was launched in 2017 and the new 4th edition supported the boxers to prepare to the upcoming EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships which will be held in Sofia, Bulgaria from November 23 until December 3. 

The bout of the day 

Serbia’s Uros Milosevic claimed bronze medal at the 2019 Junior Nations Cup one year ago and won several regional and national events in the recent two years. The 16-year-old Serbian had to face in the final of the Junior Nations Cup with Bosnia & Herzegovina’s Djovani Jerkovic. Their battle was recognized as the best fight of the 4th Junior Nations Cup after all of the final contests. Milosevic launched high number of attacks and showed his excellent fighting style in Vrbas where his Bosnian opponent exceeded the previous expectations with his effectiveness. Milosevic was way too experienced for Jerkovic and won their welterweight (66kg) bout by unanimous decision proving his strong potential in the upcoming EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships.  

The surprise of the day

Serbia’s Sead Ikanovic won all of the important schoolboy national events in the recent two years and joined to the junior age group this January. The 15-year-old Serbian had to face in the final of the featherweight (57kg) with his fellow Zoran Velimir for the title of the category. Their contest was another narrow fight in Vrbas and despite of Ikanovic’s efforts, the older Velimir was able to win their difficult bout.

The round-up 

Serbia’s Sara Cirkovic had a tough final opponent in the women’s bantamweight (54kg), Dragana Jovanovic which was an important selection between them before the EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships. Cirkovic was slightly better in the exchanges and won the best female fight of the third competition day. Serbia’s best female junior talent Sara Skapik spent short time in the ring against Aleksandra Milosevic and the referee confirmed her RSC triumph. 

North Macedonia’s junior boxers impressed in the recent Serbian international events especially Ardian Azemi who fights now among the youth boxers. Their new junior No.1 Petar Arsovski claimed the first male gold medal in the Junior Nations Cup. The North Macedonian pinweight (46kg) boxer competed at the 2019 EUBC European Schoolboys Boxing Championships and as a junior he claimed his first gold after beating Serbia’s Aca Vujinov in the final.  

Matija Petrovski trains in the Gosa Boxing Club and arrived to the Junior Nations Cup as the main favourite of the light bantamweight (52kg). The Serbian Junior National Champion proved his excellent technical and tactical developments but he had such an uncomfortable opponent as North Macedonia’s Hadi Shebabi. Petrovski tried to use his speed and footwork and found the best counter-attacking angles in their contest. The final verdict was split decision in the favour of Petrovski who was named as the Best Technical Boxer of the Junior Nations Cup. 

The only participating nation out of the European continent was the US delegation in Vrbas and both of their junior talents dominated their weight classes. Elias Lugo eliminated Serbia’s Stefan Krasnic in the semi-finals of the middleweight (75kg) and continued his winning path against another local boxer, Milos Tubic. His brother Nathan Lugo stopped Serbia’s Nikola Bozovic in the semi-finals of the heavyweight (+80kg) and walked over to the gold medal against Masan Nikcevic. 

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