Poland’s Izabela Rozkoszek bowed out the titleholder in the semi-finals of the EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships

21 November 2020 News

The final line-ups are revealed in the EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships and the best remained their gold medal chances alive. The second part of the semi-finals with nineteen bouts contested in two sessions in the seventh competition day in Budva, Montenegro. Poland’s Izabela Rozkoszek delivered the main sensation of the day beating the defending champion, Russia’s Alina Kantemirova.

These weight categories were in action on Day7: women’s bantamweight (54kg), women’s featherweight (57kg), women’s welterweight (69kg), women’s middleweight (75kg), women’s heavyweight (+81kg), men’s bantamweight (56kg), men’s lightweight (60kg), men’s middleweight (75kg), men’s light heavyweight (81kg) and men’s super heavyweight (+91kg).

The following 22 nations are attending in the EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships Budva 2020: Albania, Armenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Israel, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Ukraine.

Boxers who were born in 2002 and in 2003 are eligible to attend in the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships in Budva. 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 Montenegro to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships Budva 2020.

The bout of the day

Russia’s Mikhail Usov is the most experienced youth boxer in the whole European continent with nearly 300 bouts during his career. The 17-year-old Russian had to meet with Montenegro’s Milos Krasnici in a crucial semi-final at the middleweight (75kg). The host nation’s pride was attacking until the very final minute and he fought until last blood which made the bout to a spectacular one today. Usov had more technical and tactical weapons which decided their contest in Budva where his final opponent will be Ukraine’s Ilia Tohobytskyi who eliminated Albania’s Santiago Selimaj in the second semi-final.

The surprise of the day

Russia’s Alina Kantemirova was the defending champion at the women’s featherweight (57kg) and met in her key semi-finals with Poland’s Izabela Rozkoszek. Her Polish opponent exceeded the expectations and controlled the first round ruling the middle of the ring. Rozkoszek was not only brave in the attacks but she could keep Kantemirova on short distance in the semi-final. Kantemirova looked tired in the last round therefore Rozkoszek will be able to box for the title against Montenegro’s Bojana Gojkovic.

The round-up

Russia’s Aleksey Shendrik defeated his main rival EUBC European Junior Champion Mikhail Grigoryan at the Botvinnik Youth Memorial Tournament in Belarus one month ago and earned a ticket to the EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships. The 17-year-old Russian moved more ahead than in his last international event and proved virtuoso style of boxing against Armenia’s Ruslan Aslikyan. Shendrik was too smart for the Armenian boxer and advanced to the final of the men’s bantamweight (56kg) and will be boxing with Bulgaria’s EUBC European Junior Champion Krasimir Dzhurov.

Czech Republic’s Claudie Tothova won the Julius Torma Youth Memorial Tournament in Prague two months ago and used the recent months to develop her technical skills. The smaller Czech girl jumped in to the effective fighting distance and landed punches in the first round of the semi-final against Ukraine’s Kateryna Bodnarchuk. The Czech southpaw had a dangerous left hand and after one of her nice jabs the referee counted the Ukrainian. Tothova delivered her best performance with perfect timing and will be meeting for the title of the women’s bantamweight (54kg) with Russia’s EUBC European Junior Champion Liana Tarasian.

Moldova’s Daria Kozorez claimed her first continental medal at the 2019 EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships in Sofia which was a bronze. The 18-year-old Moldovan moved up to the heavyweight (+81kg) since her last international appearance. Kozorez used her jabs and speed to control her semi-final against Spain’s newcomer Clara Paraiso Martinez in Budva. Her powerful punches decided the contest before the final gong and her RSC triumph means that she can box for the gold medal against Russia’s EUBC European Junior Champion Tatyana Bogdanova.

Russia’s new lightweight (60kg) Youth National Champion Tengiz Kotoyan impressed during his road to the semi-finals in Budva and continued his strong performance on Day7. The 17-year-old Russian used his fantastic footwork to beat Armenia’s Artur Sahakyan in the last four of the category. In the second semi-final, Bulgaria’s EUBC European Junior Champion Radoslav Rosenov was too quick for Ukraine’s Hennadiy Maslennikov. The Kotoyan vs. Rosenov battle could be one of the highlights of the day of the finals in Budva.

Montenegro’s best youth male boxer Petar Lijesevic was one of the favourites of the light heavyweight (81kg) before the start of the EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships. The 18-year-old boxer was more static than in his previous contests but he was better in in-fighting than Serbia’s Almir Memic. The referee counted the brave Serbian boxer twice in the second round of the bout therefore Lijesevic can meet for the title with Russia’s 18-year-old Ramazan Dadayev.

Montenegro’s female No.1 two-time EUBC European Junior Champion Bojana Gojkovic got a bye in the quarter-finals and had to wait for her debut in Budva until the seventh competition day. The 17-year-old gold medal contender spent short time in the ring due to Bosnia & Herzegovina’s Tara Bohatjuk’s injury following Gojkovic’s punches. Montenegro’s pride, who trains with energetic coach Mr. Nikola Ruzic, advanced to her third European final in her first youth year.

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