Poletan, Darchinyan and Mersljakov were Europe’s bests in the first day of the AIBA World Boxing Championships10 September 2019
The Opening Ceremony and the first day of boxing was held in the Yekaterinburg 2019 AIBA World Boxing Championships which is one of the highlights of the year. Among the participating 78 nations and 365 boxers, Europe represents the AIBA World Boxing Championships with 169 athletes from 36 countries. Serbia’s Sandro Poletan, Armenia’s Arman Darchinyan and Germany’s Andrej Mersljakov all shined in the opening day.
The following 36 European nations are attending in the AIBA World Boxing Championships in Yekaterinburg: Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Moldova, Monaco, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and Wales.
Bout of the day
The middleweight (75kg) boxers were in action in the first day of boxing and the winners advanced to the last 32 in Yekaterinburg. One of the most difficult fights of the opening day was held between two European athletes, Serbia’s Sandro Poletan and Spain’s Miguel Cuadrado. The Spanish boxer, who advanced to the Top8 in the Minsk 2019 European Games, started the bout better and took the lead on the scorecards. The younger Serbian received strong advices in the first break and used an aggressive tactic to eliminate his Spanish rival in the bout of the day.
Surprise of the day
The Armenian team produced strong results in the recent two years but their middleweight (75kg) boxer Arman Darchinyan was not the favourite against England’s EUBC European Youth Champion Mark Dickinson. The English boxer, who won the Gee Bee Tournament this March, is a strong fighter who never stops attacking but the older Armenian used smarter boxing and eliminated the secret medal favourite in Yekaterinburg.
Germany’s Andrej Mersljakov replaced Artur Beck-Ohanyan in the team at the middleweight (75kg) since the Minsk 2019 European Games. The German boxer had to meet with Qatar’s Abdulla Mohammed in the first round of AIBA World Boxing Championships as expected he dominated the fight against the inexperienced rival. Mersljakov knocked down his rival in the first round one time but following his dominancy in the second, the Mongolian referee stopped their unequal contest.
Sweden’s Adam Chartoi developed rapidly in the recent one year and he won tough fights in the EUBC European U22 Boxing Championships and also in the Minsk 2019 European Games. Chartoi has got strong roots to Chechnya and following his training camp in Kazakhstan, he eliminated a competitive rival Argentina’s Francisco Daniel Veron winning the bout unanimously.
EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships silver medallist Amin Kushkov replaced Azerbaijan’s top middleweight (75kg) boxer Kamran Shakhsuvarly in the national team but it was a good decision from the head coach. The 20-year-old Azeri boxer delivered strong performance and bowed out a more experienced rival Turkmenistan’s ASBC Asian Boxing Championships bronze medallist Nursahat Pazzyyev who is well-known in the international events since 2010.