Pratljacic and Milovac eliminated experienced rivals in the semi-finals of the Balkan Boxing Championships14 December 2019
The male semi-finals were held in the third competition day of the Balkan Boxing Championships which is holding in the city of Antalya in Turkey. Croatia’s Luka Pratljacic and Serbia’s Sasa Milovac defeated tough boxers in the day of the semi-finals and both remained their chances alive to win the titles of the event.
Antalya hosted many top events in the recent 10 years including the AIBA Women’s Youth & Junior World Boxing Championships in 2011 and the EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships in 2017. The following 11 nations are attending in the Balkan Boxing Championships: Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia Slovenia, and Turkey.
Bout of the day
Croatia’s Luka Pratljacic claimed bronze medal in the Vladikavkaz 2019 EUBC European U22 Boxing Championships and developed his skills step by step in the recent four years since he turned to elite from the youth age group. The Croatian super heavyweight (+91kg) boxer had a tough opponent in the semi-finals, Serbia’s most experienced hope Vladan Babic who competed also in the World Series of Boxing. Pratljacic impressed in the second part of their semi-final and eliminated the Serbian boxer. The 22-year-old Croatian will have a neighbouring opponent in the final, Montenegro’s Kenan Husovic who returned to his grassroots from Germany.
Surprise of the day
Serbia’s Sasa Milovac competed in the Samokov 2015 EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships and returned to the international stage this year. Milovac was not the favourite against Romania’s EUBC European U22 Champion Paul Andrei Aradoaie but he delivered his best ever performance just in Antalya. The 24-year-old Serbian boxer will be meeting for the title of the light heavyweight (81kg) with Croatia’s former EUBC European Youth Champion Luka Plantic who used his strength to beat Turkey’s Birol Aygun.
Turkey’s Hakan Dogan was involved to the international stage as a youth boxer in 2012 and he had already more than 200 bouts during his career. The 25-year-old Turkish bantamweight (57kg) boxer controlled all of the rounds against Bosnia’s Herzegovina’s Alen Rahimic and advanced to the final of the Balkan Boxing Championships. Dogan will be boxing for the title of the event with Serbia’s Veljko Gligoric who eliminated Slovenia’s last remaining hope Tadej Cernoga.
Turkey’s AIBA Youth World Champion and EUBC European Youth Champion Tugrulhan Erdemir is the host nation’s No.1 who had to meet in the semi-finals of the lightweight (63kg) with a newcomer rival, Serbia’s Marko Cvetanovic. The 20-year-old Turkish boxer used his long range tactic in the semi-final which paid off once again. Erdemir’s final opponent will be Kosovo’s 19-year-old Shpetim Bajoku who triumphed over Romania’s George Dumitrescu in the second semi-final.
Bosnia & Herzegovina’s best boxer Adem Fetahovic was near to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games but he is focusing to the next chance to Tokyo. The 24-year-old Bosnian & Herzegovian No.1 was impressive against Albania’s Alban Beqiri and remained his chance alive to win the title of the welterweight (69kg) in Antalya. Fetahovic will have a tough opponent for the title following Turkey’s Necat Ekinci eliminated Kosovo’s Patriot Behrami in the second semi-final of the category.
Kosovo’s Besart Pireva won his opening fight at the 2018 EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships and since that event he developed rapidly. The 19-year-old Kosovan middleweight (75kg) boxer was too strong for North Macedonia’s last hope in Antalya, Goce Janeski and advanced to the final. Pireva will have a more experienced rival in the final, Turkey’s Serhat Guler who had a narrow success against Albania’s Arjon Kajoshi.