The preliminaries finished in the EUBC European U22 Boxing Championships18 March 2017
A marathon program was held at the EUBC European Confederation U22 Boxing Championships in Braila, Romania where 40 contests were in the schedule. The LOC divided the program into three sessions and after the bouts only the quarter-finalist remained in actions in Braila.
In the first bout of the fourth competition day Albania’s Krenar Zeneli met with Germany’s new national team member Younes Zarraa at the bantamweight (56kg). The Albanian boxer, who came from a boxing family, controlled the first two rounds against his German opponent and in spite of his difficulties in last minute he was able to beat Zarraa by split decision.
Romania’s first boxer in action on Day4 was Robert Jitaru who claimed bronze medal in the 2015 EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships and the 19-year-old talent is among the favourites of the bantamweight (56kg). Jitaru moved ahead and felt the rhythm against Georgia’s Artyush Gomtsyan in the first round. The Romanian boxer showed his tactical skills are good enough to win his opening contest by large margin of difference.
Turkey’s AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships quarter-finalist Ali Ihsan Alagas and Croatia’s Ivan Prskalo joined to the elite level this January and the two youngsters did a good fight in Braila. The Turkish bantamweight (56kg) boxer controlled all of the rounds against the brave Croatian and advanced to the quarter-finals where his next opponent will be Spain’s 19-year-old Jose Quiles.
England’s top WSB boxer Peter McGrail has got the strongest possible draw in the EUBC European Confederation U22 Boxing Championships in Braila. Firstly he defeated Belarus’ Doha 2015 AIBA World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Dzmitry Asanau and furthermore he had to beat another star France’s EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships silver medallist Jordan Rodriguez in Braila. His third opponent in the quarter-finals will be Italy’s EUBC European Youth Champion Raffaele Di Serio who eliminated Ireland’s top U22 boxer Kurt Walker in their tactical bantamweight (56kg) fight.
Norway’s Boxam Tournament silver medallist Angelo Bernhard Torres was quicker than Croatia’s 18-year-old Martin Gulan and won all of the rounds in the scorecards in their lightweight (60kg) bout. The Norwegian was patient in their tactical contest and his speedy jabs decided the bout. His next rival in the quarter-final will be Turkey’s Hakan Dogan who eliminated France’s Lounes Hamraoui.
Ukraine’s new national team member boxer Yaroslav Khartsyz tried to move back before his counter-attacks against Bulgaria’s Katin Asenov who moved ahead from the first seconds. The Ukrainian was better in longer range but his Bulgarian opponent also gave absolutely everything in and did not give up their fight. The Ukrainian lightweight (60kg) U22 National Champion was smarter in the final round and won the bout which means he will now meet with Ireland’s Dylan Duffy in Braila.
Hungary’s Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games bronze medallist Richard Konnyu launched strong body punches against Lithuania’s Gilvinas Lukosiunas in the first round of their lightweight (60kg) bout. The Hungarian, who knocked out his first Slovenian opponent in Braila, was effective in the second round with his combinations reached the target several times. The Hungarian dominated the final minutes and won the bout by large margin of difference in his second bout and will now meet with Russia’s Shamil Askerov.
Turkey’s AIBA European Olympic Qualification Event bronze medallist Volkan Gokcek was not enough shape in the first round against Germany’s most experienced U22 boxer Wladislaw Baryshnik. The Turkish talent, who moved up to the light welterweight (64kg) only in the recent months, proved better performance in the second and he was able to raise his tempo in the third. The final verdict was 3:2 in the favour of the Turkish boxer who advanced to the quarter-final after his hectic bout.
Hungary’s Richard Kovacs turned to 19 last December and following his silver medal in their National Championships was his start among the elite boxers. The young Hungarian moved up to the light welterweight (64kg) but he adopted the level of the category quickly and dominated his fight against Moldova’s Vlad Gavriliuc in Braila. His next opponent will be England’s WSB star Luke McCormack who eliminated Austria’s Daniel Janicijevic.
Ireland’s Keith Flavin reached great results as a youth boxer in 2012 and in 2013 but this is the very first time when he can box in such a big elite event as the EUBC European Confederation U22 Boxing Championships. The Irish boxer started the first round in a superb tempo and the referee counted Belarus’ Mikhail Basiakou twice in that period. The Belarusian survived the dangerous moments and he could box until the end of the bout but Flavin eliminated him with great performance.
Romania’s Daniel Cristofor Costea delivered amazing stamina in his light welterweight (64kg) contest against Poland’s Lukasz Niemczyk which bout was a good promotion of boxing. The Romanian talent exceeded his previous performances and won the bout by unanimous decision in Braila which means he can box for a guaranteed medal with Georgia’s Lasha Guruli in the next round.
Croatia’s Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games bronze medallist Luka Plantic started the first round with body shots against Lithuania’s Azuolas Zube and demonstrated his power in the whole bout. The referee counted the Lithuanian altogether three-times in the bout following Plantic’s powerful hooks. The final verdict was unanimous decision to the Croatian who will be boxing for the guaranteed medal with Belarus’ Viktar Dziashkevich.
Georgia’s Konstantin Khvistani had to meet with Albania’s Arjon Kajoshi in the first bout of the evening session which was in important contest at the middleweight (75kg). The Georgian boxer had to do his very best in the first round to take the lead against Albania’s new surprise. The Albanian talent was amazing in the second round and his quick attacks delivered for him a place in the quarter-finals. Kajoshi will be boxing with Russia’s AIBA Youth World Champion Dmitriy Nesterov who eliminated England’s Benjamin Whittaker in a narrow contest.
Russia’s defending Elite National Champion and EUBC European Youth Champion Muslim Gadzhimagomedov used his longer reach against Georgia’s Rati Tlashadze in the opening round of their light heavyweight (81kg) bout. The Russian, who did not lose any bout in the recent two and half years, dominated the second round and the Georgian ringside abandoned their contest. Gadzhimagomedov will now boxing with Bulgaria’s Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games winner Blagoy Naydenov in the quarter-final.
Belarus’ Hleb Sinkevich and Turkey’s Furkan Yilmaz both expected to a close light heavyweight (81kg) bout but it was finished after one minute of fight. The Belarusian launched a lethal punch in the first round and knocked out his Turkish opponent quickly. Sinkevich, who is newcomer in the national squad, will be boxing for the medal with Germany’s Athanasios Kazakis who eliminated Italy’s Federico Antonaci.
Romania’s EUBC European Youth Champion Paul Andrei Aradoaie won his opening bout quickly but his second opponent was a better one, Netherlands’ Artjom Kasparian. Both boxers did nice things in the first round and the local crowd supported their favourite with standing ovations. Aradoaie did great finish in the end of the first round and he had powerful stopping jabs in the second. The final verdict was split decision to the younger Romanian who had to do his very best against the promising Dutch boxer.
In featured image: Aradoaie ROM