Price, Dronov and Shamonova are Youth Olympic Champions in Buenos Aires

18 October 2018 News

The first eight finals and bronze medal matches were taking place in the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires today. Great Britain’s Ivan Hope Price, Russia’s Aleksei Dronov and his teammate Anastasia Shamonova became Youth Olympic Champions in the fourth competition day.

Following Singapore and Nanjing the third edition of the Youth Olympic Games is holding in the Argentinean capital in Buenos Aires. The qualification event for the Youth Olympic Games in our continent the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships was held in Roseto degli Abruzzi in April.

In the previous rounds of the Youth Olympic Games Great Britain’s EUBC European Youth Champion Ivan Hope Price eliminated Algeria’s AFBC African Youth Champion and Ireland’s Dean Patrick Clancy which was the re-match of the final of the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships. The 18-year-old English flyweight (52kg) talent spent only a short time in the ring and stopped Thailand’s ASBC Asian Youth Champion Sarawut Sukthet in the final claiming Europe’s first gold medal in the Youth Olympic Games accomplishing his objective in Buenos Aires.

Russia’s AIBA Youth World Champion and EUBC European Youth Champion Aleksei Dronov was motivated before his final at the super heavyweight (+91kg) in Buenos Aires to take all of the available youth titles in 2018. The Russian boxer will be turning to 17 only later this year but his punches are one of the strongest ones in the whole world. Dronov kept the best fighting distance in the final against Kazakhstan’s Damir Toybay which bout was the repeat final of the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships. The Russian boxer controlled the first and second rounds with his jabs and his strong start was enough to win the gold medal of the category in Buenos Aires.

Russia’s two-time AIBA Women’s Youth World Champion Anastasia Shamonova eliminated her main rival Kazakhstan’s Nadezhda Ryabets in the semi-finals of the women’s middleweight (75kg) during her road to the finals. The Russian star had to meet with France’s AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships silver medallist Tallya Brillaux which was the repeat final of the Budapest event. The developing French talent was more than a competitive rival for Shamonova who had to use all of her experiences to beat Brillaux by split decision in Buenos Aires.

Ukraine’s two-time EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships silver medallist Taras Bondarchuk proved better performance in Buenos Aires than in his last competition in Budapest. The 18-year-old Ukrainian advanced to the final of men’s the lightweight (60kg) but Thailand’s AIBA Youth World Champion Atichai Phoemsap was better than Bondarchuk today. The Ukrainian boxer had three finals in the recent one year in big events but he lost all of them.

Ireland’s Dearbhla Rooney defeated New Zealand’s Te Mania Shelford in a one-sided Box-off and claimed the bronze medal at the women’s featherweight (57kg) in Buenos Aires. Azerbaijan’s EUBC European Youth Champion Nurlan Safarov lost his semi-final but he was able to beat Egypt’s Marwan Mamdouh Mohamed Madboly and captured the bronze medal of the men’s lightweight (60kg).



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