Quiles and Galagot are the heroes of the semi-finals at the Belgrade Winner Tournament20 April 2019
The semi-finals of the 57thedition of the Belgrade Winner Tournament, which named also as Branko Pesic Memorial, were held at the fourth competition day in the Serbian capital. Moldova’s Dmitri Galagot advanced to his next final but the main sensation of the semi-finals was caused by Spain’s Jose Quiles.
Altogether 23 nations are attending in the 57thedition of the Belgrade Winner Tournament from four different continents. 58 women boxers and 99 men athletes are attending in the competition from top boxing nations such as Russia, Kazakhstan, France, Ukraine, Turkey, Romania, Hungary, host Serbia, Croatia, Spain, Bulgaria, Netherlands, Moldova, Tunisia and Australia.
Bout of the day
Moldova’s Dmitri Galagot is a well-known face at the light welterweight (64kg) in the European continent who had more than 100 international contests since 2009. The 27-year-old boxer is in his peak form once again this year and arrived to the Belgrade Winner Tournament as a favourite. The Moldovan team captain had a tough semi-final rival, Australia’s Harry Garside who claimed gold at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Galagot is a technician boxer but Garside also showed strong improvements in long distance tactic and counter-attacks. The Moldovan decided their bout in the final round using his experiences up which means Galagot will be meeting for the title with Ukraine’s Denys Pesotskyy.
Surprise of the day
Spain’s Jose Quiles claimed medal already in EUBC event and qualified for the Hamburg 2017 AIBA World Boxing Championships but he was not the favourite against a former Cuban boxer, AIBA Youth World Champion Javier Ibanez Diaz. Quiles had the brave attempt to beat his top rival and tried to pressurize Ibanez in their semi-final at the bantamweight (56kg). The former Cuban hope, who boxed under the EUBC flag in the event, was not able to stop the Spanish attacks and Quiles marched to the final.
Ukraine’s Iulia Tsyplakova has been attending in the international events since 2008 and following so many experiences at the lightweight (60kg) she went down one category. The Ukrainian veteran had a close victory in the quarter-finals and she had to do also her very best in another tight contest against France’s Sofia Nabet. Following her close triumph the Ukrainian boxer will be meeting for the gold medal with Serbia’s Jelena Zekic who eliminated Tunisia’s Mariem Homrani.
Kazakhstan’s AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Karina Ibragimova used her long hands to keep the best distance against Australia’s Anja Stridsman in the semi-final of the women’s lightweight (60kg). In the second semi-final of the category another Kazakhstan vs. Australia battle was held but the result became the opposite. The Commonwealth Games winner Aussie boxer Skye Nicolson was too strong for Kazakhstan’s Aizhan Khodzhabekova equalizing the results between the two nations on Day4.
Bulgaria’s Melis Yonuzova is only 20 but she is the defending EUBC European Women’s Champion at the light welterweight (64kg). The young Bulgarian attends in the Belgrade Winner Tournament at the welterweight (69kg) but she was energetic in her semi-final against Ukraine’s Anna Lysenko. Yonuzova will be boxing for the title with Turkey’s AIBA Women’s Youth World Champion 21-year-old Busenaz Surmeneli who stopped France’s Emilie Sonvico.
Two-time Bocskai Memorial Tournament winner Istvan Szaka stopped Northern Macedonia’s Dejan Demirov in the quarter-finals of the flyweight (52kg) on Day3 and he impressed once again in the fourth competition day when he eliminated Serbia’s Dusan Janjic winning the bout unanimously. The 20-year-old Hungarian will be boxing for the final with his compatriot Martin Virban who also joined to the title bout in Belgrade.
Bosnia & Herzegovina’s best boxer Adem Fetahovic, who started his career in Germany, defeated strong boxers in the recent years and he has done another tough performance in the Belgrade Winner Tournament. Following his success over Netherlands’ Delano James in the quarter-final of the welterweight (69kg), his aggressiveness against Tunisia’s Ahmed Tebii opened the way for him to box in the title bout. Fetahovic’s next rival will be Ukraine’s Viktor Petrov who re-invented his best combinations this year.