Radev and Zakhareyev will be able to defend their thrones in the EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships21 November 2020
The first part of the semi-finals with eighteen bouts contested in two sessions in the sixth competition day at the EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships in Budva, Montenegro. The defending champions of the event as Bulgaria’s Yasen Radev and Ukraine’s Yuriy Zakhareyev remained their chances alive to defend their thrones.
These weight categories were in action on Day6: men’s light flyweight (49kg), men’s flyweight (52kg), men’s light welterweight (64kg), men’s welterweight (69kg), men’s heavyweight (91kg), women’s light flyweight (48kg), women’s flyweight (51kg), women’s lightweight (60kg), and women’s light welterweight (64kg).
The following 22 nations are attending in the EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships Budva 2020: Albania, Armenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Israel, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Ukraine.
Boxers who were born in 2002 and in 2003 are eligible to attend in the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships in Budva. The safety of all participants, the continuous medical checks, the social distancing, the hygienic preparations, wearing masks and all of the health controls are the responsibility of the local organizers in Montenegro to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships.
The bout of the day
Poland has got a powerful women team which achieved several top results in all age groups in the recent years. Alexas Kubicki was almost an unknown boxer two years ago but she developed her skills in England and increased not only her physical skills but tactical level with boxing knowledge. The Polish boxer used her quick attacks to control her contest against Estonia’s first ever female medallist in a continental event, Diana Gorisnaja. The Baltic boxer used safe distance in the bout but Kubicki’s efforts and forwarding style decided their contest in Budva.
The surprise of the day
Ukraine’s EUBC European Junior Champion Danylo Dryzhak had several difficulties in the quarter-finals of the light flyweight (49kg) in Budva therefore he tried to keep the focus better in the last four. He met with Moldova’s two-time EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships bronze medallist Mihail Taranu and tried to use his longer reach in the bout. Dryzhak’s best period was the second in the bout but the quick Moldovan was able to turn back the contest with great footwork. Taranu will be meeting for the gold medal with Russia’s Robert Badalyan who eliminated Bulgaria’s Shakir Stoyanov today.
Czech Republic’s Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament winner Erik Suchy was the favourite against Ukraine’s 17-year-old Bozorboy Matyakubov in the semi-finals of the light welterweight (64kg). The best Czech talent of the recent years trusted on his long range tactic and moved more on feet to find the best counter-attacking position. The clever Suchy followed the tactic well in the first round and in spite of Matyakubov’s aggressive attacks, the Czech boxer advanced to the final in Budva. His last opponent will be Russia’s Mikail Zainulabidov who bowed out Serbia’s Stefan Camovic.
Russia’s Vladimir Komarov is their new Youth National Champion who proved strong progress in the recent one year in spite of the quarantines and restrictions. The Russian heavyweight (91kg) boxer had powerful jabs in the semi-finals against North Macedonia’s Ardijan Azemi and his dominancy kept continue until the final gong. His final opponent will be Ukraine’s EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships bronze medallist Mykyta Gorbatenko who put up 20 extra muscles since his last continental event and dominated his semi-final over Kosovo’s Remzo Mustafic.
Romania’s Loredana Marin knew her semi-final opponent, neighbouring Cristina Chiper of Moldova and she used the perfect tactic. The Romanian lightweight (60kg) boxer kept the safest fighting distance against her attacking rival in Budva and her international experiences paid off. Marin will be meeting for the gold medal with Russia’s Vladlena Bezlapova who had a surprise success over Poland’s Julia Szeremeta in the second semi-final.
Bulgaria’s Yasen Radev is the defending EUBC European Youth Champion at the flyweight (52kg) and the titleholder used his virtuoso footwork to beat Moldova’s Daniil Slepoi in the first day of the semi-finals. The Moldovan was taller than Radev but the Bulgarian had enough experiences to handle that tactical issue. Radev’s final opponent will be Ukraine’s EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships bronze medallist Roman Litvinov who had a tight success over Spain’s No.1 Juan Pantoja in one of the best contests of the day.
Ukraine’s best male boxer in this age group, current EUBC European Youth Champion at the welterweight (69kg) Yuriy Zakhareyev was highly confident in the semi-final against Bulgaria’s EUBC European Junior Champion Emirdzhan Mehmed. Both boxers had impressive junior and youth pedigree before the contest and they could be Olympian athletes in the future. Zakhareyev’s best round was the third when the referee counted the Bulgarian therefore the Ukrainian could box for the title against Russia’s Chezrav Ashalayev.