Record number of twelve countries advanced to the finals of the EUBC European U22 Championships in Braila21 March 2017
The semi-finals was held in the EUBC European Confederation U22 Boxing Championships in Braila, Romania which was one of the most important part of the competition. Eighteen countries had at least one boxer in the semi-finals and among them twelve will be there in the finals of the championships.
France’s Billal Bennama arrived as one of the gold medal favourite of the light flyweight (49kg) and he was confident in his semi-final against Ukraine’s Rostyslav Bilostotskyi. The French boxer used his height advantage and boxed from his safe distance to decide their semi-final which was the first bout of the day. The 19-year-old French boxer dominated their fight and advanced to the final of the championships as first athlete. Bennama will be boxing for the gold medal with England’s EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships silver medallist Harvey Horn who eliminated Armenia’s Rio 2016 Olympian 21-year-old Artur Hovhannisyan.
Romania’s bantamweight (56kg) favourite Robert Eusebiu Jitaru was amazing as junior and youth boxer therefore he had enough international experiences to dominate the first round against Slovakia’s Viliam Tanko. The Romanian boxer felt the support of the home crowd but he did smart boxing in their semi-final in Braila. Jitaru had to do his very best to beat the Slovakian in the front of the home crowd and after his narrow triumph he will now meeting with England’s Peter McGrail for the title.
Georgia’s Lasha Guruli was 10cm taller than his Italian rival Paolo Di Lernia who arrived to Braila from the World Series of Boxing. The Georgian light welterweight (64kg) boxer had strict right-handed jabs from longer distance and due his great footwork the Italian could not reach him. Guruli won their contest by unanimous decision and will now face with England’s WSB boxer Luke McCormack in the title bout.
Belarus’ Viktar Dziashkevich eliminated one of the favourite of the middleweight (75kg) Croatia’s Luka Plantic in the quarter-final and tried to get closer to his Israeli opponent Daniel Zan Daskalo in the semi-final. The Israeli boxer, who is member of the national team since 2012, worked from longer distance but his Belarusian opponent caught him several times in the second and third rounds. The final verdict was split decision to Dziashkevich who can now box with Ukraine’s favourite Oleksandr Khyzhniak for the title of the category. The Ukrainian eliminated Russia’s AIBA Youth World Champion Dmitriy Nesterov with amazing performance during the afternoon session.
Croatia’s AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships silver medallist Toni Filipi proved smart boxing against Ukraine’s National Champion Ramazan Muslimov in the first round of their heavyweight (91kg) semi-final. Both boxers were patient and awaited for the best attacking moments in their tactical contest. Filipi turned up the heat in the third round and his clear hooks and jabs decided their semi-final bout. The 21-year-old Croatian will be boxing for the title with France’s Rio 2016 Olympian Paul Omba Biongolo.
Spain’s Bocskai Memorial Tournament winner Gabriel Escobar eliminated Hungary’s Istvan Szaka in the quarter-final and met with England’s William Cawley for the final of the flyweight (52kg). The 21-year-old Spanish boxer had great attacks in the first round and felt he can reach his English opponent with his strong jabs. Escobar controlled the bout until the final gong and won it by split decision. His final opponent will be Bulgaria’s EUBC European Champion Daniel Asenov for the title of the category.
Turkey’s Hakan Dogan is one of the most experienced boxer at the lightweight (60kg) in the championships in Braila but he had hard job against Ukraine’s Yaroslav Khartsyz in the semi-final. The Turkish boxer moved ahead against the quicker Ukrainian and tried to launch hooks in the second round. The inexperienced Ukrainain exceeded the expectations and he did enough to advance to the final of the category where his next opponent will be Russia’s Shamil Askerov who triumphed over Moldova’s Dorin Bucsa in a close bout.
Russia’s National Championships bronze medallist Vladislav Savostyanov is competing in his first ever continental event but he advanced to the semi-final of the welterweight (69kg) in Braila. The Russian had to meet with Turkey’s Serhat Guler who competed in the World Series of Boxing in Season VI. Savostyanov launched stronger punches in the bout and his effectiveness was excellent in the final round which decided their narrow bout. The 20-year-old Russian will now meeting with Georgia’s younger talent Eskerkhan Madiev.
Russia’s defending Elite National Champion Muslim Gadzhimagomedov had to meet with a similar tall opponent in the semi-final, Belarus’ Hleb Sinkevich. The Russian light heavyweight (81kg) boxer was excellent in the end of the first round and he began the second also with hard punches. The referee counted the Belarusian boxer in the second round and Gadzhimagomedov’s dominancy continued also in the final minutes. The 20-year-old Russian will now boxing with Romania’s new hero Paul Andrei Aradoaie in the final.
Austria’s Aleksandar Mraovic is a boxer who has been collecting the medals from the EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships. Following his junior and youth medals he was able to get a guaranteed bronze in the U22 level but he was not enough satisfied with that and attacked against Italy’s Aziz Abbes Mouhiidine to advance to the final of the super heavyweight (+91kg). His final opponent will be Germany’s Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games winner Peter Kadiru.
In featured image: Billal Bennama FRA