Romania, Serbia and Montenegro have done sensational wins in the semi-finals of the Nations Junior Cup19 August 2018
Another marathon program with 42 contests was held in the third competition day at the Nations Junior Cup in the Drago Jovovic Sporting Hall in Vrbas, Serbia. The winners of these semi-finals are advanced to the finals of the competition. Several surprises were caused by boxers from Romania, Serbia and Montenegro in the third competition day.
Altogether 50 women and 125 men boxers from record number of 24 nations are attending in the Nations Junior Cup which is a preparation event for the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships. The upcoming EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships will be held for both genders in Anapa, Russia in October.
The following 24 nations are attending in the Nations Junior Cup: Azerbaijan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Georgia, Germany, Greece, India, Israel, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Macedonia, Mauritius, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, host Serbia, Slovakia, Sweden, Turkey, United States of America and Wales.
Russia’s Valeria Linkova caused a small surprise in the semi-final of the women’s light flyweight (48kg) when she defeated Germany’s Elena Maria Avram by unanimous decision. The best German junior boxer attended in several international events during her career but she did not find the best weapon against her Russian rival on Day3. Linkova will be meeting for the gold medal with India’s Sanjeeta.
Montenegro’s biggest woman talent Bojana Gojkovic also attended in several international competitions in the recent two years but she shined in the semi-final of the women’s flyweight (50kg) in Vrbas. The 15-year-old girl from Montenegro eliminated Germany’s titleholder Melissa Rempel on Day2 and spent less than one round in the ring during her semi-final against Serbia’s Anastasija Maksimovic. Gojkovic will now face with India’s Tannu for the title of the Nations Junior Cup.
Russia’s Aleksandra Tikhonova has got strong connections to boxing and she proved her talent against Poland’s Nikola Prymaczenko in the semi-final of the women’s bantamweight (54kg). The 16-year-old Russian will be meeting for the title with India’s new sensation Poonam who stopped Turkey’s Ilke Yagmur Peksen in the second semi-final of the category.
Russia’s Azalia Amineva impressed with strong combinations in the semi-final of the women’s featherweight (57kg) against Serbia’s No.1 Bojana Dragicevic and the referee stopped their contest in the third round. Amineva will be meeting for the gold medal with her teammate and old national rival Vladlena Bezlapova who eliminated Slovakia’s Michaela Turacova in a close bout.
India’s women boxing life is one of the bests in the whole world but their Junior National Champion Khushi had to use strong stamina to beat Croatia’s top woman junior boxer Lucia Pastulovic by split decision. The Indian light middleweight (70kg) boxer will face for the gold medal with Russia’s Aleksandra Minkevich who had a tough contest against Serbia’s Natalja Savic in another hectic semi-final.
Serbia’s current Junior National Champion Ekrem Hanusa had to do his very best against Romania’s Eusebiu Tarzoman who started better than the local boxer. Hanusa returned to the bout with tough blows and finally his hand was raised after the last gong. The Serbian junior talent will be meeting for the title with India’s Bishwamitra Chongtham who eliminated Azerbaijan’s Heydar Aliyev Junior Cup winner Ali Zamanov.
Romania’s Marian Ionut Radu exceeded all of the previous expectations in the semi-final of the men’s flyweight (50kg) when he eliminated India’s No.1 Victor Shaikhom Singh in Vrbas. The Romanian talent needs one more step in the Nations Junior Cup to be crowned but his final opponent will be a more experiences boxer Kazakhstan’s Yerbolat Sabyr who was too strong for Georgia’s Luka Nikabadze.
Romania’s Aurel Mustafa Curt was bronze medallist in the Bornemissza Junior Memorial Tournament in March and those international experiences paid off when he met with India’s Naoba Singh Aramban in the semi-final of the light bantamweight (52kg). The final verdict was split decision in the favour of Curt who will be meeting for the title also against a boxer from Kazakhstan Yerassyl Tankay.
Montenegro’s Milos Krasnici eliminated Czech Republic’s Milos Beranek in the semi-final of the light middleweight (70kg) which was an expected success on Day3. His teammate Petar Lijesevic delivered the biggest sensations of the semi-finals when he defeated Kazakhstan’s ASBC Asian Junior Champion Yerassyl Zhakpekov winning that exciting contest by split decision in Vrbas.