Russia achieved seven titles in the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships26 September 2017
The 21st edition of the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships finished with the 13 finals in Albena, Bulgaria where new champions were born in the seven-day long competition. Russia’s Boris Karibian, England’s Jack Oliphant, Ukraine’s Yaroslav Mykhalushko and Bulgaria’s Daniel Lubenov were the bests in the last competition day of the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships in Albena.
Russia topped the team rankings in the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships with their seven gold medals in Albena. All of their finalists won their bouts in the last competition day and achieved the titles in the continental event. Bulgaria and Ukraine both claimed two gold medals in Albena while England and Ireland also celebrated one title in the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships.
Bulgaria’s Ergyunal Sebahtin had a tough semi-final in the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships against Romania’s Tavi Dobre but after that success he did better performance in the gold medal bout of the pinweight (46kg). The Podgorica Junior Trophy winner Bulgarian talent was too quick for Georgia’s new sensation Luka Kublashvili in the final of the event and achieved the first title in the whole EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships.
Bulgaria’s Podgorica Junior Trophy winner Yasen Radev moved up to the light flyweight (48kg) in the recent months and following he eliminated Hungary’s junior No.1 Richard Bernath in the important quarter-final, he advanced also to the final of the continental event. The Bulgarian boxer did a successful start against Russia’s Mukhamed Vakhaev in the final but his opponent raised his tempo from the second round. Vakhaev won the contest by split decision and took Russia’s first title in the continental event.
Ukraine’s first gold medal was achieved by Junior National Champion Yurii Tomiuk who found the best fighting range against Bulgaria’s Nikolay Atanasov in the final of the flyweight (50kg) and celebrated his title after the final bell. Ukraine’s second gold was taken by EUBC European Schoolboys Champion Yaroslav Mykhalushko who did his very best against Bulgaria’s Nikolay Zafirov in the final of the welterweight (66kg).
Russia’s current Junior National Champion Boris Karibian arrived to Albena as one of the main favourite of the light bantamweight (52kg) and he did his mission successfully in Bulgaria. Karibian, whose elder brother Albert is member of the Russian elite team and WSB squad, eliminated Georgia’s Mamuka Abuladze in the semi-final by split decision and controlled his final against Ireland’s Dean Patrick Clancy.
Russia’s Vsevolod Shumkov had finally five contests in the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships but he won all of them at the bantamweight (54kg) including his final against Moldova’s Vasile Cebotari. His teammate Usman Magamadov also dominated his final and did not give any chance to Georgia’s Bakur Chikovani in the final of the featherweight (57kg).
Ireland’s Callum Walsh claimed only silver medal in their Junior National Championships in April but he received the right to represent his country in the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships in Albena. The 16-year-old Irish lightweight (60kg) talent eliminated Russia’s favourite Sino Sobirov in the semi-final and delivered the same performance against Bulgaria’s Stilian Hristov in the final.
England’s currently best junior boxer Jack Oliphant was quarter-finalist in the recent two EUBC continental events in 2015 and in 2016. Following these international experiences the 16-year-old English light welterweight (63kg) boxer defeated his top rival Russia’s Anatoliy Fedotkin in the quarter-final, Azerbaijan’s Salim Salimov in the semi-final and Bulgaria’s Emirdzhan Mehmed in the title contest.
Russia’s Ilia Bogatirev eliminated Ukraine’s EUBC European Schoolboys Champion Yurii Maidakov in the semi-final of the light middleweight (70kg) and used the right tactic against Lithuania’s new sensation 15-year-old Aleksandr Trofimcuk in the final of the European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships.
Bulgaria’s Podgorica Junior Trophy winner Daniel Lubenov won all of his contests in 2017 and after beating such strong rivals as Hungary’s David Koczian and Azerbaijan’s Murad Allakhverdiyev, he did another remarkable performance against Croatia’s Gabrijel Veocic who claimed bronze medal in the 2016 edition of the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships and eliminated Russia’s EUBC European Schoolboys Champion Nikita Chirvon in the quarter-final.
Following Lubenov’s great parade two Russian boxers closed the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships with their successes. Firstly Mikhail Zakharev defeated Bulgaria’s Vasil Stefanov in the final of the light heavyweight (80kg), secondly Aleksei Dronov won all of the three rounds clearly against Denmark’s junior No.1 Mathias Nissen Hansen at the heavyweight (+80kg).