Russia delegates seven finalists in the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships28 October 2017
The exciting semi-finals was held in the 27th edition of the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships in Antalya, Turkey where the winners remained their chance to win the whole continental event. The Russians were amazing in the day of the semi-finals, seven out of their eight boxers are advanced to the gold medal bouts.
The city of Antalya hosted the 2011 edition of the AIBA Women’s Youth & Junior Boxing Championships. After six years of break top level of boxing returned to the city of Antalya which is located off the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.
The following 8 countries have got at least one finalist in the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships in Antalya:
– Russia: 7 finalists
– Turkey, Ukraine: 3 finalists
– Azerbaijan, England: 2 finalists
– Georgia, Greece, Hungary: 1 finalist
Hungary’s Attila Bernath trains in the city of Debrecen which is the host city of the Bocskai Memorial Tournament every year. The 17-year-old talent, who will be also youth boxer in 2018, tried to control his semi-final against Russia’s Brandenburg Youth Cup winner Daniil Lysenko who did not find the best fighting distance this time. Bernath defeated his tough Russian rival and will be boxing for the gold medal with Georgia’s EUBC European Junior Champion Shakhil Allakhverdovi who eliminated Azerbaijan’s Hasan Ibrahimov.
England’s 17-year-old promising talent Ivan Hope Price moved up to the flyweight (52kg) only in the recent weeks but he proved top performance in Antalya. The English talent used up his height advantage against Romania’s EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships bronze medallist Marian Gabriel Schiopu, Ireland’s Davey Oliver Joyce in the previous rounds and continued his winning path against Bulgaria’s Boyan Asenov. Price will be facing for the title with Ukraine’s Maksym Halinichev who defeated Turkey’s Azad Demirhan in the second semi-final of the category.
Russia’s AIBA Junior World Champion and European Youth Champion Nikita Piskunov eliminated his main rival Turkey’s AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Necat Ekinci in the first preliminary round of the lightweight (60kg) and continued the same in the next stages. The 18-year-old Russian, who gas got more than 150 bouts during his career, was too quick for Georgia’s experiences Otari Naveriani and he needs only one final step against Ukraine’s Taras Bondarchuk to defend his throne in the event.
Turkey’s defending AIBA Youth World Champion Tugrulhan Erdemir was the bets hope for the host nation before the start of the event. The 18-year-old boxer, who is unbeaten this year, eliminated such top rivals as Azerbaijan’s EUBC European Junior Champion Bakhtiyar Gazibayov and Ireland’s AIBA Junior World Boxing Championships silver medallist Patrick Donovan in the previous rounds. Erdemir won all of the rounds against Bulgaria’s last hope in Antalya, Ivan Atanasov and secured his place in the final where he will now meet with Russia’s Brandenburg Youth Cup winner Musa Maruev.
England’s Mark Dickinson has been competing in the international level since 2012 and following his title in the Commonwealth Youth Games this July, he did enough to advance to the final of the welterweight (69kg) in Antalya. The 18-year-old talent had brilliant final round in the semi-final against Ireland’s AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Gabriel Dossen which was one of the closest contest on Day6. Dickinson is still hungry to win the whole event and only Russia’s AIBA Junior World Champion Osman Aliyev remained in action besides to the Englishman.
Amin Kushkhov represented Russia in the recent years but he decided to move to Azerbaijan to compete in big international events as the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships. The 17-year-old middleweight (75kg) talent overcame in the attacks his semi-final opponent, Ukraine’s Ivan Papakin, and kept his golden dreams alive in Antalya. Kushkhov will be boxing for the title of the event with Russia’s EUBC European Junior Champion Daniil Teterev who defeated Ireland’s former EUBC European Schoolboys Champion Jordon Myers.
Azerbaijan’s AIBA Junior World Champion Mahammad Abdullayev arrived to the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships as the top favourite of the super heavyweight (+91kg). The 18-year-old boxer, who is unbeaten this year, used his experiences against Croatia’s EUBC European Junior Champion Josip Biletic and took the advantage after two rounds in the scorecards. Abdullayev launched lethal combinations in the third and won their superb semi-final with a classical KO triumph. Azerbaijan’s best youth boxer will be meeting for the title with Greece’s sensation Vagkan Nanitzanian.