Russia, Slovakia, Kazakhstan and India shared the male titles at the Julius Torma Youth Memorial Tournament29 September 2019
The men’s finals were held in the third competition day of the 28th edition of the Julius Torma Youth Memorial Tournament was held in Prague, Czech Republic where Kazakhstan, India, Russia and Slovakia achieved the titles. Slovakia’s Lukas Ferneza impressed once again and repeated his top performance in the day of the finals but Russia’s Ivan Onishchenko also has done a surprise in Prague.
Mr. Julius Torma was a Hungarian-descent boxer who was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1922 but competed for Czechoslovakia in the international competitions a few decades ago. He earned a fantastic gold medal in the London 1948 Olympic Games at the welterweight and attended also in the 1952 Helsinki and the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. Torma was gold medallist in the Oslo 1949 European Boxing Championships and claimed further bronze medals in the in the Dublin 1947 and in West Berlin 1955 editions.
Altogether 45 boxers attended in the 2018 edition of the Julius Torma Youth Memorial Tournament in Prague one year ago when Russia topped the medal rankings. The new 28th edition was stronger event with the participation of such strong boxing powers as India, Russia, and Kazakhstan.
Bout of the day
Slovakia’s Lukas Ferneza is a super talented boxer who worked hard in the recent two years to reach the top level of the middleweight (75kg). Following Roseto degli Abruzzi, he qualified for the Budapest 2018 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships and he was also in the Top8 also at the Sofia 2019 EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships. The 18-year-old Slovakian eliminated a tough opponent in the last four, Russia’s EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships silver medallist Igor Kuznetsov in the semi-finals. The Slovakian boxer had to meet in the final of the category with Russia’s Nazar Andreev who eliminated Kazakhstan’s favourite Yerassyl Zhakpekov in the semi-finals.
Surprise of the day
Russia’s Timur Avdoyan won the gold medal at the Anapa 2018 EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships and joined to the youth age group this year. The 17-year-old Russian has been preparing to the next year’s youth events as the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships and the Julius Torma Memorial Tournament was one of his important steps in that road. Avdoyan had to face in the final of the super heavyweight (+91kg) with his teammate Ivan Onishchenko which bout was the narrowest one on Day3. Onishchenko had a brave attempt from the first seconds to surprise Avdoyan and his efforts delivered for him a surprise gold medal in Prague.
Kazakhstan’s first male gold medal was achieved by Budapest 2018 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Makhmud Sabyrkhan. The ASBC Asian Youth Champion moved up from the light flyweight (49kg) to the flyweight (52kg) and proved world class performance once again. The 18-year-old Kazakh is one of the best youth flyweight (52kg) boxers in the whole world therefore he dominated his final against Russia’s Marat Khapchaev winning the bout unanimously.
Kazakhstan’s ASBC Asian Junior Champion Biybars Zheksen has got already more than 150 bouts during his career and arrived to the Julius Torma Youth Memorial Tournament as the main favourite of the male bantamweight (56kg). The 18-year-old Kazakh had to meet in the final of the event with India’s newcomer Bullen Buragohain. The Indian boxer competed at the very first time out of his country but he impressed with his effective combinations and fighting skills. Zheksen changed his rhythm in time but he had to do his very best to beat the talented Indian in Prague.
India’s Ankit Narwal was only silver medallist in their Youth National Championships but his strong development meant he was able to beat Slovakia’s Miroslav Herceg in the final of the lightweight (60kg). India’s second title was earned by Vijay Deep who is member of the national team since 2017 but he had a tough rival in the final of the welterweight (69kg), Kazakhstan’s Margulan Aidaruly. The 18-year-old Indian had strong combinations and excellent footwork and defeated the technician Kazakh in Prague.