Russia’s Beslan Khamzaev eliminated the double titleholder at the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships

13 March 2019 News

The second part of the quarter-finals was held in the sixth competition day at the European U22 Boxing Championships in Vladikavkaz today where the winners of these men contests are now guaranteed medallists. Russia’s 20-year-old Beslan Khamzaev was one of the heroes of the sixth competition day and bowed out Romania’s double U22 Champion Robert Jitaru in Vladikavkaz.

Boxers who were born in 1997, 1998, 1999 and in 2000 are eligible to attend in the European U22 Boxing Championships in Vladikavkaz. All of the ten women and men weight classes are in action in the European U22 Boxing Championships in the Russian city where 20 winners will be crowned after the finals.

Bout of the day

Russia’s Beslan Khamzaev was EUBC European Youth Champion in Anapa nearly three years ago and he attended also in the St. Petersburg 2016 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships but he had a big test in the quarter-final of the current Vladikavkaz event. The 20-year-old Russian had to meet with Romania’s two-time EUBC European U22 Champion Robert Jitaru in the key contest of the lightweight (60kg) which was also a medal bout. Khamzaev started better and used his aggressive style against the technician Romanian who is newcomer at the lightweight (60kg) following his change. The Russian boxer landed more punches and he was successful during their exchanges which meant Khamzaev was able to eliminate the double titleholder in Vladikavkaz.

Surprise of the day

Latvia’s WSB boxer Evanders Servuts has been attending in the international events since 2012 and he was the favourite against Germany’s southpaw Viktor Jurk in their super heavyweight (+91kg) bout. The more experienced Latvian boxer tried to reduce the fighting distance against the German giant and moved forward without any stoppage from the first seconds. Jurk used up his height advantage well and his long distance jabs were successful in the second round. Servuts’ coach former national boxer Vladislavs Sokolovs gave good advices to his pupil and the Latvian hope gave in everything in the final round landing powerful right-handed hooks. In spite of the Latvian boxer’s previous chances and final efforts Jurk’s advantages were enough to eliminate his experienced rival.


The Round-up

Azerbaijan’s Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games winner Rufat Huseynov was one of the youngest boxers in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games but he had to do his very best on Day6 to reach the semi-finals in Vladikavkaz. Huseynov had to wait for six days to open his campaign in the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships and he was not enough shape against Hungary’s EUBC European Youth Champion Attila Bernath but his longer hands delivered for him a place in the last four.

Bulgaria’s Boyan Asenov was bronze medallist in the last edition of the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships in Targu Jiu one year ago and he repeated at least the same performance in Vladikavkaz. The 19-year-old Bulgarian was slightly better than Armenia’s Zhorzhik Marutyan using his counter-attacking style and advanced to the semi-finals of the bantamweight (56kg). Russia’s new sensation Sergey Iarulin also won his fight today in this strong category and eliminated Italy’s Gianluca Russo with tough performance.

Turkey’s AIBA Youth World Champion and EUBC European Youth Champion Tugrulhan Erdemir is his nation’s best elite boxer despite of the fact he was born in 1999. The Turkish light welterweight (64kg) boxer used his world class footwork to control his quarter-final against Italy’s newcomer Gianluigi Malanga in Vladikavkaz. Erdemir won each of the round on the scorecards and marched to the semi-finals of the event.

Russia’s new middleweight (75kg) hope Aleksey Semykin prepared strongly against Ireland’s AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Gabriel Dossan in their quarter-final but the host nation’s pride was better today than his talented opponent. Following Semykin’s superb performance another Russian hope EUBC European Youth Champion Vladislav Ivanov impressed at the heavyweight (91kg) and eliminated Austria’s Ahmed Hagag in a spectacular contest.

Georgia’s Nikoloz Begadze was EUBC European Youth Champion in 2015 and the 20-year-old boxer is now a favourite at the heavyweight (91kg) in Vladikavkaz. The Georgian talent felt the tempo in the first round well enough against Greece’s Vagkan Nanitzanian who moved down from the super heavyweight (+91kg). The Armenian-descent Greek boxer was silver medallist at the Antalya 2017 EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships but he found his best rhythm only in the third round.

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