Russia’s Chepizhko won the closest bout of Day1 in the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships

26 May 2019 News

The new edition of the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships has begun in Romania today where two sessions and more than 60 contests were taking place. The crowd saw many of close contests in the first preliminary round when Russia’s Vladislav Chepizhko won a fantastic fight against his Georgian opponent.

The host of the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships is the city of Galati, Romania where boxers who were born in 2003 and in 2004 are eligible to attend in the event. The event will be holding fort both genders and after five preliminary and quarter-final days the semi-finals and finals will be closing the event.

The following 35 nations are taking part in the event with 400 boxers: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine and Wales.

Bout of the day

Russia’s Vladislav Chepizhko won their Junior National Championships at the welterweight (66kg) two months ago where he has done a big sensation beating EUBC European Schoolboys Champion technician Sergei Egorov in the final. The Russian boxer received several punches from Georgia’s Anar Guseinovi in the first round but after those two minutes he received strong advices from his coaches in the break. Chepizhko felt the rhythm better and landed more punches from the second round and following his change he was able to win their tough contest by split decision.

Surprise of the day

Italy’s Giuseppe Vitolo won the Boxam Junior Tournament in Spain twice and arrived with strong pedigree to the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships. The Italian flyweight (50kg) boxer had to meet with Armenia’s Junior National Champion Gor Hovhannisyan in the first preliminary round. The Italian boxer started the first round with nice punches but his Armenian opponent adopted the level of the bout. Hovhannisyan was slightly better in their meeting and eliminated one of the gold medal favourites in Galati.

The Round-Up

Ireland’s Robyn Kelly, who began boxing at the age of 6, won the first bout of the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships in Galati following her success over Ukraine’s Iryna Melnyk at the girl’s light flyweight (48kg). Her southpaw teammate four-times National Champion Tegan Farrell used the best tactic against Hungary’s Petra Kovacs and her longer hands guaranteed the success for the Irish girl who advanced to the quarter-finals of the welterweight (66kg).

England arrived to the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships with maximum number of 13 male boxers. Their head coach Mr. Mick Driscoll was named as the Best EUBC European Junior Man Coach in 2018 and his team has got strong potential in Galati. Their first boxer in action was Blu Bowers, who will be turning to 16 only in the month of November, but he was able to win all of the rounds against Spain’s Oier Ibarretxe and advanced to the next preliminary round of the light flyweight (48kg).

Ireland’s EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships bronze medallist Michael Donoghue is one of the top favourites of the men’s light flyweight (48kg) in Galati who opened his campaign strongly in the first round against Hungary’s Junior National Olympiad winner Zoltan Cservak. The Hungarian is absolutely inexperienced in the international stage and the seven-times Irish National Champion dominated their first round. Cservak survived those dangerous moments but Donoghue won their contest by unanimous decision in Galati.

Russia’s Valentin Milanov is their new national team member at the heavyweight (+80kg) who had to face with one of his main rivals Ukraine’s Dmytro Babliuk. The Russian boxer was not enough shape in the first round but his skills were enough to turn back their contest and Milanov advanced to the next stage. Another strong favourite in this category England’s EUBC European Schoolboys Champion Enriko Itauma was too strong for Romania’s Kevin Juan Burca and the referee confirmed his RSC success still in the first round.

Hungary’s EUBC European Confederation Schoolgirls Championships silver medallist Kornelia Jonas eliminated her Romanian opponent at the girl’s light flyweight (48kg) in the first session and her teammate Rebeka Dobos had to meet also with a local opponent later. The Hungarian lightweight (60kg) boxer attacked from the first seconds and her Romanian opponent Nicoleta Banciu was under big pressure. Dobos landed high number of clear jabs and following her impressive combinations the referee stopped the bout in the first round.

Russia’s Junior National Champion Aleksandr Zyrianov is a new hope at the light welterweight (63kg) who had a tough fight against Albania’s Xhuliano Bejko but his tactical skills delivered for him a success in Galati. In another key contest in this division Azerbaijan’s Isa Novruzlu had a great finish against England’s Jimmy Lee and he was able to advance to the next stage of the competition.


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