Russia’s Mikhail Grigoryan won the bout of the first day at the Botvinnik Youth Memorial Tournament14 October 2020
The first competition day of the Botvinnik Youth Memorial Tournament was held in Minsk, Belarus which is a preparation event before the EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships. Russia’s EUBC European Junior Champion Mikhail Grigoryan won the bout of the day in Minsk where several tough battles delighted the experts.
Vladimir Botvinnik was born in 1938 and following his early career, he became Champion of the Soviet Union in 1959 at the age of 21 as the second boxer from Belarus in the history of the event. The seven-time Belarusian National Champion was a successful coach after his athlete career and trained the next generation of boxers in Belarus. Following his awards and dedicated life to boxing the competition was named after him.
The Botvinnik Memorial Tournament was held mostly for the junior boxers in the recent years but the Belarusian Boxing Federation decided to change the age group to youth in 2020. Boxers who were born in 2002 and in 2003 are eligible to attend in the Botvinnik Youth Memorial Tournament.
The safety of all participants, the continuous medical checks, the social distancing, the hygienic preparations, wearing masks and all of the health controls are the responsibility of the local organizers in Belarus to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the Botvinnik Youth Memorial Boxing Tournament.
The bout of the day
Russia’s Mikhail Grigoryan won the EUBC European Schoolboys Boxing Championships in 2017 and the EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships in 2019. The 17-year-old boxer is strengthening their youth national team and met with a strong local hope, Aliaksandr Lavrushchyk who had also good results from EUBC events. The Russian bantamweight (56kg) boxer looked quicker in the first minutes but Lavrushchyk approved the rhythm of the bout. Grigoryan caught his Belarusian opponent a few times with clear punches and bowed out from his way a strong rival in Minsk.
The surprise of the day
Uzbekistan’s Jakhongir Zokirov is the defending ASBC Asian Junior Champion who won almost all of his international contests during his career. He received the right to train with their elite national team in the recent weeks in Yangiabad and arrived to Minsk as the top favourite of the super heavyweight (+91kg). The 17-year-old Uzbek landed tough punches in his opening bout but Russia’s Ivan Onishchenko surprised him in the first day of boxing.
France has been building up a strong team to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games and their youth squad competes in the Botvinnik Youth Memorial Tournament in Minsk. Enzo Marguerite is their new light welterweight (64kg) talent who showed his excellent technical skills in the first preliminary round. The French talent controlled all of the rounds against Belarus’ Yahor Sukhodolets and won his opening bout unanimously.
Uzbekistan’s Login Petrov is the current ASBC Asian Junior Champion and who won all of his international events during his career. The 17-year-old boxer is at the youth age group who defeated Belarus’ Igor Zayats in a quick bout. Petrov landed lethal punches in the opening minute and the Belarusian ringside decided to abandon their unequal contest still in the first round. His teammate, another ASBC Asian Junior Champion Nurislom Ismoilov competes in the same middleweight (75kg) and eliminated Belarus’ Andrei Pukhovich in another one-sided bout.
Russia’s EUBC European Junior Champion Mikhail Usov is a top talent who had nearly 300 bouts already during his career. The 17-year-old Russian amazed in the first preliminary round against Belarus’ Maksim Shishko and won the bout by unanimous decision. Usov will be boxing in the quarter-finals with Uzbekistan’s Login Petrov which could be one of the most anticipated fights of the next competition day. Usov’s experienced fellow Stanislav Sotskov stopped his Belarusian rival, Matvei Ivanov at the light heavyweight (81kg).