Russia’s Ruslan Kolesnikov knocked out his rival in the Youth Olympic Games16 October 2018
The second competition day of the Youth Olympic Games saw two sessions and important quarter-final contests in Buenos Aires today. Great Britain, Russia, Italy and Bulgaria won contests among the European nations on Day2. Russia’s Ruslan Kolesnikov won his opening bout by KO which was the first in the Youth Olympic Games.
Following Singapore and Nanjing the third edition of the Youth Olympic Games is holding in the Argentinean capital in Buenos Aires. The qualification event for the Youth Olympic Games in our continent the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships was held in Roseto degli Abruzzi in April.
Great Britain’s EUBC European Youth Champion Ivan Hope Price was the first European boxer who had to attend in the second competition day. The 18-year-old English flyweight (52kg) talent, who trains with his father in Leeds, was impressive against Algeria’s African Youth Games winner Hichem Maouche in his debuting contest. Price controlled all of the rounds in Buenos Aires against his North African rival and proved he is a gold medal contender in his weight class.
Russia’s two-time EUBC European Youth Champion Ruslan Kolesnikov is the main favourite of the men’s light heavyweight (81kg) in the Youth Olympic Games and he has done a sensational job in the second competition day. The 18-year-old Russian, who has got already more than 120 bouts, controlled the first round against Iran’s Seyed Sajad Mousavi Paeindezaei but he could still raise his tempo. Kolesnikov landed a lethal blow in the second round and delivered the first KO success of the Youth Olympic Games.
Russia’s AIBA Youth World Champion and EUBC European Youth Champion Aleksei Dronov will be turning to 17 only later this year but he is a gold medal contender at the super heavyweight (+91kg). The Russian boxer knocked down his Aussie opponent Jai Ropata Dennis in the first round and he led 10:8 in each scorecard after three minutes of fight. The Aussie boxer survived the dangerous moments and Dronov saved power for the later actions but the Russian won the bout easily.
Great Britain’s AIBA Women’s Youth World Champion and three-time EUBC European Champion in the youth and junior level Caroline Dubois also started strongly as her teammate Ivan Hope Price. The 17-year-old super talented Dubois almost stopped her Tunisian rival Mawada Taghouti in the first round. The referee counted the North African girl twice in the first round which determined the result of their unequal bout. Dubois won the bout unanimously and advanced to the semi-finals of the lightweight (60kg) in the Youth Olympic Games.
Russia’s EUBC European Youth Champion and AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships silver medallist Ilia Popov did not find his rhythm in the first round against United States’ experienced Otha Jones. The US boxer used a patient tactic in the opening minutes but Popov mobilized his concentration and worked better from the second round. The 18-year-old Russian light welterweight (64kg) boxer was slightly better in the final minutes and eliminated his US rival.
Bulgaria’s Goryana Stoeva claimed gold medal in the 2017 edition of the EUBC European Confederation Women’s Youth Boxing Championships and silver in 2018. The Bulgarian flyweight (51kg) boxer, who switched from kick-boxing to our sport a few years ago, started better than Uzbekistan’s Khursandoy Kholmatova. The 18-year-old Bulgarian raised her rhythm in the second round and landed more punches against her tiring Central Asian opponent therefore the final verdict was unanimous in the favour of Stoeva.
Italy’s EUBC European Women’s Youth Champion Martina La Piana is only 16 but she defeated India’s AIBA Women’s Youth World Champion Jyoti in the Golden Gloves of Vojvodina Youth Tournament a few months ago. The Italian flyweight (51kg) talent did not get any medal in Budapest surprisingly but she impressed in the Youth Olympic Games and eliminated her strong Indian rival.