Russia’s Vasilii Vetkin’s sensational wins in the first day of the Chemistry Cup21 June 2018
The prestigious Chemistry Cup had a marathon opening day in Halle which is the tradition venue of Germany’s main international boxing event. Russia’s Vasilii Vetkin exceeded the previous expectations in the first competition day and eliminated United States’ AIBA Youth World Champion Marc Castro in Halle.
Altogether 95 boxers from 16 countries are attending in the Chemistry Cup and three sessions have been held in the opening day. Among the World’s most powerful boxing nations Cuba, United States of America, Russia, Ukraine, Ireland, India and host Germany are also sent boxers to the Chemistry Cup.
Charles Sheehy is a new face in the US boxing team but he tried to rule the middle of the ring in the first round against Slovakia’s Michal Takacs. The 21-year-old Slovakian, who moved up to the light welterweight (64kg), looked fresh in the second round and he was a hard target for the US boy in that period. Takacs turned up the heat in the third round and overcame his US rival in the attacks which meant the Slovakian was able to win their close fight in Halle.
Germany’s European Games bronze medallist Kastriot Sopa was not enough successful in the recent two years but he came back after a better preparation. The 26-year-old German boxer moved ahead more than his Rio 2016 Olympian opponent Hakan Erseker of Qatar in the next light welterweight (64kg) fight. Erseker was not able to reach his German opponent in the third round therefore Sopa could celebrate his win after the bout.
Netherlands’ Max Van der Pas is member of the national team since 2011 and he had good results in the recent three years. The Dutch middleweight (75kg) boxer landed more punches in the first round than his US opponent Javier Martinez and continued their bout with high confidence. The younger US boxer gave in everything and he had a few dangerous attacks but Van der Pas was enough experienced to beat him.
Slovakia’s Hamburg 2017 AIBA World Boxing Championships competitor Andrej Csemez used his great footwork in the opening minutes to keep the safest distance against Germany’s Andrej Merzlyakov but his opponent caught him and the referee had to count the Slovakian in the first round. The German middleweight (75kg) talent felt the chance to finalize their contest and his tough punches delivered a KO success for the 22-year-old Merzlyakov.
Slovakia’s Filip Meszaros and Germany’s Nenad Stancic both landed high number of punches in their mainly lightweight (60kg) fight. The younger Slovakian was better in the exchanges during their first round and both gave in everything in the second launching more than 40 attacks in that period. Their fighting style was the same and due the effective final round Stancic was able to eliminate his Slovakian rival.
Germany’s Artur Bril was AIBA Youth World Champion in 2010 but he was not able to reach the same strong result among the elite athletes yet. The 26-year-old lightweight (60kg) boxer did not give up his Olympic dreams yet and the Köln-based boxer started with quick combinations against Ireland’s George Bates. Bril had the strict game plan which he tried to follow from the first seconds until the last but his Irish opponent did a great finish and won their close bout in Halle.
Qatar’s Thulasi Tharumalingam qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and he is famous of his strong punches. The 26-year-old boxer, who moved up to the welterweight (69kg) in the recent one year, reached his Slovakian rival Tomas Zold in the first round but his European rival also adopted the level of the fight quickly. The Slovakian stepped into the gas in the second round and he fought more bravely and aggressively from the fourth minute. Zold, who returned to the world of boxing after a long break, was in top form in the third and did enough to beat his Rio 2016 Olympian opponent.
Germany’s Umar Bajwa received the right to box in the Chemistry Cup only in the final minute following his teammate Tarik Ibrahim has injured. The 20-year-old German flyweight (52kg) boxer had to meet with the current Irish National Champion of the category Conor Quinn in Halle. The Irish boxer landed a tough right-handed uppercut in the second round but Bajwa also responded with clear jabs. Quinn had enough advantage to win the bout in spite of his difficulties in the final round.
United States’ AIBA Youth World Champion and AIBA Junior World Champion Marc Castro quickly won their Elite National Championships against Hamburg 2017 AIBA World Boxing Championships silver medallist Duke Ragan. The 19-year-old super talented US boxer has got already 15 years of experiences in the sport and he did nice things in the first round against Russia’s former EUBC European Youth Champion Vasilii Vetkin. Castro landed several clear punches also in the second round but Vetkin also stepped into the gas and turned back their bout in Halle which was a small sensation.
Ireland’s Kurt Walker was involved to the international events in 2011 and his last result was a valuable silver medal from the Commonwealth Games. The Irish bantamweight (56kg) boxer used his height advantage in the first round against Germany’s Omar El Hag who achieved bronze medal also in the 2012 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships as Walker. The German boxer changed into a more aggressive tactic in the second but Walker’s long distance tactic was more workable therefore the Irish won their close bout.
Netherlands’ EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships bronze medallist Roy Korving was focused in the first round against India’s Naman Tanwar and caught the Asian boxer a few times with strong right-handed jabs. The Dutch southpaw followed his game plan against the Commonwealth Games bronze medallist young Indian and used the best moments to attack. Korving controlled their top heavyweight (91kg) bout and advanced to the Top8 in Halle with superb performance.
Ukraine’s Artem Usyk has got several medals from national events but this Chemistry Cup is his biggest international tournament during his career. Artem, who has not got any family connections to Olympic Champion Oleksandr Usyk, and his opponent Germany’s former kick-boxer Eugen Waigel have done a spectacular heavyweight (91kg) fight. The German boxer had amazing stamina in the last round and finally his hand was raised after one of the closest fights of the day.