Russia’s veteran Andrei Zamkovoy is also among the 20 finalists in the Chemistry Cup

23 June 2018 News

The 45th edition of the Chemistry Cup turned to its semi-final stage in the city of Halle where 20 bouts were in the official program on Friday afternoon and evening. Russia’s London 2012 Olympic Games bronze medallist Andrei Zamkovoy has done excellent performance on Day3 and advanced to the final in Halle showing the same technician boxing how he has done in his best ages.

Altogether 95 boxers from 16 countries are attending in the Chemistry Cup and the best 20 athletes remained in actions after the third competition 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.

Russia’s Artysh Soian is their defending National Champion at the light flyweight (49kg) who arrived from the Russian Far East to Halle. The 26-year-old Russian ruled the middle of the ring in the first round against Germany’s Omar Salah Ibrahim who was quarter-finalist in the Hamburg 2017 AIBA World Boxing Championships. The younger German boxer used his longer reach to keep the safest fighting distance in the second round but Soian had enough experiences from the international stage to eliminate Salah.

Germany’s Hamza Touba was Rio 2016 Olympian who attended in the recent four editions of the AIBA World Boxing Championships but in the recent one year he was not in top shape. The Germany flyweight (52kg) boxer was planning to use his longer reach but Cuba’s AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships silver medallist Jorge Alejandro Grinan caught him several times. The 20-year-old Cuban boxer, who replaced Yosbany Veitia in the national team, has done better job than in the WSB and eliminated his taller German rival.

Russia’s Andrei Zamkovoy had the best ages between 2009 and 2012 when he claimed medals in all of the major competitions. In spite of his age of 31 he returned to the boxing world in top shape and won the Korotkov Memorial Tournament overwhelming all of his rivals in Khabarovsk. The Russian veteran was a hard target for Germany’s Grand Prix Usti nad Labem winner Magomed Schachidov and the referee had to count the local boxer after a big left-handed punch. Schachidov did not give up their welterweight (69kg) fight but Zamkovoy was too strong for the younger German today.

Russia’s former National Champion Andrei Kovalchuk has got experiences also from the World Series Boxing but he could not dominate the first round against Jordan’s Arab Champion Zeyad Eshaish who competes at the middleweight (75kg) only in this event. The 20-year-old Jordanian used his tricky style and launched high number of punches in spite of the fact his Russian opponent had more bouts in the international level. Kovalchuk came back in the second round and he was able to turn back their close fight in Halle.

Cuba’s four-time AIBA World Champion and Olympic Games winner Julio Cesar La Cruz and Ireland’s three-time EUBC European Champion Joseph Ward had to meet in the semi-final of the light heavyweight (81kg) in Halle which was the repeat final of the recent two editions of the AIBA World Boxing Championships. La Cruz played his own tricky game but Ward knocked down the Cuban in the first round which made their unique contest even more spectacular. La Cruz increased his rhythm in the second round and has done more opened style of boxing from that period. Ward used much better tactic than last time in Hamburg but La Cruz won their contest by split decision.

Germany’s Hamsat Shadalov is one of the most talented boxers of the host nation who eliminated Cuba’s two-time Olympic Games winner Robeisy Ramirez on Day2. The 19-year-old German bantamweight (56kg) boxer used excellent footwork in the first round against India’s Mohammed Hussamuddin. The Strandja Memorial Tournament silver medallist Indian boxer landed nice punches in the second round and his stamina was enough to bow out from his way the younger German talent.

Germany’s Murat Yildirim was the only titleholder in the Chemistry Cup who advanced to the semi-finals in Halle. The AIBA World Boxing Championships quarter-finalist German moved ahead while his US opponent Keyshawn Davis trusted on his counter punches in the first round. The US lightweight (60kg) boxer, who won the strong Strandja Memorial Tournament in February, played a tactical chess game against the German. Davis was more confident and his technique was too much for Yildirim today.

Ireland’s Kirill Afanasev was born in St. Petersburg but his family moved to Ireland when he was 7 and began his career short after that. The Irish heavyweight (91kg) boxer proved excellent performance in the quarter-final and he advanced to the final of the category without any contest. Afanasev walked over to the title contest as his Slovakian opponent, David Michalek was unable to fight against him.

Cuba’s defending AIBA World Champion Erislandy Savon suffered a few unexpected losses in the World Series Boxing but his strength is still the best in the whole globe. The Cuban heavyweight (91kg) boxer began the first round in patient style against Netherlands’ EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships bronze medallist Roy Korving who returned after an injury. Savon controlled their semi-final and advanced to the finals of the competition where he will be meeting with Ireland’s Kirill Afanasev.

Cuba’s WSB star Jose Angel Larduet is member of the national team since 2008 and recovered from his injuries which made him far from the Hamburg 2017 AIBA World Boxing Championships. The Cuban super heavyweight (+91kg) boxer eliminated Ireland’s Dean Gardiner in the quarter-finals and following that success he spent only one and half minute in the ring against Germany’s Alexander Mueller Vom Berge. Larduet knocked down his German rival twice in the first round and the referee confirmed his RSC success.



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