Saric and Zhasan defeated top rivals in the Belgrade Winner Tournament on Day218 April 2019
The new edition of the Belgrade Winner Tournament continued with its second competition day in the Serbian capital. The event is the next step in the road to the Minsk 2019 European Games therefore the boxers are near to their peak forms in Belgrade. Croatia’s woman hope Maja Saric and Ukraine’s Danylo Zhasan eliminated high-ranked rivals in the event causing surprises on Day2.
Altogether 23 nations are attending in the 57thedition of the Belgrade Winner Tournament from four different continents. 58 women boxers and 99 men athletes are attending in the competition from top boxing nations such as Russia, Kazakhstan, France, Ukraine, Turkey, Romania, Hungary, host Serbia, Croatia, Spain, Bulgaria, Netherlands, Moldova, Tunisia and Australia.
Bout of the day
The Ukrainian boxers have done strong performance in the first competition day of the Belgrade Winner Tournament and delivered also the quickest success. Their veteran female boxer Iulia Tsyplakova has been attending in the international events since 2008 and after many years at the lightweight (60kg) she moved down to the featherweight (57kg). The Ukrainian had to face with Hungary’s Sara Benke who had the same route during her career. Tsyplakova started their contest better and took the lead on the scorecards but the Hungarian did not give up their fight. The Ukrainian boxer’s experiences were enough to handle her tactical issues in Belgrade and won the bout by split decision.
Surprises of the day
Croatia’s Maja Saric attended in the last two editions of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Astana and in New Delhi but she is not a key boxer at the light welterweight (64kg) yet. In spite of her lack experiences than Australia’s Jessica Messina, the Croatian girl delivered her very best performance in the second day of the Belgrade Winner Tournament. The Aussie boxer was quarter-finalist in the 2018 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships but Saric’s stamina caused a surprise in Belgrade.
Netherlands’ two-time EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships silver medallist Peter Mullenberg was planning to attend at the Cologne Boxing World Cup in Germany last week but he did not recover in time. The Dutch light heavyweight (81kg) boxer arrived to the Belgrade Winner Tournament to raise his titles but he suffered a surprise loss to Ukraine’s 11-year-younger Danylo Zhasan on Day2.
The French women flyweight (51kg) boxers worked well in the second competition day of the Belgrade Winner Tournament. Firstly EUBC European Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships bronze medallist Wassila Lkhadiri eliminated Serbia’s Snezana Siljkovic by large margin of differences. Her teammate 19-year-old Johanna Wonyou had a more competitive opponent Tunisia’s Amel Chebbi but she was able to manage her triumph winning the bout also by unanimous decision.
Following Bulgaria’s talented Aslahan Mehmedova’s success on Day1, another 20-year-old boxer from the country, Melis Yonuzova won a top bout in Belgrade. The EUBC European Women’s Champion Bulgarian had a few unexpected losses in the previous international events but she was able to eliminate Kazakhstan’s AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships silver medallist Bayan Akbayeva in the event. In another good fight in the same welterweight (69kg) Ukraine’s Anna Lysenko defeated Hungary’s Vivien Budai.
Turkey’s Bayram Malkam eliminated Romania’s EUBC European U22 Champion Paul Andrei Aradoaie in the first competition day which was surprise at the light heavyweight (81kg). The Turkish boxer had to compete also in the next day but he could not repeat that performance in his contest against Russia’s Radzhab Radzhabov. The Russian started his international campaign at the welterweight (69kg) in 2016 but his decision to move up two categories paid off and defeated the younger Turkish talent.
Russia’s Vladimir Uzunyan was silver medallist in the 2016 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships and after two years of experiences in the elite level, he is trying to find the way to their top squad. Uzunyan received the right to compete at the Belgrade Winner Tournament where he showed strong fighting spirit against Hungary’s FISU University World Champion Adam Hamori. The Russian heavyweight (91kg) boxer was able to share his power well in the three rounds and won their hard contest in Belgrade.