Seven countries shared the titles in the Boxam Youth Tournament in Spain24 September 2017
The Boxam Youth Tournament was ended with its last competition day in Spain where seven countries achieved one title. Russia claimed four gold medals in the event but Australia, France, Finland, Sweden, Thailand and Wales also acquired each one title.
The Boxam Youth Tournament was one of the last preparation event for the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships which will be holding in Antalya, Turkey in the end of October.
Altogether 10 countries out of the participating 15 had at least one finalist in the Boxam Youth Tournament. Among the 81 participating boxers 10 were bagged the titles of the Boxam Youth Tournament. A small town near to Benidorm, namely Finestrat was the host of the Boxam Youth Tournament this year.
In the first final of the fourth competition day Russia’s defending Youth National Champion Daniil Lysenko, who eliminated Italy’s new youth team member Massimo Spada in the semi-final of the light flyweight (49kg), met with Thailand’s Thitisan Panmod. The Russian boxer moved ahead from the first seconds while the Thai talent used his counter-attacks in the opening minutes. The 17-year-old Thai boxer was more aggressive in the second round but Lysenko did enough this evening and achieved the title.
Italy’s Patrick Cappai, whose elder brother is two-time Olympian Manuel Fabrizio, eliminated Thailand’s Sattawat Srisung and Russia’s Artur Kyrov in the road to the final of the flyweight (52kg). The 17-year-old Italian flyweight (52kg) boxer met in the final with Russia’s Maksim Zaytsev who tried to use his longer hands in the bout. The Russian talent felt the rhythm in their final contest well enough and his efforts delivered for him a gold medal in Finestrat.
France’s AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Enzo Grau moved up to the bantamweight (56kg) this year and acclimatized quickly to this category. The 18-year-old French talent eliminated Scotland’s John Casey and Lithuania’s Karolis Karpicius in the road to the final. The French southpaw moved back before his counter-attacks against Russia’s Youth National Champion Aleksei Kiselev in their unique contest. The Russian boxer was attacked more than in the recent rounds and defeated his tough French rival in Finestrat but their possible re-match could be coming soon in Antalya.
France’s Milan Prat is an experienced boxer in the youth age group who competed in the last edition of the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in St. Petersburg. He eliminated Germany’s Richard Meinecke with perfect tactic in the semi-final and met with Norway’s Don Emini for the gold of the welterweight (69kg). The French boxer dominated the first round against his Norwegian rival and knocked down Emini in the second therefore his lead was a massive one after six minutes of fight. Prat was in different level than his opponent today and won France’s lone gold medal in the Boxam Youth Tournament.
Welshmen Sammy Lee is one of the most promising European youth boxer at the light heavyweight (81kg) who proved his strength in the previous rounds in Finestrat. The 18-year-old Welshmen, who won the Pinatar Youth Tournament in Spain one year ago, had to meet for the title with Russia’s Ruslan Kolesnikov. The Welshmen attacked bravely and his effective punches landed in the target area mainly in the second round.
Finland’s EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships bronze medallist and Heydar Aliyev Junior Cup winner Krenar Aliu eliminated Austria’s Ahmed Hagag and Germany’s EUBC European Junior Champion Fabian Thiemke in the previous rounds. The Finnish heavyweight (91kg) boxer demonstrated his power in the first round of the final against Russia’s Vladislav Ivanov who eliminated his teammate Aleksei Zobnin in the quarter-final. Aliu’s hooks worked well and Finland’s youth No.1 defeated his top Russian rival in the final of the Boxam Youth Tournament.
Australia’s AIBA Youth World Champion Justis Huni is a big star at the super heavyweight (+91kg) who could be an Olympian boxer among the elites. The 18-year-old Aussie boxer met with Norway’s Tobias Yrvin who eliminated Lithuania’s Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament winner Marek Korolkov in the semi-final. Australia’s young pride was amazing in the first round and his serious body shot decided their contest which was a quick classical KO success.