Seven nations shared the gold medals at the Adriatic Pearl Youth Tournament21 February 2021
Fourteen final contests took place in the fifth competition day of the first edition of the Adriatic Pearl Youth Tournament in Montenegro. Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, India, Russia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan shared the gold medals in the international event which delivered several fabulous final battles.
The town of Budva hosted the 2020 edition of the EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships and launched a new international tournament to increase the number of bouts of the local boxers. The event was a preparation event for the upcoming AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships which will be held in Kielce, Poland on April 10-24. Boxers who were born in 2002 and in 2003 were able to attend in the Adriatic Pearl Youth Tournament.
The following 13 nations attended in the Adriatic Pearl Youth Tournament in Budva: Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Georgia, Finland, India, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. Boxers could attend in 10 female divisions and in 10 male weight categories at the Adriatic Pearl Youth Tournament.
The safety of all participants, the continuous medical checks, the social distancing, the hygienic preparations, wearing masks and all of the health controls were the responsibility of the local organizers in Budva to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the Adriatic Pearl Youth Tournament.
The bout of the day
Bulgaria’s William Cholov is a native talent in our sport who won European titles three-times in 2017, 2018 and in 2019. The 17-year-old Bulgarian had to miss the 2020 edition of the EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships due to his illness but he returned in excellent form. Cholov had fantastic battles against several Russian boxers in the previous big events and met this time with EUBC European Junior Champion Akim Pavliukov. The Bulgarian tried to follow his strategy and remain patient in the top final of the day and he managed to win that outstanding contest in Montenegro.
The surprise of the day
Uzbekistan’s ASBC Asian Women’s Junior Champion Nigina Uktamova is a top talent but the future hop was not the favourite Montenegro’s No.1 Bojana Gojkovic who won three gold medals in the recent editions of the EUBC European Boxing Championships. The young Montenegrin had a tough semi-final against India’s Preeti Dahiya and she was not able to find the best fighting distance in the final. Uktamova used a fabulous rhythm and caught Gojkovic with strong punches which means the Uzbek won the title of the women’s featherweight (57kg).
Czech Republic’s Claudie Totova achieved silver medal at the Budva 2020 EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships and returned to Montenegro even better shape. The 18-year-old Czech girl changed her previous silver medal into gold at the Adriatic Pearl Youth Tournament. Totova controlled all of the exchanges in the final of the bantamweight (54kg) and defeated Bulgaria’s Tala Khabas. Another impressive performance in the female part of the event was delivered by Finland’s Lia Pukkila who defeated India’s Lucky Rana at the light welterweight (64kg).
Bulgaria’s 18-year-old Yasen Radev was born in 2002 but he is still eligible to attend at the Adriatic Pearl Youth Tournament. The Bulgarian is two-time EUBC European Youth Champion and has got more than five years of international experiences. The flyweight (52kg) boxer eliminated Ukraine’s Ruslan Tsykalo in the semi-finals and he was slightly better for the gold medal than Uzbekistan’s Pavlyukov Youth Memorial Tournament winner Shakhzod Muzaffarov.
Aleksey Shendrik defeated his main national rivals in the recent months and he was selected to attend at the Budva 2020 EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships where he claimed gold medal. The Russian bantamweight (56kg) boxer used a fantastic technique in the whole Adriatic Pearl Youth Tournament to take the gold medal of the strong competition. Shendrik proved his very best against such top opponents as Ukraine’s Maksym Vlasiuk and Uzbekistan’s Dilshod Abdumurodov.
Ukraine’s Hennadiy Maslennikov found the best rhythm against Russia’s EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships silver medallist Tengiz Kotoyan and his smart tactic delivered for him a title at the lightweight (60kg). Ukraine’s next gold medal was taken by Evgen Kuzhelny Youth Tournament silver medallist Ratmir Turchaninov at the light welterweight (64kg) who defeated another Russian boxer, Doniyer Nazarov.