Seven Russian gold medals in the Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament

26 March 2018 News

The 13th edition of the Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament was held in the Lithuanian capital in Vilnius which was one of the last active preparation events before the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships. Besides to the tough Russians the German, the Czech and the Azeri delegations were also able to take titles in Vilnius.

The competition was named after Lithuania’s national boxing hero Danas Pozniakas who claimed gold medal at the 1968 Olympic Games and also crowned three-times in the history of the European Boxing Championships. During his long and successful career Danas Pozniakas won 203 bouts out of his 217 total contests in the ’60s.

Lithuania has got three big international AOB events every year and their first one in 2017 was the prestigious Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament which event was launched with its first edition still back in 2006. Ukraine’s Ievgen Khytrov was the star of the event in the first edition in 2006 who became AIBA World Champion in 2011.

The Russian team dominated the Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament winning seven out of the ten gold medals in Vilnius. Their first title was achieved Youth National Champion Dmitriy Batyay who eliminated the main favourite of the light flyweight (49kg) Azerbaijan’s Maksud Khasmetov in the semi-final and continued his strong performance against another rising star Russia’s EUBC European Junior Champion Mukhamed Vakhayev in the final.

Russia’s Ivan Shishenin has done great job in the semi-final when he bowed out Azerbaijan’s Hasan Ibrahimov and did another tough performance against Turkey’s Murat Ugurlu in the final of the flyweight (52kg). Russia’s third title in the Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament was claimed by Magomed Shamsayev who was too strong for Spain’s Mario Mediavilla and Azerbaijan’s Nabi Isgandarov in the final stages of the event.

Azerbaijan’s lone title in the Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament was taken by Nurlan Safarov who had a close success over Russia’s Arltan Abushinov in the final of the lightweight (60kg). Lithuania’s experienced Deividas Bogdanavicius and Germany’s Noah Fischer achieved only bronze medals in Vilnius.

Germany’s Frank Kilp joined to the national team as a schoolboy 2014 but his success over Russia’s Aleksey Demin was a surprise in the final of the light welterweight (64kg). Russia’s St. Petersburg-based Artur Demin controlled his fights at the welterweight (69kg) including against Azerbaijan’s EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships quarter-finalist Nijat Hasanov and Germany’s Dirk Weidenkeller.

Czech Republic’s Pavel Neveceral joined to the youth age group this January after his experiences in the EUBC junior competitions. The Czech middleweight (75kg) boxer was in top form in the final against Lithuania’s last hope Aras Dudenas and won the title. Russia’s Emin Khatayev felt the tempo against Tunisia’s Mohamed Aziz Touati and Azerbaijan’s Zaur Musayev as well and took the title of the light heavyweight (81kg).

Russia’s defending Youth National Champion Igor Fedorov was too strong for Germany’s Bornemissza Youth Memorial Tournament winner Viktor Jurk and defeated his teammate Vadim Shcheblykin in the gold medal bout of the heavyweight (91kg). The super heavyweight (+91kg) final was a short one, Russia’s Evgeny Ryabtsev dominated his fight against Poland’s Oskar Kopera whose ringside abandoned their unequal contest.

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