Six Russian boxers won the gold medals in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships31 August 2018
The AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships turned into its end with the tenth competition day in the Duna Arena. Igor Fedorov and Anastasia Rybak became the first European winners in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in Budapest yesterday and four further Russians claimed titles in the competition today.
England’s Ivan Hope Price won the gold medal at the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships at the men’s flyweight (52kg) where he dominated all of his fights. The 18-year-old English talent dominated his previous fights in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships but surprisingly he was not able to win the title in Budapest due his tight loss to United States’ Asa Stevens.
Another European hope, Hungary’s 16-year-old Adrian Orban eliminated three stars such as Ukraine’s Taras Bondarchuk, Uzbekistan’s Asadkhudja Muydinkhujaev and Egypt’s African Youth Games winner Marawan Mamdouh Mohamed Madbouli in the previous three rounds of the men’s lightweight (60kg). The Hungarian, who is one of the youngest boxers in the whole AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships, was not able to repeat his energetic performance against Thailand’s ASBC Asian Youth Champion Atichai Phoemsap and achieved also silver medal as England’s Ivan Hope Price.
Russia’s defending EUBC European Youth Champion Dzhambulat Bizhamov succeeded in the semi-finals of the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships with top performance in Budapest. Bizhamov dominated his semi-final against Japan’s Sho Patrick Usami and expected a tough fight against Kazakhstan’s ASBC Asian Youth Champion Yermakhan Zhakpekov. The 18-year-old Russian had difficulties in the final round but his efforts were enough to win the gold medal in Budapest.
Russia’s two-time EUBC European Youth Champion Ruslan Kolesnikov was impressive in the first round of the light heavyweight (81kg) against Kazakhstan’s ASBC Asian Youth Champion Sagyndyk Togambay. The 18-year-old Russian was not enough speed as his Kazakh opponent but felt the best attacking moments and his rhythm was the difference between them today. Following Dzhambulat Bizhamov, Russia claimed another gold medal which was delivered by their No.1 Ruslan Kolesnikov.
Russia’s defending EUBC European Youth Champion Aleksey Dronov had a narrow victory over Kyrgyzstan’s Akhmed Usupov in the first preliminary round but since then he performed much better and advanced to the final of the super heavyweight (+91kg). The 17-year-old Russian met also with a Kazakh boxer, ASBC Asian Youth Champion Damir Toybay which bout ended quickly in the first round. Following Dronov’s lethal punches the referee confirmed the Russian boxer’s RSC success in first round.
Croatia’s Nikolina Cacic has done big surprises in the recent two rounds when she defeated Thailand’s Panpatchara Somnuek and Japan’s AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Sena Irie. The Croatian featherweight (57kg) boxer exceeded the expectations in the previous rounds and she was not able to repeat her tough performance in the final against her third Asian rival India’s AIBA Women’s Youth World Champion Sakshi Ghanghas. The younger Croatian claimed silver medal in Budapest which is her career highlight, furthermore she can box also in the youth level in 2019.
England’s EUBC European Women’s Youth Champion Gemma Richardson was kept her focus until the end of the final round against India’s ASBC Asian Youth Champion Manisha in the gold medal contest of the women’s light welterweight (64kg). The 17-year-old English girl controlled mainly the second round against her Indian rival and has done amazing job in the whole final. Richardson and Manisha both had similar fighting style but the bout was won the more effective English talent.
Russia’s two-time EUBC European Women’s Youth Champion and AIBA Women’s Youth World Champion Anastasia Shamonova eliminated England’s Georgia O’Connor in the semi-final of the women’s middleweight (75kg). Shamonova had to meet in the final with another well-known European boxer France’s Tallya Brillaux who worked hard to reach the level of the top boxers in 2018. Shamonova had difficulties in the first round but reached her French opponent with tough jabs in the second and defended her throne at the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships.