Six Russian gold medals in the Komsomolsk-na-Amure Youth Tournament20 January 2018
Six Russian boxers including their stars as Ilia Popov, Oleg Zharkov, Daniil Teterev and Aleksei Dronov won their weight classes in the International Youth Tournament which was held in Komsomolsk-na-Amure. Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Belarus, Moldova and China competed with their best youth squads in the preparation event.
2018 is known as the year of the youth boxers because of the upcoming Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games and its qualification events. Altogether 96 tough young boxers attended in the international competition in Komsomolsk-na-Amure which is located in the Far East region of the Russian Federation.
Russia’s Boris Karibian, whose elder brother is member of their elite team, joined to the youth age group only on January 1 but his efforts were enough to beat all of his rivals at the flyweight (52kg) in Komsomolsk-na-Amure. The 17-year-old talent exceeded the expectations when he defeated Uzbekistan’s ASBC Asian Youth Champion Samandar Holmurodov in the semi-final and continued his winning path against Russia’s Nikita Rebrov in the title contest.
Russia’s second gold medal in the Komsomolsk-na-Amure Youth Tournament was achieved by Ilia Popov who has been competing in the international events since 2012. Popov, who moved up to the light welterweight (64kg), was enough strong to beat Kazakhstan’s Agalarov Youth Tournament winner Talgat Shayken in the final.
Oleg Zharkov joined to the national team in 2014 when he was 14 and after his international experiences he has done brilliant performance in Komsomolsk-na-Amure. The welterweight (69kg) talent walked over to the final where he was confident against his teammate Kirill Novoselov which was Russia’s third title in the strong competition.
EUBC European Youth Champion Daniil Teterev is one of the best youth middleweight (75kg) boxer in the entire world who proved impressive performance in Komsomolsk-na-Amure. The 17-year-old talent defeated his main local rivals as Ruslan Gazdiyev, Aleksandr Sheshunov and AIBA Junior World Champion Edgard Tcambov in the final.
Ruslan Kolesnikov won silver medal in the Boxam Youth Tournament in Spain and received the right to box also at the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships in Turkey where he claimed gold a few months ago. The 17-year-old Russian light heavyweight (81kg) boxer walked over to the title in Komsomolsk-na-Amure where his final opponent Akhmed Shamkhalov was unable to box against him.
Aleksei Dronov achieved gold medal in the EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships in Albena last September. The Russian super heavyweight (+91kg) boxer defeated his main local rival Ibragim Khidirov in the Nikiforov & Denisov Cup two months ago and now he was able to repeat that performance in Komsomolsk-na-Amure which means he is near to represent his country in the qualification event of the Youth Olympic Games.
Kazakhstan’s strong youth trio ASBC Asian Junior Champion Makhmud Sabyrkhan, Rakhat Seitzhan and Aibek Oralbay won three gold medals to their country in Komsomolsk-na-Amure. The tenth gold medal of the international competition was gone to Uzbekistan’s ASBC Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championships silver medallist Abdumalik Khalokov at the bantamweight (56kg).