Spain’s Enrique Kakulov won his first ever international contest in Sofia27 November 2020
The new edition of the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships opened with 24 bouts in two sessions in Sofia, Bulgaria. Spain’s newcomer in the national team Enrique Kakulov had a strong tactical task in the opening day of boxing and he managed to win his first ever international contest.
EUBC President Mr. Franco Falcinelli officially asked the AIBA Executive Committee member and EUBC EC member Mrs. Emilia Grueva to represent the European Boxing Confederation in Sofia during the Opening Ceremony of the junior event.
The re-scheduled competition moved to Bulgaria’ capital where all of the requirements, experiences and professional organizational team are waiting for the participants. Boxers who were born in 2004 and in 2005 are eligible to attend in the EUBC Junior European Confederation Boxing Championships in Sofia.
The following nations are attending in the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships Sofia 2020: Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Israel, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and Ukraine.
The European Boxing Confederation’s medical and safety rules are very strict in the whole competition as it was followed in Montenegro. The safety of all participants, the continuous medical checks, the social distancing, the hygienic preparations, wearing masks and all of the health controls are the responsibility of the local organizers in Bulgaria to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the EUBC Junior European Confederation Boxing Championships.
The bout of the day
Spain’s Enrique Kakulov switched from kick-boxing and other martial arts to boxing two years ago and won their Junior National Championships. The 16-year-old Spanish boxer is a top talent in his country but he had a seriously tough tactical task in the first competition day against Poland’s Ivan Kucherenko. The Polish boxer was 20cm taller than the energetic Spaniard who tried to reduce the fighting distance with speed and technical skills. Kakulov knew more about boxing and his fast attacks decided their tactical contest in Sofia.
The surprise of the day
Bruno Bulders has done his debut in a major event in the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships in Sofia today where he met with his neighbouring Baltic rival, Nedas Grigorianas. The Latvian bantamweight (54kg) boxer was too tall for the Lithuanian junior and controlled the first round. Bulders had longer reach and his physical advantage determined the final result of their Baltic battle. Bulders kept Grigorianas on long until the final gong and advanced to the quarter-finals of the category.
Croatia’s Ivan Ante Greguric competed in the last edition of the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships in Galati one and half year ago. Since then he moved up to the featherweight (57kg) and proved developments especially in strength. The 16-year-old Croatian met with Lithuania’s Armandas Vaitkevicius in the first bout of the whole event and attacked from the opening seconds. Greguric had the stamina and the power against the static Lithuanian therefore quickly took the lead on the scorecards. The Croatian continued in the same level until the end of the contest and won it by unanimous decision.
Bulgaria’s first boxer in action was Lyubomir Angelov who competed at the featherweight (57kg) in Sofia and opened his bout against Kosovo’s lone male boxer Dalmat Salihaj in excellent rhythm. The inexperienced Kosovan boxer tried to adopt the level of the contest but Angelov’s footwork was too difficult for him. Salihaj was mentally tired in the third round and received high number of clear punches from the Bulgarian boxer therefore Angelov has been picked as the winner of the bout.
France could not send its best boxers to the EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships in the final minute but their junior team is there in Sofia. France’s Marwan Mouflih has got international experiences from German events and proved his excellent footwork against Romania’s Luis Camen. The Romanian southpaw moved ahead more but stepped into the best fighting range of the 16-year-old French boxer. Mouflih produced his best round in the third and landed nice jabs therefore the French talent advanced to the next round.
Russia’s flag bearer in their junior national team Aleksei Starodubtsev claimed silver medal in the last edition of the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships in Romania. The 16-year-old talent moved up to the featherweight (57kg) and opened his campaign against Poland’s Bartlomiej Roskowicz. The Russian boxer was confident and controlled the middle of the ring from the first seconds and took the lead after two minutes of fight. Starodubtsev impressed also in the second and in spite of Roskowicz’s efforts in the third, the Russian joined to the quarter-finals.
Israel’s two-time Junior National Champion Farid Hreish has got international experiences from the recent two years and his current skills were slightly better than Slovakia’s Dusan Bobek’s boxing knowledge. In another light flyweight (48kg) contest, Ukraine’s 15-year-old Yehor Kirylius spent less than two rounds in the ring against Lithuania’s Jokubas Arkadijevas when the referee confirmed his RSC victory.