Spain’s newcomer Ayoub El-Aissaoui eliminated Italy’s veteran star Clemente Russo in a fantastic bout today14 November 2018
The second part of the quarter-finals was held in the sixth competition day of the EUBC European Union Boxing Championships in Valladolid, Spain where further twelve contests were in the official program today. Currently 24 boxers are now guaranteed medallists in the EUBC European Union Boxing Championships where Croatia proved perfect day but the main sensation was caused by Spain’s Ayoub Ghadfa Drissi El-Aissaoui.
Altogether 124 boxers are attending for the medals in Valladolid which is the capital of the Castile and Leon community. The remained 24 athletes of the light heavyweight (81kg), the heavyweight (91kg) and the super heavyweight (+91kg) boxers were in action in the sixth competition day of the EUBC European Union Boxing Championships in Valladolid.
The EUBC European Union Boxing Championships is the main competition for the men’s elite boxers in 2018 and the continent’s top boxers are attending in the event. The first edition of the EUBC European Union Boxing Championships was held in Strasbourg, France in 2003 and after the last Sofia event Spain’s Valladolid is the host.
England’s Benjamin Whittaker has been developing step by step and the 21-year-old boxer is now ready to beat anyone in the world. Following his unsuccessful campaign in the Commonwealth Games he arrived to Valladolid in top form and has done his debut at the light heavyweight (81kg). Whittaker controlled all of the rounds against Scotland’s pride Sean Lazzerini which means the Englishman can fight in the semi-finals with Slovakia’s Matus Strnisko who eliminated Greece’s Polyneikis Kalamaras.
Romania’s Paul Andrei Aradoaie was EUBC European U22 Champion in 2017 and returned to his original light heavyweight (81kg) in the recent half year. The 22-year-old Romanian did not have easy job against Austria’s Umar Dzambekov but his skills were enough to eliminate his young rival in Valladolid. Aradoaie is now a guaranteed medallist and will be facing for the final with France’s new national team member Gaetan Ntambwe.
England’s EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships silver medallist Cheavon Clarke also had to meet with a Scottish rival as his teammate Whittaker. The 28-year-old heavyweight (91kg) boxer did not stop attacking in his contest against Scott Forrest and bowed his Scottish rival out of his way. Clarke can prepare now to his next fight against Italy’s EUBC European U22 Champion Aziz Abbes Mouhiidine who was in different level than Spain’s Steven Sampo.
Croatia’s EUBC European Confederation U22 Boxing Championships silver medallist Toni Filipi arrived to Valladolid as favourite of the heavyweight (91kg) and has done superb job in the quarter-finals. Filipi, who was also strong in the Season VIII of the World Series Boxing, dominated his fight against Ireland’s Chemistry Cup silver medallist Kirill Afanasev. The 22-year-old Croatian will be meeting for the final with Romania’s Cristian Filip who had a hectic success over Finland’s Krenar Aliu in the battle of the teenagers.
Following Toni Filipi’s success his teammate Marko Milun, who achieved silver in the last edition of the EUBC European Confederation U22 Boxing Championships, started also well against Moldova’s veteran Alexei Zavatin. The younger Croatian continued his strong performance in their bout and marched to the semi-finals of the super heavyweight (+91kg) where he will be meeting with England’s No.1 Frazer Clarke.
The biggest sensation of the whole EUBC European Union Boxing Championships was delivered by a newcomer boxer Spain’s Ayoub Ghadfa Drissi El-Aissaoui who joined to the international competitions only a few months ago. The 20-year-old Spanish super heavyweight (+91kg) boxer has got excellent physical skills but he had to face with Italy’s two-time AIBA World Champion veteran Clemente Russo who claimed his first international medals in 1998. In spite of the previous chances the Spanish youngster used his fantastic stamina and defeated his star rival in Valladolid where his next rival will be Bulgaria’s experienced Petar Belberov.