Spain’s youth No.1 Pablo Coy dominated his semi-final at the Boxam Tournament10 May 2018
The youth and junior boxers were in action at the prestigious Boxam Tournament in Murcia where the winners of the third competition day advanced to the finals. Spain’s youth No.1 Pablo Coy performed superbly on Day3 when he defeated his tall Irish opponent using his powerful combinations.
Murcia is the host of the Boxam Tournament at the very first time in the history of the traditional Spanish international event. The competition is holding for elite, youth and junior men boxers as well in Murcia where Russia, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, China and Hungary are there from the top boxing nations.
Denmark’s EUBC European Confederation Schoolboys Boxing Championships bronze medallist Elias Idrissi joined to the junior age group in January and after the Bornemissza Memorial Tournament he attended in his next international event. The Danish pinweight (46kg) boxer eliminated Germany’s Oskar Sobieszczyk in the quarter-final and started well against Spain’s Oier Ibarretxe. The referee counted the Spanish boxer in the first round and Idrissi continued his strong performance. Idrissi landed lethal punches in the third round and the referee stopped their unequal contest.
Italy’s Gianni Orazio had a dual match against a Bulgarian boxer in March which was his first ever international contest. The Italian junior pinweight (46kg) talent started his contest against Spain’s Alejandro Sanchez with amazing rhythm and landed nice punches in the opening minute. The Catania-based Italian dominated the second round with his powerful combinations and finished their contest quickly.
Dean Anthony Gonzalez Furlong has got Irish roots but the 16-year-old junior boxer has been fighting for Spain. The Spanish featherweight (57kg) talent tried to move closer to his taller Italian opponent Ismaele Dovizioso who began boxing in 2015. The Italian did not use his longer reach well in the first round but he turned up the heat in the second and celebrated his triumph after the final gong.
Italy’s top junior hope Daniele Salerno attended in the 2015 EUBC European Confederation Schoolboys Boxing Championships and after three years of experiences in the international stage he was confident in the first round against Spain’s Juan Jose Garcia who claimed silver in their last Junior National Championships. The Italian featherweight (57kg) boxer started the second round in different rhythm and finished the bout winning it by RSC.
France’s Cerine Allalia is a newcomer in the national youth team who had to meet in the semi-final of the flyweight (52kg) with Belgium’s Aymen Ahmidi who is spending his first year in this age group. The French looked more confident in the first round but Ahmadi increased his rhythm in the second. Allalia started the third round with dynamism and his energetic finish was enough to beat his Belgian rival.
The 17-year-old Georges Benik Melkumian is the current French Youth National Champion at the bantamweight (56kg) and his experiences gave to him confidence in the first round against Belgium’s Assin Ameziane. The Sven Lange Junior Memorial Tournament gold medallist French boxer landed more punches and his left hooks were dangerous for his Belgian opponent. The final verdict was unanimous decision to Melkumian who worked well in the whole length of the bout.
Bulgaria’s Yakub Chinovliev won the Emil Zhechev Youth Memorial Tournament in April and since that competition he moved up to the lightweight (60kg). The Bulgarian youth boxer began his semi-final against Spain’s Juan Sanchez with high number of punches and his tempo was uncomfortable for his opponent. Chinovliev was too strong for his Spanish rival and won the contest by RSC after the third standing counts.
France’s Mohamed Suleiman Kartoum eliminated his German rival in the quarter-final and he had another tough fight against Belgium’s Yassin Arfa. The French light welterweight (64kg) boxer had unexpected difficulties in the second round and the 18-year-old Belgian was a hard target for him. Kartoum, who will be celebrating his 17th birthday next week, mobilized his energies and his efforts were enough to turn back the fight.
Spain’s Elvis Romaric Sangou was involved to their youth national team only in 2018 but his technical skills were enough to reach the level of the strongest European boxers. The Spanish light welterweight (64kg) boxer used his excellent footwork to keep the best fighting distance against Bulgaria’s Ivan Atanasov. The Spanish boxer switched his stance several times in the second round but Atanasov also increased his rhythm. Sangou was tired in the third round and the Bulgarian dominated that period with
Spain’s most experienced youth boxer Pablo Coy is a tall boxer who has got excellent reach but he had to meet with the Irish giant Gavin Rafferty in a key semi-final at the middleweight (75kg). The taller Irish boxer did not use his best fighting distance well in the first round and Coy was able to catch him. Coy dominated the first part of the second round with his tough punches and the ringside doctor finished their contest due the bleeding of the Irish boxer. Pablo Coy will be meeting for the title with his teammate Ricardo Roser who also won his semi-final today.
The semi-finals for the elite boxers will be holding in the next fourth competition day at the Boxam Tournament in Murcia.