Strong Czech start in the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships22 October 2017
The 27th edition of the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships began with its first preliminary day in Antalya, Turkey where 188 boxers from 33 countries are fighting for the medals. The Czech youth boxers exceeded the expectations in the first competition day and their strong performance was the main sensation of the opening two sessions in Antalya.
The city of Antalya hosted the 2011 edition of the AIBA Women’s Youth & Junior Boxing Championships. After six years of break top level of boxing returned to the city of Antalya which is located off the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.
In the opening bout of the whole EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships Czech Republic’s Miroslav Gorol did a small surprise when he defeated Italy’s Daniele Oggiano at the bantamweight (56kg). The 18-year Czech talent claimed silver medal in the 2015 EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships two years ago and after a few unexpected losses he returned in good shape in Antalya.
Russia’s AIBA Junior World Champion and European Youth Champion Nikita Piskunov and Turkey’s AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Necat Ekinci are the best boxers of the lightweight (60kg) in the continent but they had to meet each other in the first preliminary round. The 18-year-old Russian was a hard target for Ekinci and Piskunov’s confident style delivered for him a triumph over his main rival.
Czech Republic’s Artur Sachbazjan has got strong connections to boxing since his early childhood as his father was a national team member boxer in the ’90s. The Czech lightweight (60kg) talent returned from a serious injury in top form and shocked his Irish opponent, AIBA Junior World Boxing Championships silver medallist James Eamer Coughlan in Antalya. The Czech boxer took the lead and after his tough combinations the Turkish referee confirmed his RSC success in the second round.
Finland’s Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament winner Asseme Nouali performed well in the whole year in the international events. The 18-year-old lightweight (60kg) boxer moved ahead against Moldova’s Davron Bozorov from the first seconds but he received also punches from his younger opponent. Nouali did enough to win their contest by split decision but the start was hectic for Finland’s No.1.
Scotland’s 18-year-old Tyler Jolly competed in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships successfully one year ago and he tried to keep the distance against a top opponent, Ahmad Shtiwi from the first minute of their light welterweight (64kg) contest. Jolly used up his height advantage and longer hands against his Israeli opponent who achieved bronze medal in the last edition of the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships. The Scotsman had brave heart in the ring and won their bout finally by split decision.
Turkey’s defending AIBA Youth World Champion Tugrulhan Erdemir is the No.1 in the light welterweight (64kg) who is the best hope for a title among the host nation’s squad. The 18-year-old boxer, who is unbeaten this year, had to meet with another gold medal contender as first Azerbaijan’s EUBC European Junior Champion Bakhtiyar Gazibayov. Erdemir had to do his very best in the contest but his efforts were enough to march to the next stage of the competition.
Ireland’s AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Gabriel Dossen is the main favourite of the welterweight (69kg) in the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships where he began his campaign in confident style. He controlled all of the rounds against Estonia’s Pavel Kamanin and advanced to the last 16 winning the bout by unanimous decision.
Austria’s Kushtrim Veseli was bronze medallist in the Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament but he was not the favourite against Georgia’s Ilia Mtsariashvili in the first preliminary round of the light heavyweight (81kg). Veseli, who joined to the national team in 2016, attacked well enough in the whole bout and his stamina delivered for him a success in Antalya.