Strong day for the Georgians at the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships18 March 2022
The winners of the fifth competition day advanced to the quarter-finals at the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships in Porec, Croatia. The Georgian boxers proved strong developments once again and produced an excellent competition day. One of the top stars of the event, Turkey’s Kerem Ozmen had a tough contest in the session but he managed to win his second bout in Porec.
The number of the participating boxers is 319 from 39 countries including 103 girls in the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships. Boxers who were born in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003 are eligible to attend in the upcoming EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships. The Technical Delegate of the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships is Mr. Viorel Sima of Romania.
The following record number of 39 nations are attending in the 2022 EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships in Porec: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and Wales.
The safety of all participants, the continuous medical checks, the social distancing, the hygienic preparations, the vaccines check, the mask wearing and all of the health controls are the responsibility of the local organizers in Croatia to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships.
The bout of the day
Turkey’s Kerem Ozmen achieved a fantastic silver medal at the Belgrade 2021 AIBA Men’s Elite World Boxing Championships after his 19th birthday. The Turkish light welterweight (63.5kg) boxer is one of the stars of the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships in Porec and he bowed out his second opponent on Day5. Following his hard opening battle in the U22 event, Ozmen had another tough contest, Germany’s David Gevorgian was more than a competitive rival. The tall German tried to keep the Turkish star on long and he had impressive movements but the tough Ozmen was slightly better in their meeting, especially in the final minutes.
The surprise of the day
Georgia’s Lasha Gagnidze was active as junior and youth boxer in the previous years since 2018 but he had to meet with England’s new favourite, Joseph Tyers in the last 16 of the light welterweight (63.5kg). His English opponent is member of the elite national team and following the development programs, he earned several medals in various tournaments. Tyers did not find the best weapon against Gagnidze therefore the Georgian advanced to the last eight in Porec. His teammate, Giorgi Sajaia succeeded too in the fifth competition day, he defeated Hungary’s Laszlo Bernath at the bantamweight (54kg).
Sweden’s Hampus Broman is not only their best U22 boxer but he is member of the elite national team in his homeland. The Swedish youngster had plenty of international experiences from the recent years and he tried to dictate the tempo from the first seconds against Slovakia’s Miroslav Herceg. Broman caught his Slovakian opponent with tough shots already in the first round and he was able to share his power well enough to win their light welterweight (63.5kg) contest by large margin of differences.
Czech Republic’s EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships silver medallist Erik Suchy impressed in the first preliminary round, eliminated a well-experienced boxer but he could not manage his next tactical contest against Armenia’s Artur Shakhpazyan. The Caucasian light welterweight (63.5kg) boxer knew Suchy’s weak points to win their contest by unanimous decision. Azerbaijan’s tall Jalal Gurbanov used his longer reach effectively to beat Slovenia’s Nik Nikolov Veber in the next contest of this weight class.
Bulgaria’s two-time EUBC Youth European Champion Radoslav Rosenov had brilliant performance at the Strandja Memorial Tournament which was his first elite international competition. Following his gold medal in Sofia, the Bulgarian teenager arrived to Porec to earn his next big title but he had a tough preliminary bout against Armenia’s promising Artur Sahakyan. Rosenov has excellent footwork which supported him to use his quick counter-attacks to eliminate the Armenian talent in Porec. Rosenov’s EUBC European Youth Champion compatriot, Yasen Radev was also fantastic in a top bantamweight (54kg) contest against France’s Ibrahim Boukedim.
Spain’s 18-year-old Salvador Flores robbed into to the world of boxing last year when he won international tournaments in the youth age group. The Spaniard not only arrived to Porec to increase his experiences at the U22 level, but he had an exciting performance against Serbia’s former EUBC European Junior Champion Semiz Alicic to win the contest. In another lightweight (60kg) bout, Germany’s Ahmet Sor eliminated Turkey’s Yigit Us and joined to the last eight too.