Strong Greek, Danish and Norwegian successes in the Adriatic Pearl Youth Tournament on Day211 March 2022
The edition of the Adriatic Pearl Youth Tournament continued with two sessions in Budva, Montenegro where the winners earned guaranteed medals. The Danish, Greek and Norwegian boxers exceeded their previous levels of boxing and eliminated tough rivals in the second day of boxing.
Nineteen nations arrived to attend at the Adriatic Pearl Youth Tournament from three Confederations: Albania, Armenia, Croatia, Cuba, Denmark, Finland, Georgia, Greece, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain and Ukraine.
The total number of boxers is 111 including 26 girls and strong commitment that one Ukrainian male talent can attend in Budva despite of the hard situation which affects their country. Kazakhstan is competing in the ASBC Asian Youth & Junior Boxing Championships currently but their second line-ups attend in the Adriatic Pearl Youth Tournament.
The Boxing Club Budva with the support of the Municipality of Budva are the organizers of the new youth competition. The young boxers can attend in 12 female divisions and in 13 male weight categories at the Adriatic Pearl Youth Tournament. The event will be a preparation event for the upcoming EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships which will be held in Sofia, Bulgaria on April 10-22.
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 Budva to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the 2022 Adriatic Pearl Youth Tournament.
The bout of the day
The Danish boxers made surprises in the first day of boxing at the Adriatic Pearl Youth Tournament and their talents continued their winning path on Day2. Silas Gryholt had only 25 contests before the start of the tournament but he showed wonderful fighting spirit in the second competition day. The Danish boxer will be turning to 17 only this July but he had a good start against Kazakhstan’s Yunus Shakarov who had more than 100 bouts in the past. The Kazakh changed his rhythm in the second round but Gryholt had the right response in the next period and eliminated Shakarov winning the bout by 3:2. Another Danish flyweight (51kg) boxer, Issa Khattab bowed out his North Macedonian rival and succeeded too in Budva.
The surprise of the day
Norway’s Adam Arsaev could not attend in any international competitions between March 2020 and September 2021 but he returned with upgraded skills. The Norwegian youth boxer showed his progress in the last edition of the Boxam Youth Tournament but he boxed over his previous level in Budva on Day2. Arsaev met with Kazakhstan’s Azamat Nigmetov at the middleweight (75kg) and he could adopt the high rhythm of their contest. The Norwegian had the stamina still in the third round to keep that level and eliminated the more experienced Kazakh winning the bout by split decision.
Armenia’s Garik Antanosyan and Georgia’s Givi Todua met in the first bout of the second competition day and both boxers expected a manly battle. The boxers knew each other from their region and gave in everything already in the first round of their light middleweight (71kg) contest. The Armenian worked slightly better in the second part of their quarter-final which means he is now guaranteed medallist in Budva. Antanosyan will be meeting for the final with Kazakhstan’s Sagyndyk Bazar who eliminated his compatriot Merey Karsakov on Day2.
The Greek boxers began the year of 2022 with successes in several international competitions and their youth team is now stronger than in the previous years. Their Christos Karaitis is a new young talent in their national team who eliminated Armenia’s Haiko Sargsyan on Day1 but he did not have time to rest as he had to box also in the second day of boxing. Karaitis defeated Kazakhstan’s Arnur Teleubek in the quarter-finals of the light middleweight (71kg) and will now meet with Slovenia’s Luka Rasic who bowed out Montenegro’s Vito Marinovic.
Cuba’s Christian Barrera won the title in the Panamerican Youth Games in Cali last December where he had three strong rivals but the young boxer succeeded at the middleweight (75kg). The 17-year-old Cuban is still in the youth age group this year and arrived to Budva to earn his next gold medal. Barrera faced with Croatia’s Gabriel Debanic who is a talented boxer too but he could not keep that speed which was dictated by the Cuban youngster. Barrera won their contest by unanimous decision and advanced to the semi-finals in the Adriatic Pearl Youth Tournament.