Svetlana Soluianova won the most difficult final of the Victory Day Tournament11 May 2021
The thirteen final contests were held in the last competition day of the Victory Day Tournament in Gomel, Belarus. Russia’s EUBC European Women’s Champion Svetlana Soluianova used her longer reach well in the final against Belarus’ Yulia Apanasovich but both of them amazed the experts.
All of the thirteen weight categories were in the schedule of the final day of the Victory Day Tournament. The Belarusian city of Gomel was the host of the Victory Day Tournament to commemorate of the end of the World War II. Altogether 75 boxers attended in the Victory Day Tournament including many of stars and promising talents.
The safety of all participants, the continuous medical checks, the social distancing, the hygienic preparations, wearing masks and all of the health controls were the responsibility of the local organizers in the Belarus to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the Victory Day Tournament.
The bout of the day
Russia’s Svetlana Soluianova won the gold medal at the 2018 EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships and she returned to the top national team in time to give herself chance to qualify for the Olympic Games. The Russian boxer is one of the tallest hopes at the women’s flyweight (51kg) and she used her distance also in the final against Belarus’ Yulia Apanasovich. Her Belarusian opponent achieved bronze medals in European events and became dangerous for Soluianova. The 27-year-old Russian had the speed to land enough punches to beat the host nation’s best female boxer in Gomel.
The surprise of the day
Russia’s Anastasia Shamonova was two-time AIBA Youth World Champion, Youth Olympic Games winner and she is double European Youth Champion. The young Russian star advanced to the final of the women’s middleweight (75kg) in Gomel where she met with a veteran boxer, Viktoriya Kebikava who claimed Belarus’ first ever medal in an AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in 2018. The Belarusian moved back to the category and she shocked the Russian with her effective strategy which caused the main sensation of the final competition day.
Russia’s Nune Asatrian is another young prospect who claimed silver medals in all of her major youth competitions including at the Budapest 2018 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships. The Armenian-descent lightweight (60kg) boxer is the reigning Russian Elite National Champion who had to do her very best in Gomel to take the title of the Victory Day Tournament. Asatrian had a fantastic finish in the third round which was enough to beat Belarus’ experienced Alla Starodub.
Belarus’ Dzmitry Asanau was the main favourite to take the title of the lightweight (63kg) in the Victory Day Tournament and he accomplished his goal. The defending European Games winner eliminated such strong national rival as Dzmitry Dziashkevich during his road to the final of the event. Asanau walked over to the title in Gomel where another experienced boxer, Yahor Kurbanau was unable to box against him.
Belarus’ Strandja Memorial Tournament silver medallist Aliaksandr Radzionau had several difficulties in the final of the welterweight (69kg) but he managed to win the tactical battle with his technical skills. His rival was Kazakhstan’s ASBC Asian Youth Champion Darkhan Duisebay who won the Istanbul Bosphorus International Boxing Tournament one and half month ago. The young Kazakh landed several punches and proved his developments but Radzionau’s final round was enough to beat Duisebay.