Talents from Wales and Austria’s Hagag delivered the most memorable moments of the Julius Torma Youth Memorial Tournament22 November 2018
The Julius Torma Youth Memorial Tournament was held in Prague, in the Czech Republic which was a three-days long competition for the men’s talents. Russia and Wales impressed in the 27th edition of the event at the Olsanka Hotel in Prague but the best Slovakian and Austrian youth boxers won their weight classes proving strong fighting spirit.
Julius Torma was a Hungarian-descent boxer who was born in Budapest but competed for Czechoslovakia in the international competition. He claimed gold medal in the London 1948 Olympic Games at the welterweight and attended also in the 1952 and 1956 Olympics. Torma was gold medallist in the Oslo 1949 European Boxing Championships and took bronze medals in the continental level in 1947 and in 1955.
Altogether 45 boxers attended in the new edition of theJulius Torma Youth Memorial Tournament in Prague. Russia topped the medal rankings with their four titles but Wales sent a powerful team to the competition at the very first time and three of their boxers won the gold medals in the Julius Torma Youth Memorial Tournament.
Russia’s Youth National Championships bronze medallist and Mostar Youth Tournament winner Matvei Lopatin is well-known in the international stage and he defeated two high-ranked boxers such as Slovenia’s Matvey Ryazanov and Wales’ Mohammed Hashim during his road to the title of the flyweight (52kg). His teammates Usman Magamadov (60kg), Daniil Bridov (81kg) and Evgeny Ryabtsev (+91kg) defeated their Welsh, French and Czech rivals in their finals and raised the number of the Russian gold medals up to four.
Wales’ first title in the Julius Torma Youth Memorial Tournament was achieved by Billy Unsworth who triumphed over Slovenia’s experienced Nik Nikolov Veber and Russia’s Youth National Championships silver medallist Ivan Shishenin at the bantamweight (56kg). Garan Croft defeated his teammate Jamie Janes at the light welterweight (64kg) before Taylor Bevan shined at the welterweight (69kg) against Russia’s Spartak Ogly claiming the third gold medal for Wales.
Slovakia’s Lukas Ferneza qualified for the Budapest 2018 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships as lone man boxer from his country and he showed his potential in the whole year. The 17-year-old Slovakian followed his elite teammate’s Andrej Csemez’s excellent performance at the middleweight (75kg) and won the gold in that category in Prague. His final opponent was Slovenia’s Arjan Bislimaj but his skills were better than his opponent’s one in the title contest.
Austria’s Ahmed Hagag is their best youth boxer who also attended in the Budapest 2018 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships as Slovakia’s Lukas Ferneza. The 18-year-old Austrian, who has got strong Egyptian roots, defeated France’s EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships bronze medallist Wilfried Florentin, Russia’s Mostar Youth Tournament winner Dmitriy Zakharev and Lithuania’s Aras Dudenas during his campaigns.