Teenagers as Todorova and Lecko shined in the World Cup of Petroleum Countries Tournament on Day1

14 December 2018 News

Europe’s last big boxing event the World Cup of the Petroleum Countries Tournament has begun in the city of Khanty-Mansiysk in Russia. The participating women teenagers as Bulgaria’s Emi-Maria Todorova and Latvia’s Karina Lecko both won their first contests with superb performance on Day1.

The 37 participating women boxers can attend in four different weight classes at the flyweight (51kg), light welterweight (64kg), middleweight (75kg) and light heavyweight (81kg) in Khanty-Mansiysk. The number of the men boxers is 84 in the World Cup of the Petroleum Countries Tournament and 10 champions will be crowned from the light flyweight (49kg) up to the super heavyweight (+91kg).

The first preliminary day in Khanty-Mansiysk is done where the finals are scheduled to be held this Sunday. In the opening bout of the whole World Cup of the Petroleum Countries Tournament Bulgaria’s two-time EUBC European Women’s Youth Champion 19-year-old Emi-Mari Todorova impressed and eliminated Belarus’ Olga Terekhova at the women’s flyweight (51kg).

Golden Girl Women’s Box Cup silver medallist Karina Lecko is also only 19 as Todorova but her skills and stamina were enough to eliminate Russia’s Mikhaela Pleshu at the flyweight (51kg). Another impressive success in this weight class was delivered by Poland’s Baku 2015 European Games silver medallist Sandra Drabik who eliminated Belarus’ EUBC European Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships bronze medallist Yulia Apanasovich in Khanty-Mansiysk.

Russia’s Bator Sagaluev claimed gold medal at the light flyweight (49kg) of the Baku 2015 European Games but since then he moved up to the flyweight (52kg). The 27-year-old boxer, who was also successful in the World Series Boxing, used his aggressive tactic to eliminate Armenia’s Rio 2016 Olympian Artur Hovhannisyan in Khanty-Mansiysk.

Azerbaijan’s titleholder in the event, Masud Yusifzada has been attending in the international events since 2012 and his experiences meant the 22-year-old flyweight (52kg) boxer can continue in the next stage after beating Bulgaria’s Tinko Banabakov. In the same category Russia’s Rasul Dzhaayev had to do his very best to eliminate Syria’s Islamic Solidarity Games winner Hussin Al-Masri in their hectic battle.

Russia’s Maksim Chernyshev is a boxer from the World Series Boxing and he attended in the 2017 EUBC European Confederation U22 Boxing Championships therefore he had all of the experiences to beat Uzbekistan’s Iskander Ziyayev on Day1. Another Russian bantamweight (56kg) boxer Damir Khikmatullin was too strong for Bangladesh’s veteran Mohammad Ohiduzzaman in Khanty-Mansiysk.

Artur Subkhankulov is one of the best Russian lightweight (60kg) boxers who attended in dozens of international events in the recent six years. The 26-year-old Russian eliminated one of his main rivals, his compatriot Artem Khotenov in the first competition day. In another lightweight (60kg) bout Belarus’ Yahor Kurbanau was slightly better than Armenia’s Narek Hovhannisyan in Khanty-Mansiysk.

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