Ten countries have got finalists in the Boxam Youth Tournament in Finestrat23 September 2017
The Boxam Youth Tournament continued with its third competition day in Spain where 20 semi-finals were held in one session. Altogether 10 countries out of the participating 15 have got at least one finalist in the Boxam Youth Tournament.
A small town near to Benidorm, namely Finestrat is the host of the Boxam Youth Tournament this year. The winners of today’s contests advanced to the finals of the Boxam Youth Tournament and kept their chance alive to win the titles in the event.
In the first bout of the third competition day Russia’s defending Youth National Champion Daniil Lysenko met with Italy’s new youth team member Massimo Spada in the semi-final of the light flyweight (49kg). The Italian boxer was a competitive rival for Lysenko who tried to rule the middle of the ring in Finestrat. Spada moved back more in the second round and tried to use his counter-attacks but Lysenko moved closer in the last minutes and advanced to the gold medal bout.
Italy’s Patrick Cappai, whose elder brother is two-time Olympian Manuel Fabrizio, eliminated Thailand’s Sattawat Srisung in the quarter-final and met with Russia’s Artur Kyrov. The 17-year-old Italian flyweight (52kg) boxer surprised his opponent with his effective punches in the first round. The Italian southpaw was energetic today and proved his talent is the same as his elder brother which meant Cappai will be boxing for the title tomorrow.
France’s AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Enzo Grau moved up to the bantamweight (56kg) this year and acclimatized quickly to this category. The 18-year-old French talent eliminated Scotland’s John Casey and met with Lithuania’s Karolis Karpicius in the semi-final. The French southpaw started slowly but in the second round he showed his real boxing knowledge therefore the Polish referee had to count the Lithuanian athlete. Grau dominated the final round against his Baltic opponent and advanced to the finals.
Russia’s AIBA Junior World Champion Nikita Piskunov is member of the national team since 2013 who is one of the best European youth boxer currently. The Russian lightweight (60kg) boxer eliminated Finland’s Asseme Nouali and did his very best against Spain’s Aaron Carlos Santana. The Russian boxer, who had more than 150 contests already, launched powerful punches already in the first minute therefore the Spanish ringside abandoned their contest in the opening round.
Musa Maruev is the current Russian Youth National Champion at the light welterweight (64kg) and following his superb triumph in the quarter-final over Scotland’s Tyler Jolly he tried to find his opponent’s weak points in the first round of their semi-final. The 18-year-old Russian boxer had hard job against Sweden’s Robert Bengtsson in the first round but from the second he performed much better. The Grozniy-based Russian boxer, who began the sport at the age of 7, won their contest by unanimous decision.
Germany’s Richard Meinecke, who has got nearly 100 bouts already, was effective in the quarter-final against Thailand’s Bannaphon Pannon who claimed bronze medal in the ASBC Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championships in July. The German southpaw had quick punches against France’s Milan Prat and he was a hard target for his opponent. The French boxer changed his tactic in the second round and his new rhythm delivered for him a place in the final where he will be meeting with Norway’s Don Emini.
Russia’s middleweight (75kg) No.1, EUBC European Junior Champion Daniil Teterev won the strongest youth competition of the year, the Pavlyukov Memorial in Anapa and he started well also in the Boxam Youth Tournament against Lithuania’s Andrius Sapas. The 17-year-old Russian, who was born in 2000, did not find the best fighting distance against Germany’s Ceyhan Guleryuz in the first round. The German boxer, who competed in several international events in the recent years, exceeded the expectations and defeated his tough Russian rival in Finestrat.
Spain’s Ricardo Roser proved top performance in the quarter-finals when he defeated Austria’s Artan Rumpler with his speed. Roser, who is unknown in the international level, met in the semi-final with Sweden’s Noor Yacko and attacked from the first seconds. The Spanish boxer tried to reduce the fighting distance in their manly fight but Yacko was successful from longer range. The Swedish middleweight (75kg) boxer developed well in the recent one year tactically and triumphed over his emotional Spanish opponent.
Welshmen Sammy Lee is one of the best European youth boxer at the light heavyweight (81kg) who proved his strength in the first round against Austria’s Kushtrim Veseli. The 18-year-old Welshmen, who won the Pinatar Youth Tournament in Spain one year ago, was confident against Spain’s last hope Yousef Ennazeh Elkhalili and after the third count the referee confirmed his RSC success.
Finland’s EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships bronze medallist and Heydar Aliyev Junior Cup winner Krenar Aliu eliminated Austria’s Ahmed Hagag in the quarter-final. The Finnish heavyweight (91kg) boxer faced with Germany’s EUBC European Junior Champion Fabian Thiemke and he was more concentrated in the first round this time. Aliu was patient in the second round and waited for the best attacking positions and did enough to win their spectacular semi-final.
Russia’s Vladislav Ivanov eliminated his teammate Aleksei Zobnin in the quarter-final of the Boxam Youth Tournament which contest was a selection for the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships. Ivanov boxed with Italy’s Salvatore Scala in the semi-final and after the first tactical round he raised his number of attacks in the second. Ivanov demonstrated his power in the final round and the referee stopped the contest.
Lithuania’s Marek Korolkov won the Danas Pozniakas Youth Tournament in March and tried to use his experiences against Norway’s Tobias Yrvin in the second semi-final of the super heavyweight (+91kg). The Lithuanian boxer moved ahead but Yrvin felt the tempo better in the first round and had a short advantage after three minutes. Korolkov was not in top form today therefore the Podgorica Trophy Youth Tournament silver medallist Norwegian was able to make a surprise in the event winning the contest by split decision.