Terteryan, Veocic, Zak and Hagag won historical gold medals at the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships￼24 March 2022
The last competition day of the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships featured in Porec, Croatia where the last 13 finals were in the agenda. Denmark’s Nicolai Terteryan, Croatia’s Gabrijel Veocic, Israel’s Yan Zak and Austria’s Ahmed Hagag won historical gold medals for their nations in Porec.
The number of the participating boxers was excellent 319 from 39 countries including 103 girls in the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships. Boxers who were born in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003 are eligible to attend in the upcoming EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships. The Technical Delegate of the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships was Mr. Viorel Sima of Romania.
The following record number of 39 nations attended in the 2022 EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships in Porec: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and Wales.
The safety of all participants, the continuous medical checks, the social distancing, the hygienic preparations, the vaccines check, the mask wearing and all of the health controls were the responsibility of the local organizers in Croatia to avoid any new Covid-19 cases during the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships.
The bout of the day
Italy’s Alfred Commey is a new addition to their national team but he earned bronze medal at the Strandja Memorial Tournament and amazed all of the experts with his strong development. The Italian light heavyweight (80kg) boxer was fantastic in the whole EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships and he had the huge motivation to win the title against Netherlands’ lone finalist, Gradus Kraus. The Dutch boy tried to land his shots with perfect timing but Commey overcome his attacks several times. The Italian opened the second round with heavy hooks but the 21-year-old Kraus also responded to some of these punches. Commey dictated the tempo and he was able to keep the same rhythm until the last gong earning Italy’s next gold medal.
The surprise of the day
Germany’s Nikita Putilov bagged gold medal at the 2021 EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships despite of his low number of bouts and experiences. The German talent moved up to their U22 national team this January and he eliminated the most experienced boxers of the super heavyweight (+92kg) step by steps. Putilov was three-years younger than his Austrian opponent, Ahmed Hagag but he had the height and weight advantage in their final contest. The Austrian was quicker and moved more on feet to avoid the heavy shots of the German boxer especially in the first and second rounds. Hagag felt that this is his best ever chance to take a title during his career and his stamina was enough against the tough German to win the heaviest weight class in Porec. Austria had only a silver medal in the recent editions therefore Hagag is their first winner in the event’s history.
Turkey’s Samet Gumus and Azerbaijan’s Ruslan Gadirov advanced to the finals of the men’s bantamweight (54kg) in Porec. Both boxers knew each other well from previous events and they had the similar height, physical conditions and style. The Turkish southpaw caught his rival in the third round when Gadirov looked tired and the referee counted the Azeri boxer. Gumus was more confident from that moment, dominated the last round, and won the title of the weight class achieving his career highlight. His teammate, AIBA World Boxing Championships silver medallist Kerem Ozmen won the title of the light welterweight (63.5kg).
Bulgaria’s Radoslav Rosenov earned four gold medals in the history of the EUBC European Boxing Championships as youth and junior boxer in the recent years. The Bulgarian lightweight (60kg) boxer was highly motivated in the Strandja Memorial Tournament last month and won his first ever title among the elite boxers. The Bulgarian teenager advanced to the final of the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships where he met with a taller Ukrainian, Maksym Vlasiuk. Rosenov was able to reduce the fighting distance in the first round and took the advantage on the scorecards. The Ukrainian moved ahead more but stepped into Rosenov’s best fighting range therefore the Bulgarian achieved his first European U22 title.
Denmark’s Nikolai Terteryan achieved gold medal in the Strandja Memorial Tournament last month as Bulgaria’s Radoslav Rosenov. The Danish welterweight (67kg) boxer is in top form this year and advanced to his next final within four weeks of differences. Terteryan met in the U22 final with Wales’ Ioan Croft who was born in 2001 too as the Danish boxer and had similar career route in the recent years. Both boxers were patient in the first round and landed single punches to find the weak points of their opponents. Terteryan landed his shots with better timing and won their contest by unanimous decision earning Denmark’s first ever European U22 title.
Ukraine’s Ivan Sapun competed events already in 2015 but he was not enough successful in his homeland. He developed his skills step by step in the recent years and finally he could join to their top national team to attend in a major championship. Sapun worked lot on feet in the first round against Israel’s Yan Zak who is a surprise finalist at the cruiserweight (86kg) too. Sapun competed in the Strandja Memorial Tournament successfully last month but Zak turned up the heat from the second round and he had the better shots. Israel never had any gold medals in the history of the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships but Zak delivered their first one in Porec.
Italy’s best future hope is Michele Baldassi who achieved bronze in the 2021 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships and worked hard in the recent years to be their new star. The Italian featherweight (57kg) boxer not only advanced to the final of the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships but he opened the first round better than Armenia’s Ruslan Aslikyan. The Italian talent used his distance well enough and he had excellent defensive skills in their final bout. Baldassi had massive advantage after two rounds of boxing and he earned a gold medal for Italy in Porec winning the bout by unanimous decision.
Ukraine’s Yuriy Zakharieiev won the AIBA Men’s Elite World Boxing Championships and the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in the same year in 2021 as first boxer from the boxing history. The Ukrainian light middleweight (71kg) boxer is the biggest star of the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships and marched to the final of the competition easily. He met in the title contest with Wales’ Garan Croft who had longer hands but tried to catch the quick Ukrainian in the first round. Zakharieiev kept the distance in the first round and he was not only a hard target for the Welsh boxer but landed several counter-punches. The Ukrainian proved that he is one of the top stars of our sport and earned his next title winning the final by unanimous decision.
Croatia’s best hope and lone male finalist in Porec, Gabrijel Veocic earned several medals in the EUBC European Boxing Championships as junior and youth boxers but the gold was missing from his collection yet. He was the best Croatian in the Belgrade 2021 AIBA Men’s Elite World Boxing Championships and opened the first round of his final against Bulgaria’s Rami Kiwan with huge motivation. Veocic was taller than his Bulgarian opponent was, but jumped into the closer fighting range and landed jabs effectively in the first and second rounds. The Croatian felt that this is a right moment for him and his coach father in the ringside supported him too well enough to win the last title of the event.