The Croatian teenagers shined in the Mustafa Hajrulahovic Memorial Tournament24 September 2018
The superb finals of the Mustafa Hajrulahovic Talijan Memorial Tournament were held in the capital city of Bosnia & Herzegovina in Sarajevo. The Croatian teenagers impressed in the Mustafa Hajrulahovic Talijan Memorial Tournament three of their 19-year-old talents won the titles in Sarajevo such as Petar Cetinic, Mladen Sobjeslavski and Matej Uremovic.
Mustafa Hajrulahovic Talijan was Bosnia & Herzegovina’s hero in the last century and a new boxing tournament was named after him which shows his popularity in Sarajevo. Bosnia & Herzegovina hosted the BIH Cup and the Mostar International Youth Tournament in 2018 and their next international event is holding at the Dom Mladih Skenderija in Sarajevo.
A new bantamweight (56kg) talent Alen Rahimic started his boxing career in Germany but he has been representing Bosnia & Herzegovina in the international competitions. The 20-year-old talent, who attended in the last edition of the EUBC European Confederation U22 Boxing Championships, defeated Kosovo’s Besfort Merlaku in the semi-final and continued his winning path in the final against Slovenia’s 19-year-old Aleks Guzej.
Slovenia’s Tadej Cernoga is in developing stage, he added to the national team two years ago and since then he collected enough experiences to beat F.Y.R. of Macedonia’s Jove Petrovski in the final of the lightweight (60kg). Bosnia & Herzegovina’s Youth National Champion Ivan Blazevic is also a young hope but the teenage talent maintained the best fighting distance against Croatia’s Dominik Gubo and won the gold of the light welterweight (64kg) in Sarajevo.
Bosnia & Herzegovina’s best elite man boxer Adem Fetahovic has been preparing to the upcoming main events and he produced his best in Sarajevo. Fetahovic delivered several positive surprises in the recent two and half years and eliminated Kosovo’s Adem Jashari Memorial Tournament winner Patriot Behrami in the last four of the welterweight (69kg). Following that success he was too strong also for Serbia’s Vladimir Gubas in the final.
The local organizers had to divide the participants into two parts at the welterweight (69kg) and the second group was won by Croatia’s 19-year-old Petar Cetinic who overwhelmed Kosovo’s Venhar Haziraj in the final. The second Croatian gold medal was achieved by their middleweight (75kg) teenager Mladen Sobjeslavski who returned to the international stage in top shape. The 19-year-old Croatian landed more punches than F.Y.R. of Macedonia’s Oktaj Feratov and celebrated his gold medal in Sarajevo.
Croatia’s 19-year-old Matej Uremovic joined to the elite age group only this January as Cetinic and Sobjeslavski. The Croatian teenager dominated his fight over F.Y.R. of Macedonia’s Arsen Etemi in the semi-final of the light heavyweight (81kg) and he has done superb job in the title bout against Germany’s Omar Riedel. The final verdict was split decision in the favour of Uremovic.