The day of the surprises at the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships15 March 2022
Thirty-three preliminary contests took place in the second competition day at the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships opened in Porec, Croatia. The two preliminary sessions delivered several surprises and amazing moments in the Croatian city which is located off the coast of the Adriatic Sea.
The number of the participating boxers is 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 is Mr. Viorel Sima of Romania.
The following record number of 39 nations are attending 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 are 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
Armenia’s Henrik Sahakyan earned gold medal at the 2021 EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships in Budva, Montenegro and following that amazing success, he joined to the U22 age group this January. The young Armenian flyweight (51kg) boxer faced with a regional rival, Georgia’s Lekso Khasaya who claimed gold at the 2016 EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships. The Georgian boxer had a few poor years but he returned to the international events in Porec and surprised the young Armenian favourite. Khasaya and Sahakyan both had impressive speed and footwork but the bout was won by the returning Georgian.
The surprises of the day
Georgia’s Luka Matchutadze could not expect an easy contest as first at the preliminary round of the light heavyweight (80kg) in Porec. The Georgian had experiences from some international competitions but his opponent was Ukraine’s EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships silver medallist Bogdan Tolmachov. The Ukrainian was not able to train in the same level due to their hard situation in their country and suffered a narrow loss to the young Georgian boxer on Day2.
Montenegro’s Petar Lijesevic is EUBC European Youth Champion and bagged silver medal at the Kielce 2021 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships. Montenegro’s new sensation arrived to the competition as a favourite but he was nervous in the first round against Turkey’s Emrah Yasar and could not find his best rhythm. Lijesevic tried to do his very best after the first break but this was not his best performance today and the attacking Turkish boxer won their cruiserweight (86kg) contest by split decision.
Wales sent a small delegation to the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships but their team contains strong medal hopefuls as Ioan Croft at the welterweight (67kg). The current event is a stoppage for the Welsh team on the road to the Commonwealth Games which will feature in Birmingham end of July. Ioan Croft had a younger rival as first, Spain’s Frank Martinez who claimed silver in the 2021 EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships. The Welsh boxer was able to change his strategy during the contest and eliminated a Spanish teenager in Porec.
Denmark’s Nicolai Terteryan was one of the main sensations of the last Strandja Memorial Tournament in Sofia where he earned an outstanding gold medal just two weeks ago. The Danish welterweight (67kg) boxer has strong motivation to get at least a medal in Porec and following the gold at the Strandja, he looked highly confident in the preliminary round. Terteryan, who has Armenian roots, overwhelmed Poland’s Oliwer Zamojski and made a sensational debut in the U22 championship.
Scotland’s Samuel Hickey reached his first career highlight in the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships in 2016 where he achieved a silver medal. The Scotsman joined to their elite national team two years ago and he is still in the U22 age group this year. Hickey moved up to the middleweight (75kg) which is perfect for his current physical condition and arrived to Porec as medal favourite. The Scottish boxer had a crucial battle against Azerbaijan’s Mirsharif Kazimzade but he managed to win their narrow contest using his brilliant technique.
Lithuania’s Aleksandr Trofimcuk also began his international boxing career with a silver medal at the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships which he earned in 2017 at the age of 15. The Lithuanian impressed at the Kielce 2021 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships as next and he is their best U22 hope in the national team. The middleweight (75kg) boxer wanted to fight against Slovenia’s Dejan Leburic and his permanent attacks delivered for the Lithuanian a clear success on Day2.