The English women boxers and the Georgian men athletes were the bests in the semi-finals of the Liventsev Memorial Tournament12 October 2018
The 16th edition of the Liventsev Memorial Tournament continued with its third competition day in the capital city of Belarus in Minsk. England’s women boxers and Georgia’s men athletes were the bests in the third competition day when the winners are advanced to the finals of the Liventsev Memorial Tournament.
Minsk hosted the 1998 edition of the European Men’s Elite Boxing Championships and the city is ready to organize its next big competition. The Belarusian capital will be hosting the 2nd edition of the European Games in June 21-30 next year which will be one of the highlights for the elite boxers in 2019. The competition is preparation event for the upcoming European Union Boxing Championships and test event for the 2019 European Games.
The Liventsev Memorial Tournament is a preparation and test event for the 2019 European Games which raised his importance up to another level. The following 16 European and Asian nations are taking part in the Liventsev Memorial Tournament: host Belarus, China, Croatia, England, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, France, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Serbia, Ukraine and Wales.
A local favourite Olga Lushchyk who is the best boxer in the country at the women’s light flyweight (48kg) moved up one category to attend in the Liventsev Memorial Tournament. She shocked Belarus’ best female boxer Yana Burym in the quarter-final with her impressive attacks and continued her winning path against China’s Li Shuanjian. Lushchyk will be facing for the title with her compatriot Yulia Apanasovich who claimed bronze medal in the 2016 EUBC European Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships.
England’s strong female trio Karriss Artingstall, Commonwealth Games silver medallist Paige Murney and EUBC European Women’s Champion Natasha Gale both advanced to the finals of the Liventsev Memorial Tournament. Firstly Artingstall defeated Croatia’s last hope Sara Beram at the featherweight (57kg) before Murney was too strong for Belarus’ Anastasia Abushenkava in a one-sided lightweight (60kg) bout. Following her easy triumph returning Gale used her strong stamina to eliminate China’s Tue Chang at the middleweight (75kg).
Georgia’s EUBC European Youth Champion Sakhil Allakhverdovi shined in the U22 level this March and proved his upgraded skills in the semi-finals of the men’s light flyweight (49kg) in Minsk. The 19-year-old Georgian boxer was better in all aspects than Ukraine’s Yevgeniy Panchenko and advanced to the final of the Liventsev Memorial Tournament. His final opponent will be Belarus’ EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships bronze medallist Yauheni Karmilchyk.
England’s William Cawley defeated his Kazakh opponent in the Semi-finals of the World Series Boxing this May and he had to meet with another Central Asian opponent in the last four of the Liventsev Memorial Tournament. England’s 21-year-old talent was slightly better than Kazakhstan’s former ASBC Asian Champion Temirtas Zhussupov and advanced to the final of the flyweight (52kg) where his next rival will be Ukraine’s Rostyslav Bilostotskyi.
France’s Jordan Rodriguez was involved to the national team as a youth boxer in 2013 and since then his development is significant. The 22-year-old French bantamweight (56kg) boxer eliminated Kazakhstan’s Orazbek Asylkulov on Day2 and continued his glorious performance in the semi-final against Ukraine’s Mikhailo Dzyazko. The French boxer will be facing for the gold medal with Kazakhstan’s talent Bekzat Makzhan.
Belarus’ EUBC European U22 Champion and AIBA World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Dzmitry Asanau continued also his sensational performance in Minsk. The 22-year-old Belarusian eliminated his teammate Yauheni Shabelnik and Kazakhstan’s WSB boxer Nursultan Koshchegulov during his road to the semi-finals where he was better than England’s Callum Thompson. Asanau’s final opponent will be his teammate Anton Chernomaz who surprisingly defeated Georgia’s Otar Eranosyan.
Georgia’s defending EUBC European U22 Champion Lasha Guruli kept the safest fighting distance against Belarus’ Andrei Melnikau and he needs only one further step to be crowned at the light welterweight (64kg) in Minsk. His teammate 21-year-old Giorgi Kharabadze also advanced to the final in the Liventsev Memorial Tournament following his success over France’s National Champion Bengoro Bamba. Kharabadze will be meeting with England’s EUBC European Youth Champion Mark Dickinson in the final of the middleweight (75kg).
The super heavyweight (+91kg) final will be held between Georgia’s AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships silver medallist Giorgi Tchigladze and Serbia’s former WSB boxer Vladan Babic in Minsk. The 20-year-old Georgian eliminated Italy’s Mirko Carbotti while Babic shocked Ireland’s Martin Keenan in the second semi-final of the heaviest division.
The Liventsev Memorial Tournament to be continued with the women and men finals on Saturday after the rest day.