The male medallists are revealed in the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships

20 March 2022 News

Following the women’s quarter-finals, the men’s boxers met each other in their key contests to decide the medals in the seventh competition day at the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships in Porec, Croatia. Next to the best boxing nations, Croatia, Serbia, Estonia, Slovakia, the Netherlands, Israel and Denmark all earned at least one medal in the men’s quarter-finals.

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

Serbia’s EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships Omer Ametovic moved up to the flyweight (51kg) and the 19-year-old boxer not only joined to the last eight in Porec but he managed to win a medal too. The Serbian was smaller than Hungary’s former EUBC European Youth Champion Attila Bernath and he used aggressive attacks in a high rhythm contest. The Hungarian approved the tempo of their fantastic quarter-final bout which made the contest as a good promotion of boxing. The Serbian pressure did not stop until the last gong therefore Ametovic can box in the semi-finals with Georgia’s returning boxer, Lekso Khasaya who eliminated France’s Theo Ticout.

The surprise of the day

Poland’s Jakub Straszewski was silver medallist at the Kielce 2021 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships one year ago and he decided to move down to the cruiserweight (86kg). The Polish boxer faced with a tall Estonian, Anton Vinogradov who had fewer experiences in the international stage yet. The Estonian youngster exceeded his previous skills and level surprising Straszewski in an important quarter-final bout. Vinogradov used his longer hands well enough and won a medal in Porec where his next opponent will be Israel’s experienced Yan Zak.

The Round-up

Georgia’s Luka Kublashvili achieved silver medal at the 2017 EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships and reached several strong results as a youth boxer too. The Georgian minimumweight (48kg) boxer returned to the international stage after two years of break and impressed in the seventh competition day. Kublashvili started the first round well against Moldova’s Dumitru Vieru and took the lead in the judges’ scorecards. The Georgian was highly confident in the second and third rounds therefore he advanced to the semi-finals and will now meet with Turkey’s Nurullah Oyan.

Spain’s Salvador Flores Luque progressed rapidly in the recent one and half year following his hard training sessions with the national team and he had the chance to compete in several international tournament. The Spaniard met with Germany’s Ahmet Sor in the quarter-finals of the lightweight (60kg) and he underlined in the first round that he is stronger than hid older rival. Flores shared his power well to beat the German boxer by unanimous decision and will now face with one of the stars, Bulgaria’s two-time EUBC European Youth Champion Radoslav Rosenov in the last four on Sunday.

Croatia’s Gabrijel Veocic was their most successful boxer at the Belgrade 2021 AIBA Men’s Elite World Boxing Championships where he proved impressive developments after his 20th birthday. Gabrijel, who trains with his coach father Pero, had plenty of experiences as junior and youth too therefore he had all of the skills to succeed on Day7. He knew his Slovakian opponent, Lukas Ferneza well and landed strong punches already in the first round of their quarter-final. Veocic won all of the three rounds and he is a guaranteed medallist at the middleweight (75kg) where his next opponent will be Scotland’s Sam Hickey.

Netherlands’ Gradus Kraus is the best talent in their country who earned several important medals including a silver from the 2020 Cologne Boxing World Cup. The 20-year-old Dutch has not only strong connection to boxing due to his father but he has strong motivation to be the best in the future. Kraus had a promising and an even younger opponent in the quarter-finals of the light heavyweight (80kg), Finland’s Nikita Nystedt but he managed to win all of the three rounds. The Dutch boy is a medallist in Porec following this unanimous success and he can prepare to his semi-final against Moldova’s Andrei Chiriacov.

Germany’s Nikita Putilov won the gold medal at the 2021 EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships beating all of his rivals by large margin of differences. The German super heavyweight (+92kg) boxer has just joined to the U22 age group but he was too strong for Romania’s Stefan Latescu winning all of the rounds in Porec. The German teenager marched to the last four and Italy’s Vincenzo Fiaschetti will be his next rival for the title contest. Austria’s Ahmed Hagag and Ukraine’s Vasyl Tkachuk both defeated their opponents on Day7 and joined to the last four in the heaviest weight class.

The streaming of the semi-finals

You can follow the Day8 actions from the EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships Porec 2022 LIVE in the following links:

Day 8, Session 14, Ring A, 14:00: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXbR8SVYQ90
Day 8, Session 14, Ring B, 14:00: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INsGWq4mEzQ

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